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2003 Toyota Corolla Sedan

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Toyota Corolla Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.8 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 130 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 25/34 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Toyota Corolla

  • With sportier styling, a larger interior, an improved drivetrain and added standard equipment, the 2003 Corolla will find success.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Refined and roomy interior, spunky engine, tight build quality.

  • Cons

    Unless you count the Matrix, pricing on the high end of the economy sedan market.

  • What's New for 2003

    Toyota's Corolla is all-new for 2003. Far removed from the original Corolla, this one is the biggest yet. It's also more luxurious. The return is more interior room, a more substantial feel and changes aimed at fixing the previous model's shortcomings. Though pricing has increased, Toyota has made more equipment standard in the hopes of keeping the Corolla's reputation for value intact.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 25
  • cty
/
  • 34
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


2 of 16 people found this review helpful

Not as dependable as is

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Corolla S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

Purchased my Corolla in March 2002. At this time (June 2011) there are 49800 miles on it. Here is every problem I've ever had with it over 9 years in chronological order: - steering wheel was slightly out of alignment, tilting to the left a bit; Toyota straightened it under warranty - AC cut out while I took a 600 mile road trip; only happened once, didn't need to fix it - squealing started off and on from the engine/belt; had belt replaced but squealing continued; sources online say it's a belt tensioner problem; happens inconsistently; haven't fixed it yet - crackling distortion began from rear speakers - rear wheel bearings needed replacing, $1260 for parts + labor




Great car but.....

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Corolla S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

This is absolutely great and fun car to drive! Exterior is beautifully designed especially with the sports package... A trip from LA back to Bay Area was effortless. Nice Audio system... However, the car visted the dealership for more than three times in the first year. The rubber molding on the top of the car shrunk and flooded the car ceiling. The celling and side pillar had to be replaced as algae started growing in the car!!! Rear seatbelt for the right rear passenger always disappeared into the bottom of the car. Battery had to be replaced once. Lots of blindspots especially in left front and rear right. Lousy sunshade design.




Dissapointing quality

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Corolla S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

Very dissaponting quality of interior parts. 14 days spent since Purchase date. Do not buy cars made in California. Interior buzzes will drive u crazy. Recently right front door developed new ratteles and buzzes. This is my 4th toyota and definitly the last one.Toyota quality definitly took a nose dive. I also own Mitsubishi which has no such quality issues.




Great little car

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Corolla S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

Our 2004 corolla s is a good looking fun to drive car. It handles well, has very good gas mileage, and suprising exceleration.




2003 corolla s

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Corolla S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

After 6 months of ownership, I have to say that I am not completely pleased with my 2003 Corolla S. First of all, the gas mileage rating of 31 city/39 highway is greatly over stated. To date, I have averaged only 29mpg. I drive about 60% highway. Also, the drivers seat is very uncomfortable as many others have stated. In addition, the dash buzzes very loudly in 3 different areas. And to buyers of the S version, be prepared to replace the front end ground effects often.




Toyota corolla sport is the

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Corolla S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

I bought this corolla because I got into an accident with my 2000 corolla. Although my old corolla had only 50,000 miles on it, I had to have the 2003 model because it was so nice. I love my car and I love to drive it everywhere. Now that it had 22,000 miles on it I just can't stop. What can i say I love my car.



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Full 2003 Toyota Corolla Review

What's New for 2003

Toyota's Corolla is all-new for 2003. Far removed from the original Corolla, this one is the biggest yet. It's also more luxurious. The return is more interior room, a more substantial feel and changes aimed at fixing the previous model's shortcomings. Though pricing has increased, Toyota has made more equipment standard in the hopes of keeping the Corolla's reputation for value intact.

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