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Hi, I bought a '03 Corolla LE a couple months ago and I like it except the fact when I really get on it (bought an auto tranny, my bad) it really doesn't really move too much faster. I set myself a $500 limit on engine upgrades (minus intake and exhaust, those are in a separate budget) and so far have been unable to locate anything really to help with this problem. I'm looking for more low end power vs. upper end speed as I drive more city than freeway and it's a commuter car so I'd like to keep it street legal.

Sorry if this is a repeat of something already covered, I was unable to find anything covering engine upgrades in this forum.

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w203, tried it, didn't really get back many things, none of which returned any engine modifications.

FinalGear, that's what Gap insurance is all about :lol:. all I'm looking for is the ability to jump on the gas and go faster up inclines haha, guess it was my fault to go from a 300HP car to the corolla.
 

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get some race headers, PPE. As for engine upgrades there is no such thing as inexpensive, MWR sells upgrades but you are looking at far more than your ~500, I would buy the headers, and definately recommend a tranny cooler to help your transmission with the extra added power. A camcon as suggested before, i would recommend after you buy the extra mods for your NA engine. You could also buy a S/C like me for $2310 for some extra power but thats a different budget, anyways good luck with your modding.
 

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Gut it...

w203, tried it, didn't really get back many things, none of which returned any engine modifications.

FinalGear, that's what Gap insurance is all about :lol:. all I'm looking for is the ability to jump on the gas and go faster up inclines haha, guess it was my fault to go from a 300HP car to the corolla.
OKAY :eek: then here a freebee :thumbup:

Just gut the crap out the Corolla :thumbup: weight reduce
 

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not tryin to be mean bro but unless u do it urself like make ur own intake pipes n shit like at u will have to pay a little more for example an aem cold air intake runs 180-250$ u can get a ram but like said b4 it's for short end power
if u want to make alot of power ur going to have to spend at least a grand to get around a 30 hp gain
 

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I'd drive it as is and save my money until I could afford to switch to a manual transmission car. If you want performance, the last thing you should be driving is a 4 cylinder automatic economy car.
 

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I'd drive it as is and save my money until I could afford to switch to a manual transmission car. If you want performance, the last thing you should be driving is a 4 cylinder automatic economy car.

This is true but there are ways around it, there is much juice to drink out of this 4 cylinder automatic before he starts thinking about a tranny swap, this should be on the end of his list as far as add ons go. Getting a LSD setup and a tranny cooler could compensate a bit for the auto tranny for a while.
 

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are there no aftermarket ECU maps that would alter the shift points of the Auto? to me, the main thing the car needs is just a performance map... its pretty potent for a sub 2 litre 4banger. its a joke compared to my malibu maxx's 3.5 v6..... :lol:... but still pretty good for its size
 
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