My '00 Facelift Corolla Sr Vvti
Posted 10 September 2011 - 11:44 AM
Its a 2000 x plate facelift sr VVTI with 146k on the clock, now normally i steer well away from high mile cars but upon reading the details i quickly saw that as "just a number". the cars only had 2 owners from new, and has a FULL service history with the same toyota dealer and has 15 stamps in the book. it also comes with every mot, and every invoice the cars ever had (a big folder full) so has quite obviously been the last owners baby, who was not shy of some money. if the car needed something it got it, even the tyres are all brand new, all matching and all 135 pounds a corner theres no wear anywhere and the paint looks all original and new
anyway enough of my ramblings heres some piccys, from the garage i bought it.
on the journey home i found a nice little location, where some people were rock climbing,
and onto the subbtle mods i have for it;
new flat wipers and tax disc holder
new sticker (ill be repainting the engine mount as it lets the whole bay down!)
and badge (i have matching centre caps coming for the wheels)
first thing that needed sorting was the manky gearnob,
so i stripped it apart
and half hour with the metal polish it came up like this
then me and the mrs went on a 460 miles trip to silverstone for the trax event
where it done this and only one tank was needed
so thats 463.6 miles to 45.24 litres of go go juice = 46.62mpg so its reading bang on
im really happy with the car and have some plans for it as i go up the ladder in work, basically im not going stupid on it like my last cars straight away as i want to be in a financial position where id be ok for a good while if i lost my job again. i am looking for a spare 190 engine ready for when this one goes pop, but in all honesty i dont believe that will be happening any time soon. ive ordered some wind deflectors and i need to delete the rear wiper as i hate them. other than that the cars going to be maintained to the standard the previous two owners kept it at.
sorry for the long winded post but ill keep updating this thread with whats going on with the car all comments welcome.
Posted 10 September 2011 - 12:12 PM
Posted 10 September 2011 - 12:21 PM
Posted 10 September 2011 - 12:43 PM
Loving the tax disc holder
I recently painted my top engine mount and also the top rad mount/fixings as they looked out of place under my bonnet compared to the rest of the engine/bay
Good luck with the mods mate and keep us updated with your progress
Posted 10 September 2011 - 05:42 PM
Mileage really is just a number on the E11, they really are solid cars. As mentioned above though keep an eye on the oil level, its not unheard of for them to use a bit, mine certainly did
Posted 10 September 2011 - 08:36 PM
Good to see another of these on here
Yours has optional dealer fit accessory alloys, don't see many of those, and factory upgrade of the cassette player too.
Looks really good, keep us posted on progress and updates.
My gearknob has gone about the same as yours, on my list of jobs to do! Yours turned out well, top work.
Posted 10 September 2011 - 09:01 PM
yes the tax disc holder always gets people talking, there available on ebay im going to remove the engine mount and rad fixings soon as i have my week of and have them shot blasted and powder coated.
as for a rare car i found this site www.howmanyleft.co.uk and im shocked at how many are left. it tells you how many on the road and how many declared sorn.
so theres only 379 left
as for the wheels i have the original dealer book with the extras and iirc most if not all of them are ticked. i really like the wheels as there different yet a OEM fitting going to have them refurbed too as theres some slight markings on them from a incompetent tyre fitter!!
as for the gearnob i thought i was gone for good, even went to toyota who quoted 75 pounds - if they could find one. its all metal and comes apart as ive shown so alittle bit of polish and or some very fine wet and dry paper will have it looking like new again
its also booked in to a bodyshop to have the drivers rear quarter painted as theres a very small dent in it (not that youd notice unless i told you - tho i know its there and its bugging the hell out of me as i know its there) and to get the front and rear bumpers redone as there showing some age related marks.
any little touches TTE made for this car i can source? im on the look for a spoiler but anything else for the facelifts?
Posted 10 September 2011 - 09:23 PM
They did bodywork, wheels, suspension, exhaust and engine parts.
The only hope is that a dealer is sat with something on a shelf gathering dust, but annual stock takes and stock rotation will have seen parts scurried away by now ( I should know, years in the dealer network saw me scurrying bits myself and scouring the network for other bits!)
I have a Green one of these, the rarest colour I believe, less than 100 or so were sold, even less left. The facelift SR was only made in these specs for the UK market, so seeing as the Corolla is sold globally and in huge numbers through the years, they really are a rare car.
Posted 10 September 2011 - 11:45 PM
i svore to keep it oem... but 5-6 years later....
OT: just let me know if i should delete this post
Posted 11 September 2011 - 10:20 AM
Tibs ill try my local dealer and see if i can uncover anything. Im looking at coilovers too as its alittle high, how do you find yours on the road compared to factory?
Do you both have threads on your cars that i can view to see what can be done and to get some inspiration?
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