Toyota Corolla (160): operating experience.
It’s rather quiet in the salon. Even when the car runs 120 km/hour, there are very few aerodynamic noises. Noise from the arches is not very perceptible.
Car thresholds start fraying in half a year. It is better to glue anti-chipping film onto them from the very beginning.
Now, here’s a life hack. Since there’s no organizer in the trunk (a tray for small things), you can turn the spare wheel upside down and put everything in it, so nothing jolts in the trunk. Things people usually carry in it include a spare wheel, fire extinguisher, breakdown triangle, brush, scraper, first-aid kit, rope, towing hook, screwdriver, 8-10 wrench, rubber rag for washing, and thruster.
The back of the driver’s seat starts squeaking over time, which can be fixed under warranty. The dealer basically disassembles the back and glues the carcass in places with signs of wear and jamming.
In the beginning of operation, you may start hearing typical squeaking on the left of the steering wheel.
The Toyota Corolla 160 has BOSCH blocks that proved bad, as there are a lot of complaints on squeaking.
Boot lid’s lock has unnecessary lubricant, which doesn’t let it close properly. It’s necessary to remove that excess lubricant.
Aerodynamic shields, placed 150 mm in front of the wheels will eventually break. It’s just a matter of time.
The car’s windshield is Sisecam. It is a Turkish glass concern and a long-time Toyota’s partner. The glass properly resists stones, but gets worn out over time.
Noise insulation is good. But, you can still hear little rocks rattling on the arches, although not as resonant. You can hear the engine on high speed, but not on low. Owners of stepless transmission will hear more, in this case. Experience with other cars showed that if you want silence, you will need two days’ time to install noise insulating materials at any price and of any quality, and you will definitely end up happy with the end result. But, it’s not necessary – the standard insulation is just enough.
The driver’s window raiser “auto” button was particularly disappointing. When the glass goes down, it doesn’t always stop, when you want. If you hold it pressed a little longer, the glass will go back up.
There are a lot of talks about the decrease of quality in Toyota automobiles lately. People talk about the economy on materials. If you don’t agree with this, just take a look at the photo. They should’ve better placed firm plastic, like on the back door, than the soft plastic placed in the current product. This is what it will look like, if you have a habit of holding your elbow on the door. The car has only been used for 4 months.
There were cases of cabin filter lack due to unclear reasons. In order to access the filter, you should do the following:
- Open the glove box (hereinafter referred to as compartment);
- Disconnect a plastic stopper plank from the right side of the compartment;
- Press the plastic walls of the compartment inside to disconnect it;
- Open the cover with the “UP” sign and take the filter out.
There’s also an issue with condensate. Apparently, the manufacturer economizes on noise insulation and then glues the roof for anyone, who reports malfunction.