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JCMach1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 12:15 AM
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Sorry, but Toyota Has gone Downhill
Edited on Wed Nov-28-07 12:16 AM by JCMach1
Sad but true...

While my Hyundai is getting 30k service, I am renting a 2007 Corolla. What a POS! Puny engine, toy-like (read cheap) interior... There are also various rattles and unidentified noises and the piece de resistance:

the doors do not shut properly!

I remember in the 1980's this was a sure sign of where American car manufacture had sunk.

Can't wait to get the Hyundai back.

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Digit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 12:43 AM
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1. Yeah, I had noticed.
Most of the Hondas are too low not to scrape when going over the hump to my driveway. My 1992 Honda did not scrape, but the front grill of all the new ones are even LOWER. BTW, never had a lick of problems with my 1992 Honda which I sold in 2005.
I had to buy a CR-V to overcome the problem. My driveway is not the only problem...it is other driveways as well..into businesses, etc. The newer Hondas scrape the front grill.

My daughter has a 1997 Honda Tacoma and it is falling apart. My first vehicle was a Toyota, yeah, it did have problems, but they seemed to improve after the early 70's.

I wonder what happened?

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Capn Sunshine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 01:04 AM
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3. well they are all made in America now
That might be it
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 06:52 AM
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16. Assembled, yes. Buty where were the parts and core design schematics made?
Parts = (3 guesses)

Original schematics = (Presumably the country of Toyota's origin - Japan)
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spinbaby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 06:57 AM
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18. Not all
My Prius was made in Toyota City, Japan. Says so on the door label.
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Indi Guy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 12:46 AM
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2. You asked for it, you got it...
;)
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Der Blaue Engel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 01:20 AM
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4. I have a 94 Tercel that is the hardiest little thing ever
I completely neglect her, and she never gives me a problem. I :loveya: my Tercel. If they've gone downhill it's definitely post-1994.
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JCMach1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 01:22 AM
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5. I think '94 is the key point there...
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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:38 AM
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6. I have a '07 Camry. Love that car.
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:38 AM
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7. It's NOT YOUR FAULT! (nt)
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 03:59 AM
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8. is it stalking to say thank you for pointing this out? (nt)
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 04:03 AM
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9. Sorry, but I have no control over enforcement of stalking policies. (nt)
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 04:09 AM
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10. you are mocking me!
:crazy:
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 04:09 AM
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11. No, really. I'm not.
:hug:
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 04:11 AM
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13. okay i believe you
(nt) in here
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cleveramerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 04:10 AM
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12. Hyundai has come a long way
they are right there on quality with any maker from any country.
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TZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 06:18 AM
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14. I have a 2002 celica thats wonderful
In fact, almost everybody in my family has a Toyota and loves them. Yes hyundai is NOW a quality car but just because you drove one rental cars (and rentals get harsh usage so its not surprising that a rental would perform worse than a regular car).
Remeber corolla is an economy car as well of course its going to have a "cheap" interior and small engine. Sheesh.
Hyundais used to be total POS (ask anyone who had the Excel). So they had to work extra hard to revamp to make up for their initial lack of quality
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 06:35 AM
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15. Amen!
See my other post:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

My wife's 1996 Corolla was a pretty good little car that gave her few problems. But the 2004 model she replaced it with--and then stuck me with after she got a new car--has been grossly disappointing, and I won't be buying another Toyota to replace it.

The best car I've ever had still is my first, my 1994 Dodge Shadow. (okay, my second--I drove my sister's 1986 Escort for a few months before my dad got me the Shadow). Never gave me a single problem until after 100,000, and even after it hit that mark, gave me very few problems until it got totalled on the highway at 149,000.
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NightWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 06:53 AM
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17. I LOVE my 06 Corolla
I think that your bad experience comes from it being a rental car that you drove. I abuse rental cars anytime I get them.

Plus, I'm a PI and I use my car as a daily chase vehicle and it keeps up well with the BMW's and Lexus's that I chase on a regular basis (no not high speed chases, but in town chases none the less).
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 07:16 AM
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19. Depends
My 1994 Dodge Shadow was a former rental, and it still was the best car I ever had. Maybe Enterprise maintains its rentals better than other companies?
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bluecrush Donating Member (212 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 07:23 AM
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20. A 1977 Toyota Corona Wagon
was the worst car I ever owned. I've driven Chevys ever since.
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