new acquisition of a 2001 corolla last week I purchased a 2001 Toyota Corolla, I believe it is an S trim package. It has an S on the trunk, Corolla S floor mats, a leather wrapped 3 spoke steering…

steven7685

new acquisition of a 2001 corolla

last week I purchased a 2001 Toyota Corolla, I believe it is an S trim package. It has an S on the trunk, Corolla S floor mats, a leather wrapped 3 spoke steering wheel and cruise control, it is an automatic transmission. But it has steel wheels and hub caps, and it does not have fog lights.That is confusing to me as I thought that the S model came with alloy rims and fog lights.
It has 44K miles and I paid $2750 for it, it has some scratches and a couple dings on the exterior of the car. All in all I think i got a good deal on a car with a great reputation for being reliable.

It seems to run and drive great. And I want it to stay that way, I know its a 19 year old car, so my questions are.

What would you recommend I do to freshen it up?
Should I replace the spark plugs?
It seems to have had a recent oil change, there is a sticker on the windshield saying next oil change at 47k miles
Should I drain and fill the engine coolant? Which type of coolant do you recommend?
Should I drain and fill the transmission fluid? Again, which type of Transmission fluid do you recommend?
Should I drain and replace the brake fluid? Recommendations?

So far the only thing I found wrong with the car besides the exterior appearance is a bad tail light (which I replaced immediately).

What would you do to such an old vehicle to ensure it is in tip top operating condition? This will be my daily commuter.

Thank you!
Steve

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steven7685
steven7685

Just an update.

Commuting 20 miles each way to work and back over a pretty decent hill, in California Bay area frequent stop and go traffic. The first tank of gas I put into this car yielded me roughly 34 MPG. Pretty significant savings over my 1993 Nissan D21 pickup that gets 20 MPG. especially when 87 octane fuel cost $3.90 per gallon in my area.

The pickup isn't going away because is nice to have one around, but it sure is going to get a break from driving me to work.

Scotty Kilmer
Scotty Kilmer

Editor

if they have a buy back for 6500 , take it and get something else. You overpaid for a 19 year old toyota. They are good cars, but personally I wouldn't believe any of their BS

steven7685
steven7685

this vehicle has plenty of service history on carfax, and they are guaranteeing accuracy with a buy back of $6500. I bought it from a 90 year old woman who couldn't drive it anymore. Anyway, I believe the mileage to be accurate.

Just wondering if there are some things that should be replaced due to being old time wise rather than mileage wise.

Jackofall
Jackofall

Dig up service manual, no plugs yet, just go by factory service. I doubt that original miles, that would need to be verified.