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2005 Corolla Xrs

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with gas prices going up, I called toyota for the official word on gas for the XRS. premium is the word.nothing less. 20 cents more per gallon than regular.

 

by the way, if there are other XRS owners out there, it would be nice to chat :)

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You didn't hear me say this... but as long as you don't apply full throttle under 2000RPM, you shouldn't have trouble with knocking even if using 87 Octane. Every motorcycle I've ridden recommends 91 or higher, but all have run fine on lower octance. Just stick to name brands like BP, Shell & Mobil. Their fuel quality is a little more consistent than independents. You might be able to compromise wiht 89 octane.

 

Again, just watch hard acceleration at lower RPM's when using lower octane. Otherwise I can't tell the difference.

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Probably depends on how you drive the Corolla. If you like to lean on lift all the time - stick with premium. If you drive a bit more relaxed - you might be able to get away with regular, even with the loftly compression ratio. Knock sensors will pick up on any detonation and pull the timing back to prevent damage. But then you kill off the performance of the XRS. Just chalk it up to owning a car with a performance oriented engine.

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with gas prices going up, I called toyota for the official word on gas for the XRS. premium is the word.nothing less. 20 cents more per gallon than regular.

 

by the way, if there are other XRS owners out there, it would be nice to chat :)

fwiw I thought I'd put things into perspective.

 

Let's say you drive 20,000 miles a year. A high estimate.

Let's say on the average you get 30 mpg. (I rarely get below 32mpg on my '02 )

 

Then each year on the average you consume 20,000 / 30 = 667 gal.

 

Assuming regular unleaded is $ X / gal and premium is $(X + 0.30) (again a high estimate)

Then the difference in yearly gas prices is:

 

667 * (X+ 0.30) - 667 * X = 667 * 0.30 = $200.

 

That is $16 a month. like, each month, just don't go out to eat a few times and it'll be like you're driving a prius.

 

Now to put this in perspective, consider the fact that for the XRS you paid probably (I'm guessing here) $5000 more than a base CE.

 

If the price differential between premium and regular were really such a big deal, then we probably wouldn't be buying the fancier model to begin with. The enjoyment you get out of your XRS should relieve you of any worry that the marginally more expensive fuel you run is consuming your pocket book. it's still a corolla, btw. You might consider worrying had you bought a Viper or Excursion.

I love the economy of my corolla, but i would trade it in a heartbeat for something sporty that only gets 20mpg, just for the pleasure of it. you only live once, you know. i guess being a grad student doesn't entitle me to luxury, though....

 

to each his own. btw is the xrs noticeably faster than the cheaper models?

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Guest rickel2

thank you very much nil5 for your reassuring response. very much appreciated.

 

richard :D

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Guest redinine

I wouldn't buy an xrs ...screw that --- okay the xrs is a corolla and it is a nice car, but its price is high for the performance, i mean yes you run the 1/4 in 16 secs and the car has some pep and gets good gas mielage. But frankly I'd rather buy a 2 year old or 1 year old celica, rsx or just buy a new eclipse...much higher performance. But eh your money.

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Dude, if you are talking to me, I must disagree. It would be dumb to purchase a car that you can’t sit upright in. To consider this in choosing a car is not dumb, it is a simple logical way to rule out many cars that are too small with not enough headroom.

 

The Celica and RSX you mentioned are too small for me. I can’t sit upright in a Mazda 6 for christ’s sake.

 

The XRS is dirt cheap compared to most cars I was looking at, and I don’t smash my head against the car when I hit a bump.

 

BTW, I purchased mine, base price, for $17,054 plus airbags and mods.

 

My central reason for the purchase was that I really liked the gearing. Consider, I’m stepping down from a GTI VR6. I didn’t buy the car because it was better than any other car, but simply because it was enjoyable to drive and wasn’t primarily configured around an automatic trans.

 

Why so caustic?

 

It’s just a fancy Corolla after all.

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I just bought a Corolla XRS about a month ago, a few days less actually.

 

 

It's a blast to drive and pretty speedy. I chose the XRS over the SRT-4 because I didn't like the neons K-mart styling. It might not be as fast, but it is still a riot to drive. I look forward to my drives to and from work because I have such a great time. Having the ability to crank RPMs over 8 grand is just a joy lol. It just screams down the road. "Look at me!! Look at me!!" Haha.

 

I have never had a problem paying a little extra for gas. My last toyota truck needed premium so I am used to paying it. It really isn't that much more. We are talking like an extra $2 a tank maybe. For the sheer fun the vehicle provides I would pay an extra $5 a tank without flinching.

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Not to mention that the Corolla with the extra airbags was the best in class for side impact from an SUV.

 

We live in the JethroPlex where a Hummer is considered a compact car.

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