My 2003 Corolla CE has power locks and air conditioning. I was with my mother when she bought the car new, and I seem to remember she paid at least $1000 extra for that. I don't recall what else was included in that option package. She also got automatic transmission. We've got the low washer fluid light (presumably since low washer fluid would be more of a problem on snowy, salty roads in the Canadian winter if you run out of washer fluid, though it would be equally applicable to northern states, mid west, northern New England, etc). The lighted ring around the lighter is nice to have when you want to plug in a cell phone charger at night.Yes, my Canadian 03 has a low washer fluid light and a illuminated ring around the cig lighter. I did not know that it was exclusive to Canada! It is weird.
The Special Edition is nothing more than a CE with some exclusive 15' wheels and a sunroof.
The power locks were not standard on Canadian 03-04 CE models!
I also think that A/C is standard on CE models in USA? It has never been standard in Canada from 03 to 08, but a lot of people paid $1000 to have it on their CE.
If you look at the VIN, if it starts with 1, 4 or 5 it's US built. 2 is Canadian built. 3 is Mexico. J is Japan. You can see all of the country codes here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_identification_number#Country_codes
From what I understand, it doesn't matter where the vehicle was built, but where it was intended to be shipped for its first retail sale. Using that logic, you could have a car built in California with the cold weather package, metric instrumentation, etc, if it was destined to be sold in the Canadian market. And on the same token, a Canadian-built car could be made without cold weather package, DRL (maybe before, not sure about now), and other random components that you would not think mattered, but if it was destined to be shipped to the US, it's possible.I thought the 04 and up CE in Canada had power locks as standard, it must have been an option depending on what package was bought. I am pretty sure AC is standard on corollas sold in the US. I know there is a different serp belt size when there is no AC pulley. Also, I have a Canadian built corolla here in the US, I remember when buying that it had the cold weather package, I assume that is standard in Canadian used corollas?
I had a 4 month temporary job at a Honda assembly plan in the 1990s and this happened all the time with Civics (and Canadian market Acura EL). Canadian manual transmission models got one kind of clutch slave cylinder, US models got a different one. Canadian models got daytime running lights, US models didn't. French labels for side mirror for cars to Quebec. Certain states and provinces didn't get front license plate screws/mounts since not all use front plates. All made on the same assembly line, but they know where each car is being shipped to for its first retail sale, and that made a difference for some of the parts.