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Toyota Corolla, Sedan
Jan 07, 2010 (8:46 pm)
Just an update. I spoke too soon about engine noise. Late yesterday and today I could hear the engine 'growling' each time I started up from a dead stop to 40km/hr. I don't recall my 2002 Corolla sounding like that.
Call me silly or what...maybe a tad paranoid perhaps.....but I only noticed the noise starting late last night. Someone had the car for about 2 minutes. I don't imagine someone could do somthing to it in that short amount of time to affect an engines noise. Nah.
Funny thing is I did not notice the noise up to late last night. I suppose people's perception can't always be relied upon as many factors can come into play (sound of the climate control system affecting perception of noise, etc.).
Having said that, I could almost swear I did not hear the same kind of 'growling' previously. Except for the very faint whine that went away as I broke the car in the initial 300km, the car was very quiet after that. My 2002 Corolla was like that as well. But now, I am very aware of the engine growling moving from a dead stop as at a traffic light. I mean, the sound is very noticeable. For the life of me, I don't know how this noise escaped my attention before.
To Terceltom: My 2002 Corolla CE opened all 4 doors when I pressed the remote.
As for the placement of the clock in the 2010 CE, it is like almost at the bottom of all the controls....let's say almost at seat level. You'd definitely need to take your eye off the road and look down to read the clock. Gee, hurts even more to read that the clock placement was changed starting with the 2010 models. I'd actually prefer it even in the odometer area as mentioned...at least you can still keep your eye on the road that way. Best of all was the way it was on the 2002, on the radio display. A quick glance was all that was needed.
As for the electronic steering, it is a non issue for me. That's how much I would notice any difference. Is it good or bad.......if I don't notice it, then it's good and not an issue.
As for the oil change interval being longer, I think many people are still using regular oil and not synthetic. I don't suppose Toyota can recommend the longer oil change interval based on that. The oil in my brand new 2010 is regular motor oil and not synthetic (I will use synthetic after). However, I will likely just get an oil change (regular oil) at about 3,000km. Then after 8,000km when the "first recommended oil change" is scheduled...I'll then switch to synthetic.
#107 of 238 Re: Rattling noise from trunk? [rosca]
Jan 09, 2010 (3:56 pm)
I have the same problem, and I bought mine on the 31st of 09. It rattles quite a bit on slightly rough roads and at certain RPMs (I have a base with a 5-speed). I tapped on the roof of the trunk (from inside of the trunk just below the center brake light), and heard the same sound. I bet its some plastic electrical connector that is loosely mounted or not mounted at all that's vibrating against the metal (near the trunk light). I have to do some further investigation to pinpoint the source. It may require a trip to the dealer or the simple use of a screwdriver and some foam rubber. Let me know if you come up with anything.
#108 of 238 Re: Rattling noise from trunk? [10corollabase]
Jan 09, 2010 (6:54 pm)
Check the license plate and the little black trunk release cable holders that are mounted on the trunk support arms.
Jan 09, 2010 (7:15 pm)
Went to a local hardware/automotive retailer and saw this very small and light car clock. Cost is about $5. It is small, very light and the right colour too (if your dash colour is black). I hope it lasts a long time but at $5 each, I'll get a few more just in case. It has an adhesive backing (clock is very small so the adhesive patch is small as well) with velcro. Only quibble is that the clock face is not lighted but can still be easily viewed from dawn until it's dark outside. Now I can glance at the clock without having to take my eyes off the road.
Here is a picture of the clock. Looks giantic on the website but it's very small in actuality. Don't go by the package measurements listed on the site.
My 2010 Corolla is breaking in nicely. I am quite happy with all the new features on the car. It's a lot more features than I got on the 2002 CE for about the same price or actually less. A happy Corolla owner.
#110 of 238 Re: 2010 Corolla [canuckrolla123]
Jan 09, 2010 (11:26 pm)
Congratulations on your new car; hope it gives you as good a service as your last one.
I'm currently in the same position as you (own a 2002 Corolla LE and thinking of buying a 2010 model) and was wondering if you could answer a couple of questions I had.
First, I live in Toronto and we get our fair share of windy days. My 2002 Corolla, being with a low center of gravity and a slim profile, doesn't give me much trouble in the wind (and is noticeably more stable in those conditions than the 2003 model we also have). I'm wondering if you've driven your 2010 Corolla in the wind yet and, if so, how does it compare to the 2002 model?
The second point I wanted to ask is about steering feel. I know you said that steering on the 2010 was fine in terms of directional stability on the highway, but do you feel the road texture through the steering wheel? While no sports car by any stretch, I can "read" the road through the steering wheel of my 2002 model reasonably clearly, which is very useful in winter since I can sense when the front wheels start slipping because of ice early enough to make the necessary adjustments and avoid further slipping. I can't count the times this has helped me avoid crashes.. How do you think the 2010 model compares in this regard?
#111 of 238 Re: Rattling noise from trunk? [10corollabase]
Jan 11, 2010 (4:19 pm)
Well, I took it to the dealer and he agrees that there is some noise. He has asked me to come to him when I have more time so that he can look at it for a couple of hours. Lets see if something good happens. Keep me posted if you end up resolving it earlier.
#112 of 238 Re: Rattling noise from trunk? [rosca]
Jan 11, 2010 (5:36 pm)
Guess it wasn't anything obvious huh? I hope he gives you a loaner for your inconveniance for the day that he looks for the rattle.
#113 of 238 2010 Corolla
Jan 14, 2010 (12:44 am)
I just leased a 2010 Toyota corolla last month. What I experienced from my new car are as follows: It's rolls down on the steep inclines and the car surges when I put my foot on brakes for the 1st second or so.
#114 of 238 Re: 2010 Corolla [schong]
Jan 14, 2010 (10:37 am)
Wow, that's really weird. I hope you took it back immediately and told them about it. Any car that surges forward when the brakes are applied is not fit for the road. UNSAFE! Do not drive. Certainly NOT a characteristic of all new Corollas.
#115 of 238 RENTED A 2010 COROLLA LE BEFORE PURCHASE
Jan 18, 2010 (1:07 pm)
So glad I spent the time to check out the new Corolla beyond the test drive from the dealer. I wanted to check out the Electric Power Steering and power on accelerating over grades and entering freeway. These things checked out fine. What didn't check out had nothing to do with my initial concerns. The seats have been cut in length and do not adjust sufficiently to sit comfortably especially with the head rest hitting you in the back of the head. The fabric and foam are shoddy in fact you could see the back seat fabric rippling with the foam a bit sunken on a 2010 car. The interiror trim quality is about a 2 compared to a 8 or 9 from a 15 year old camry. The road noise was more than I would like which was noticable immediately. Really worth the few dollars for rental but disappointed the seats are so uncomfortable. This is not an easy fix with a back support pillow. The seats are cut short in length (makes interior look larger) and does not allow for a pleasant experience. Couldn't wait to return the car. The seat comfort was never an issue in the older camry whether a short or long ride. Too bad, as it has the MPG and safety going for it.