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Old 04-16-2017, 10:56 AM
 
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Hi all, I just recently bought a used 09 Corolla S from a reputed dealer. I wanted to go to boise, Idaho this summer for my internship by drive. This is my first car and any tips,tricks on car I should know before hitting the long drive would be appreciated.
Thanks.
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Old 04-16-2017, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Sacramento Mtns of NM
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I am a fan of Toyotas and therefore think you couldn't have a more reliable car for the trip, assuming it's been serviced regularly. You'll definitely want to have a fully functional air conditioner if it's during the hot part of summer.

If your insurance doesn't offer towing coverage, I'd strongly recommend having AAA coverage that includes a 100 mile tow plus other roadside services.

And a cell phone that is kept charged in case of need to call for AAA service. If the cell phone has GPS, there is a AAA app you can download that will save lots of headaches if broken down in a remote location.


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Old 04-16-2017, 05:57 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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The year isn't the important thing; it's how many miles the car has on it already. But yeah, Toyotas are super-reliable. Probably the only thing you'll need to replace in the next few years (besides maybe the battery) is the starter. I also agree w/the above poster to bring a cell phone that you can charge in the car. I bought a charger that fits into the cig. lighter in the car, for road trips. It's the only time I ever use a cell phone.
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Old 04-17-2017, 12:13 PM
 
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I have a 2006 Toyota Matrix, basically a Corolla hatchback. It has well over 200,000 miles on it. I keep it well-maintained and the engine still purrs like a kitten. No major problems. In fact, I'm planning my summer camping road trips right now.

Also, give your car a name right now - subconsciously, you'll take better care of it. My Matrix is named Elizabeth.
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Old 04-17-2017, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Alamogordo, NM
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I take good care of my 2011 Kia Soul 5-speed base in clear white paint and 82,345 miles and I've never given it a name. I don't think it's necessary ta give your car a name. How about the rest of y'all?
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Old 04-18-2017, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Toyotas are very reliable mechanically. The most important thing to check is the tires. Do they have any cracks between the tread lugs or on the sidewalls? Do they have enough tread (1/4 in minimum to start)? Are they properly inflated (pressures are on the plate on the driver's door frame).


I would have a maintenance done as well. Change oil at a garage not a Jiffy anything and filters and check coolant quality. That should do it. Have a good trip.
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Old 04-18-2017, 05:19 PM
 
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I take good care of my 2011 Kia Soul 5-speed base in clear white paint and 82,345 miles and I've never given it a name. I don't think it's necessary ta give your car a name. How about the rest of y'all?
Oh I have had names for two Ford econolines that blew transmissions a thousand mile out of warranty! I had names for the trucks, Ford, the shop, the dealer, and most everyone else within earshot. I had names alright!
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Old 04-18-2017, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Alamogordo, NM
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Oh I have had names for two Ford econolines that blew transmissions a thousand mile out of warranty! I had names for the trucks, Ford, the shop, the dealer, and most everyone else within earshot. I had names alright!

I'll bet you've got names for them, threecats407!
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