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#534 of 3856 1990 Toyota Corolla
Oct 15, 1999 (2:25 pm)
Everyone is interested in new cars and thats understandable. I am needing a second car and a very good friend of mine just passed away. They have a 1990 Corolla which they purchased new. It has 61000 miles on it. Auto trans, cruise, am/fm/cassette. Pretty standard. My friend has always been very meticulous about servicing his cars. I just wonder if this would be a reliable to and from the grocery store car? Any reliability problems?
Any comments would be appreciated. My e-mail address is nenepop1aol.com.
Oct 15, 1999 (11:06 pm)
You looking probably to the sort of best buy - low miles, old year (low book value) and odometer wasn't clocked. If survivors do not have another plans or asking too mach - go for it. In a shadow market (amateur dealers of classifieds) car like this would fetch in vicinity of $3k easily.
Oct 16, 1999 (2:34 am)
'90 Corolla sounds like a good buy. '91 Corolla does not have an interference engine. You will not ruin your engine, but you will be inconvenienced if the belt pops out in the middle of nowhere.
Miller51--think about doing your timing belt/water pump/hoses soon. You're reaching the "tempting fate" part of that car's life span. Many Corolla belts and water pumps can go beyond 100K, but at 120K I would seriously consider replacement.
#537 of 3856 2000 corolla
Oct 16, 1999 (6:29 pm)
does anyone know if the vvti is an interference engine?
Oct 16, 1999 (10:51 pm)
I've owned my 98 LE (a/t) for nearly 2 years now after carefully evaluating all competing models on paper and on test drives. Maybe I've been lucky, but I've not seen any of the whining or noise problems reported here. I get 30-34 mpg, smooth, quiet, stable ride at all legal and above speeds. Handling is good, but it's not a sports car. Don't care much for the wet traction of the Goodyear Integrity tires, I'll change them to a better brand if they ever wear out.
#539 of 3856 maintenance warranty
Oct 17, 1999 (5:43 pm)
my toyota dealer is offering the 100,000 mile warranty for 1400 dollars is that insane or what? is there a better plan out there somewhere?
#540 of 3856 engine whine and warranty
Oct 18, 1999 (12:43 pm)
Extended warranty for $1400?! That's insane. Toyota's don't really need extended warranty. My old 87 Chevy Nova (corolla clone, now called Prizm) didn't have any problem for the first 110,000 miles. My father's 97 Geo prizm had zero problem (other than a broken ciggaret lighter) so far with about 40,000 miles on it. If you absolutely have to get exteneded warranty, go buy it from Warranty Gold or some direct company instead of getting ripped off buying from the dealer.
As for engine whine. I keep on hearing people talk about it. But so far no one has shown that its a problem. The dealer told me that the whine at 3000 rpms is an harmonic effect from the engine. There is nothing wrong with it. My 99 corolla LE engine's noise goes from silent to a mild whine at 3000 rpms. So far I have not expereienced any problems or heard of any body having a engine problem related to it. I guess the resonance frequency of the engine is just so happen to coinside with that rpm frequency. That would seems to fit the profile that most people hear it at acceleration from 20-40 mph. No big deal.
Beyond that little noise (you have to turn the radio off to hear it), I have not experienced any actual problems with my 1 year old Corolla. (imagined a few though) But if you are all hearing something over that normal noise, then by all means take it to a mechanic.
Good luck to all my fellow corolla owners.
#541 of 3856 Whining Corollas
Oct 19, 1999 (3:25 am)
Take it to a mechanic? Well, I took my car to 3 different dealers and they have no clue what's causing the whining. They can't or don't want to fix it.
The whining also occurs at rotations less than 3000 rpms and it's most noticeable when the engine is cold or when it's cold outside.
#542 of 3856 fundulet
Oct 19, 1999 (11:26 am)
Sorry to hear that. Did the whining develope after you bought the car, or did you also notice it during your test drive before buying?
If it only developed a whine after the you bought the car, then there is something wrong with the car.
Also, the reason why whine is more noticable when cold is because (1) all engines are noiser when cold (2) the idle speed of the corolla is designed higher when cold (about 1600 rpm instead of 600 rpm when warm), making it closer to 3000 rpms, that's why it might appear that the engine is whining at at less than 3000 rpms.
If you are not sure, contact Toyota corp, they should be able to provide an answer since so many people seem to have the same question.
#543 of 3856 Whining Corollas
Oct 19, 1999 (1:10 pm)
My Corolla also whines when less than 3000 rpms.
I took it to Mechanics and they can't give explanation but said the noise is normal and there is nothing they can do. I called Toyota custumer assistant dept, they let me to contact another dealership. They said if another dealership also say it's normal, so it's normal and I have to live with it. They also said they didn't get complaint about this noise. But it seems that many people are bothered by it. The noise is so annoying. What can I do to stop it? Any suggestion?
BTW, I've already told them that this noise broke in after I bought the car.