1998 Toyota Corolla LE Sedan 4-Door 1.8L
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Severna Park, Maryland, United States
Features and Specifications
|Trim:||LE Sedan 4-Door|
|Engine:||1.8L 1794CC l4 GAS DOHC Naturally Aspirated|
1998 Toyota Corolla LE Sedan 4-DoorThe Toyota Corolla is the best-selling nameplate of all time, but the car has been redesigned many times. Now its in seventh generation, this version has been specifically redesigned to target the North American market.The Corolla and the Chevrolet Prizm are virtual twins, built on the same California assembly line.
The Corolla comes in three trim levels. The base VE, a stripped model, doesn't include even a radio, but allows Toyota to advertise a low price. The CE has a few amenities, such as air-conditioning and a radio. But the top-of-the-line LE has the equipment most buyers want. Only one engine is available, a 1.8-liter, 120-horsepower 4-cylinder. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard, with 3- and 4-speed automatic optional. In an unusual move for Toyota, four-wheel antilock brakes are standard-equipment.The rear split-folding bench seat is designed for three.Optional side air bags are available to protect front-seat passengers.
The neat, tidy instrument panel has basic, easy-to-read gauges. A low window still and tall glass area make for good visibility in all directions. Storage space is better than average for a compact car.
The Corolla has a remarkably soft ride for such a small sedan. It handles all but the worst roads without distress. The handling reflects the softness of the suspension. (It really does ride nice for a small vehicle--even the Civic has a 'ruff' ride).The 4-speed automatic shifts nicely, both up and down----crisply, not harshly. (The 3-speed automatic is available only on the VE model; don't bother.)Sensible driving should yield fuel economy in the low 30s.
With safety features, comfort, and good fuel economy, the Corolla is a sensible small car. (taken from AAA Autograph Book new 1998 Edition).. This report is very accurate and everything it says is correct.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
It also has day-time running lights which gives you an insurance discount. It has the 'BLACK WIDOW' two button transmitteralarm on it with a remote. I will give you a sheet of paper on it. It came with keys when I bought it but I didn't like then so I went to our Toyota dealer and had them "cut" me new keys by "VIN NUMBER". What they do in put in the vin number and it cuts a new key out. That's the very bestkey copy you can get. This vehicle uses 1 key for theignition and another key for the door. I think the key cost over $8 for the ignition even with my discount. You will get all 4 keys and alarm remote. The door key cost $5. I have the 'key code' which I will give to the new owner.I purchased this vehicle on August 2,2011 with 105,758 miles on it. I'm the 'second owner'. No accidents.
I'm sort of a car buff; I'm definitely a car collector(!) and what I do with ever car/truck or military vehicle I buy is buy every piece of literature I can find as well as all the manuals. I did buy the sought after "original" Toyota factory manuals but I must have packed them away since I've been moving things and can't find them. I am including a Chilton manual which is brand new. I have a copy of the original window sticker but can't find it. I do have a sheet the parts counter guy gave me showing some features--I will give this sheet to the new owner. I remember when I was looking for a Corolla I wanted the LE model with the optional side air bags. I figured its a small car, the extra bags would definitely help. This car also has 'cruise control' which is an option. From memory----the extras/optional featureswere: 4 speed auto trans; cruise control; side molding trim; floor mats with logo; side air bags.
Since I work in car sales I also get a discount on car repairs. In 2015 I spent over $1750+ in major brake repairs (7 invoices--available for inspection) which included: new front rotors(2), new pads, 1 new caliper, 2 new frontrubber hoses, master cylinder, rear brake line,evaportation control canister, proportioning valve ($180.74 after my discount of 10% over cost for the part---an expensive part!!!), power brake check valve, bleed lines, etc.I've never have done anything to the rear brakes but I bought the rear shoes and two new wheel cylinders just in case. This is also included with this sale--see photo. After the brake work I had a tune-up done to include plugs and wires ( 1 invoice $261.42--(invoice available for inspection). A little while later I had a lot of bulbs replaced onthe dash and heater panel (8 invoices--available for review--total $59.94 parts only). I try to keep it in good shape. The battery in the car was the same as when I bought the vehicle--so that went---got a new battery. I wasn't happy with one tire so I bought another tire(right front)--see photo. In summary, since March 2015 to present all this work has been done: major brake work; tune-up; dash & panel bulbs; battery; one tire. Basically, all maintenance work approximate total $2100.00 and I have invoices to verify same. (Remember, this cost is also at a discount).
Another nice thing is that is costs only $20-$30 to fill the tank. The most ittakes is 10-11 gallons to fill. On the last tank I averaged 30.83mpg and that's just doing errands around and about.
No lights are on the dash. I went right thru the tough 'Maryland Emission test'which is required ever 2 years.A lot of older vehicles won't pass this required test and the owner will usually sell or trade or donate the vehicle rather than repair it to pass.If you know anything about Toyotas especially the little Corolla it will easily go to 250,000 miles.Its a documented fact that over the last 20 years over 80% of Toyotas are still on the road. Where I work I see them come in to sell their vehicle all the time. If your a Maryland resident in a few weeksyou can put antique/historic tags on it as an option--no Maryland State Inspection required. This car runs very well; starts right up every time; the A/C is cold the way I like it and the heater works well.
I bought a 'new toy' LEXUS IS 350 in May 2016 so naturally I drove it every day--nice car. I drove the Corolla very seldom; then in August 2017 I bought another small vehicle to replace the Corolla. Now I have too many vehicles. I've been driving the Corolla basically every day to keep miles off the Lexus. I usually only keep my daily driver 4-5 years that's why I decided to sell the Corolla. The clear coat is coming off the roof and some on the hood and a little on the drivers door, etc. If you don't mind that, this is a nice little car that was well maintained. I wouldn't be afraid to drive it to California. A greatcar for running errand, a second vehicle, a spare vehicle, high school student etc. Put a paint job on it and it would look super! Where can youbuy a nice spare vehicle for a couple/few grand?I
Don't kid yourself, you can always find something wrong with a used vehicle. My physical therapist told me "everybody has something wrong with them". When she said that I had to think--she's right. Our body is more complex than we realize and so is a vehicle. I've been driving this vehicle almost every day for the past several months and making notes of things that are wrong. All are basically minor: the inside day/night mirror the flip button--bushing worn but it still works; under the radio the heater panel level knob to the far right(all others light)--1 light bulb is out. The driver's seat belt retracts slowly--works just slow. When you hit the remote to lock the vehicle--the drivers door does not lock you have to push that button down firstand then lock the vehicle using the remote. The brakes needs to be bleed. The brake pedal 'rubber pedal pad' has a small wear spot--not a big deal. I bought an original Toyota pad(47121-12020 pad, pedal) that is included with this sale.
One last thought--don't be 'year conscience'. Its not the year, but the condition of the vehicle. I work in car sales and you would be surprised how many people look at the year instead of the condition of the vehicle.