2009 Toyota Corolla Consumer Review: Oil Change is a pain

2009 Toyota Corolla - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (1.8L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

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Oil Change is a pain
By J Brown on


2009 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


Apparently two engine types. One with conventional oil filter...and mine. You have to remove a plastic housing that has a "cardboard-like" filter insert. An o-ring mus be changed and a new washer should be bought for the drain plug, at each oil change. A serious step back in engineering!!! Requires more time and mess. Filter inserts are more expensive than conventional filter. Glad I change my own oil. Would be afraid cheap oil service centers would not have proper filter and charge you for changing...without actually changing filter. Different topic: Paint extremely thin..hardly takes anything to scratch to metal. Gas mileage...lucky to get 30mpg with my automatic, disappointed!

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Go back to conventional oil filter!!! Better paint job! Gas mileage should be better.
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