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#419 of 3858 poor gasmileage
May 06, 2003 (7:51 pm)
My 2003 is getting 29-30 on the highway. Toyota headquarters tells me this is too low, they sent me to a local dealer to have it checked out. Of course, everything is fine. "How can my 1999 Solara 3.0 get 28mpg on the highway and my 2003 1.8 litre corolla only get 29?," I ask...his response, "well it makes perfect sense...the bigger car with the bigger engine is going to get better gas mileage because its RPMs are lower at highway speeds."
The only reason I down-sized to the smaller car was for the gas mileage...I wouldn't complain if it were getting 35...but 29 and 30??? I shoulda gone for the bimmer...after all it gets 30 highway and is a much nicer car.
May 07, 2003 (6:35 am)
don't give up yet - you hit a bogus dealer, now find a better one. I know it is a hassle, but you should be able to get 38-40 mpg no sweat on the highway in this car.
I get 36-37 mpg in my Matrix, which has the same powertrain but weighs 200 pounds more and has a higher profile.
#421 of 3858 poor gasmileage 2003 Corolla
May 07, 2003 (8:12 am)
You are doing about average for this car to get 30 mpg on the highway. I have owned this car almost 9 months now, and the best I got, was close to 34 mpg driving conservatively. The car is MUCH worse in the Winter, unlike any other Toyota I have ever owned. Consumer Reports OVERALL mileage on this car was 29 mpg...
#422 of 3858 Poor gas mileage
May 07, 2003 (12:07 pm)
Toyota headquarters now tells me that they are happy to have helped me, but it's not their problem...it's the EPA's fault.
quote taken from last communication...
"Thank you for contacting Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
We were sorry to learn of your displeasure with the service provided by Toyota of Roseville.
As the fuel economy estimates are based on results of tests required and performed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(EPA), you may find more clarity by contacting them to address your concerns.
We hope you will find the support you need through this resource.
Toyota has presented you all of the available options; any further recourse may be pursued outside of Toyota.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to assist you.
National Customer Relations "
Toyota is locally advertising this car gets 40.
I did my research before I bought...edmunds, KBB, and consumers said it gets around 35. In fact, the articles I read from the professional reviews stated they got a consistent 35.
Unfortunately, I didn't check out the consumer discussions about this car first.
Of the 8 new vehicles I've owned in the past 12 years, I've never had one that disappointed me so much, especially since it was the gas milieage that sold me on the car.
#423 of 3858 Poor gas mileage
May 07, 2003 (1:24 pm)
I have owned several Toyota's in the last 20 years and THIS 2003 Corolla has been the ONLY one that is not even close to the MPG estimates .I also went through the same CRAP with Toyota dealers and corporate (people)? and to be quite honest, they do not give a crap about you after they sell you a car. Toyota quality is rated high, but customer service ratings from their dealers and corporate are just as low as any other manufacturer. If you still have the survey they mailed to you,(about the dealership) BLAST THEM HARD, as it hurts their dealer rating.. which is the only thing they care about...
#424 of 3858 all I can say is
May 07, 2003 (10:10 pm)
I do get 32-33 mpg in the Matrix week in and week out in 50/50 city/highway driving, and I am only about 75 miles from you in Roseville.
This convinces me it can be done, but I am a conservative driver, so that may contribute to the overall mileage I get.
#425 of 3858 insactoca - Go public
May 08, 2003 (8:53 am)
Hi insactoca -
Just to show you how screwed up this is, our 2000 Avalon XLS ( 3.0 liter v6 ) regularly gets 30 mpg highway driving at 65 mph on long trips.
I think you could pursue two very visible public courses:
* Get the local Toyota advertising claiming 40mpg and call the State Attorney Generals' office of consumer affairs and lodge a complaint in terms of fraudulent advertising.
* Get a hold of one of the local TV or Newspaper consumer hawks and tell them your story. Maybe they'll get you some air time.
#426 of 3858 Interior Wear Comments
May 09, 2003 (5:30 am)
I'm not a Corolla/Matrix owner yet, but do own a Highlander. I've been lurking here because I'm ready to trade my wife's '02 Civic in on a Matrix or Corolla S. From the Honda side, I see the exact same cheapening out. The seats and carpet are no where near the quality that our '93 Accord had. My company has three Altimas that we use as employee loaner cars and while the carpet and seats are horrid, even the plastic pieces in the Nissans are falling apart.
I know this doesn't make the current owners feel any better, but at least the problem does not appear to be limited to just Toyota. It's a real shame and hopefully the manufacturers will wisen up. By the way, the Highlander is a great vehicle but the carpet is not what you would expect from a $30K+ auto and right now I am having the driver seat leather replaced under warranty due to stress cracks, so leather doesn't always mean better.
#427 of 3858 highway mileage
May 09, 2003 (6:04 am)
It is quite possible that your mileage will improve as the drivetrain "wears in". I assume the finest burnishing is basically being done by the engine parts running against each other.
This is certainly not uncommon with most makes and models, but you may not read about it with the 2003 Corolla's "yet" as none have had that many miles on them. From what I've gathered, it seems that by 10,000 - 30,000 miles the engine has loosened up, and is delivering the best gas mileage that drivetrain ever will.
#428 of 3858 more on hwy mileage
May 09, 2003 (6:14 am)
Note that you can now do forum searches for (e.g.) mpg in the Corolla forums. Might help you find people with similar problems, and possible solutions. One possible solution was that the engine is burning too rich (i.e. too much fuel in the fuel:air mixture, so it doesn't burn efficiently. Thus, it uses more gas per mile); which I would ASSUME the dealer mechanics would have checked for automatically, however, it's worth asking them.