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Toyota Corolla, Car Buying, Sedan
#70 of 2208 Toyota Vs Honda
Jun 12, 2002 (7:15 pm)
Hi, It is my first time to buy a car. So a little scared.
I live in Detroit. I am I'm interested in 2002 Honda Civic EX and 2003 Toyoda Corolla CE. Which one will be fit for the snow weather in Detroit? I usually use my car to commute to work and occasionally drive 4 hours to Chicago on holiday. Could anybody recommend me which one I should buy?
BTW, some people told me that it is a better deal to buying a one or two years used car still within warranty than buying a new car? Could anyone also tell me your opinion on it?
Jun 13, 2002 (3:33 pm)
Our "Out The Door" price was $16,000. This was for an automatic,moonroof,upgrade CD/Cassette,6 speakers,5 Floor Mats.We did not get the leather package with the moonroof.We kept the cloth seats.
Jun 14, 2002 (7:34 pm)
Now another question: The ABS system is optional of Toyota Corolla CE. So could anyone tell me if it worth to add ABS? Thanks.
Jun 14, 2002 (8:21 pm)
You really can't go wrong with either of these cars. They will both do OK in the snow as long as you know how to drive in it. I'd suggest you drive them both and buy the one you like best. Don't listen if either salesman bad mouths the other car. As far as ABS goes, I'd say definitely get it, and pay extra if you must.
It is true that you can get a better deal buying a two year old car, especially if you buy one that is in the dealer's preferred warranty system. This gives you a warranty almost as good as a new car.
#74 of 2208 lilly888/ABS
Jun 15, 2002 (2:06 am)
ABS is very popular and on a lot of folk's 'must have' list, but I've only had one car with ABS - a 2000 Honda Odyssey - and despite the weight of the car (over 4K lbs) and the power of the engine (which causes me to often drive maybe a little faster than I should ), I have yet (2.5 years+) to brake hard enough on the car to kick the ABS in.
My Matrix, which is the same platform as the '03 Corolla and I assume the same brakes, has the standard brakes which have done a fine job stopping the car. If price is an issue (it definitely was with me), I personally wouldn't consider lack of ABS a deal-killer.
Just my $0.02.
#75 of 2208 Don't worry about ABS - it's generally unavailable anyway
Jun 15, 2002 (4:24 am)
ABS can be very valuable if you live in areas with slippery surfaces like New England. When you brake with ABS and are trying to turn at the same time, the ABS keeps the wheel rolling. Only when a tire is rolling, can it apply lateral forces properly to generate a change in direction.
What I found out about ABS availability is that Toyota really isn't making this option available except in very, very limited quantities. It is standard on the XRS, where I guess the marketing geniuses at Toyota think the pocket-rocket racer crowd and car mags consider it a 'must have'.
But you basically can't get it in New England or Upper Mid-west on a base or XR. My dealer said they've tried to build special order ABS, but the car doesn't get built that way!
If you want ABS, check dealer inventory at dealerships from Savannah to Baltimore. It's warm, balmy and a part of the country where ABS is much less valuable to owners, therefore its available!
#76 of 2208 Base Matrix
Jun 23, 2002 (6:59 am)
I bought the base Matrix 2 days ago w/auto, CD/Cassette, cruise control. MSRP = $16,504, paid $15,604. Extremely happy with it.
#77 of 2208 Any other Made in Japan 2003 Corollas out there?
Jun 23, 2002 (7:10 pm)
We purchased our 2003 CE Corolla middle of May and to our surprise (and the dealer's) it was made in Japan! A "JT" as they refer to it(pertaining to the VIN) If it starts with a JT, the vehicle's final assembly point is Japan. Every other Corolla we have looked at was assembled in Fremont, California. Any others like it out there? We're just wondering how many snuck in.
#78 of 2208 Matrix XR Pricing In Charleston
Jun 25, 2002 (3:31 pm)
I think I got a good deal today in Charleston, SC at Gene Reed Toyota.
I got a a lunar mist colored XR with stone interior, automatic, two wheel drive plus the following
Moon Roof and Air Diverter
Day Night Mirror
Mats (Front and Back)
Cargo Net and Tie Downs
Rear Bumper Guard
16" Aluminum Alloy Wheels
Rear Intermittent Wiper and Defroster
Toyota Guard Package
AM/FM CD Cassette 6 Speaker Stero
Snap on Cover for Back Storage Area
Two Remote Entry Keychain Fobs and Keys
Power windows and locks
Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
for 18,300 cash out the door price which includes tags and taxes.
It just came off the truck and they will deliver it tomarrow. I can hardly wait to go cruising in it.
Another dealer in town would not come off the list price a cent and only had one black basic
model on his lot. Said it would be a week or so to order one in from somewhere and would be in the neighborhood of 22,000.
Has anyone posted pictures anywhere of how a XR
would look with tinted windows around the "cargo"
area as I am thinking of doing this?
#79 of 2208 My lost Corolla
Jun 25, 2002 (4:13 pm)
I "bought" a Corolla two weeks ago. They tell me it will be here Saturday, after 1st saying it would be here today. They said it went to the port in SC first, then they told me Florida. I thought these cars were built in Canada, but maybe I am getting one built in Japan. If I ever actually get to see my new car I will check the VIN number and see from that where it was built. They can't keep a Corolla on the lot in our city. They are a hot car right now, and apparently Toyota cannot make them fast enough for the demand.