2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.7-liter 4-cylinder gasoline from North America
I should have bought the 100k mile extended warranty
Car was delivered with faulty windshield seal. It took over a month and four tries to get the windshield sealed correctly. This was warranty work.
Serpentine belt had to be replaced after two years. This was warranty work.
Battery had to be replaced after three years. This was NOT covered by warranty.
Headlight switch had to be replaced after three years. This was NOT covered by warranty.
Catalytic converter and oxygen sensor need to be replaced now. This is NOT covered by warranty, and no aftermarket catalytic converters are available. The PART ALONE, from Toyota, costs $1300.
There's a suspicious bearing noise that seems to be coming from my alternator. The alternator is still putting out the proper current, so I'm ignoring it for now...
Gas mileage has been excellent. Until the recent emissions problems, I was getting up to 43 mph for highway driving and 30/40 for mixed.
I'm at 92,500 miles, and I'm on the original brakes. And they're still good - I've had them checked.
The clutch still feels like it did the day I drove it home.
The car maneuvers well and is comfortable for day-to-day commuting.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 15th December, 2005
8th Jun 2006, 12:44
I am a bit confused because the review is for a 2002 corolla, but in another part of the review it says that the model year is 2003. Which is it?
10th Apr 2007, 07:04
The catalytic converter most DEFINITELY should have been covered by a warranty. This is federally mandated on this emissions control device... even if the vehicle didn't come with any sort of powertrain warranty whatsoever, your dealership would have been obliged to replace the part on your 2-3 year old car for free.
If they didn't I'd file a complaint with the fta, and start looking for a new dealership.