I have a question regarding my 2000 Toyota Corolla that I recently purchased from the original owner. This car has only 34,000 original miles on it and it has been beautifully maintained. It has the 1.8 liter VVTi engine in it. All in all the car runs and drives perfectly. The only concern that I have the sound of the engine, especially at idle or slow crusing speeds. The engine seems kind of noisy compared to our 1997 Prizm. You can barely hear the Prizm engine at idle or low speeds, whereas the '00 Corolla has kind of a soft 'clattery' kind of noise. The car starts and runs great otherwise. It has excellent pickup and other what I mentioned, runs smoothly. Does anyone else with this engine have any comments to make about what I've noticed? Is the additional noise a result of differences in engine design, or is a possible defect with my particular car? The former owner only ran either Mobil 1 or Castrol synthetic oil in it.
Any comments or advice would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!!