2003 Toyota Corolla from North America
An OK car, but not great
Nothing has gone wrong, but I am concerned that something will.
The car is a little scary in winter or icy conditions. Very poor tires come with new car.
The engine noise at about 3000 RPM is very loud and annoying. It makes the car feel cheap. This is a real design issue that I am sure Toyota knows about. I bought a Corolla for quality, not a Ford Escort, but this is very disappointing.
Interior noises crop up from time to time, like dashboard vibrations, or window/door vibrations.
Visibility is somewhat obstructed by the windshield frame that protrudes so far forward. I have been surprised by cars that appeared out of no where blocked by these.
I can't get the radio/CD adjusted for quality sound. It seems to have too much bass, or becomes very tinny.
Car is efficient, and if it has the longevity that I am accustomed to I'll probably have it for ten years.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 5th January, 2004
3rd Jun 2004, 05:50
In regards to the scary winter conditions, I had my 2004 Corolla S skid off of the road in the snow last winter. Probably could blame the tires and a little too much speed, however it happened without any warning.
6th Aug 2004, 14:50
I have a hard working 2003 Corolla LE driven 60,000 miles in 23 months. The car is well maintained by the dealer. Life time oil change service cover the every 3000 miles oil change. The rattle noises from the dash and windows is true. I have the same problem. But one problem I have is that when I am driving at 2,000 RPM, about 50 - 55 MPH. There is a humming noise coming from the transmission. It is annoying. The car was took back to the dealer, but the dealer claim they cannot duplicate the noise. For this matter, I have emailed TOYOTA. The result is pending. Does any one have the same problem? I also have a 1999 Corolla CE. It runs great no problem.