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  1. Thanks for the heads up on the Scion. Wow! I had no idea, they are offering such incredible models. It looks to rival the Civic SI, but $4000 cheaper than the Civic.
  2. I've had bad experience with timing belts and heard horror stories of CVT belts on scooters; so I don't like the idea of using rubber belts to transmit power. I have this horrible vision of the CVT belt snapping when you're in a bad neighborhood and there's a race riot. I used to have a scooter and it was CVT. The belts need replac like every few thousand miles. Kind'a pain if you put a lot of miles on it.
  3. What is the concensus on Corolla CVT ? Is it more reliable and durable and smooth and quiet than the traditional 4-speed Automatic? Car reviewers are suggesting, without much reasonable complaination, the Automatics are dinosaurs. But with so many complains about CVT in general, should I just follow the herd into CVT anyway.
  4. Be nice if Toyota will just shoe horn a Camry engine w/ a manual tranny into the new Corolla. It would probably cost very little to engineer, if they take advantage of existing Camry parts bin. I mean it would be much cheaper than developing a new car like the FRS/BRZ. Such a Corolla would sell like hot cakes.
  5. For whatever it's worth...I had a Yaris 1.5L with a tow hitch, and I used it to tow a 150-lb trailer and a 300-lb dirtbike. The car really struggled on big hills in the hill country in central Texas. I remember struggling to stay at 50 mph, while traffic was flying by me. Trying to stop at the bottom of the hill was scary sometimes. On flat terrain, I didn't notice any difference in acceleration. But on the hills I sure did. I was worried about the legality of it. So I ended up buying a second-hand truck. The fact is that I was towing with an aftermarket hitch and that owners manual says do not use the car to tow anything. And if I were to get into an accident, a savvy ambulance chaser (lawyer) would probably use that successfully against me. Something to think about.
  6. Before I have to begrudgingly pull the trigger on a Civic SI...I'd like to know if there's any chance Toyota will give us a 2.4 Liter XRS like car in the near future? I'm not really a fan of the school boy look of the Civic. Would much prefer the classier Toyota.
  7. Greetings, I am interested in buying a 90 Corolla with a knocking engine. The seller says it knocks at all RPM range. What are the possble culprits?
  8. I remember the Isuzu Impulse, made famous by Joe Isuzu, when he caught a speed bullet in his mouth. Great commercial. I don't know why the Impulse didn't survive. It had the superiority of rear wheel drive, and great handling. Instead, people bought FWD econo boxes instead.
  9. I really meant Geo Prizm. I don't know why I typed Storm. Correcting it.
  10. Yes, a "POP" sound. Whatever it is, it only does it once. So, as I press down on the gas pedal, I hear one POP. As I press down hard on the brake pedal to slow down, I hear one POP. Pop sound can be reproduced everytime I accelerate or hit the brakes hard. It can also be reproduced on pot-holes, and when the car hits a pot-holes, it makes one, and only one, POP sound. At first, I thought it was the hood prop hitting the frame, but I made sure the prop is secured.
  11. Howdy yall, I just got myself a 96 Geo Storm[edit: Prizm], which is a twin brother to the Corolla. The drivetrain of this Geo is very similar to my 92 'ROlla; so, the Geo should be very reliable. However, I noticed the radio is made by Delco, which is no Toyota. Anyway, I have an issue, and want people opinions before spending big bux on struts. The issue is that there is a very noticeable pop sound whenever the car accelerates from standstill and whenever a significant amount of brake is applied. However, gentle acceleration and brake does not enable this pop sound. Pot holes, though, will easily cause the pop sound. This sound is almost definitely coming from the front suspension. I propped the hook up and jumped up-n-down on each of the four corners of the car. The rear corners did not make any sound as it moved up and down. However, the front corners make a faint popping sound as it moved up and down. Does this mean the shocks are bad? or do they usually make faint popping sound when doing this kind of test? By the way, I've visually checked all the suspension components, and they look nice and tight. The tie rods are good, too. The car tracks straight and drives perfectly except for this pop sound. Are the shocks bad?
  12. I think the era of cheap, but high quality, Japanese cars is over. My mum and pop's Civic and Accord was built in 1985 and 1988 in Japan using mostly Japanese made parts. These two cars had virtually zero problems, and they are still providing reliable transportation. My '92 Corolla (Canadian made) is also very reliable. On the other hand, my friends' newer Civics, Corollas, Sentras, etc all seem to have issues. They all want to upgrade their vehicle as soon as they make all payments. The newer high priced Japanese cars are still very well made. My colleague's Acura TL has performed flawlessly, and its quality rival those from Germany. Therefore, I've come to the following conclusion about Japanese cars in general. In recent years the economy cars of Japanese brand have taken a nose dive in quality and reliability; while mid and premium level cars of Japanese brand have increased quality and maintained bullet proff reliability. I think the trend of Japanese brand is very much predictable. What I mean is that as Japanese brands take over the more lucrative mid and premium car maker, the Japanese brands will focus more on the profitable part of the business, and can care less about the less profitable parts. They want us to feel unsatisfied with our Corollas and buy mid level or premium products like Camary or Avalon. If they make Corollas with high quality and reliability, who would want to upgrade?
  13. I took both axles out when I was doing the manualization of the transmission. The boots on the axle don't have tears or rips, and they look brand new. However, I suspect the axles are of the cheap McParts rebuilt variety because of the size of the axle nut. I've had rebuilt axle from McParts fail within one year, on my Hondas. So, it wouldn't surprise me if it's the axle. Just out of curiosity, I want to relate to an experience 15 years ago. Back then, my 2nd generation Honda Civic was making a clunking sound near the front wheel. A professional mechanic diagnosed the problem and made the clunking sound go away for less than 200 bux, and the service manager told me the culprit was the "hub." I thought maybe the SM meant the wheel bearing when he said the "hub." Do you all know how the hub can make clunking sound? Just curious.
  14. I don't see any movement when I wiggle the front wheels. I also don't hear loud whining noise from the wheel either. This would seem to suggest the wheel bearings are OK. However, the clunking is getting louder. To be more specific, the clunk is only heard when accelerating from a standstill with the wheel turned to either side. Also, the clunking doesn't sound like CV joint on the axle. My experience is CV joint makes clicking sound.
  15. That kind of insurance scheme makes the innocent drive more carefully. I think that's a good scheme. Just because an accident was not a person's fault by law, doesn't always mean that person couldn't have done something to prevent the accident. I believe it's called "defensive driving" in driver's ed. Alot of times, accidents can be prevented if the not-at-fault person take precautions, like not tail-gating, not driving in someone's blind spot, looking both ways before crossing an intersection, etc. If the not-at-fault person's insurance never goes up, then that person would have no incentive to be careful. Heck, such a person might purposely drive recklessly just so someone would hit him and pay for a new car.