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  1. Whining and squealing are usually a sign of worn brake pads or rotors going bad. You may just need new brake pads or rotors but I'm not sure about the White smoke or smell. At 190k miles when was the last time you changed your brakes? Brakes usually go like 30ish to 40ish thousand miles, I have 140,000 miles on my Corolla and have replaced the brake pads probably 3 times already since I bought it at 7,000 miles. I've also changed the rotors probably twice and the drum brakes once.
  2. Just keep watch on your tire pressure. If the tire starts to lose air. As far as parts the rim is definitely damaged but it's just surface it seems. You can always buy a new rim but your car will still run fine despite it looking bad. I'd be more concerned over a damaged tire. Keep an eye on the pressure or have it checked for any possible leaks if you want. Curbs are a pain but you definitely gotta keep an eye out so you don't do further damage to your car by accident.
  3. 2005 Toyota Corolla, 140k miles. Had an inspection done this past Sunday and passed. Been driving and smelling nothing. Yesterday morning I was very low on gas and filled up at a gas station I don't usually go to, and during the day yesterday I noticed a fairly strong exhaust smell which I initially thought was a burning smell but it's not. It doesn't really feel like it's coming from the engine bay, and I don't smell it from the heater inside the car. I smell it most strongly when I first step out of the car or have the driver door open, coming from mostly underneath the car. It is not antifreeze bc it does not have that sort of "sweet" antifreeze smell, and see zero leaks or wet spots in the engine bay parts or on the ground. I don't see any oil burning out of my exhaust either. No blue or white smoke. It doesn't really smell like gasoline either. It's just standard exhaust smell but stronger. Doesn't REALLY smell like plastic or rubber either. Not a burning smell, just a smell of stronger exhaust fumes. Could it be a leak in my exhaust pipe? Cat? I can't tell. Again my car was running fine and I ONLY started smelling this after I filled up at the pump. I pumped regular unleaded gas like I always do. Could maybe i have pumped in a stronger grade by accident due to a malfunction at the gas pump?
  4. Driving a 2005 Toyota Corolla LE, 4 cyl 1.8L engine. What are the best spark plugs for fuel economy? I have 140,000 miles and honestly have never changed the plugs. I know I should have done it 60k miles ago. Thanks a bunch!
  5. My 2005 Toyota Corolla LE has had a check engine light on for probably about 6 years now´╗┐. Every time it's checked out the code reading comes back as a clutch solenoid from the automatic transmission. My local mechanic told me that the repair and cost could vary depending on where the solenoid actually is on the transmission, and I would need to take it to a transmission shop. I've been driving the car like this for years and have never really experienced a problem before. I've avoided the repair simply because of the potential cost. My car has just under 140,000 miles on it and I've never changed the auto transmission fluid, and was advised at this point not to. I guess now I feel like it would be a waste to replace the solenoid and pay a lot, only to have the tranny itself give out within the next 50k miles.... UNLESS the solenoid repair won't be as much as I think it'll be. If it was $500, I'd probably do it. If it was $1000 I wouldn't see it being worth it. Any thoughts or advice? Has anyone ever had to replace this part before? Thanks a bunch.
  6. My 2005 Toyota Corolla LE has had a check engine light on for probably about 6 years now. Every time it's checked out the code reading comes back as a clutch solenoid from the automatic transmission. My local mechanic told me that the repair and cost could vary depending on where the solenoid actually is on the transmission, and I would need to take it to a transmission shop. I've been driving the car like this for years and have never really experienced a problem before. I've avoided the repair simply because of the potential cost. My car has just under 140,000 miles on it and I've never changed the auto transmission fluid, and was advised at this point not to. I guess now I feel like it would be a waste to replace the solenoid and pay a lot, only to have the tranny itself give out within the next 50k miles.... UNLESS the solenoid repair won't be as much as I think it'll be. If it was $500, I'd probably do it. If it was $1000 I wouldn't see it being worth it. Any thoughts or advice? Has anyone ever had to replace this part before? Thanks a bunch.
  7. I'm definitely not a fan of leasing. I want to OWN what i pay for, instead of worrying about monthly payments for something I will need to return.
  8. I'm going for this 2016 because a 2019 would be too expensive. I'm on a budget and can't afford a brand new Corolla. Not sure what you mean by building my own car. This Corolla I found has everything I've wanted as I stated, so there's not much to build on it besides any aftermarket products I would get for it later.
  9. Currently drive a 2005 Corolla LE, and have since 2006. Car has 140k miles and I want an upgrade. Found a 2016 Corolla S Plus, 6-speed with 23k miles listed as $13,999 from an independent dealer. The car is super clean, no accidents, one owner, moonroof, and dealership says it was likely a former lease. It's beautiful. Anyway, they said they would buy my old car only if it could serve them to resell it, but my car, despite running great (as expected from that generation of Corolla), has had a small fender bender (doesn't affect performance), and has the Check Engine light on. Check Engine light I was told by my mechanic is from the transmission clutch solenoid, and is an expensive fix so I never did it. Plus the tire icon light is on despite my tires being fine. Mechanic said that's an electrical and dealership repair but I never did it either. Doesnt seem worth it. The car drives excellent like I said, and will likely last for many years to come if kept it. Anyway, I think I'll just sell my current car privately but am wondering HOW MUCH I should sell it for given its issues I stated? Plus how much should I try to negotiate for the new Corolla? Do you think I can get them down to $11,999? I'm planning on paying straight up CASH for the new car and the guy at the dealership told me a lot of people have looked at it but people don't want it because no one wants a manual transmission anymore. I on the other hand DO want one. Any advice? I'm planning on taking a trip to see the car this Saturday. It's a 64 mile trip to the dealer so I really don't want to take my old car there bc I feel like they won't want to buy it. Anyway, thanks a lot guys!
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