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Toyota Corolla, Sedan
#1666 of 3856 Re: Interior wear on 2002 Corolla [vlanman25]
Feb 15, 2005 (6:04 am)
Yes, my '99 has the same problem with the wear on the carpet floor mats (mine is a stick also). But even automatics floor mats wear out real quick. This is the only "problem" so far, so I can live with it. The solution is to buy some Toyota all weather mats. They are rubber, look nice, and last forever. They even say "Corolla" on them. You can find them at on-line Toyota parts dealers.
Feb 15, 2005 (10:42 am)
I have had the same problem with the Toyota mats on my 02, also a 5-spd. Wore a hole where my left heel sits when I'm working the clutch. My solution was to get a rubber mat from Wal-Mart for about $5. It's been there about 2 years and holds up pretty well.
#1668 of 3856 Re: 2005 Corolla S Gas Mileage [jrct9454]
Feb 18, 2005 (10:48 am)
I have a brand new 2005 Corolla S and my gas mileage is really poor. I know the EPA stuff is not a guarantee but I am getting only about 23 miles to the gallon and thats a combination of city and highway.... Is it true that the engine has to break in and wont be fully so until I hit around 5,000 miles? I was never told that when I bought the car. Also does it really make a difference from winter to summer gas? I have never heard that one before either.
Just curious, feeling a little taken with my purchase at this point. Any advise or information you have is appreciated. I didn't know where else to look for advise except Edmunds.com.
#1669 of 3856 Fuel consumption
Feb 18, 2005 (1:35 pm)
Automatic or manual? Do you drive off immediately in the morning, or let it idle to "warm up"? How long is the trip you take most frequently [say home to work]? How long does it sit before being used again after it is shut down for the first time each day?
Depending on the answers to these questions, you may have a problem, or more likely, you're just within the normal bounds of what you can reasonably expect.
Yes, both fuel consumption and available power will continue to improve right up and through 7000 miles, in my experience. And also yes, winter fuel blends are designed to be less volatile, and contain less energy, than summer gasoline, so fuel consumption tends to be more pessimistic.
Our new-gen Corolla automatic, one of the first produced, returned about 23-25 mpg in short-run suburban situations, 26-28 mpg on urban freeways, and just about 30 mpg even on any long trip [at 75-80 mph, usually with the AC compressor engaged all the time]. Gearing, even with the automatic, is relatively short in this car to give you snappier response. A little longer gearing would help.
The answers to the questions in the first paragraph are key.
#1670 of 3856 Re: 2005 Corolla S Gas Mileage [dawnp]
Feb 18, 2005 (2:15 pm)
Yes, according to the owners manual, you are supposed to give the engine at least a 1000 mile break in. 5000 might be better, but who wants to remember to baby a car that long. Sounds to me like you have more issues though. I just bought an LE automatic and have just passed 1000 miles. All tanks so far are at 33 mpg, with a city driving. That included on out of town trip but even interstate cruising delivered 33 mpg. My only real complaint is that the tank is too small. A couple more gallons and it could easily deliver a 400 mile range. Some of the lower mileage could depend on how quickly you release off the gas when shifting and at what RPM you are shifting at. Look for the information on peak torque. That is the point at which you will get the best power for shifting.
As far as summer and winter gasoline, that's a bunch of bunk. The only thing that is blended for cold weather is diesel fuel, and that depends on where you live. Here in NC, the only offer type one year round. What the gas distributors do, is add a certain percent of kerosene into the diesel to keep it from gelling.
#1671 of 3856 Re: Daytime Lamps [john500]
Feb 18, 2005 (2:24 pm)
We were told that the daytime running lights were lower intensity than the regular headlights. However, in playing around with them, I don't see a difference. I was also surprised to find the twilight sensor that turns on the dash and taillights. That was one of the best features on my Avalanche. Never had to worry about turning the lights on or off.
#1672 of 3856 Re: Fuel consumption [jrct9454]
Feb 18, 2005 (2:33 pm)
Automatic and I do drive off immediately in the morning. Should I let the car warm up? They gave me no information when I bought the car. Anyway, home to work is approx 16 miles, some stop & go on the freeway, rarely a straight non-stop trip. It sits from 6pm until the next morning at 7am.
I am not going to worry yet, but I have had it in to the dealership for a problem with it hesitating when I started it. That has only happened 3 times, but when your brand new car doesnt want to turn over it worried me. They claim to have found nothing wrong and stated that the documentation of the problem was key and would allow them to track the situation if it should become an issue.
Thank you for the feedback! I do really appreciate it.
#1673 of 3856 Re: 2005 Corolla S Gas Mileage [ncskibum]
Feb 18, 2005 (2:39 pm)
Thanks for the information. I agree who buys a new car only to have to baby it? I had old hunks of crap for that. But if I have to- then I will give it until at least 1,000 before I start to worry if the gas mileage doesnt get better.
Feb 18, 2005 (4:17 pm)
No, you're doing the right thing in the morning - you don't want it to idle unnecessarily.
The fact that the engine could take up to 7-8k miles to get completely loosened up is NOT the same thing as recommending that you treat it in some special fashion for that long. On the contrary, there is no special breakin procedure beyond the first 600-1000 miles.
It's conceiveable that your hard starting and higher fuel consumption might be related, though I again must observe that there are so many variables that go into how much gas a car uses, it's just hard to generalize. My mother-in-law's previous generation automatic Corolla barely manages 22 mpg the way she drives it, mainly in the city and mainly for short trips, but it immediately jumps to 30 mpg or more on the few occasions when she takes it on a real trip. So...
#1675 of 3856 Re: Dawnp... [jrct9454]
Feb 18, 2005 (9:37 pm)
Thank you again for your help and information. It's nice to know that someone can answer these questions and concerns for me because truthfully the sales person who sold me the car has been no help at all. She suggests I call the service department. Great huh?!