Toyota Corolla Altis

March 14, 2008 | Category: Misc

Great car this is!

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  1. Roy
    on August 24th, 2009

    Hi Jacky,
    Came across yur blg. Would much appreciate if could get your comment.

    I wanted to get a 2nd Altis, year 2007, mileage 40K, 1.8G, with the pricing RM 86K.

    Please advise me on the above going-purchase and your current thought of yur Altis.

    Have a nice day.


  2. jackyyong
    on September 28th, 2009

    Hi Roy,

    I loved the Altis very much. RM86K for a 2-year car is quite okay. Furthermore the mileage seem very low. I would recommend it anytime. 😉

  3. ART
    on April 10th, 2010

    Hi Jacky,

    we’ve got of the same car model but i could hear an unusual sound at low rpm and i was told it might be the timing chain. Is it advisable to change the timing chain?

  4. jackyyong
    on April 11th, 2010

    Hi there,

    Timing chains on the Altis does not need to be changed. Even if it needs to be changed, it is only after a very long period of time, about 300,000 to 400,000 km. I doubt there is any problem with it, unless the car had a major accident before.

    However the timing chain TENSIONER and the timing chain GUIDE is the one that needs to be inspected every 50,000 km or so. Or maybe the mechanic is talking about the other belt that powers the fan and the air-cond? The call it the serpentine belt or the v-belt. If I were you, I’d make an appointment with the Service Centre to have them checked and serviced. A stitch in time saves nine!

  5. ramesh
    on April 29th, 2010

    I’m looking to buy a 2nd altis. Is it advisable to take a 1.6 or 1.8. Is the petrol consumption differ much.

  6. jackyyong
    on May 6th, 2010

    Hi Ramesh,
    If petrol consumption is your main priority, and you always get stuck in KL traffic jams, then getting a 1.6 makes sense. But if you travel in highways a lot, getting a 1.8 might be a better idea, since the car is rather heavy. All said, it’s better to test drive the car yourself to know the feel. You might feel the car rather sluggish on the 1.6

    To give you an idea, I get almost 450 km for every RM 65 of petrol (RON 95, RM1.80 per litre). Go to my blog to read more.

  7. Nick Wong
    on October 8th, 2010

    hi Jacky,
    i found your blog,and the sametime,i am in the mean time,buying a 2nd altis.
    i need your seriously advise!

    its a 2002 year altis 1.8G
    the owner told me that,this car come with leather seats. we are the first owner, and the car is accident free, in fantastic condition. the full service history is by toyota.

    the last history at toyota was in september 2010. wheel bearings have just been changed, as well as the battery (all in sept 2010).

    the mileage of the car is at about 156,000km

    so jacky,for 8 year car,is it still worth to buy?
    but i see the car condition,from the outlook
    it welltaken care..and the paint have been respray.

    i going to take this car go inspection tomorrow.

    hopefully,i can get your comment,as soon as possible.

    Thank you!!
    your comment will be appeciated!

  8. jackyyong
    on October 10th, 2010

    Hi there,

    156,000 km is on the high side for an 8 year old car. At such a high mileage car, you should take it for a major service (every 80,000 is a major service, in your case, it should be the 2nd major service, if the owner follows the schedule). Things to look out for are the engine noise, timing chain and also wheel bearing. Since the owner has already changed the wheel bearing, then that just leaves the engine and the timing chain.

    But overall, I am satisfied with the Altis, really no major problem with the car!

  9. Nick Wong
    on October 23rd, 2010

    Hi jacky,
    thank you for your sincerely reply.

    The car has send to a experience formal inspection.
    he mention everything is good,accident free..full record toyota maintenance
    just only the aircond is not cold,need to refill gas.

    when stop that time, i try switch the Gear to D,i feel some minor vibration,but it acceptable.(not as worst serious as my Wira 1998)

    but i am curios,wrethe is normal or abnormal?hmm?

    or maybe is the engine mountings’ problem??

    as you mention above.
    the Timing chain is need to be change?
    i tho it can last up for 500k mileage.

    however what is the wheel bearring anyways?

    hopefully i alrdi pay deposit in this car
    and now wait only for the loan approved.

  10. Nick Wong
    on October 23rd, 2010

    what you mean by Engine noise anyways?

  11. jackyyong
    on October 23rd, 2010

    The vibration with the engine is due to the engine mounting. It’s relatively cheap to change the mounting, I would change that if I were you. It’s the rubber that has hardened as the car gets older. It’s normal for a car this age.

    Don’t worry about the timing chain, it can last a very long time.

    Problem with my wheel bearing is that it vibrates slightly when pushed with your hand. You will only notice it when you jack up the car.

    Engine noise is abnormally loud noise when you push the car hard. Normally it can be solved by just an oil change, but if that does not fix the problem, you should have it checked.

  12. Nick Wong
    on October 24th, 2010

    but i have ask the owner.
    everytime he will change 10k semi synth engine oil when it come to service

    hmm..i dun understand about the wheel bearing part?actually where does it locate at..but the owner told me,it have been change.

    jacky i would like to ask you about this car fuel consumption..usually full tank how much,can go how many Kilometer.
    (hope it dun worst than my old wira) 🙁

    other then the timing chain,what are the thing is going with belt in this car?
    perharp aircond belt?

    do absorbers is major promble for this car?
    compare to proton~my wira absorbers wont last me long..geee..

    Thank for your reply Jacky ^^

  13. Nchito
    on June 21st, 2011

    I would like to buy a second hand altis, 2004 model. 1.6l vvti with 100thousand km. I live in Zambia Africa. Would yoy advise me to buy it?

  14. jackyyong
    on June 21st, 2011

    Depends on the condition of the car actually. 100K km does not sound like a lot for a car that year, but you should bring it to ur local mechanic, just in case. However generally this car has not much problems.

  15. jude serrano
    on May 15th, 2012

    hi jacky,
    good day to you and to your family! i have a toyota altis 2002 model and right now im having problem whenever i came from a trip,if i turned of the engine and start it once again it wont start..i already talked to a lot of mechanic and it seems that they cant get the reason-my battery is new ,alternator is charging and starter is good.sir i need your advice very badly.thank you so much and will wait for your reply.god bless!

  16. jackyyong
    on May 15th, 2012

    This is certainly a very weird problem indeed! If it is not the battery, not the starter and not the alternator, something major might be the problem. Perhaps the entire electrical system needs an overhaul? Perhaps the injection system does not properly fire? There is only so much I can do without a proper diagnose. I would suggest that you take it to a proper Toyota Service Centre to have it checked. There could be a lot of hidden electrical components that you and I missed. Good luck!

  17. Benjie Sanchez
    on July 13th, 2012

    Hi Jacky.
    I purchased a 2005 Altis 1.6E automatic recently with 78,000 km. on it and have been hearing a humming sound coming from the rear. I suspect it could be the wheel bearing. The humming sound starts off at 20-30 km. and becomes louder as the speed increases. Just wondering if it is dangerous not to replace a rear wheel bearing immediately and what are the possible complications? Aside from the wheel bearing any other possibilities for the humming sound?

  18. jackyyong
    on July 14th, 2012

    Actually I do have a slight hum at my rear axle too. This has been confirmed when I do a major service back in 2008 when I bought this car. It will cost me a bomb to have it replaced, so I am still living with it at the moment. It is not as intrusive as yours though. If it is too annoying, I suggest you have it checked at a reliable service centre. I would also get an original parts if I were you.

  19. masonliew
    on August 27th, 2012

    Hi Jacky, I just bought an Altis 1.8G 2003, I havent send to Toyota Service Center for checking. May I know how much is a Wheel bearing that you mention in your previous reply? I am so worry that there is many hidden problem in the 2nd hand Altis. But i do hope that there is problem free. Can you recommend a good Toyota mechanics as well? Thank you so much…

  20. jackyyong
    on August 28th, 2012

    Hi Mason, I have forgotten how much is the cost to replace the wheel bearing now, it was way back in 2008. But even though I did not change it, it is not giving me any problem, in fact I hardly notice it. I never send my Toyota to outside mechanic except for minor services, so I can’t really recommend a good mechanic. However the Altis is a very common car, with not much electronics, so a lot of mechanics should be quite familiar with it

  21. masonliew
    on August 28th, 2012

    Hi Jacky, thanks for your information and you really helpful. I am pretty new with Toyota as this is the first time i buy car. (i drive Perodua previously). For my I service in Perodua center every three month, each time RM 140 for changing of engine oil n filter. Besides that, every 20km major service it cost around RM300+, it takes less than RM 2000 for maintenance per year. Will your car cost so much? Mine to share? thanks…

  22. jackyyong
    on August 28th, 2012

    Mileage varies with everyone. For me the Altis is used by my wife to pick up the kids, so the mileage is very low. I only change engine oil about every 4-5 months. Each time I change engine oil, I buy the engine oil and filter original from Toyota Service Centre. Then I give to mechanic to help me change. Toyota mineral engine oil (not semi-syn, not fully syn) cost about RM75, oil filter about RM20, can last for 10,000 km. Only major service (engine leaking) I give to Toyota SC. Major service every 40,000 km is about RM500 – RM700, depending on whether there are any parts that needs to be changed. There are also other service packages in between. You should check out

  23. Sean
    on September 16th, 2012

    Hi Jacky,
    May I know where to get these Toyota no. plate frame like yours please? I’ve been looking for that in some accessories shops but they just have those TRD and not UMW one!.

  24. jackyyong
    on September 17th, 2012

    ?? beats me, the number plate was already installed onto the car when I got it. Perhaps you can ask UMW Toyota?

  25. Omary
    on February 25th, 2013

    Hi, Jacky

    i have bought a 2nd corolla altis six month back. last week it started to produce bad sound from the engine part, what might it be and how to fix it as one mechanic told me that it timing chain.

    thanks in advance

  26. Jet Lim
    on June 10th, 2014

    I am looking to buy a 2nd handed Toyota Altis 1.6L of year 2002 with 120K mileages in record. Does this model using the normal timing belt or chain? what are the common problem of Toyota Altis 1.6L ? Pls advise

  27. choong
    on October 12th, 2014

    Hi, recently I got my second hand toyota altis 1.8g 2003. My car consume around 1 liter of engine oil for every 5000km. I using 15w40 engine oil. Is it consider normal? Thank you.

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