I'm acquiring a base 1997 5 speed Corolla in a few days. I understand it's a very reliable, decent little car - but I'm accustomed to my power options such as power windows, locks, mirrors, etc. I'd like to add power locks and windows if it's not too difficult. Also, it's a 5 speed and doesn't have a tach! Now, I definitely don't want an aftermarket tach, but if it's possible to swap a higher-end cluster in without much difficulty, that would be great.
So, here we go:
1. for power locks, what's involved? Can the actuators be pulled from a car with power locks easily and installed? What about the switches - are there already cutouts in the door panels, or are new door panels required? Also, is the wiring in place, and are there any additional control units that need to be installed?
2. for power windows - same deal as the locks - can the motors be installed somewhat easily to existing manual window regulators, or is the whole regulator assembly required? What about wiring, switches, and possible control units?
3. for the tach - would a higher end cluster from the same year be plug and play? What about setting the odometer correctly? I don't want to tamper with the reading, but I guess the new cluster will have to have the odometer reset to the correct reading....
Power mirrors would be nice too, but aren't required... Does the Corolla have heated mirrors available? I've had those for a few years and they're great in the winter...