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The Toyota Corolla

According to the American Heritage Science Dictionary, a ‘Corolla’ is defined as “the petals of a flower considered as a group or unit”. This is very appropriate, considering the Toyota Corolla was first introduced to US consumers in the groovy year of 1968. When it launched it wasn’t associated with the hippie movement, but it really should have been. Think about it: its great fuel efficiency meant it loved Mother Earth, and its small size brought people together – literally – because if you wanted to fit more than four members of your commune in the car you had to sit on each others’ laps.

Fast-forward forty years, and the Corolla continues to sell well as an inexpensive, fuel-efficient car. In fact, it’s the bestselling car in the world, with over 30 million units sold as of 2007.

Things People Like About The Corolla (May not apply to all model years):

- Great gas mileage
- Good value
- Mechanically reliable
- For a smaller car, it has a large trunk

Things People Don’t Like About The Corolla (May not apply to all model years):

- The interior has a “cheap” feel to it
- Slow acceleration
- Tendency to develop a rattle in the dashboard
- Radio is oddly placed; forcing the driver to reach farther than they should to adjust it
- Exterior paint can be easily scratched

MSRP:

$14,405 - $15,615

Fuel Economy Stats:

Estimated New EPA MPG: 28 (City), 37 (Hwy), 31 (Combined)
Official EPA Window Sticker MPG: 32 (City), 41 (Hwy), 36 (Combined)
Average user combined MPG (based on 11 vehicles): 35.8
Cost to Drive 25 Miles: $2.25
Fuel to Drive 25 Miles: 0.81 gal
Cost of a Fill-up: $33.15
Miles on a Tank: 368 miles
Tank Size: 13.2 gal
Annual Petroleum Consumption (1 barrel=42 gallons) = 11 barrels per year
Annual Fuel Cost*: $1352

[*Based on 45% highway, 55% city driving, 15000 annual miles and a fuel price of $2.79 per gallon]

Technical Specs:

Standard Engine: 1.8L I4
Standard Transmission: 5 Speed Manual
Cylinders: 4
Horsepower @ RPM: 126@6000
EPA Class: Compact
Number of Valves: 16
Torque @ RPM: 122@4200 (foot-lbs)
Fuel Type/System: Gas Engine / Sequential Electronic Fuel Injected
Turbo (yes/no): No
Overdrive Transmission: Yes
Valves Configuration: Dual Overhead Cam/Twin Overhead Cam
Supercharged: No
Fuel Capacity: 13.2
Brakes (Front): Disc
Brakes (Rear): Drum
Driveline: Front Wheel Drive
Steering: Rack & Pinion
Seating: 5
Tow Capacity: 1500
Ground Clearance: 5.7
Height: 58.5
Length: 178.3
Wheelbase: 102.4
Width: 66.9
Doors: 4

Model Warranty:

Basic: 36 months
Basic: 36,000 miles
Powertrain: 60 months
Powertrain: 60,000 miles

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Frontal Crash, Side Crash, And Rollover Tests:

NHTSA rates crash-tested vehicles by assigning them one to five stars, with five stars indicating the most injury protection and one star indicating the least protection.

Driver Front: 5 Stars
Passenger Front: 5 Stars
Front Side: 4 Stars
Rear Side: 4 Stars
Rollover: 4 Stars

Recalls:

There have been 10 recalls since the 2003 model year, with none (so far) from the 2007 or 2008 model year. It’s important to note that 8 out of the 10 recalls are actually for aftermarket headlamp assemblies, and have no relation to any original equipment installed by the factory.

Make / Model /Build Year:

Toyota / Corolla / 2006

Recall Date: MAR 09, 2006

Component: EXTERIOR LIGHTING: HEADLIGHTS

Consequence: WITHOUT THE AMBER REFLECTORS, THE VEHICLE WILL BE POORLY ILLUMINATED, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH.

Remedy: ANZO WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE HEADLAMPS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN MAY 9, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT ANZO USA AT 909-468-3688.

Notes: THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET HEADLAMP ASSEMBLIES MANUFACTURED BY ANZO AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON THE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES.

Make / Model /Build Year:

Toyota / Corolla / 2006

Recall Date: JUL 10, 2006

Component: EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Consequence: LACK OF AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS IN THE LAMPS WILL DECREASE LIGHTING VISIBILITY TO OTHER DRIVERS AND MAY POSSIBLY RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.

Remedy: TRADESONIC WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE LAMPS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JULY 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TRADESONIC AT 626-934-8884.

Notes: THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO TRADESONIC AFTERMARKET LAMPS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON THE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES.

Make / Model /Build Year:

Toyota / Corolla / 2005

Recall Date: MAR 09, 2006

Component: EXTERIOR LIGHTING: HEADLIGHTS

Consequence: WITHOUT THE AMBER REFLECTORS, THE VEHICLE WILL BE POORLY ILLUMINATED, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH.

Remedy: ANZO WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE HEADLAMPS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN MAY 9, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT ANZO USA AT 909-468-3688.

Notes: THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET HEADLAMP ASSEMBLIES MANUFACTURED BY ANZO AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON THE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES.

Make / Model /Build Year:

Toyota / Corolla / 2005

Recall Date: JUL 10, 2006

Component: EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Consequence: LACK OF AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS IN THE LAMPS WILL DECREASE LIGHTING VISIBILITY TO OTHER DRIVERS AND MAY POSSIBLY RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.

Remedy: TRADESONIC WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE LAMPS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JULY 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TRADESONIC AT 626-934-8884.

Notes: THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO TRADESONIC AFTERMARKET LAMPS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON THE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES.

Make / Model /Build Year:

Toyota / Corolla / 2004

Recall Date: OCT 03, 2003

Component: WHEELS

Consequence: IN THE WORST CASE, THE STUD BOLT(S) MAY FRACTURE, WHICH MAY RESULT IN THE SEPARATION OF THE WHEEL FROM THE HUB ASSEMBLY AND LEAD TO A LOSS OF VEHICLE CONTROL.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL INSPECT ALL FOUR FACTORY ALUMINUM ALLOY WHEELS AND, IF NECESSARY, REPLACE ANY FOUND TO BE OUT OF SPECIFICATIONS. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN OCTOBER 27, 2003. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.

Make / Model /Build Year:

Toyota / Corolla / 2004

Recall Date: MAR 09, 2006

Component: EXTERIOR LIGHTING: HEADLIGHTS

Consequence: WITHOUT THE AMBER REFLECTORS, THE VEHICLE WILL BE POORLY ILLUMINATED, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH.

Remedy: ANZO WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE HEADLAMPS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN MAY 9, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT ANZO USA AT 909-468-3688.

Notes: THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET HEADLAMP ASSEMBLIES MANUFACTURED BY ANZO AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON THE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES.

Make / Model /Build Year:

Toyota / Corolla / 2004

Recall Date: JUL 10, 2006

Component: EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Consequence: LACK OF AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS IN THE LAMPS WILL DECREASE LIGHTING VISIBILITY TO OTHER DRIVERS AND MAY POSSIBLY RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.

Remedy: TRADESONIC WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE LAMPS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JULY 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TRADESONIC AT 626-934-8884.

Notes: THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO TRADESONIC AFTERMARKET LAMPS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON THE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES.

Make / Model /Build Year:

Toyota / Corolla / 2003

Recall Date: MAR 07, 2002

Component: POWER TRAIN: AXLE ASSEMBLY

Consequence: IF THE VEHICLE IS OPERATED IN THIS CONDITION, ONE OR MORE OF THE FOUR BOLTS COULD COME LOOSE, CAUSING AN ABNORMAL NOISE FROM THE REAR AXLE AREA. IN THE EVENT THAT ALL FOUR BOLTS LOOSEN COMPLETELY, SEPARATION OF THE REAR BRAKE AND HUB ASSEMBLY FROM THE REAR AXLE CARRIER COULD OCCUR, WHICH COULD LEAD TO A LOSS OF VEHICLE CONTROL.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL PROPERLY TIGHTEN THE BOLTS. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN MARCH 21, 2002. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.

Make / Model /Build Year:

Toyota / Corolla / 2003

Recall Date: MAR 09, 2006

Component: EXTERIOR LIGHTING: HEADLIGHTS

Consequence: WITHOUT THE AMBER REFLECTORS, THE VEHICLE WILL BE POORLY ILLUMINATED, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH.

Remedy: ANZO WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE HEADLAMPS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN MAY 9, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT ANZO USA AT 909-468-3688.

Notes: THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET HEADLAMP ASSEMBLIES MANUFACTURED BY ANZO AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON THE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES.

Make / Model /Build Year:

Toyota / Corolla / 2003

Recall Date: JUL 10, 2006

Component: EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Consequence: LACK OF AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS IN THE LAMPS WILL DECREASE LIGHTING VISIBILITY TO OTHER DRIVERS AND MAY POSSIBLY RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.

Remedy: TRADESONIC WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE LAMPS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JULY 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TRADESONIC AT 626-934-8884.

Notes: THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO TRADESONIC AFTERMARKET LAMPS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON THE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES.