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About Warof1812

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  1. As 99contour says, it snaps and it was a very easy solution - took me about 2 minutes. My neighbors and I thank you guys. I took a look at it before I took it apart and the button was almost perfectly flush with the case. Is it supposed to be like that? It seems like it should be recessed.
  2. While it is true that I have gotten used to using the remote to lock and unlock my car doors, I don't believe that qualifies me as lazy. There are other habits which probably do; but this is an unfair characterisation. I hit the panic most often when fumbling for my house key with my hands full of groceries. I like 99contour & the King's suggestion of removing the button itself from inside the case. Thanks for input. I was hoping Toyota might have given us the option of turning off that feature (like the automatic headlights - another pet peeve) but I guess we Americans are not to be trusted with our own safety. I miss my '63 Dodge Dart with its metal dashboard - always kept me mindful of maintaining a 2 second space cushion.
  3. I keep hitting the dang thing when I'm fumbling with my keys, usually early in the morning or late at night. I'm sure my neighbors must love me. Is there an easy way to deactivate the panic feature while retaining the other keyless entry features?
  4. Thanks for the suggestions. I'd rather not have to install a switch for such a rare situation. I'm actually quite fond of my DRLs. I believe they increase my chances of being seen in certain types of daylight, i.e.: hazy, overcast days when there's very little contrast especially with a silver car against certain backgrounds. I'm wondering if a small flashlight shining on the dash sensor would fool it. In conjunction with Ti-Jean's DRL/handbrake suggestion. Hang on...I'm going to try it. Well it works, sort of. The flashlight fools the sensor - which would have been easy enough to tape in place last night but I'm not sure how I feel about driving around with my parking brake partially engaged. As soon as I release it the DRLs kick in. Any more elegant suggestions?
  5. Went to the 17th Annual Antietam Battlefield Memorial Illumination last night and made the mistake of taking my 2005 Corolla. The NPS lights 23,000 luminaries for all the casualties, Union and Confederate, of the Battle of Antietam (or Sharpsburg) and allows you drive through the battlefield after dark...if you can figure out how turn your headlights off! The problem with taking the Corolla was that I couldn't figure out how to override the dang automatic sensor. Sat for 15 minutes on the side of the road, read the owners manual, tried various combinations of turning the car off/on then immediately turning the lights on and off manually but could only get them off while in park. I know from having read the posts about disabling the seatbelt alarm that there must me some strange sequence of pushing buttons, buckling seatbelts, turning the ignition on and off, ejecting CDs, and reciting my VIN number backwards to regain control of my automobile. Any secret-handshake, third-degree, Toyota wizards out there know the formula?
  6. 1963 Tan Dodge Dart 270 4-door, auto, 225 Slant 6 - drove like a dream, very nice car, destroyed by an idiot mechanic who drove it into a lift at about 35 mph while doing my state inspection - heartbreaking! 1965 Tan Plymouth Barracuda, auto, 283 V8 - not as nice as the Dart but fun to drive and look at. It had black racing stripes and was big enough in the back to sleep in when I went camping. 1975 Brown Olds Cutlass 2-door, auto, 350 V8 - incredibly heavy doors, impossible to get out of if parked on a slant. Weighed well over 2 tons, had a tiny trunk and difficult back seat access but the front seats swivelled! 1986 Blue Jeep CJ-7, manual, Straight 6 - worst vehicle I have ever driven except the few times I took it seriously off-road, then it was fantastic. Soft top was fun, too. 1993 Tan Ford Club Wagon Van, auto, 300 Straight 6 - 1st new car, bought for cross country trips and camping. Extremely comfortable way to travel with captain's chairs, cruise control, 500+ mile range w/ a 35 gallon gas tank, and a full sized bed in the back but....expensive to operate (though quite reliable). Still own and runs great @ 120K. 2005 Silver Corolla S, auto, 1.8L 4 - Great car, very nice to drive and comfortable on long trips. I wish the A-pillars were thinner and it was less reactive to crosswinds but those are minor points. Love the gas mileage! (I can't believe I forgot my 1961 Black Chrysler Newport 4-door, push button auto, 383 V8 - which mostly sat beside my house waiting for me to fix it - which never happened. Sold for parts.)
  7. I completely agree with the last two posts (which have moved back one post in the time it took to compose this). I've got a 9th Gen. and I kind of like the seating position. I'm 6'2" and with the seat is back as far as it can go my arms are bent about 10 degrees which is my preferred driving position. On long trips I alternate on and off the foot rest and stay fairly comfortable. A larger and higher armrest on the door would be nice. And I'd prefer smaller A-pillars but would probably change my mind if I ever rolled the corolla. As for my comes in handy when opening and closing the trunk but the car would look better without it. It came with the S which I bought for the interior.
  8. 0 mph This coming week I'll be doing just as you suggest as I am starting a new job about 2 miles from home. If weather allows I'll be back on a bicycle after 7 years of driving to work. Maybe I can loose a few of the pounds I put on since then.
  9. What is the difference between 'most efficient speed' and 'peak efficiency'?
  10. In theory, (ignoring terrain, weather, road conditions, traffic laws, safe driving practices, and common courtesy - which is actually very uncommon) at what speed would the current generation Corolla be most fuel efficient?
  11. Veteran of 3 DC to Oregon trips in the early '90s, the last one being an 8,000+mile round trip over the course of 2 months in '94. If you enjoy driving and can take enough time to make it not seem like a race, it's fantastic. Suggestions: -Read 'Blue Highways' by William Least Heat-Moon. -Take off as much time as you can afford to. This will allow you to... -Avoid the Interstates. Folks are friendlier, food is better, there's less crime, and trucks are fewer. Nothing against truckers, though. -Speaking of truckers, a CB or some kind of 2-way communications device is probably good insurance against the unexpected. -Public buildings, i.e.: libraries, court houses, city halls, colleges, police stations, dams, etc., have the best restrooms. (Indiana has the best rest stops.) -The AAA road atlas shows the most detail - even the tiny road my Mom lives off of in Missouri - which the other brands omit. -Start each day of driving as early as possible. The roads are usually empty then. (This might be a personal preference.) Have fun and be sure to post how the Corolla does. I'm sure it'll be fine.
  12. Getting the S instead of the LE made my Corolla a mid-life crisis car for me. Quite a bit sportier than my old tan van - and a lot quicker, too. Getting back to the topic, though: I haven't named my car...yet. The van was always "The Van". The Corolla's still too new. It'll have to earn a name if it ever gets one.
  13. Kept a Ford for 12 years. Is 24 years unreasonable for a Corolla?
  14. Google search: "2005 Corolla".
  15. Just bought a Silver 2005 S and the weather is unseasonably warm here so I'm thinking about putting the first coat of wax on my Corolla. I went to an auto parts store yesterday and they had been cleaned out. I would have bought NuFinish if I could have found any but they just had a few tins of Turtlewax and a few other brands I'm not familiar with. Any suggestions? I've had pretty go luck with NuFinish and I like the idea of not having to wax every month. But the Corolla is so much smaller than my last vehicle it probably wouldn't take any more time.