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Do you like my Corolla Liftback E10?

  • Rare find - pretty nice car!

    Votes: 5 71.4%
  • Ugly duck - at least a 4A-FE!

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • I'd change for mine any time!

    Votes: 1 14.3%
  • First I have ever seen!

    Votes: 1 14.3%

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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
Hello Toyota-people overseas, :smile:

I'd like to present my Corolla Liftback GLI 1.6 (E10) to you - obviously a rare find over here in Germany.

I hope you're having fun to look at this car. It's truly in mint condition and even though it's basically worth nothing I am going to keep it and make it a historic car (4 more years to go).

Here are a few HR-pics of my Corolla.
Besides these you can find some in my user album.

Thank you for reading! All the best from GER
 

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OOhhhh... aAhhhh.... very nice!!! :hi:
Where was your car made?
We don't get that model here and all the U.S.-made cars seem to suffer from poor paint quality.
 

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I _reaaaaally_ want a set of those wheels to go with my 15" AE111 TOMs ones...

We got that model in Australia for a couple of years, was badged as the Sprinter however and was 7AFE-only (and Jap-built rather than Aus-built like the rest of the range)
 

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Discussion Starter #5 (Edited)
Thanks, guys! :smokin:

Happy to see you like the Liftback.
The car has it's own instagram channel: https://www.instagram.com/love_japanese_classics/
In the future, I am going to give regular updates there about the car and possibly I'm also making some kind of story, but I'm not sure right now. :grin:

Well, the only problem it has right now is that the tranny is making noise. I've already bought a used C52 for 250€ which I'm going to install if this one right now gets too loud. Unfortunately a rebuild kit for this tranny isn't available at all in Europe. I'm currently thinking about improting a kit from the US for around 400$ plus taxes to make a rebuild.

History of the car:
The car was made in Japan the ID tells me - it's got a C52 tranny. It was previously owned by an old lady for 25 years. She obviously kept it in a garage and serviced it only at Toyota. I have her service-book. The interior is basically new. Of course, the drivers seat cushion ist a little worn out, but the surface is still brand new.

After her, a youngster bought the car and he put 18" rims as well as a completely sick -70mm TEIN suspension on it. For sale he changed it to stock iron rims with 4 new -30mm springs and good dampers. I bought it from him for 1250€ him in this condition.

Additionally, I bought the TTE rims second hand then for 250€, did a huuuge service and put on dunlop and conti 205mm tires for big money, installed mud flaps and a mini cat for lowered emissions and cheaper taxes, new ignition cables, a new PCV-Valve including the grommet and got the legendary TÜV (due every 2 years) stamp after everything was recorded in the cars listing. The testing engineer even congratulated me for my car. Never had a situation like this before in nearly 20 years of driving.

I've heard that this body was sold as the sprinter somewhere else. Here it was for sale as the liftback only from 93 to 95 and that it was significantly more expensive than the very common E10 compact (hatch) models over here. It basically didn't sell. I've been going through the registration statistics for this exact car with the 1.6 engine and I found out that here's still 450 pieces of them left here in Germany. I Assume abou 50% of them may be in a shitty condition so yeah, this may truly be a gem and I was obviously just lucky.

My fiorst car in 2004 was a Corolla E9 1.6 Si 16V. I loved it but i truly didn't spare it - always pedal to the metal! After i sold this one while beeing ond my cars mechatronic job training, i bought a Celica T20 GT Superstrut in very nice condition, drove it for a year and changed it for a VW Transporter T2 1.7L Diesel, which i kept for 12 years untiol I sold it last year in october as a historic car. Then I suddenly found the Liftback by happenstance in the internet around the corner in my region. This story already had a good start and i will keep it goin now. It's such a nice car to drive!!! And honestly everybody yet liked it...this wasn't even the case with the VW Transporter, which is a legend now and nearly 10 times the price of this one.
 

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Discussion Starter #7 (Edited)
Welcome to Toyota Nation! Keep her clean, that's a pristine example!
I swear I will! :)
Thank you!

I'd also be very happy to hear any sort of recommendation about what to check/do to the car!

Questions:
- The car doesn't burn any oil, it seems. What should be the usual oil consumption at 77K miles?
- What about changing all hoses? Should that be an issue?
- It does have the first waterpump. Timing belt was changed without changing the pump. Could that be bad?
- What are the major known rust issues?


Next restaurations/jobs on my to-do-list:
- paint outlet manifold heat cover and install new screws
- install oil catch can
- spray fluid film inside any possible hollow spaces
- check valve timing (just to make sure) and install new camshaft cover sealings
- check engine mounts
- trying to find a sport steering wheels (preferably a very rare Atiwe with the fitting mount)
 

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Very nice. I've had a 7G Corolla for a very long time.


- What are the major known rust issues?
A common point are the fronts of the rear wheel arches where multiple panels meet. I had one of mine done two years ago.



I've always wanted to ask someone who might know. These Corollas appear to have been calibrated for American and Japanese roads, where speed limits top out at 55-60 MPH on many roads (at least where I live). The American 3-speed model even received a different final gear ratio (3.722 vs 3.526) for higher torque compared to the other models.


How does the Corolla fare on German roads? I've never visited but I've heard German drivers are much more careful than others and so higher speeds are much more commonly facilitated. Is the Corolla legal for highways/autobahn?
 

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Very nice. I've had a 7G Corolla for a very long time.

How does the Corolla fare on German roads? I've never visited but I've heard German drivers are much more careful than others and so higher speeds are much more commonly facilitated. Is the Corolla legal for highways/autobahn?
Good to read that the Corolla lasted a bit longer!

I will keep the rear arches in mind. Thank you! :)

Ofc, the Rolla is Autobahn-legal. Any vehicle that goes more than 60 Km/h is Autobahn legal.
0-100 Km/h is easily possible in under 12 seconds with the Rolla. It drives like a charm on curvy roads and can very much keep up with modern cars due to the light weight and very good steering. Also, 7 Liters on 100Km is absolutely fine these days. Even the VW Caddy 3 cylinders from my mom is min 7L...( - acutually I find this pretty hilarious, if you think about the age diff of these 2 cars)

Only thing to consider is that nothing and nobody drives under 80-90 Km/h, which is the max speed for trucks on the right lane basically everywhere in Europe. And you shoudl be quciker with your car if you don't wanna line up with them on the right side.

On the left lane you will only drive if you want to overtake. Otherwise you have to drive on the right side, because you may not slow the traffic down. You even may get a ticket for this.
The recommended maximum speed on any Autobahn, if no sign shows you any different, is 130 Km/h. If there's no sign, it simultaneously means that here is not limited. But you SHOULD not go faster than 130 Km/h. But you can.
And that means during rush hours the left lane on sticky Autobahn is basically war on streets. Especially in the metropolitan regions and big cities. Even though basically every lane is limited to at least 130 there.
 

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Thanks for the information, very interesting.

- The car doesn't burn any oil, it seems. What should be the usual oil consumption at 77K miles?
At 277k miles, I have very low oil loss. Mine leaks a little oil around the PCV valve. I like to keep the oil level at full, so I add every now and then. I lose more with 5W30 than 10W30. Like you, I have the 1.6L 4AFE engine. Most American members on this forum have the larger 1.8L 7AFE engine that was offered here, and that one is a little more likely to burn oil than the 4AFE.

My Corolla has always had a 3k mile oil change interval.

- What about changing all hoses? Should that be an issue?
I don't think there's a reason to change all the rubber hoses. I just change the worn-looking ones I see. I've never had a rubber hose actually leak.

- It does have the first waterpump. Timing belt was changed without changing the pump. Could that be bad?
The OEM water pumps are very high quality. That said, I always change my water pump with the timing belt.


Great photos by the way.
 

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Thanks for the information, very interesting.
No problem!
Thank you for your info on your 4A-FE, too. I changed the pcv valve with the grommet. Next step is to install an oil catch tank.
It's really not very easy to find good info on german toyota forums at all. I findthis interesting, because I think this is a really nice motor in a pretty cool car, too.
Maybe in a few years people will understand it's value a littlebit more. Let's see! :)

Edit:
There will be more pictures soon on my flicker. I wIll let you all know! :)

Edit 2:
Oh an I just saw that I fogot to link the video!!!
So, here it is! Enjoy!
 

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No problem!
Thank you for your info on your 4A-FE, too. I changed the pcv valve with the grommet. Next step is to install an oil catch tank.
It's really not very easy to find good info on german toyota forums at all. I findthis interesting, because I think this is a really nice motor in a pretty cool car, too.
Maybe in a few years people will understand it's value a littlebit more. Let's see! :)

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There will be more pictures soon on my flicker. I wIll let you all know! :)

Edit 2:
Oh an I just saw that I fogot to link the video!!!
So, here it is! Enjoy!
https://youtu.be/Rl7otcf2WSE
Check out @Haloruler64's Corolla thread. I'm pretty sure he added a catch can.
 

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Dear people,
after driving the Rolla 1500 Km to Norther France and Belgium for holidays, I have to say that it's a really cool car and me and my girlfriend started loving it even more.
I've installed an oil-catch-can today. Used this incredible guide here. Operates nicely.
The promised photo updat eis coming soon, by the way.

Also, I installed two front axle stabilisatorpolyurethan bushings. The car steers definitely with more precision now and I still do have to make an axle alignement as the car is a little left-leaning.

The only issued now is that my gearbox main bearing seems to be broken. You can hear a singing noise at 110 Km/h and there's also a significant amount of virbation in the gears 1 to 3 - especially under very warm conditions and completzely hot engine.
I found a used C52 gearboxthat fits. Unfortunately, no gearbox-bearing kits are available in Europe, except for Toyota.Only the bearings are about 800€ there.Hence, I'm goin to import a set from the US now. A gearbox specialist will then overhaul the complete gearbox.

Do you have any specific suggestions or tips where to buy the gearbox (C52) bearings in the USA?

All the best from GER!
 

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Hi, I'm from Belgium. I'm the proud owner of an AE101 as well. I have all the official workshop manuals for the 7th gen Corolla so if you need any info regarding service specs, inspection procedures, just let me know, I'd be glad to help. Also I happen to have a quite low mileage (92000km) 4A-FE with a C52 gearbox (as well as various parts) currently wasting space in my garage, it was recently pulled so it's all fresh and runs perfectly, but it has so wiring harness as I needed it for a project. If you need any of that just message me and we'll work something out.
 

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Hi, I'm from Belgium. I'm the proud owner of an AE101 as well. I have all the official workshop manuals for the 7th gen Corolla so if you need any info regarding service specs, inspection procedures, just let me know, I'd be glad to help. Also I happen to have a quite low mileage (92000km) 4A-FE with a C52 gearbox (as well as various parts) currently wasting space in my garage, it was recently pulled so it's all fresh and runs perfectly, but it has so wiring harness as I needed it for a project. If you need any of that just message me and we'll work something out.
Ziommm, thank you for your very kidn reply. I do already have a used gearbox with 144.000Km on it.
As I'm thinking about overhauling it to make it perfect, I'm asking myself now, if it wouldn't be just fine to take yours. I'll drop you a private message for more info!
Any pics of your car somewhere? ;)

Have a nice day, y'all!
 

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I'm currently in the process of creating a thread for it, as you may have noticed I just joined this fine forum.
Ooops, yes, I've realized when examining your profile! :)
Following you now to stay updated.

Unfortunately, the german Toyota-Forum.de isn't any longer the size it was a few years ago. Also, old Toyotas are not very commonly loved over here. This seems to be quite different in Belgium or Netherlands. Luckily, I live next to the dutch and belgian border. :)
 
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