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after a few years away, I'm back in the wagon game.

Post by dlb » Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:18 pm

After a few years of messing around with SUV's, I've decided to revisit wagons, and I finally found something I'm really excited about. It's a FWD 1991 Corolla.

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Gas prices have skyrocketed here (up until the last week or so with everything flopping due to coronavirus), and I've already wrestled with the increased cost of driving a 4wd year round for a long time so I decided to go the FWD route. I tried one of these corollas before and I liked it a lot but ended up going with another car at the time so I'm happy to have found the same model. And I like this one even more because it has manual steering, and no sunroof -- two of my favourite non-features in a car, haha.

This must be the most base model Toyota offered because in addition to the manual steering and lack of sunroof, the side mirrors have to be adjusted from the outside, and there is no dome light up by the rear view mirror. Those are things I'm not nuts about but I don't really care about either. It also does not have a tachometer, which I've never seen in a manual trans Toyota. That's too bad but again, doesn't really matter to me.

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It needs some work so I'm going to start on that soon. After the necessary stuff, I'll look at some fun stuff like nicer wheels and a roof rack.

Anyway, I know I'm still not part of the T4 club right now but I'm happy to be closer to it. Wagons are where my heart is. The fuel economy on SUVs sucks.
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Post by splatterdog » Wed Mar 18, 2020 3:21 pm

I would say welcome back, but you never really left! Once a T4 owner, always a T4 owner.. One admirer of the Icehawk this winter reminisced about his best car ever. First car he ever had that always started, no matter what, and took a while to achieve again. And of course plows through the snow like a truck.

Certainly nothing wrong with keeping it simple or a wagon. Good luck with the new ride.

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Post by larry mcgrath » Wed Mar 18, 2020 4:37 pm

You never loose your desire to like these cars Larry.

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Post by Mattel » Wed Mar 18, 2020 5:19 pm

Hey, welcome back David! I always feel a bit guilty for pushing you to that corolla All-trac! I've still got mine and a Vanagon. I had to buy a whole corolla wreck from the other side of Australia to get a glass sunroof because the steel one rusted out.
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Post by Mattel » Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:03 pm

We never got that 2wd model Corolla Wagon in Australia however we did get a newer model a few years back back and there are companies importing low mileage hybrid corolla fielder wagons with the prius running gear from Japan that look really good and are perhaps 5 years old.
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Post by dlb » Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:51 pm

Psssshhhht, Mattell. I have nothing but fond memories of my ae95! those are still the coolest looking car of all time, IMO. I used to hate the look of these FWD ones, they're such a grandma vehicle, but now I kind of like that aspect of it. It's just the right kind of ugly for me.

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Post by NWMO » Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:11 am

Congratulations dlb, I still enjoy driving the Rusty Frog, even when it's a constant project! Some day it will turn into my first Gambler rig, but hopefully that's a few years away.

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Post by john » Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:47 pm

Hello DLB, It's good to have a car you're excited about! Congratulations on the Corolla! I still enjoy my '85 Tercel. It's a great work car. It has been front wheel drive for a number of years now and no one has asked me to leave the forum:). John

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Post by dlb » Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:22 am

John, what made you turn your 4wd into a 2wd? Did you have a problem with the 4wd or rear axle? I assume you just removed the rear axle shaft, yeah?

Yesterday I removed the rear struts and took them apart. One wasn't too bad but the other was the worst I've ever seen. The shock absorber part had zero pressure and slid up and down with zero resistance. I also ordered new springs because they're available and at 30 years old, the ones in there are probably due for it.

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Post by john » Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:01 pm

Years ago, the front differential on the automatic transmission self destructed. The only replacement I could readily find was a front-wheel drive only transmission. It bolted right up. I'm happy I kept the car on the road. She runs great and passes smog way under limits. Here on the valley floor in California I never really needed the 4wd, so it's ok. John

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Post by Petros » Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:22 am

Congrats David. that has the 4AFE engine, I think one of the best engines toyota made: nice simple first gen EFI, 16 valves, very reliable and very efficient, with a great flat top power curve, pulls strong from from about 1600 RPM up to the Red line.
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Post by dlb » Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:27 am

Yeah, I'm a big fan of the 4AFE too. On top of it being a solid and economical engine, the gearing in the transmission for the FWD corolla wagons is much peppier than the 4wd version. It's way more fun to drive 99% of the year. I'll definitely be feeling sorry for myself when it snows next though, haha.

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