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  1. Hi, I have a pair of unused new Corolla aluminium front sill plates for sale complete with instruction cost £70. Someone make me a resonable offer plus postatge and there yours.
  2. Well new short engine is being fitted this week. Lets hope this lasts longer than 8000 miles, and that they have put everythhing back together OK.
  3. Toyota Customer relations have said they will only modify Tsports as the problem is not so severe on other models.
  4. Sorry the web address http://www.corolland.com/repairs.html It reads:- Rene wrote: "Believe it or not, there is rumoured to be a problem with the new Corolla engines. They are noisy, and there seems to be a problem with the timing belt tensioners. The vibration problem will go away, but it would appear that you will need to replace an engine mount (not enough damping) or wait for the engine mount to loosen with time, thus providing more damping and hence less vibration intrusion into the gauge pod. Only time will tell what is your next course of action. I would wait for the face lift, they might get it right by then!
  5. Those of you who have red my previous posts in the past will know the problems I have had with my now 14 month old corolla 1.6 Tspirit. Well last weekend after taking the vehicles to only 5000 RPM for the first time, a knocking sound started to developed from 2000 to 3000 RPM from cold, remaining for several miles until the engine was hot. The fault has been identified as piston slap or worn small ends. The car has only covered 8000 miles and now requires a new engine. You can imagine how I feel. A new engine has been ordered. Just hope this is better than the last one. I spent 12 months trying to convince Toyota dealers that the engine didn't sound right and this incident now proves it. The web site corollaand.com mentions the possibility of unreliable corolla engines on the latest model.
  6. Hi ganyb, Excuse my french but no the !Removed! dealer didn't fit the engine mount and he didn't do anything except fit another inlet manifold it should not have had (yet another Inchcape dealer not delivering as promised). The latest dealer I have visited punched my VIN into the Toyota computer and guess what it should have had a modified one fitted. He has ordered one along with other parts which are taking up to 6 weeks to arrive from Wales to England how stupid is that? I will let you know when I have the mods in place probably around the 10 September, this will be 9 months after I bought the car. Well until I get these parts fiited I don't have much to say, but I am still reading all the posts. Hope you are keeping well, keep in touch my friend. Regards GAZ
  7. Hi, Fact is I agree with you, I own a 1.6 Tspirit Corolla and the engine/gearbox is noisy, the radio facia rattles and has dropped and many more annoying issues. I believe there is a known issue with the engine mounts on all 02 models, there is also a question mark over the auxiliary drive belt tensioner (keeps the belt tight around the alternator etc.)which can vibrate and rattle. I have been very persistent at trying to get a dealer to agree with me on these problems and to sort them out, now I hope I have found one after three failed attempts some 6 months on. This dealer has ordered a few new parts which I hope to get fitted in September some are listed on the Toyota Technical service bulletins that the dealer has access to. If your can't get any joy from your current dealer, change to a different one if this is an option. Also contact your Toyota customer services department and complain. I believe Toyota Europe may cover your region. I have posted many complaints about the Corolla on this web site including the Auto Express post, have a look at these previous posts it may help you to generate your own approach at getting your problems resolved. I don't think that these mods will solve all the noise issues but they should help. Guess we will have to buy a face lift version perhaps late into 2004 to get a sound vehicle. Good luck. Gaz.
  8. Well just to give you an update, I have taken the car to a different dealer and they have now identified issues with the vehicle. Parts are now on order. One part is the idle tensioner for the auxiliary drive belt. Auto Express were emailed by Toyota Technical and were told to inform all their readers with Toyota Corolla 1.6 VVT i engines to have this idler checked. Well I told the previous dealer but he just said this was an Avensis problem, apparently not! The dealer has also ordered the parts to resolve the radio facia dropping problem. A new engine mount which was identified as a problem when he entered my vehicles VIN into the system. well this dealer seems more competent than any of the previous three dealers I have visited. They will fit the parts, test the car and take it from there. If they can't resolve the issues they will call the Toyota engineer in to investigate, although Toyota Customer services have now offered me this option as a result of Auto Express intervention. Unfortunately they won't give me my money back. Another problem though, the idler is on back order 5 September, this means I will have waited 6 weeks for one part, a British part, apparently there is a few on order and the numbers are rising. Why should we have to wait so long for a fix?
  9. Well I have been contacted today by a company based in Switzerland working on behalf of Toyota asking questions relating to customer feedback about my dealings with Toyota GB and Toyota Europe. Well they wanted to know how may case had been handled and my views on how I was dealt with as a customer. They also asked me for any advice I may have on what improvements I would like to see. I won't tell you what my answers were, but I bet you can gue
  10. rhaines I like your suggestion about TGB answering our complaints on the forum but bare in mind at the end of the day they are in the position of making money like any other capitalist company and their response will be calculated. The dealers will also be doing the same. lets not lose site about what this thread was about, using the media to launch the attack, they have more resources and money to invest on gaining a result but don't forget they also gain something that they need to survive a story. Write to Auto Express, What car or Watch dog, the more the merrier. By the way BBC Topgear WWW.TOPGEAR.COM have a good section on their MY TOP GEAR SECTION, DUFFERS which allows you to post problems with vehicles. Why not add your compalints to the this?
  11. Thanks for the encouragement. As you know having had a few new Corolla's since April 2002 I have tried very hard to stick with it. I explained to TGB today that I rejected the first couple of cars for cosmetic issues, sunroof leaks and stalling faults. Once TGB had explained that these had been addressed on the line, my confidence in the Corolla was lifted enough to have another go. I was fairly happy with my purchase until after about 1200 miles when the inlet manifold failed. Since then the engine has got noisier and 3 inlet manifolds and one set of gear change cables later still no cure, ironically the cabin seems quieter.. I must say I have had a few sleepless nights and a lot of trips to different garages trying to see what I could purchase in stead. I don't really want to throw in the towel (although TGB might wish I would) I like the size and feel of the car and so does my wife. I would like to say that one guy at TGB customer services has tried hard to turn things around within his restraints, I feel slightly guilty that he is always the one left to deal with me, I do think that some people above him should come out of hiding a sound their voices. I would only say TGB could do with a few more people like him. As for all you people on the forum take this opportunity to be heard. Your posts are being read. Thanks a lot for this web site and to all the people who contribute to it, we can and do make a difference. Keep up the good work. GAZ
  12. My car a Tspirit has the same smell when you turn the A/C off the air smells for a while. I too have noticed the cold air warms up after a period of use. I don't think i could add any more problems to an already growing list!
  13. Well I have been contacted by Toyota GB. They have heard from Auto Express and want to have their engineer look at my car. Problem is not until late August. I wonder if this has anything to do with delaying the outcome to prevent publication before the new September REG? I don't think they want people to cancel their Corolla orders based on the outcome of my cars faults. If they can cure my vehicles problems I would be more than willing to give the whole TGB operation some praise on this web site. Fact is though I have been considering selling the vehicle because I have just about ran out of steam. I have only been offered £10000 trade, Toyota will not under right my losses and the price is only fixed until 31 August. what should I do?
  14. A story is to be published soon. No date just yet as they are giving Toyota time to respond. I have since heard that the Auto Express test car had the same fault as my vehicle concerning the loud buzzing/growl sound (see long term test), the two vehicles built some 6 months apart. There wasn't a fix then and there isn't one now. What do Toyota Technical do all day? So come on send your emails in if you have an oustanding issue with your Corolla that the dealer carn't or won't sort out.
  15. The aim of the exercise is to get Toyota GB to own up to their current manufacturing and design problems on the new Corolla (which has now been out for at least 18 months). They should be prepared to rectify these problems for the people who put their faith into this brand and product and who gave them exceptional sales figures last year. I have no doubt that this product will get better over time, once they have analysed all the feedback from the complaints that customers have lodged with their dealers, who tell their customers "we don't have a fix" or "this is how they are". Does that mean that existing people with faults should be left by the wayside or to go cap in hand to the dealer for help only to be refused? No I think not and that is why we need to do something about it! If management at Toyota GB will not listen and offer to rectify these vehicles which is the least they should do, then consumer power will need to take hold and the press can be the best method of expressing this. Sorry but needed to get that off my chest. Anyone like to buy a 7 months old Corolla Tspirit with 4000 miles on the clock to include a noisy engine and plenty of vibrations and rattles. No I thought not, even my supplying dealer won’t buy it back, he doesn’t want to purchase faulty stock, well what did he sell me!
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