definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,667 miles

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problem #3

May 062010


  • miles
The problem is and has been excess oil usuage. It uses a quart about every 400 hundred miles. I bought the car used at a local Honda dealer may, 2010. It had 102,000 miles on it. It now has 117,000. It's been using oil every since I've had it. I took it back to the dealer and they couldn't find any thing wrong. They said the engine was clean and there were no oil leaks anywhere. I've searched the internet and there are alot of complaints posted about this car. The problem is the engine put in the car in 2002. A 1.6L was replaced with a new 1.8L engine and evidently the 1.8L didn't seat properly causing oil usuage. My son drove this car while he was at college. The problem is, with this kind of oil usage, you can run the car out of oil. We tried to keep up with it, but if you run it high speeds it will use more oil. If the car runs out of oil on an interstate and the engine locks up, well you could have a serious safety problem. I keep the car at home now because of the safety concerns. We drive it locally only.

- Chester, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 092009


  • miles
In August 2009 my catalytic converter attached to the muffler went out. They put in the code that was given for that job. I have had nothing but problems, I was back in the shop every other week because my emergency light would keep coming on. I am 68 years old and for me this is a safety issue because I didn't recognize my car was having other problems. This electrical problem has not been addressed/corrected to this day. L would appreciate if you would contact Toyota and have them take care of this.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #1

Nov 202009


  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Corolla. While driving approximately 35 mph the engine warning light illuminated on the instrument control panel. She added oil to the engine, and then towed the vehicle to a local repair facility. A mechanic stated that the tie rod failed, and that the engine needed to be replaced. No repairs were made. She filed report number 091113338 with the manufacturer. The current and failure mileages were 116,000.

- Greensborough , NC, USA