I love the clutch feel in my 2009 Corolla S Turbo 5MT.Manual transmissions are always fun to drive. But of course, in the right hands and the right situation one can use it's full potential.
Granted the Camry manuals have been known to be less than stellar. Have not owned one, but have read that it's like driving with the volume muted. The clutch seems to be lacking a better biting clutch from new. But this is why the aftermarket support is good. Thrown in a better clutch and go have fun with the 5fe. Though, have heard it's worse with the 2az. Guess it's the dimensions that throws it mute. Who knows, I have been known to be wrong.
Have only owned 2 Corollas since 2003. Hoping to score on a gem for something older, and maybe something new. GR Corolla awd turbo may be in my future. But, not for Camry money. Might have to wait a year, but by that time, values could still be up.
When I drove the XRS 5MT brand new I don't remember it being much different but it was only a 15-minute drive. When I drove the S 5MT it felt similar but this was when new. At least it wasn't different enough that I remember a big difference. I like the clutch on my 2009 Corolla S 5MT more than my 2017 Corolla iM 6MT. It has taken me a long time to get used to it but now that I am I'm okay with it. The 2 are polar opposite though so when I go from one to the other it takes me a few minutes to get used to it again.I expected that response.👍
I hear you. There are so many cars I would love to own, let alone just Toyotas that I want!That's the fun part. Not knowing how one changes. The time I rented a slingshot, it was more work to drive. Clutch was stuff and gear change were noisy. No doubt it was fun.
I've driven both a 04 s and now a 06 Corolla xrs. The feel is the same with the clutch. Difference I feel is that the 1zz is fun, but lacks the lift. The xrs is fun from 4.5k to 8250 in 3rd and 4th gear. Though 5th needs a bit more to push it over the top.
Currently in the midst of trying to find a 3rd car. Truth be told, I am interested in the GR Corolla AWD. But in reality, I am trying to justify paying Camry money. Granted it is a rare gem, but I have to wait for its arrival in the showroom. I would like to get my hands on an mkiv or mkiii supra. Still searching for the right one. Accepting the fact that a TT is not achievable now, but it could be better off with the na and slick top.
Mkiii is more affordable over the mkiv, but not so much for resale ability. Just exploring options. Who knows, I may just say screw it and get a 2021 supra with mt.