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#52 of 1000 Re: Major issues so far? [jjanders]
Apr 27, 2008 (9:25 am)
JJanders, my wife and I were in exactly the same boat. We needed a different car since my oldest son inherited my wife's 2000 Civc. We shopped Civics and Corolla's. We presently own two Toyota Camry's and one Honda Ridgeline and one Honda Civic . We like both manufacturers.
For the Civic we viewed assets as being well designed, great gas mileage, nice choice of colors. The negatives were no traction control (coming in new model year), more costly to repair than Toyota (service tech who works on all brands stated that), hard to see the front of the car with the sloping hood, and no dealer incentives-financing or otherwise.
For the Corolla, we thought the assets included traction control,
dealer 0% financing, great gas mileage, dependability, a few more options for the money. On the opposite side though the fit and finish were not quite up to par with the Civic. Lots of plastic.
So as you already know it is a dead heat-get whatever car you like. My wife chose the Corolla in the end for one reason-0% financing and the attitude of the Honda dealers. They were nice on the lot but when it came to finalizing the transaction it was tough. One dealer would not even bring over a dark blue civic from their remote lot after we requested it the day before so we could look at the color and drive the car. That was the day we were going to buy. Needless to say we bought a Corolla.
The Corolla deal was not that smooth either. My wife wanted a Gray Metallic Corolla and she just did not like the seats that came with the LE. We looked at the S model and the seats were dark enough but she did not like the blue spots. Asked the salesman about an XLE and she said they did not make that in a Corolla. Probably because they did not have one. We searched all over Denver for an XLE to look at. Finally found one by chance at the Honda dealer who had brought one over from their sister Toyota dealer.
My wife loved that car and we went in pursuit of a Gray Metallic XLE. Come to find out they only 1% of the Corolla's are produced in the XLE configuration. They are tough to find. Finally got one and we are awaiting delivery for Wednesday.
Hope you enjoy whatever car you choose.
#53 of 1000 Re: 2009 Corolla SRS (Airbags) Malfunctions [backy]
Apr 27, 2008 (9:35 am)
it automatic....when in city its about 32 mpg, if i am crusing on the highway going on long trips and just crusing for like 2 hrs it like 42. I brought it the first week of feb from boch toyota in norwood, mass. He is the number one selling toyota dealers in the world!! They had them since Jan 17 i got mine feb 2.
#54 of 1000 Re: Major issues so far? [sparkland]
Apr 27, 2008 (9:37 am)
There is no way only 1% of Corollas produced nationwide are XLEs.
Maybe 1% of the Corollas that dealer gets. The XLE is little more than what last year's LE was and I have seen plenty of them, not 1 out of 100.
#55 of 1000 Re: Major issues so far? [jaxs1]
Apr 27, 2008 (4:55 pm)
I undertand the XLE is not much better than last years LE. Toyota "held the line on price" by effectively lowering the options in the trim packages.
As far as XLE's being a small portion of the Toyota's production of Corolla's I only am stating that because that is what the dealers are telling me and of all the Corolla's in Denver, the dealers have fewer than 20 total. There are more than 20 S's at each dealership.
#56 of 1000 Re: Major issues so far? [sparkland]
Apr 27, 2008 (5:47 pm)
Maybe they are rare there, but I have never been to a Toyota dealer that didn't have at least a few 2009 Corolla XLEs on the lot. Maybe 10-20%. Not 1%.
#57 of 1000 Re: 2009 Corolla SRS (Airbags) Malfunctions [louie_jr2005]
Apr 28, 2008 (9:56 pm)
I have it checked out today and have to waited for three hours and only took them like five minutes to diagnose and fixed. It was wonderful to hear from them that the only problem was the plug was lose and all they have to do is to tight it! It was a relieve.
#58 of 1000 Re: 2009 Corolla SRS (Airbags) Malfunctions [thaip]
Apr 29, 2008 (3:52 am)
Thats good that it was nothing major...
I was shocked yesterday when i called for a oil change for my 5000 mile service, It is 85 bucks for a oil change, tire rotation, and check of the brakes, hoses belts and top of fluids. I was like why so much, and it because it is 100% Synthetic 0w-20 oil. WOW thats a big price for so little to be done....he said at 30,000 miles it be about 350 bucks to do that stuff plus change the engine air filter and the cabin filter....OMG that alot. i can do the filters on my own!!
#59 of 1000 Re: 2009 Corolla SRS (Airbags) Malfunctions [louie_jr2005]
Apr 29, 2008 (5:54 pm)
Find a new dealer. Sounds like they're hungry for business in the service department. My Toyota dealer charges $18 for an oil change which includes topping off fluids and a quicky car wash, but when they're hungry the "suggestions" come out. Hoses, belts, and brakes shouldn't need checking at 5,000 miles. Modern tires can go much farther before rotating and hopefully you can do that yourself.
Is that the oil Toyota recommends? A synthetic oil should last at least 10,000 miles, but would Toyota then honor any warrantee issues?
#60 of 1000 Re: Major issues so far? [sparkland]
May 03, 2008 (9:34 pm)
Sparkland, I hope you have your magnetic metallic grey XLE by now. That is exactly what I have; I received it April 15. My dealership located exactly what I wanted in Toledo, only about 300 miles away, and I received it 4 days later, waxed and prepped. I absolutely love it. I've always been a Toyota/ Nissan person and this vehicle is the same quality I've come to expect from these manufacturers. It actually has a more solid feel than my old '92 Corolla; more like my '93 Altima (which was the first year for the Altima and it was one of the best vehicles I've ever owned. It currently has 285,000 miles on it and is still ticking.) There are more LE's out there currently because Toyota wanted to get a lot of the new model 2009's on the road so they'd be noticed, thus creating more business. A less expensive vehicle sells quicker to the masses than a loaded one. I imagine there will be more XLE's on the road next year, or maybe even later during the 2009 model year. However, as I said, I had no problem finding what I wanted, even down to every option I wanted, and only one that I didn't care about (that satellite radio). A lot of it has to do with your dealer.
#61 of 1000 Re: 2009 Corolla SRS (Airbags) Malfunctions [mcmanus]
May 04, 2008 (8:36 am)
Yes it is right inside my book that it uses 0w-20 or 5w-20 synthetic oil. Must be done ever 5000 miles. If not warrntee wouldb void b/c you didn't do what they said. I found another toyota dealer near me that charge me 54 bucks for everything i said earlier plus a car wash. thats not too bad for synthetic around here. jiffy lube charges 45 for syntectic but it not the same 5w-20 like toyota makes. plus they don't check brakes, tires, or car wash. just oild change and top off fluids