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Had my 2010 S with 160K on it for about 2 months now and getting to know it better. I thought it was going to be much more scary than it was, coming down to this from a Ford Expedition, but it wasn't that bad! The door skins are high enough, car is comfortable with lots of safety features and although it definitely doesn't get the respect my big SUV did I am beginning to get used to that too, especially now that I'm getting 37 mpg (according to the computer, with mostly highway driving right now) vs the 15-19 I was getting with the Expy.
I am not a fan of the brakes as there is some play before they "catch" which gives it a scary mushy feel sometimes, but this may be due to the master cylinder needing replacement and/or maladjusted rear brake drums, which were recently done before I got it. You may not have that at all.
My steering is just fine and I appreciate it has electric. I can already see how outdated hydraulic is now. Brakes aside, acceleration and handling are decent enough for me and I really enjoy driving the car.
I found a slow crankshaft seal leak on mine I found out is common enough with this engine, but so minor that I'll either live with it (not enough to even leave oil drops right now), put some additive in the oil to condition the seal, or if that doesn't work then change it since it can be accessed through the wheel well and changed easily enough (unlikely I'll do that).
My water pump was already changed, and when they're changed they are upgraded to a much better one so you don't have to worry about that. Even if you did they are super easy to change compared to something else.
I can confirm the cheapness of the stock stereo head unit, the signal can be weak sometimes, the display which has already glitched on me once and I was really disappointed the AUX input doesn't work with my Android phone. I'll be upgrading it ASAP to an Android head unit. The stock speakers are surprisingly GOOD!
Now for my big gripe. There are a lot of these cars with idling issues that have not been solved by anyone, including Toyota. This just started happening lately with the previous owner of mine so it can start happening with 20K or well over 100K. The engine bogs almost to the point of stalling when coming to a stop, and settles out around 600 rpm, a rough idle. After I cleaned my throttle body with high hopes (and it did need cleaning) it didn't solve the problem but it did make it better. It rarely bogs below 600 now and the idle settles to exactly 625, ALMOST smooth but not quite. 650 is the sweet spot it just refuses to stay at.
The problem is nonexistent if you turn on your headlamps or the AC compressor kicks on, which causes the computer to bump up the idle to something much more smooth and absolutely no bog whatsoever. I'm testing some Lucas fuel injector cleaner in the tank right now which I actually got a couple good stops/idles out of since I've been using it (on my 2nd tank of gas) that were not experienced before, and which bumped the mpg up to what it is now. If that doesn't work I'm considering just putting a piece of tape or something over the light sensor on the dash to make the headlamps automatically come on at all times when I turn the key on and off when I turn it off (yes, they are automatic which is cool).
Overall I am very thankful I got the opportunity to get this car and very seriously considering using it for delivery. I wouldn't have dreamed of doing that in anything other than a Toyota, and certainly not in the Expedition!
2010 Corolla S, 160K, Black on Black
Last edited by David McClelland; 04-14-2019 at 04:55 AM.