Toyota Corolla Repairs & Maintenance

Last Updated: January 25, 2018

Toyota Corolla Problems and Repairs

For decades, the Toyota Corolla has had a reputation for strong reliability, low maintenance costs, and great gas mileage. But like all cars, even the Corolla has its issues. If you're considering a used Toyota Corolla, consider scheduling a pre-purchase inspection with a mechanic to make sure the vehicle is in good condition before you buy. You may also want to think about getting a certified pre-owned Toyota Corolla, which is a used Corolla that has undergone an inspection from Toyota and comes with additional powertrain warranty coverage.

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Here are some common problems and complaints about the Corolla as reported by owners to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Toyota Corolla Common Problems

The current Toyota Corolla generation began for 2014. So far, its reliability appears to be living up to the car's stellar reputation. One of the few complaints owners have made is about a rattling noise behind the dashboard.

The previous Corolla generation (2009 through 2013) also seems to have held up well over time. The few complaints owners have reported include squeaky or grinding brakes, as well as excessive oil consumption in earlier models. Toyota has issued a technical service bulletin to address the brake problem. As a result, dealers now offer upgraded brake pads that are designed to reduce noise and uneven wear. Toyota has also extended the engine warranty of certain 2009 through 2011 Corollas with 2AZ-FE four-cylinder engines. If one of these vehicles fails a dealer-performed oil consumption test, it may be eligible for an engine replacement.

Notably, 2009 and 2010 Corolla models were part of the Toyota unintended acceleration recalls. After numerous Toyota and Lexus vehicles accelerated on their own, it was found that design flaws in the floor mat allowed it to slide forward, trapping the accelerator. Toyota replaced the mats and offered additional repairs to prevent the gas pedal from sticking. If you're considering a used Corolla, it's worth checking that it has the appropriate mats.

Toyota Corolla Recalls

Use the links below to find specific recalls for each Toyota Corolla model year. All 2003 through 2013 Toyota Corolla sedans are affected by the Takata airbag recall. The airbags in these vehicles must be replaced due to a safety defect that could cause them to explode.

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