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#7 of 33 Re: 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla [sales2010]
Oct 21, 2007 (5:32 pm)
I bought a used 2004 Corolla S two months ago. It had 76,000 miles on it, and a standard transmission.
Con: I have very few gripes. The biggest is that I hate the power steering. It's just too light. I prefer manual steering on a car this light, but I've driven other power steering vehicles that weren't as overly sensitive as the Corolla.
My other gripes are minor: The left sun visor collides with the rear view mirror. I have my adjustable steering wheel set to its highest position, and it blocks my high beam warning light. More road noise than I expected.
Pro: 36.1 mpg overall for the 2,500 miles I've driven it (mostly country roads and 70mph freeway, with just a little bumper-to bumper city driving). Excellent power. Very comfortable. Very roomy feel inside. Decent ride for such a light car.
If it has the reliability of my previous Toyotas, I'll own it for a long time.
#8 of 33 used 2004 corolla le
Nov 10, 2007 (9:48 am)
hi, returning from an overseas assignment in korea, i bought it used at hertz car sales in portland or in sep 05 with about 24k miles on it. i drove it indirectly across the country, ending up in toronto and have had it since. (its really too bad that hertz discontinued most of its retail used car sales stores. buying used from a nationally known rental agency meant that all service was properly done and a lemon would have been wholesaled away.)
the car has been essentially bulletproof, now with 57k miles. before buying i watched the edmunds forums on corollas and expected as much. ive done all required maintenance, using synthetic oil, and replaced the awful oem goodyear tires in jan 06 with walmart captive brand vivas, which are great tires.
its a totally reliable, easy to care for appliance. it lost a bit of steam out west going up mountains, and the cruise control hunts and pecks on hills, but those are known issues. it unfortunately lacks side air bags and abs, so im replacing it with a cpo 2006 mb c280, which is about the same size and has the same tight turning radius. the mb is a driving machine, not an owner's appliance as is the corolla. different cars, different reasons for being.
if you can find a corolla that has had regular maintenance performed is still within warranty by several thousand miles to take care of any major issues, its a fine transporter.
#9 of 33 i own one
Nov 12, 2007 (6:35 pm)
hi, bought one new, did all the scheduled maintenance, at about 65k miles dealership said i had tranny problems, 5k bucks for a new one. decided not to do it. Now its at 140k miles still doing fine. Main problems with mine were the tranny issue, my brakes squeak all the time. changed the whole brake, squeaks in the wet, in the dry, all the time. The hinge on the upper storage compartment in the center stack broke. stupid toyota made plastic hinges with .0000001 inch diameters so that if u accidentally touch it it falls off. The paint job is horrible, bugs are indented into my bumper and litle rocks have scratched the hood to the point that i can see the steel. If you're looking for a car that'll keep running, the corolla hands down is your best bet.
oh yeah, i have an 03 LE corolla
#12 of 33 Buying an Older Corolla
Oct 26, 2008 (4:58 am)
#14 of 33 Buying used car from friend that drives crazy!
Apr 07, 2008 (9:19 pm)
Hey Edmunds community,
I have a question. I am a poor college student that needs to buy a car next year because i'm living off campus. Well, my friend, thats a senior is leaving and she is going to sell me her Honda Accord 96, Toyota Camry, or Toyota Corolla (i forget which one it is...I will call her tomorrow and find out)...but basically, she is selling it to me CHEAP. At least from my research and what I think. She is selling it for $3000 (maybe I can get her to go lower). But the only problem is from what I have seen and from what every one says is that she is a crazy driver. She speeds 90s-100s when she can, etc. I assumes that she does regular maintenences on her car because she is very responsible and also, she told me she spent $600 on the car recently. My only concern is her driving habits and the longterm effects it has on the car.
Oh btw, the its a 96' model Camry/Accord/Corolla ( dont remember) and it has around 106,000 miles on it. Which is good too.
Ultimately, should I buy this car because it is a bargain? Or should I pass on this deal?
#15 of 33 Re: Buying used car from friend that drives crazy! [cocopuffs809]
Apr 08, 2008 (4:14 am)
A major repair that has to happen prior to 100K, is replacement of the internal engine timing belt and water pump. It's a cogged fiber belt which wears out, which keeps the crankshaft and camshafts in proper timing. If that wears out and breaks, your engine dies immediately and you have to have it towed somewher to get repaired. You want to make sure this is done in maintenance mode while you can plan it, as opposed to unexpectantly on the road somewhere. Depending where you have it done, that typically would be about 500-750.
Find out exactly what maintenance was done for 600, but I would assume (with any used car), that you may have to put 1500 into it to cover one of any number of repairs.......brake pads and rotors, struts if leaking, CV Joint halfshafts, transmission fluid change, etc. I'd have someone check it out before you buy.
Apr 08, 2008 (10:11 pm)
We'll its a Toyota Corolla with 106K miles on it. She told me she is very good on checkups and maintainence. Always oil changes on time and does every maintainence necessary according to the Jiffy-lube checklist. So I think I'm buying the car. Thanks. And shes going to do a final tune up before she sells me the car. So I hope it'll be a good deal. Thanks