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Toyota Corolla, Sedan
#183 of 238 Re: Aftermarket Leather Interior [terceltom]
Apr 05, 2010 (5:24 pm)
The only reason why I do not like the S model is because of the underbody spoilers. I also prefer a lighter interior. My model preference is the XLE, either in Blue Streak or Desert Sand. I also like the Desert Sand, but I feel this color has been out a little too long. It debuted back in 2002 on the then redesigned Camry. Then in 2004, it replaced the Sandrift Metallic on the Corolla and has been around since. It is still one of the more popular colors on the Corolla, but it needs a little change! The blue definitely stands out and would look sharp on the XLE with alloys. I just wish Toyota offered a blue exterior and tan interior combination, like my old 2004 LE. I had the Indigo Ink Pearl with factory oak leather interior--a really nice color combo.
#184 of 238 Re: Aftermarket Leather Interior [ntassistant]
Apr 06, 2010 (5:06 am)
I own a 2010 Corolla LE. The cloth seats are terrible. Lint and dog hair sticks to it and its a nightmare to get off. I clean the seats weekly and its a chore. You'll find that many others feel the same way. Boch South in North Attleboro, MA is offering to install leather for $750, which is their cost. They've had so many complaints that they've had to do something!
#185 of 238 Re: 2011 Corolla [ntassistant]
Apr 06, 2010 (5:09 am)
There are no significant changes for 2011. Buy a 2010 now and get a deal!
#186 of 238 Re: Aftermarket Leather Interior [trikev19]
Apr 06, 2010 (6:52 am)
I'm fairly well read on the Toyota Corollas and your complaint is the first I've heard concerning the seat fabric. The velour fabric in the Corollas is a premium fabric and does hold some lint, but a complaint, really ??? Perhaps it should be recalled . . . lol
Why go to this place in North Attleboro, MA that has many complaints against them for aftermarket leather? Get an "S" model that has leather and be done with it.
#187 of 238 Re: Aftermarket Leather Interior [ntassistant]
Apr 06, 2010 (7:00 am)
I understand 100%. My wife wanted leather so bad but we wanted an XLE so we got the XLE loaded in place of the leather and the "S". I must say we really do like the premium velour fabric currently used on the Corollas but leather would have been awesome.
#188 of 238 Re: Aftermarket Leather Interior [terceltom]
Apr 06, 2010 (2:12 pm)
Very ironic, I purchased a new, 2010 Avalon last November from Boch South. I do not like them and will never purchase another car from them and strongly urge others not to as well. I had a bad experience with them (body damage on new car upon delivery, purchased accessories that were promised to be installed on car for delivery were not even at dealership). They act as though they're your best friend to get you to sign the purchase and sales agreement. After that, they really do not care anything about the customer or their vehicle for that matter. Never again for me. I'm sorry I bought there, but they had the exact car that I was looking for, so I bought it. And I have to say, I am 100% dissatisfied with the Avalon. It is the worst car I have owned. This car does not acclerate or "coast" when you take your foot off the accelerator. Instead, the car hesitates and pulls back (while city driving between 20-35 MPH). It drives me CRAZY! Many other Avalon owners of the 2005-2010 models have the same complaint with the transmission. Many people say the car has to adapt to my driving style and this issue should go away. NOT, this is a major transmission issue that has something to do with an increase in gas mileage.
I have owned 2 Corollas and loved them. I am actually loooking to trade the Avalon in and go back to a Corolla. I put a lot of money down and got a decent amount for my trade (a 2004 Corolla). However, 2010 Avalons have a $3,000 factory rebate, so that does not help me in any way! I may have to wait another few months or year before I do trade. I will NOT be keeping this Avalon for very long.
As far as the aftermarket leather at Boch South, I am pretty sure they bring their cars for the installation to be done at a shop in Plainville, MA called Auto Sound. Auto Sound installs many aftermarket products (sunroofs, spoilers, audio equipment, alarms, remote starters, etc.) I am pretty sure they use Katzkin brand aftermarket leather. I have read many customer reviews and found that Classic Soft Trim has much better quality leather.
#189 of 238 Re: Aftermarket Leather Interior [trikev19]
Apr 06, 2010 (2:42 pm)
Agree - the cloth seats sux. My first car w/o leather in many years, but I bought the Corolla to be my daily drive; have a Porsche 911 for weekend fun.
Sliding (?) into the Corolla is like trying to slide with velcro on your rear end! Takes getting used to and if I do decide to keep it, may opt for aftermarket leather. If not, the next daily absolutely will have leather!
#190 of 238 Re: Aftermarket Leather Interior [ntassistant]
Apr 06, 2010 (6:28 pm)
Excellent and very educating post. I didn't know that about the Avalons. The closest I ever came to buying an Avalon would have been a Solara back in 2001. After much thought I just couldn't get myself to buy a large two door coupe. Stuck with the Corollas and so glad I did. You sound like a person with discriminating taste. I was sold on Corollas after I purchased my first one back in 1979. Had nothing but Toyotas since; Corollas 4 , Celica 1, Tercel 1, Tacoma 1, oh, and 1 oddball Plymouth Voyager. The Corollas are my favorite of all.
#191 of 238 Re: 2011 Corolla [trikev19]
Apr 07, 2010 (3:33 pm)
"...There are no significant changes for 2011. Buy a 2010 now and get a deal..."
How do you know that? I am 90% certain that Toyota will do "something" about the steering issue. And maybe a few other known issues. They're in a position that they must care for their customers now more than ever.
Otherwise how can you explain changing model years in December?? For a Toyota? Something that never happened in recent memory.
They usually change model years very early in the year, or release new models early too. (Like currently the 2011 Sienna - or even the 2011 Camry which carried over WITHOUT any changes). Which is probably for greater resale value - in 7 years down the road (for example) when you have a choice to get a "2010 Honda Accord" or "2011 Toyota Camry", of course the Camry will be worth much more - it's a model year newer! But no one then cares that the 2 cars were built the exact same day.... (IMO, there should be some regulations about these..)
#192 of 238 Corollas [terceltom]
Apr 07, 2010 (3:36 pm)
I am right along with you on Corollas being my favorite car. I learned how to drive on a 1989 Corolla sedan. Love it and still own it, though it has excessive body rot. Current odometer is 148,000 miles. Engine runs like new. When the 9th generation Corolla launched, I fell in love and had to have one. I was in my second year of college and wanted a new car. I purchased a new 2004 LE with every possible factory option (my favorite car of all time). The biggest mistake of my life was trading it in for a new Avalon. I will never find another one like it, especially like the pristine condition it was in. Not a single door ding or scratch, just minor surface scratches due to washing. I am very particular about my cars and take extra good care of them. I'm the type of person who will park at the far end of the parking lot to avoid door dings from other cars and shopping cart dings.
I can't wait to get back into a Corolla. I just might wait for the 2011s to come out. I have read speculations of a 5 speed automatic transmission across all models and standard USB for iPod. These features are worth waiting for. As mentioned in an earlier post, Toyota shouldn't be releasing the 2011s anytime soon. From what I learned, the 2011 aren't due until December or January. This delay in production could mean that Toyota is really making some changes to the Corolla lineup and need the time to do so. Maybe they're modifying the (EPS)steering that many people complain about.