While I agree toyota does cut corners as you say, this is not a good
I have a '95 Subaru legacy with hydraulic lash adjusters (HLAs) and its
not the best idea ever. Search for the Tick of Death (name doesn't
really fit as its not extremely harmful to the engine). HLAs are
notorious for sticking (not pumping up) and causing a tick that
eminates from the rocker arms. The engine contines to run, probably
90-95%, but annoys the hell out of the driver. Also causes excess fuel
consumption and performance loss, as the affected valves have a lull
period when they should opening.
There are reasons why toyota doesn't use HLAs, and IMO, they're fairly
valid. I'd criticize their less-than-sturdy suspension. Take a pry bar
sometime and push down on corolla ball joints, the support arm just
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