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  1. That's the cost effective option. One of our 2007 Corollas is at 347,000 and the other is around 175,000. On the high mileage car, trip odo "A" is zeroed at each fill, used to check fuel mileage. Trip odo "B" is zeroed when I change oil and filter (I use synthetic and Toyota filters on a 7,500 mile cycle for my rural use, not the 5,000 mile cycle on the automatic reminder), but I do the math and record actual total mileage in my little book. So any maintenance is recorded by checking that trip odo, adding to total recorded at last oil change, then entering true total. I do not believe the trip odometers have anything to do with the maintenance reminder light. It's not the trip odo that actuates the light. I TRY to remember to reset my maintenance light at 2,500 from last oil change, so it will remind me at 7,500, but I usually forget. Fortunately, the reset sequence for Corolla is very easy.
  2. Yesterday, I stopped for gas in our 2007 Corolla and switched from trip odo to main odo. It stood at 299999. Wow, I knew it was getting close. Think I'll watch it roll over, maybe pull over and take a picture of this milestone. Several miles later, it was still at 299999. Trip odometers work fine. I called the Toyota dealership. They called back after a while, and told me that's as far as the odometer goes on my year. Apparently Toyota only did this on a few years, maybe not even the entire 9th generation, but they built 'em that way. The service guy and I agreed this is ridiculous on the Corolla, which is noted for lasting a very long time. I guess I will be using trip odometers and doing math.
  3. That's interesting. I'm around 292K on my 2007, so I may see that odometer issue before long. Can they be reset or reprogrammed? I started a thread a while back, asking about options to stiffen rear suspension a bit. As far as I know (which is since I bought the car used from a dealer in 2008 with 46K on it), the suspension is all original. Let's see, kids are both over 220, so we have three people over 220 lbs. one over 330 lbs, equipment in the trunk, and we often pull a small Harbor Freight 4x8 trailer with the Corolla. There don't seem to be a lot of options for these strut suspended cars. All I've learned is that the Monroe struts are sprung a bit stiffer. Would Monroe rear struts/springs be about the best choice for me? If so, I'll put a set of struts on my list. I suppose that at around 300K it's reasonable to replace them. But I have to say I'm impressed by how many highway miles we've gotten on the original Toyota parts.
  4. Thanks. It sounds like I'll be taking another pocket full of money to the dealership, though as you say, if I can find time to swap the parts I can save a lot on labor. Funny it popped up right after they'd worked on it, but could be coincidence. We'll definitely make an effort not to overfill. You've given me something to think about regarding fuel. My brain lives in the past. I recall 1980's turbocharged cars with knock sensors to limit boost, but wasn't thinking about a detonation sensor in the engine management system of my economy car (then again, once upon a time variable valve timing was considered extremely exotic) and a system that constantly adjusts timing according to a lot more input than just rpm and throttle position. Hmm... carbon buildup.... I guess the old trick of pouring a glass of water slowly through the carburetor is out. Are there any fuel additives on the "snake oil shelf" at the parts house that will actually remove carbon buildup? I know premium fuel always claims to do that. Overall, this car has run a lot of miles and we've done amazingly little to it. I know it will get tired someday. Maybe I'll find another one then.
  5. Useful thread! I have a high mileage 2007 Corolla 5 speed, bought in 2008 with 46K, now at nearly 292K. We recently made a rare visit to the dealership, had their "120K service," because my wife could hear the belt a bit and I figured it had been over 100K since plugs, belt, air cleaner, etc. This car is a rural highway commuter. Shortly after we got the car back, we saw the CEL. Code reader said "10 codes," but it turned out to be five, then the same five with the "pending" symbol. P043E, P043F, P2401, P2402, P2419. The reset but returned. Once, I also saw P2451. We've now established a pattern. Head to work in the morning, and see the CEL. Plug in the code reader and reset. Car sits for 8½ to 10½ hours at work, then heads home, no CEL. Fire up next morning, and there is the CEL. The only other thing we've observed is that a few times we've thought we had the fuel tank 100% full, but it was not. Maybe there's a partial restriction there. We have a bad habit of filling as much as possible. I see here that it's a bad habit. We'll have to do something else to establish consistency in filling so we can track fuel mileage. BTW, real gas gets better mileage than gasohol, as you'd expect, and winter mileage seems to be worse. We buy real gas when we can, but that's probably less than half of the time. Premium seems to yield better mileage, so that implies less alchohol in premium. I need to buy a kit from fuel-testers.com and find out. Given that we have high mileage and we've done very little to the car (clutch and front brakes around a quarter million miles), should I first locate that EVAP tube and try to clear it, then maybe order a new vapor canister? I think that's a $200 part. Thanks
  6. According to Google and others, driverless cars are on the way.
  7. I have done shocks over the years, and a few coil or leaf springs. How difficult is a rear strut job for a home shop?
  8. Interesting... Sure sounds like FWD Matrix is a Corolla wearing different skin. That doubled rear spring rate makes me wonder if 4WD Matrix is a substantially different animal, the way Pugeot wagons used to be much different and heavier duty than sedans. A number of the Quick Strut negative reviews complained about rattles and noise. I think there's a nut that should be checked for torque before installation. Also, I read a complaint about wrong number of holes and screw holes not lining up. But I don't recall now if that was a Corolla review or another Quick Strut tale that Google found.
  9. Snow Tire: "With freedom comes responsibility. I always use my seat belt, but no one should force me to." You said a mouthful, my friend. I am a former EMT and a motorcyclist. I believe in seatbelts and helmets, but I am adamantly opposed to seatbelt and helmet laws. It is MY choice. Those beepers and dingers make it awkward to maneuver the car in my yard or shop. We certainly should be anle to listen to the stereo with doors open. We should even be able to drive a drowned manual transmission car out of the flooded patch of road by running the starter in first gear. Drivers should be Drivers, without the car making the decisions.
  10. I'm googling around a bit, reading very mixed reviews on Monroe Quick Struts, even seeing a comment to the effect that neither KYB (I used to say that stood for "Keep Your Bilsteins" when I was a snobbish Saab 99 Turbo owner) nor Monroe measure up to OEM. I do recall having KYB struts put onto former wife's 2003 Malibu, and they were pretty good. True confession: I bought the car with 46K in May 2008, and it currently has over 260K on it. Very recently, we had clutch replaced (my wife learned to drive stick on this car) and front brakes rebuilt. Other than that, it's pretty much just buy gas, oil, filters, wiper blades and tires. Even at this mileage, I'm not complaining about ride or handling, I just want a bit more rear load capacity. Hey, I just had a memory flashback to when a friend's 64 Impala was sagging under the load of big toolbox in trunk and small travel trailer behind. I swapped in springs from a wrecked 63 Impala Station Wagon we had on the place, and suddenly Bob's Impala looked like it was street jacked. The trunk load and the trailer were just enough to make it ride level. I just realized the Matrix is the modern Corolla Wagon. Does anyone know if the Matrix has rear struts that are physically the same except for higher spring rate?
  11. Good Plan. I normally carry axe, shovel and a few other tools. But in winter I add a chainsaw, tire chains, cold weather gear and a few extra things. Guess I need to dig out the calipers and start looking at springs. I really appreciate all the spring info.
  12. Sorry to be so late getting back and reading this - too much happening at home. So TRD springs start out an inch lower, but actually ride higher with a full load? Makes me wonder about spring rates, TRD vs stock. Also makes me wonder how much more damping is required. Usually a heavier spring needs a stiffer shock.
  13. Well, dom, it used to work. Recently got the car back from the dealer after clutch replacement (257K isn't bad, considering my wife learned to drive stick with this car), and we noticed beeps we didn't want to hear, such as when I unbuckled passenger belt. After multiple tries of the procedure, I cannot get to "b-on" or "b-off." I don't know what the dealership did to it, but I'm not happy. I guess it's back to cutting or shorting seatbelt buckle wires as necessary, unless I can find and disable that beeper. HEY, I GOT IT! Took many tries, slightly varying time between turning on and pushing ODO button, and longer than 12 second wait, but finally got to "b-on" and turned it off. Yay! I hate cars that try to think for me or force my behavior. I even detest clutch-starter interlocks.
  14. I have a 2007 Corolla 5-speed. My wife and I are not small, and our two boys are definitely adult weight. We use the car quite a bit for shopping, and sometimes we even pull a small trailer. Frankly, given our "prepper" tendency to carry emergency gear (how many commuters carry axe, shovel AND a chainsaw in winter?), there's always some weight in the trunk. I'm probably out of luck (definitely striking out so far) finding much suspension help for a strut suspended car, but thought I'd ask. It was easy to put air lift bags inside the coils of my Crown Vic, and I even carry a small compressor. But I don't know of an easy way to increase the load capacity of car with strut suspension. I just want to keep the rear from sagging under full passenger and trunk load. I'm also thinking of using the Corolla to pull my old Jayco pop-up camp trailer. The Corolla is rated to tow 1500 lbs. and the Jayco weighs less than that. I vaguely remember little odd shaped rubber "wedges" that people put between the turns of coil springs back in The Day, but I can't see that as a good alternative. It used to be helper leaves for leaf springs, air bags for coils, or air shocks as a last resort (shock mounts are not usually designed to carry weight). But with the coil-over strut, I don't see an answer, short of custom struts with higher rate springs (and we're NOT considering any of the "performance" lowering springs out there). Any thoughts?
  15. Difficult question. I've been fortunate so far. Actually bought a code reader for my Crown Vic, never needed it on the 2007 Corolla. New cars are expensive to buy and expensive to insure Rebuilding an engine and trans is still less than buying a new car. I'm going to see how long we can keep this car. Unlike my old Saab 99 Turbo, I expect it to nickel & dime me at some point, but the nickels & dimes won't be huge as on Swedish cars.