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#1155 of 3856 1996 Toyota Corolla has been flawless!
Sep 11, 2002 (4:16 pm)
I bought a new 1996 Toyota Corolla for my daughter when she graduated from high school and went on to college 400 miles away. Oil changes have been done every 3K and tires rotated every 5K. All Toyota maintenance has been done by the book at both the selling dealer and the dealer in Columbus, Ohio.
She has over 71K on the odometer and the only thing that needed to be changed were the Goodyear tires. She has Michelin X-Ones on the vehicle and the ride has improved a lot.
There are no sludge problem, leaks or rattles. The paint finish on the car still looks like new. (Maybe it is the Zaino I put on it when she is home for the summer and holidays.
I will tell you that the Corolla has been more stellar as compared to my Honda Accord.
Sep 11, 2002 (4:27 pm)
Has been a great car also. There was a TSB about something in the front end which the dealer fixed and besides oil changes at 4k miles and tire rotations at the same time the oil is changed, flawless car. My teenage girls are driving it now also and they think it's easy to drive. Plan to keep this puppy a long time!
#1157 of 3856 2003 Corolla front end veering left and right
Sep 11, 2002 (6:23 pm)
I recently purchased a 2003 Corolla LE and it has 900 miles on it. I have found in letting go of the steering wheel , it will go to the left or to the right. I also have developed the infamous "rattle" problem from the dashboard. Has any one else had these problems, and if so,have they been fixed. The car has the Goodyear Integrity tires on it which I have heard does not make the car handle well. Other owners have had success with switching to other tires. Is this true?? Any help would be appreciated!!!
Sep 12, 2002 (11:07 am)
For starters, dartiness is probably attributable to wheel alignment. A good 4-wheel alignment on state-of-the-art equipment would be a good investment.
Secondly, the only thing to recommend the Goodyears is their low rolling resistance. We replaced ours at 3200 miles [we now have 4800] with Michelin X-Ones. They stick better, track better, are a bit quieter, are vastly more secure when it's wet, and ride about the same. And with regular rotations, should last 70-80k miles.
There are a number of possible reasons for the dash noises - here you need to get to a dealer and start them working on the problem. If you track back a couple hundred posts in this board, you'll read some possible sources and solutions for some of the noises.
Our car has not had any significant noises - a NUMMI car made in early March. My perception is that the Canadian-built Corollas may have more of this syndrome than the NUMMI cars, but I could be wrong. In any case, get your dealer to do his job....
Sep 12, 2002 (1:11 pm)
If you were a company would you perform work on vehicles for free if they were out of warranty, I suspect the answer is no. No car company in the world would replace a cars engine for free after the warranty is expired. I sympathize with you and would also be very upset myself. Honda's warranty is only 36,000 miles (among many others). How would you like to have a Honda throw a rod at only 38,000 miles? The warranty has to stop somewhere and for Toyota, they decided 60,000 miles.
#1160 of 3856 CD Storage Container
Sep 12, 2002 (4:08 pm)
I have an 03 Corolla CE built in Cambridge. I was opening the CD Storage Container (directly below the ventilation controls)when the bottom left hinge popped out. The dealership knew of the problem and revealed they had ten other units on order. Their opinion was that the clip holding the folding door was at fault...even speculated that a redesign might be necessary. This was a bit disappointing but I guess its part of owning a first year model. The cars been great otherwise!
Sep 12, 2002 (8:16 pm)
How to make your Corolla better from any year?
Buy Yokahama tires!
My two has had Yokahama tires since 96.
Sep 13, 2002 (10:38 am)
It's actually a 3rd year model. This generation Corolla came out in 2000 in Japan
#1163 of 3856 Response to cjohn5
Sep 13, 2002 (4:14 pm)
First of all, I definitely sympathize with you, as this total engine failure shouldn't happen on an engine with 62,000 miles. Particularly, a Toyota engine. Having said that, these things can happen with pretty much any manufacturer. Re Your comment about 'The low quality aluminum block engines that they are now placing in their vehicles'. I'm not an engineer or anything, but Toyota and other manufactureres have been producing aluminium block engines for some time with no related problems. Think about it. If you were Toyota, with most people buying their because of the consistent high quality vehicles, do you really think that they would jepordize that by building crappy cars? I don't think so.
#1164 of 3856 Paint chips on 2003 Corolla.
Sep 13, 2002 (5:53 pm)
My car is a one week old. I got a little paint chip on my front bumper. After first car wash I noticed it got bigger. It's spreading in all directions. I can pull it by my nail and remove all paint from the bumper like scalp from the head. I guess It will look very bad in one year. Anyone considered to put mask on corolla?