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Old 11th August 2015, 20:30   #31
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However, on a recent trip I averaged ~100 kmph for an extended period, and ended up with a mileage of 19 kmpl over a 400 km distance. Amazing I say!

19 kilometres to a litre from the 1.8 litre petrol? Can any other Altis owners get similar fuel economy on highways? It's too good for me, have got a used Altis a week back.
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19 kilometres to a litre from the 1.8 litre petrol? Can any other Altis owners get similar fuel economy on highways? It's too good for me, have got a used Altis a week back.
I have a 2006 Corolla, not Altis, and I get a maximum of 15 on the highways and max 11 in the city. Have never got more than 15.

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I have a 2006 Corolla, not Altis, and I get a maximum of 15 on the highways and max 11 in the city. Have never got more than 15.

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At what speeds do you drive? With air con or without? Some owners opine that in speeds above and below the band of 100-120 kph, the economy drops.
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Nineteen km a liter must have been a display on the MID , and not a calculated number from distance travelled by fuel used.

I have owned the AT and MT Corollas and can vouch for their fuel efficiency.The max that I have got is 16kmpl under careful driving,which itself is fantastic.A six speed gear box would make it 18-19kmpl easily but sadly that isn't a priority for Toyota.

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I recently did a Pune-Nasik-Pune trip and got around 17kmpl from my Corolla. The AC was used 80% of the time.

Last month while going to Ahmedabad the car returned around 16.88kmpl On our way back it gave 15kmpl due to heavy traffic in Mumbai and on the MPEW. AC was used all the time.

All calculations done on the tank to tank basis after the first cut off.

I believe 80-100kmph is the sweet spot for the 1zz-fe engine. Most importantly when cruising at speeds beyond 70kmph you can overtake or close a gap by just a slight dab on the throttle. No down shifting is required, this is something I love about this engine. The overall drivability is fantastic. Climbing the old khandala ghat in the second gear with ease.

Has anyone changed the driver seat of the Corolla to the adjustable one? I have the 1.8 H1 J. It gets me all the safety features but the only 2 things I miss are the ACC and adjustable driver seat.

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Nineteen km a liter must have been a display on the MID , and not a calculated number from distance travelled by kms driven.
Exactly. I took my Altis for the first highway trip yesterday, and the MID showed some amazing numbers . But a back of the hand calculation said that the economy was around 17 km/per litre. My speed was in the band of 70 to 90, and I felt that to be more than enough.

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I have owned the AT and MT Corollas and can vouch for their fuel efficiency.The max that I have got is 16kmpl under careful driving,which itself is fantastic.A six speed gear box would make it 18-19kmpl easily but sadly that isn't a priority for Toyota.
A six speed would have been wonderful. The car has ample pulling power in any gear. No need to shift down for anything and no need to slam the accelerator too. Just amazing behaviour.
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It has been exactly 4 years since I started this thread. I am certainly not going to win any awards for this being the most regularly updated thread. Having said that, I still do open Team-bhp at least once every day, wherever I am.

So on to the car now - it has been 8.5 years and 84,000 kms with the Altis!

The car has done extremely well - no breakdowns, no noises, always behaved as expected. The only things that have been done on the car are:

- the annual service (almost all from Toyota service centers, except the last one from my FNG in South Delhi)
- brake pads, changed every 20k or so
- 1-2 battery changes so far (don't remember)
- Tyre change to Yokohama Earth 1 from Bridgestone S322 at 75k
- occasional cleaning by me, once a year or so washing / polishing from 3M

The tyre change above has made a world of a difference to the noise and handling - it feels like a different car!

I've been itching for a change for many years now, but as you can see from the mileage - I don't really drive much. In fact, I don't drive on the weekdays at all. I am mostly traveling during the weekdays, and even when am not, prefer to use cabs to go to work during the day. This car just keeps going on and on without giving me a good reason to change (except being a bit boring, I guess).

A change doesn't really make sense economically... I've been eyeing the Fortuner / Endeavor reviews and have spent days / months thinking about buying one of these trucks. However, I also am a keeper of cars, and with the NGT banning diesel vehicles greater than 10 years old, that puts a big spanner into my future ownership of any diesel vehicle. This Altis is already nearing 9 years, and I can't imagine doing away with it in the next 1 year. At worst, it will replace by 6 year old Honda City as the beater car. Whichever car I buy next will also be a part of the family for at least a decade - and that puts all the diesel SUVs out of contention. Don't really think the petrol engines of any of the SUVs on offer are worth considering.

I wouldn't also get any value from this almost-new-but-not-really-new car, if I was to sell it in the second hand market. Somehow, also can't imagine someone abusing this very well cared for car...

Most importantly - my wife can't really make out the difference between the Altis and our other car, the Honda City. Either from outside or from the inside. The fact that the colors are BROADLY in the same zone is not helpful either . To expect her to understand why I am thinking of buying a new car to her is like expecting an AAP and a BJP fan to agree on something.

A very short list of what I've continued to like:

- Bullet proof reliability: No breakdowns, no groans. Has gone with me to long drives on all kinds of terrains, with no complaints
- Generally well equipped: I don't feel that I am missing any big feature, even after having been spent enough time in high end fancy cars during my overseas trips
- Smooth ride
- Good enough space in the boot
- No bump near the feet of the middle passenger in the rear, 5 adult CAN sit if needed
- If not fully loaded, adequate power to potter around the city and occasional highway runs
- High quality leather interiors that are still going on very well
- Generally predictable mileage of anywhere between 9-11 kmpl

What I don't really dig:

- Limited safety features, only 2 airbags
- Not really a 'fun' car to drive. Steering feedback is average, not the peppiest around.
- No sunroof
- Flimsy exteriors that get dented very easily. I used to drive an Opel Astra Club before this - god, that was a tank in comparison! I remember, once an Enfield banged into the standing car and literally split into two (the rider was fine), and the Opel only had a small dent to show for it all.

Attaching a bunch of photographs I recently took, after a short cleaning session

Exteriors, after 8.5 years of Delhi sun, rain and winters:

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Interior shots:

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Decent legroom for the rear seat.
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Flat floor certainly helps!
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Armrest, rear curtain...
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Dashboard etc. - not the most modern (its an 8.5 year old car!), but still pleasing to the eye

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Vanity mirror even for the driver

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It has crossed 84k since I took this picture:
Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8 AT - 4.5 years, 51000 kms. Running well...very well!-img_1008.jpg

Very flimsy body, gets dented very easily. Have never had to get any body work done (except bumpers painted once), and all these little dents are from when the car was standing.

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Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8 AT - 4.5 years, 51000 kms. Running well...very well!-img_1030.jpg

Need advice! What can I do about these things that have gone black with time? Have tried all kinds of cleaning agents, and now perhaps even the chrome coating may have gone altogether. Is there something I can do? Honestly, this is where the car's age really shows.

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Another thing - my left HID is dead, and Toyota service center quotes 10-13k for an HID replacement! Any advice on where else I could procure it (and the specific model no.) and who could help install this?

Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8 AT - 4.5 years, 51000 kms. Running well...very well!-img_20170508_215902a.jpg

Hope you all enjoyed reading the thread. Happy to answer any questions anyone may have!
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@geronimo good to hear about your Altis. My car is the same age & colour but a GL (MT). It'll turn 9 in Oct and she's pampered and has very low running (< 30K Kms). But I trust this Toyota like no other car.

You need to get the D4R bulb for your headlamp. Vid6639 replaced his car HID bulb here and purchased it overseas for about $50. http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/modifi...ml#post4176649 (Auto Lighting thread : Post all queries about automobile lighting here)

The T emblem & wheel "ornament" (as Toyota calls it) on your car seem to have been corroded by what is probably acid rain due to the pollution levels in NCR. My car's badges/emblems are perfectly fine as of now but it's kept in a garage. I think you should easily get these in aftermarket spare shops in Delhi.

In my experience the body steel panels are reasonably good, not as good as the European cars but not as bad as the Marutis either. I have 2 very minor dings, one on the fender and the driver door, courtesy another car door opening when my vehicle was parked alongside.

The MT is more fun to drive than the AT (if driving a Corolla can ever be called "fun" ) and feels responsive by comparison. It's a sprightly car but can get boring because I feel the suspension and steering are tuned for travelling comfort rather than driving pleasure. But it handles rough roads with ease.

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So on to the car now - it has been 8.5 years and 84,000 kms with the Altis

What can I do about these things that have gone black with time? Have tried all kinds of cleaning agents, and now perhaps even the chrome coating may have gone altogether.
What struck me most was that the steering wheel leather is absolutely intact - the first tell tale sign of a well kept Altis.

The chrome normally doesn't wear off - I am surprised how it has darkened.Too much of 3M-ing, maybe.

Are you sure someone hasn't swapped your logos with spurious aftermarket stuff?

I would recommend you have the 4 wheel center logos repainted in dull silver OR replaced ; the 1.8 logo can be replaced too.

I would suggest you leave the minor dents as is.

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