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#44 of 53 Re: 2011 Corolla Automatic ON/OFF Headlights? [ntassistant]
Feb 14, 2011 (3:38 pm)
Wow, are you saying you actually have to manually put the headlights on and off? That's just crazy, why would they just eleminate such a standardized feature on most new cars? I love this feature!
You can expect to get 24 mpg city or 39 mpg highway with a new Corolla.
#45 of 53 Re: 2011 Corolla Automatic ON/OFF Headlights? [terceltom]
Feb 14, 2011 (3:55 pm)
Tell me about it, I am just as shocked! I loved this feature on the Corolla as it was "smart". I just can't understand why they did away with it. So, DRL are standard still and the dash (speedometer and guages) illuminate regardless of lighting conditions in/outside of vehicle? I can imagine many drivers forgetting to manually turn on headlights while driving as it gets darker outside! You obviously have the headlights on because the tail lights aren't on unless lights are manually turned on. In my opinion, I see it as a safety issue as people who know Corollas dating back to 2003 were accustomed to this neat, worry free feature.
While searching on OEM parts on dealer website, there is a sensor listed for Corolla model years 2009-2011, even though no such sensor is equipped in 2011 models. As mentioned in earlier posts, the housing (small circular dot) is made in the dashboards in the former location of the sensor, when formerly equipped. My question is, will it be possible for people to have this sensor installed on 2011 Corollas? I can imagine it may be possible, but the labor would be outrageous as it is electrical and components would need to be moved around the dash to accommodate. Just wondering!
#46 of 53 Re: 2011 Corolla Automatic ON/OFF Headlights? [ntassistant]
Feb 14, 2011 (4:06 pm)
I got used to not having auto on/off headlights:)
You have DRL; however, guages on dash do not illuminate during the day. Thus, you will not have the problem of forgeting to turn on lights at night.
It is early to talk about gas millage. I just did my first fill up at 250 miles, and my gas millage was 30.5 MPG. However, 75% of my driving was in the city, so I believe that gas millage will go up during spring, summer, and fall.
If I get 35-36 MPG, I will be happy:)
I found out today that seats on S model are a little bit larger... They provide better support for the body.
#47 of 53 2011 Corolla Automatic ON/OFF Headlights?
Mar 25, 2011 (2:08 pm)
In my opinion the 2011 sucks!!! I had a 2010 S (15k miles) which I really loved. Unfortunately, I got T-boned and the car was totaled out last week. I called my dealer and asked him about getting the 2011 with exactly the same features as my beloved 2010. I drove 120 miles to his dealership to get the car. Boy was I disappointed driving home, The 2011 did not have the tie down "D" rings in the trunk. Next, I put my TomTom NAV in the center console and found that the power outlet had been removed. This was important to me, because I plug my Blu-Tooth earpiece into a cigarette lighter charging adapter near where the AUX audio input is located, but I can't do that now because the TOM TOM is plugged in to that. Now I know you are going to say "but the new 2011 comes Blu-Tooth compatible radio". My old BT earpiece is better than the 2011's built-in BT. The 2011's BT keeps a separate phone book from the ONE ON YOU PHONE. now you have to maintain 2 phone books!! What a hassle!! Finally, the new fancier stereo comes with a major problem - they sacrificed quality for quantity. It sounds awful! Trumpets sound shrill, the bass is muddy and unnatural, and Michale Buble's silky smooth voice sounds similar to Robert Shaw dragging his fingernails across the chalkboard in the movie "JAWS". It probably sounds fine to those who are tone deaf... Oh, and did I mention that the I was driving the car home in the dark when I realized it didn't have Automatic ON/OFF Headlights. I should never have gotten the 2011 and just bought a used 2010!
#48 of 53 Re: 2011 Corolla Automatic ON/OFF Headlights? [radiozener]
Mar 25, 2011 (3:05 pm)
Yes, I completely agree with you on everything you've mentioned! I too would be disappointed knowing I purchased a new car with "expected" features found in last year's model! I can't figure out why Toyota is making these poor decisions by cutting costs (eliminating once common, practical standard features as found in last model year) thinking customers aren't going to notice these obvious details. In my opinion, the 2011 Corolla is by far one of the worst model years ever built. I don't see any 2011s on the road at all (only rentals). Honestly in my region, there are still a lot of new 2010s on dealer lots. I think this says something about the current generation Corolla. I hope Toyota realizes they really screwed up with this year's Corolla and they MAKE NECESSARY changes for it to survive in 2012 and thereafter.
#49 of 53 Re: 2011 Corolla Automatic ON/OFF Headlights? [radiozener]
Mar 26, 2011 (6:53 am)
So you bought this new car sight unseen ? ? ? I guess I would ask why the big rush ? Now your stuck with it! I gotta tell ya though, I'm a very big Toyota fan, (as everyone on this site would attest to), but if I were in the market for another car I would steer away from the new Corolla also as I, like you, would definitely miss all of those features they did away with also. I like the Mazda 3 more and more evry time I look at it. Perhaps Toyota is trying to push the Camry, saving all of those features for that model.
Mar 26, 2011 (11:48 am)
After considering the '11 Corolla "S" for purchase, and reading the latest posts here concerning Toyota's eliminating certain features once available, I'm afraid this machine is OFF my small list of new vehicles to check out.
Toyota sure has blown it, BIG time, with the 2011 Corolla.
Jan 19, 2012 (12:26 pm)
I purchased a 2011 corolla LE, from day one I have had a problem with it miss fireing, took it in four times already they can't fix it need less to say I'm frustrated seening as I'ev only had it two months.I don't worry about it not having auto head lights I worry about it dying on me going down the road. Has any one else had this problem ? nativegirl
Jan 20, 2012 (5:51 am)
The headrests on my new 2011 Corollla S move up on their own as I drive. this eventually creates an uncomforable driving position for me. Is the what "active" headrests are supposed to do? Any similar experiences from fellow owners? I have not yet brought this up with Toyota.