Toyota Corolla 2003 model: Price in Nigeria, pictures, sport version, problems & more (Update in 2019)

01/12/2018
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Table of contents:
Toyota Corolla 2003: the best-known sedan in the auto market
Toyota Corolla 2003 model lineup
Toyota Corolla 2003 model: Exterior
Toyota Corolla 2003 Interior
Toyota Corolla 2003 Engine and Performance
Toyota Corolla 2003 Problems
Toyota Corolla 2003 Specs
Toyota Corolla 2003 Price in Nigeria
Toyota Corolla 2003 Model Pictures
Where to buy Toyota Corolla 2003 for sale in Nigeria
Reviews of Toyota Corolla other model years
Reviews of hot used Toyota cars in Nigeria

Toyota Corolla 2003: the best-known sedan in the auto market

Practical, affordable and fuel efficient are all about the welfare of the subcompact sedan Toyota Corolla. Up to present, it has proudly become a more viable option over the pricey C-segment MPVs or 7-seater SUVs in Nigeria. If you feel that an SUV, an MPV or a van is too tall and too big, the Toyota Corolla will be a good alternative.

Today, Naijauto.com will review one of the most sought after production year of Toyota Corolla: the Toyota Corolla 2003 model. Let's delve in!


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Toyota Corolla 2003 model lineup

The Toyota Corolla 2003 model is available with 3 variants including the value-priced CE - Toyota Corolla 2003 CE, the upscale LE - Toyota Corolla 2003 LE and the sporty S edition - Toyota Corolla S 2003.

According to the Corporate Manager for public companies and distributors of Toyota - Mr. John Kramer, the Corolla 2003 brings a “more emotional connection with a more diverse” customer.

Angular front of a Toyota Corolla 2003

 The Corolla 2003 brings a “more emotional connection with a more diverse” customer

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Toyota Corolla 2003 model: Exterior

The Toyota Corolla 2003 gets a handful of changes in its exterior design, mainly focusing on the dimension. The car measures 178.3 inches in length, 66.9 inches in width and 57.5 inches in height, which is 5 inches longer than its predecessor. Particularly, the U.S. models come equipped with five-bolt wheels.

Angular front of a Toyota Corolla 2003

The Toyota Corolla 2003 model gets a handful of changes in its exterior design, mainly focusing on the dimension

Toyota Corolla 2003 Sport

The Toyota Corolla 2003 Sport receives special updates in design including fog lights, smoked headlights, side rocker panels, front and rear underbody spoilers and color-keyed bodyside moldings. It also has special suspension adjusting features including different spring rates and redesigned shock absorbers.

Angular rear of the Toyota Corolla S 2003

The Toyota Corolla S 2003 boasts to receive special updates in design

The S model comes with additional options consisting of aluminum-alloy wheels and a rear spoiler. Especially, the LE and the S model are armed with slightly wider tires than that of other variants which measure 15-inch.


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Toyota Corolla 2003 Interior

Stepping inside, the Toyota Corolla 2003 interior offers a spacious cabin with 60/40-split rear seat and a 13.6 cubic feet cargo, completely housing up 5 people in comfort. In overall, the 2003 model gets better equipment.

Toyota Corolla 2003 interior

In overall, the 2003 model gets better equipment

The front seats have a slightly shorter bottom but they are supportive and comfortable. Toyota's statement shows that distance between front occupants seems to be more accurate and more spacious. To widen the legroom of the backseat, you have to push the front seats forward, which are considered as a disadvantage of the sedan. A large glove box is also offered. 

Toyota Corolla 2003 seating

The Toyota Corolla 2003 offers a spacious cabin with 60/40-split rear seat and a 13.6 cubic feet cargo

For the CE trim, the standard equipment consists of power mirrors, A/C system with a clean-air filter, intermittent wipers, an outside temperature gauge, a tilt steering column, a CD stereo system and a tachometer. The LE trim is adorned with additional door locks and power windows, a woodlike center instrument panel, vertical seat-height adjustment, color-keyed power mirrors and remote keyless entry. The sporty S trim boasts an exclusive interior featuring a silhouette sport speedometer and a leather-covered steering wheel.

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Toyota Corolla 2003 Engine and Performance

4.1. Engine

Under the hood of the Toyota Corolla 2003 engine is a 1.8 L 4-cylinder VVT-i which is capable of doling out 130 hp, works in conjunction with a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission. Meanwhile, some previous Corollas run with a 3-speed automatic gearbox which is no longer used.

a 1.8 L 4-cylinder VVT-i engine

Under the hood of the Corolla 2003 is a 1.8 L 4-cylinder VVT-i engine

4.2. Performance

Although the Toyota Corolla is known with a conservative style and a relatively high price, still, it has long been one of the most popular subcompact sedans on the market.

The Toyota Corolla 2003 is a perfect combination of reliability, fuel economy and refinement. Although its shape may not make many car lovers strongly desire to admire, this car is built based on the reputation of Toyota for excellence. Toyota is focusing on younger buyers and the Corolla seems to bring a sense of confidence and solidity that resists its compact size.

The Corolla 2003 on the road

The Toyota Corolla 2003 is a perfect combination of reliability, fuel economy and refinement

The Toyota Corolla 2003's performance also did not make much sense, and the added 5 hp did not bring the Corolla a faster acceleration. But the 2003 model is completely suitable for conventional driving. Acceleration is a delay on startup, but the automatic-gearbox models speed up rapidly. Although the engine is a bit noisy during the acceleration, it turns quite as reaching highway speeds.

The Corolla showcases a quite good performance in curves and town but its handling capacity is not as precise as that if some more compact cars. But smooth driving is still a strong point of the model.

Side view of the Toyota Corolla 2003

Smooth driving is still a strong point of the model

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Toyota Corolla 2003 Problems

Below are the most common Toyota Corolla 2003 problems, as reported by users worldwide.

  • Check Engine Light is on due to a failed EVAP system

According to some experts, a failed evaporative emission system (EVAP) could make the Check Engine Light on. This fault is hard to diagnose but easy to find out a worn or loose gas cap or a failed charcoal canister.

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  • The automatic transmission system may not be changed precisely at high mileage

In the Toyota Corolla 2003, the automatic gearbox may not change precisely at higher mileages (125,000-150,000). The reasons for this can be led by an aged shift solenoid and an out-of-adjustment throttle position sensor. Normally, the gearbox doesn’t require being absolutely overhauled.

  • Engine can’t crank over due to starter

If the engine does not spin, the most common cause is led by the starter. These often happen when the car has gained a mileage of about 100,000 to 125,000 miles. Sometimes, it needs to replace only the starter solenoid but usually, you have to replace the full parts of the starter (not except for the solenoid).

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Toyota Corolla 2003 Specs

Below are brief specifications of all Toyota Corolla 2003 variants.

  Toyota Corolla 2003 Specs
Toyota Corolla CE
  • 1.8L I-4 Engine
  • 130 @ 6,000 rpm Horsepower
  • Front air conditioning, manual
  • 125 @ 4,200 rpm Torque
  • 5-spd man w/OD Transmission
  • 15" steel Wheels
  • Front-wheel Drive type
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • AM/FM stereo, seek-scan Radio
Toyota Corolla S
  • Front Fog/driving lights
Toyota Corolla LE
  • Keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry
  • Premium Cloth Seat trim
Toyota Corolla XRS
  • 6-spd man w/OD Transmission
  • 170 @ 7,600 rpm Horsepower
  • 127 @ 4,400 rpm Torque
  • 16" silver aluminum Wheels

Toyota Corolla 2003 Price in Nigeria

Brand new Toyota Corolla 2003 prices in Nigeria

Toyota Corolla 2003 is produced long time ago so it is very difficult to find a brand new unit in Nigerian market. If you love Corolla and want to own tear rubber one, check out its recent models:

Tokunbo/Foreign used Toyota Corolla 2003 in Nigeria

Tokunbo/Foreign used Toyota Corolla 2003 in Nigeria
Model Price in Naira
Toyota Corolla 2003 LE N1.65 - N2 million 
Toyota Corolla 2003 CE N1.6 - 1.7 million
Toyota Corolla 2003 S N1.4 - 1.7 million

Nigerian used / Locally used Toyota Corolla 2003 prices in Nigeria

Nigerian used / Locally used Toyota Corolla 2003 prices in Nigeria
Model Price in Naira
Toyota Corolla 2003 LE N1.2 - N1.5 million
Toyota Corolla 2003 CE N1.1 - 1.4 million
Toyota Corolla 2003 S N900,000 - 1.2 million

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Toyota Corolla 2003 Model Pictures

Roll down to see more Toyota Corolla 2003 model pictures, from all angles. 

Toyota Corolla 2003 front view

Toyota Corolla 2003 rear view

Toyota Corolla 2003 angular rear

Toyota Corolla 2003 angular front

Toyota Corolla 2003 side view

Toyota Corolla 2003 wheel

Toyota Corolla 2003 cargo space

Toyota Corolla 2003 engine

Where to buy Toyota Corolla 2003 for sale in Nigeria

Toyota Corolla 2003 for sale is very much available in Nigeria with prices ranging from N900,000 to N2 million nairas. You can take a look at our inventory of Toyota Corolla 2003 for sale. You'll get the widest options and the best prices, save time and effort.

Otherwise, you can visit offline accredited Toyota dealerships in Nigeria. You'll get better assistance from the salesmen and car finance. However, the prices are generally higher.

If you love bidding, you can try your luck with Nigerian Customs auction of seized cars. Here are some tips that can help you secure a successful bid: 

Lastly, If you have time and love challenges, you can try travelling to Cotonou, Benin to hunt for a tokunbo Toyota Corolla there. Make sure to pocket our Cotonou cars buying guide: buying steps & prices (updated 2019).

Good luck!

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Table of contents:
Toyota Corolla 2003: the best-known sedan in the auto market
Toyota Corolla 2003 model lineup
Toyota Corolla 2003 model: Exterior
Toyota Corolla 2003 Interior
Toyota Corolla 2003 Engine and Performance
Toyota Corolla 2003 Problems
Toyota Corolla 2003 Specs
Toyota Corolla 2003 Price in Nigeria
Toyota Corolla 2003 Model Pictures
Where to buy Toyota Corolla 2003 for sale in Nigeria
Reviews of Toyota Corolla other model years
Reviews of hot used Toyota cars in Nigeria