Toyota Corolla 2003 Review: S Version, Price, Model, Specs, Problems, Manual & More
Explore the price, model, S version, specs, problems in our in-depth review for the Toyota Corolla 2003.
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 choose the best-known sedan on the auto market to analyze in our Toyota Corolla 2003Review. Now, are you ready to find out the reason why the Corolla is among the most sought-after cars in the competitive market today?
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1. Toyota Corolla 2003 Model
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.
The Corolla 2003 brings a “more emotional connection with a more diverse” customer
2. Toyota Corolla 2003 Exterior
The Toyota Corolla 2003 model 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.
The Toyota Corolla 2003 model gets a handful of changes in its exterior design, mainly focusing on the dimension
Toyota Corolla S 2003
The Toyota Corolla S 2003 boasts to receive 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.
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.
⭐ 2003 Toyota Corolla S - P0420 - Catalyst Efficiency Below Threshold Bank 1
3. Toyota Corolla 2003 Interior
Stepping inside, the Toyota Corolla 2003 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.
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.
The Toyota Corolla 2003 offers a spacious cabin with 60/40-split rear seat and a 13.6 cubic feet cargo
For the CE model, 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 variant 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 model boasts an exclusive interior featuring a silhouette sport speedometer and a leather-covered steering wheel.
4. Toyota Corolla 2003 Review: Engine and Performance
Under the hood of the Toyota Corolla 2003 is a 1.8 L 4-cylinder VVT-i engine 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.
Under the hood of the Corolla 2003 is a 1.8 L 4-cylinder VVT-i engine
Although the Toyota Corolla 2003 is known as a car that comes 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 the shape of the Toyota Corolla 2003 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 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 Toyota Corolla 2003 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.
Smooth driving is still a strong point of the model
5. Toyota Corolla 2003 Review: Problems
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.
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).
6. Toyota Corolla 2003 Specs
Below are brief specifications of 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
7. Toyota Corolla 2003 Price
Toyota Corolla 2003 Price
2003 – 2005
N1 million – N1.5 million
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