1998 White Toyota Corolla Le 4-door, The Perfect New Driver's Car on 2040-cars
Warrenton, Missouri, United States
Like sand through the hour-glass, so go the days of our lives, and this car has been a big part of our lives.
This is a 1998 Toyota Corolla LE. The car has 235,588 miles. We acquired the car in 2003 when it had 65,925 miles. Since we have owned the car we have replace all four struts, rebuilt the brakes (front and rear), purchased one new battery and replace the power-steering pressure hose. Oil has been routinely change every 5,000 miles. The car drives straight, stops straight, and the air conditioner is nice and cold. Cruise control works, as does the AM/FM Cassette Stereo.
As disclosed above, the check engine light is on due to the depleted catalyst in the catalytic converter. I have enquired of a local mechanic and the cost of parts and labor to correct this issue is approximately $350.00. This statement is not to be construed as a warranty or guarantee, it is simply a disclosure of the one deficiency that I know of with respect to the mechanical soundness of the car.
Regarding the body, the clear coating is peeling off of the hood. There is a crack in the nose which is shown in the pictures. The wheels could benefit from a good scrubbing and likewise the carpeting could use a thorough shampooing. That said, the seats are all in-tact with no rips, holes or tears. This has been a non-smoking car. All feature of the sun-roof are fully functional. The vinyl material covering the door pillar on the passenger side is deteriorating.
We purchased this car for our daughter prior to her 16th birthday. I presented the keys to her with the following admonishment; "If you take care of this car, change the oil like I instructed and pay attention to the details, it will last you through high school, college, graduate school and your first two years of gainful employment. By that time you should have saved a decent down payment for a new car." I am happy to disclose that she did just that and the car served her as described.
I consider this car very reliable. I drive 45 miles one way to work everyday. If my primary driver had two flat tires in the garage tomorrow, I would have no qualms about grabbing the keys and driving the Toyota until my primary car was repaired.
You are responsible for transporting the car to your abode. I am willing to work with you on scheduling.
Regarding payment, Cash is King. Cashier's Check or Fed-wire are acceptable alternatives. If your opt to pay by Fed-wire you will be responsible for all transfer fees. If you choose to remit by cashiers check, I will retain the title until your funds are fully collected. But bring your cash and you can drive it home.
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Thu, 07 Mar 2013 15:29:00 EST
Toyota has been hosting its Pro/Celebrity race at the Toyota Grand Prix on Long Beach since 1977. The charity event, which has raised millions of dollars over the years, traditionally pits Hollywood celebrities against professional athletes (including race car drivers) on the full Grand Prix course in modified street vehicles. The short, sprint-style race is popular with the crowds as the amateur drivers race uninhibited - the result is an action-packed race with plenty of excitement and automotive... er... carnage.
Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:01:00 EST
Over the decades, the drivers have raced a variety of Toyota products including last year's front-wheel-drive Scion tC. But this year, Toyota announced at the Chicago Auto Show that the new rear-wheel-drive Scion FR-S would be stepping up to the plate. The good news only became better when Toyota Motorsports invited us out to Southern California's Willow Springs Raceway (the same circuit where the drivers train and practice) to be one of the first behind the wheel.
The Sydney Morning Herald has spoken to Tetsuya Tada, chief engineer of the Toyota 86 (our version of it, the Scion FR-S, is pictured above), and they've been promised that more power is on the way. We've heard a lot of speculation about a more powerful Toyobaru since before the standard model was even launched. The only question now is how the power will be delivered, and among the engine concepts we've already heard about - turbo, supercharger, twin-charged, hybrid - is a new one: more displacement.
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:58:00 EST
Tada said that an engine with more displacement than the current coupe's 2.0 liters is being tested alongside a turbocharged and a hybrid-assisted motor. The SMH cites "inside sources" as saying the displacement option is the one likely to get the go-ahead, and suggests increased bore and stroke will see the engine grow to 2.5 liters, horsepower to about 250 - a 50-hp increase over the present car.
While that's apparently the betting man's solution for the long-awaited increase in gumption, what happens with the next generation could be more wide open than we suspected. According to the report, Tada "hinted that [a successor] could be a radically different car, potentially dropping the boxer engine altogether." He said once they've sorted out the concept for the second generation car, then they'll sort out an engine. That's where a turbo option could come to market, perhaps the turbocharged four-cylinder Toyota is developing for the Lexus NX crossover or a hybrid system that uses a capacitor.
Toyota is issuing three separate recalls covering 1.67 million vehicles worldwide with most of those models in Japan. It looks like the campaigns' impact on the US may be smaller, though. According to Reuters, Toyota isn't aware of any accidents, injuries or fatalities affecting the models. Some yet-unnamed Lexus models might also be affected.
The largest of the campaigns does not currently affect any US-market vehicles. About 802,000 units of the Toyota Crown Majesta, Crown, Noah and Voxy in Japan are being repaired to replace a seal that could leak in the brake master cylinder. Those already leaking get a new brake booster, as well, according to Reuters.
The only recall currently believed to affect the US is due to a problem covering approximately 759,000 vehicles with 423,000 of them here. The repair is to fix a faulty fuel delivery pipe that could cause a fire if the fuel leaks out. Unfortunately, we don't know which models it covers. Autoblog spoke to Toyota spokesperson Mona Richard and was told the information was still "under embargo." When exactly that embargo will lift isn't yet known, but we're on the case.