Toyota Corolla Problems and Common Complaints

The Toyota Corolla is one of the best selling vehicles in the world because it’s both reliable and affordable. The Corolla is designed to perform optimally, but once in a while it runs into some issues. Here’s a rundown of what tends to go wrong with Toyota Corollas.

Note: The list of problems below is organized by vehicle generation. Scroll down to find your model range.

2016-Present Corolla – Common Problems

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A 2013 Toyota Corolla S Special Edition

Good news: there's nothing to report so far! Be sure to check back once in a while because we update the information on this page regularly.

2012-2015 Corolla – Common Problems

13 corolla A 2013 Toyota Corolla S Special Edition

Overly Sensitive Electric Power Steering System (possible): Many Corollas in this generation come with a sensitive electric power steering system that some people have reported issues with. Specifically, some people say that the steering wheel will "drift" to the side without driver input, essentially causing the car to steer itself. According to reports this happens at speeds over 60 mph.

While it's possible that the electric steering system is overly sensitive, these exact same symptoms would describe a wheel alignment issue. So, this may or may not be a problem.

2006-2011 Corolla – Common Problems

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A 2008 Toyota Corolla LE

Premature Passenger Airbag Propellant Failure: When the passenger airbag deploys, there’s a chance it’ll rupture and allow metal fragments to fly through. This happens because the propellant rapidly degrades over time due to unstable temperatures and excessive humidity. In early 2017, Toyota issued a nationwide recall on 2003-2013 Corollas to replace the passenger airbag inflator for free.

Cracked Engine Control Module (ECM): The circuit board inside the ECM on some of the Corollas in this generation is prone to cracks. This may lead to harsh transmission shifting, the engine stalling, or the engine failing to start. To address this, Toyota issued a safety recall in late 2010 to replace the ECM at no cost to the owner.

Overly Sensitive Electric Power Steering System (possible): See 2012-2015 Corolla – Common Problems.

2000-2005 Corolla – Common Problems

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A 2005 Toyota Corolla S

Worn Piston Rings: This leads to excessive oil consumption and, if not caught in time, engine failure. Symptoms include oil sludge buildup and low oil levels between oil changes. Replacing your piston rings should fix it.

Airbag Control Module Failure (2003-2004 Models Only): Many 2003-2004 Corolla owners have had their front and/or side airbags deploy unexpectedly. This is because the integrated circuits in their Corollas short circuited from excessive noise, causing the airbag control module to fail and the airbags to deploy randomly. In January 2015, Toyota recalled thousands of 2003-2004 Corollas to resolve this issue.

Premature Passenger Airbag Propellant Failure: See 2006-2011 Corolla – Common Problems.

2001-2017 Toyota Corolla TSBs

To find these TSBs, you can try Googling the TSB ID #, the name of the TSB, or some combination. You can also go to https://www.safercar.gov and search for the TSB by entering your VIN.

YEAR                   MAKE MODEL TSB Name TSB ID ISSUE DATE                    
2000-2017 Toyota Corolla Alarm Triggering While Driving 199326 2017-03-23
2017 Toyota Corolla iM Alarm Triggering While Driving 199326 2017-03-23
2009-2017 Toyota Corolla Hvac Evaporator Drain Hose Clogged Due To Insect Intrusion 198794 2017-03-08
2017 Toyota Corolla Abnormal Screen Appearance 198232 2017-02-27
2009-2012 Toyota Corolla Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator May Rupture 197758 2017-01-10
2014-2015 Toyota Corolla Radio Touch Screen Partially Inoperative 197529 2016-12-12
2012-2013 Toyota Corolla Abnormal Entune/Navigation Operation For Display Audio (Non-Hdd Type) 195716 2016-08-01
2014-2016 Toyota Corolla MIL "On" DTC P2610 195317 2016-07-18
2014-2016 Toyota Corolla Gas Cap "No Click" And/Or "No Spring Return" 195310 2016-07-28
2014-2015 Toyota Corolla Front Seat Cushion Cover Tearing 194926 2016-06-08
2009-2010 Toyota Corolla Seat Heater Electrical Wiring 194871 2016-06-02
2009-2011 Toyota Corolla Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator May Rupture 194460 2016-05-23
2014-2016 Toyota Corolla Wheel House Plate Loose 193627 2016-03-22
2008 Toyota Corolla Passenger Side Front Air Bag Inflator May Rupture 193573 2016-03-03
2007-2015 Toyota Corolla Remote Keyless Entry Transmitter Inoperative 192690 2016-01-15
2009-2011 Toyota Corolla Power Window Master Switch May Melt 191636 2015-10-22
2014 Toyota Corolla MIL "On" DTC P2646 And/Or P265b 189800 2015-05-12
2003-2004 Toyota Corolla Due To Electrical Noise A Component In The Air Bag Control Module May Fail 188950 2015-02-01
2014-2015 Toyota Corolla Intermittent Poor A/C Cooling At Idle 186990 2014-08-11
2014 Toyota Corolla Headliner Crease/Sag 186183 2014-08-05
2012-2014 Toyota Corolla MIL "On" DTC P219a And Compression Loss Into Exhaust 186157 2014-08-21
2010 Toyota Corolla Srs Occupant Classification System Initialization 185909 2010-03-01
1999 Toyota Corolla Side Impact Protection Beams (Intrusion Beams) 185785 1999-02-01
2003-2004 Toyota Corolla Passenger Side Front Air Bag Inflator May Rupture 185094 2014-06-11
2003-2005 Toyota Corolla Passenger Side Air Bag Inflator May Rupture 185080 2014-06-20
2014 Toyota Corolla Trunk Difficult To Latch In Cold Temperatures 184494 2014-04-18
2009-2010 Toyota Corolla Driver's Air Bag May Not Deploy 184330 2014-04-09
2014 Toyota Corolla Satellite Radio Inoperative 182670 2013-12-03
2003-2008 Toyota Corolla Tcmc Front Brake Pad Noise 181837 2013-10-01
1997-2014 Toyota Corolla Brake Pedal Force Gauge Sst For Parking Brake 181285 2013-09-09
2009-2011 Toyota Corolla Abnormal Power Door Lock Operation (Cycle) 179729 2013-05-02
2002-2004 Toyota Corolla Passenger Side Air Bag Inflator May Rupture 179528 2013-04-11
2009-2013 Toyota Corolla Uneven Rear Brake Pad Wear 179002 2013-03-25
2009-2010 Toyota Corolla Trunk Lid Closing Under Certain Limited Conditions 178530 2013-02-01
2009-2010 Toyota Corolla Intermittent MIL "On" DTC P0335 176897 2012-10-15
2009-2013 Toyota Corolla Front Side Window Glass Rattle Noise 176891 2012-10-24
2009-2012 Toyota Corolla Window Run Pulls Out Of Door Frame 176337 2012-09-20
2011-2012 Toyota Corolla Trunk Lid Stain From Chrome Garnish 176018 2012-08-29
2009-2012 Toyota Corolla Headliner "Spots" Or Discoloration 174879 2012-05-24
2009-2012 Toyota Corolla Sun Visor Discoloration 174877 2012-05-21
2009-2011 Toyota Corolla MIL "On" P043e, P043f, P2401, P2402, & P2419 Due To Water Intrusion Into Charcoal Canister 172488 2011-12-16
2009-2011 Toyota Corolla Extended Crank At High Altitude With High Temperatures 170365 2011-07-05
2009-2010 Toyota Corolla Alternator Inoperative And/Or Abnormal Noise 167817 2011-01-05
2009-2010 Toyota Corolla MIL "On" DTC P0456 163812 2010-06-29
2009-2010 Toyota Corolla Accessory Drive Belt Noise 161965 2010-05-28
2005-2010 Toyota Corolla Steering Intermediate Shaft Rattle Noise 161959 2010-05-03
2009-2010 Toyota Corolla 2az-Fe & 2az-Fxe Throttle Body 159491 2010-04-19
2009-2010 Toyota Corolla Washer Hose Loose 159490 2010-04-13
2010 Toyota Corolla MIL "On" DTC P0713 (U34#E) 159487 2010-04-09
2009-2010 Toyota Corolla MIL "On" DTC P2195, P0138, And/Or P0031 156139 2010-02-05
2009-2010 Toyota Corolla Premature Front Brake Pad Wear 154118 2009-12-03
2009-2010 Toyota Corolla Coolant Leak And/Or Abnormal Noise From Water Pump 153203 2009-10-14
2005-2008 Toyota Corolla Fuel Tank Protector Rattle Noise 153202 2009-10-12
2009-2010 Toyota Corolla Lower B Pillar Garnish Loose 151944 2009-09-18
2009-2010 Toyota Corolla Xm Satellite Radio Inoperative Until Ignition Key Is Cycled 151211 2009-08-11
2009 Toyota Corolla Wind Noise From Front Door 151206 2009-07-31
2009-2010 Toyota Corolla Steering Intermediate Shaft Knocking Noise 151205 2009-07-31
2009-2010 Toyota Corolla Water Condensation Dripping From Headliner 151203 2009-07-30
2009 Toyota Corolla Abnormal Radio Faceplate Operation 151202 2009-07-29
2005-2008 Toyota Corolla MIL On DTC P0456 151201 2009-07-28
2009 Toyota Corolla Rattle Noise From A-Pillar 151199 2009-07-22
2010 Toyota Corolla MIL On DTC P0456 151198 2009-07-17
2009 Toyota Corolla ABS MIL "On" DTC C0210 Or C0215 150825 2009-07-06
2009 Toyota Corolla No Start Or Extended Crank And/Or MIL "On" DTC P030# Or P0015 150818 2009-06-19
2009 Toyota Corolla M.I.L. "On" DTC P0456 150812 2009-06-11
2008-2009 Toyota Corolla Tire Pressure Monitoring System (Tpms) Tire Registration "Lost Communication With Ecu" 149034 2009-03-12
2009 Toyota Corolla Harsh Downshift When Coming To A Stop 149033 2009-03-11
2010 Toyota Corolla Tire Pressure Warning System Activation & Initialization 148367 2009-01-15
2009 Toyota Corolla Brief Engine Knock/Rattle Noise At Cold Startup 148137 2009-03-13
2009 Toyota Corolla Harsh Downshift When Coming To A Stop 148133 2009-03-11
2006-2009 Toyota Corolla Ig1 Relay Freezing 147235 2009-01-19
2008-2009 Toyota Corolla MIL "On" DTC P0171, P0441, And/Or P0455 147229 2009-01-06
2009 Toyota Corolla MIL "On" DTC P0101, P0121, P0171, P0172, P035#, P223# 146137 2008-11-26
2008-2009 Toyota Corolla Tire Inflation Pressure Compensation And Adjustment 146132 2008-11-06
2009 Toyota Corolla Instrument Panel Rattle Noise 146127 2008-11-03
2009 Toyota Corolla Oil Filter Cap Assembly Precautions 145526 2008-10-31
2007-2009 Toyota Corolla Special Service Tools 145117 2008-09-23
2009 Toyota Corolla Front Power Seat Grinding / Groaning Noise 144546 2008-08-14
2009 Toyota Corolla 2zr-Fe Engine Oil Consumption 143106 2007-12-12
2004-2009 Toyota Corolla Tire Pressure Warning Valve / Sensor Activation & Initialization 142144 2008-04-16
2005-2008 Toyota Corolla Cylinder Head Cover Baffle Precautions 141737 2008-03-19
2008 Toyota Corolla ABS Light And/Or Cruise Light Flashing And A/C Inoperative 140463 2007-05-30
2003-2008 Toyota Corolla Tire Pressure Warning Valve/Sensor Activation & Initialization 140073 2007-10-27
2006-2007 Toyota Corolla MIL On DTC P0171, P030#, And/Or P0133 Engine Running Lean In Subfreezing Ambient Temperatures 139341 2007-09-20
2003-2007 Toyota Corolla MIL On DTC P0136, P0138, And/Or P2195 139041 2007-08-24
2007 Toyota Corolla Front Brake Squeak 137255 2007-04-27
2003-2004 Toyota Corolla 1ZZ-FE Engine "No Start" Condition 137252 2007-04-18
2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Idle Hunting In Sub-Freezing Ambient Air Temperatures 137250 2007-04-17
2004 Toyota Corolla Accessory Drive Belt / Belt Tensioner Assembly Noise 137246 2007-04-06
2003-2007 Toyota Corolla MIL On, DTC P0133 (Only) 137196 2007-03-28
2006 Toyota Corolla Windshield Wind Noise 136804 2007-02-22
2005-2007 Toyota Corolla Special Service Tools 136788 2007-02-09
2004-2006 Toyota Corolla MIL On, DTC P0011, P0012, Or P0016 135824 2006-12-06
2005 Toyota Corolla Seat Movement / Noise 134949 2006-09-15
2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Harsh Shift And MIL "On" DTC P2716 134944 2006-09-18
2005-2006 Toyota Corolla Upper / Lower Windshield Tick Noise 134408 2006-08-02
2005-2006 Toyota Corolla 1ZZ-FE Engine "No Start" Condition 134399 2006-08-18
2003-2005 Toyota Corolla Condenser Damage Dur To Road Debris 134078 2006-07-13
2004-2007 Toyota Corolla Manual Windows Jump When Opening 133391 2006-05-23
2005-2006 Toyota Corolla Front Seat Squeak Noise 132812 2006-04-21
2006-2007 Toyota Corolla 1ZZ-FE Engine Mount Takeoff Vibration 132803 2006-03-29
2006 Toyota Corolla Ilsac Gf-4 Engine Oil Recommendation 132300 2006-03-01
2006 Toyota Corolla Excessive Sulfur Odor 132292 2006-01-04
2005-2006 Toyota Corolla Ilsac Gf-4 Engine Oil Standard 132092 2006-03-01
2005 Toyota Corolla 1ZZ-FE Engine "No Start" Condition 131783 2006-02-16
2005-2006 Toyota Corolla Manual Transmission Shift Lever Loose 131772 2006-01-30
2005-2006 Toyota Corolla MIL On DTC P043e, P043f, P2401, P2402, & P2419 130956 2005-11-16
2003-2006 Toyota Corolla MIL On DTC P0171 Or P2195 130109 2005-09-01
2005 Toyota Corolla Whistle/Hoot Noise From Automatic Transaxle 129519 2005-08-23
2005 Toyota Corolla Excessive Sulfur Odor 129514 2005-08-02
2005 Toyota Corolla Parasitic Draw From Jbl Amplifier 128824 2005-07-08
2002-2004 Toyota Corolla MIL "On", DTC P0456 (Only) 128296 2005-06-06
2005 Toyota Corolla A/C Light Flashing - Magnetic Clutch Relay 128294 2005-06-22
2003-2005 Toyota Corolla 1ZZ-FE Engine "No Start" Condition 128292 2005-06-23
2005 Toyota Corolla Front Brake Noise 127843 2005-05-23
2003-2005 Toyota Corolla Occupant Classification System: DTC B1785 127569 2005-04-19
2005 Toyota Corolla Wind Noise From Door Glass Window Run 127564 2005-04-05
2005 Toyota Corolla Passenger Airbag Indicator Lamp 127562 2005-04-22
2005-2006 Toyota Corolla 1ZZ-FE Engine - No Start Condition 127334 2005-03-02
2005 Toyota Corolla Tire Positioning Before New Vehicle Delivery 126967 2005-02-16
2003-2004 Toyota Corolla MIL On, DTC P0171/P0441/P2420 And/Or P0455 126960 2005-02-14
2003-2005 Toyota Corolla Humming Noise From Rear Hub Axle Bearing 126586 2004-11-30
2004-2005 Toyota Corolla Rear Door Weatherstrip Loose 126364 2004-11-22
2003-2005 Toyota Corolla MIL On - DTC P0741 126352 2004-11-17
2005 Toyota Corolla Instrument Panel Off-Center / Readjustment 126038 2004-10-15
2005 Toyota Corolla Manual Transmission Shift Lever Loose 126032 2004-10-11
2005 Toyota Corolla Automatic Door Lock (Adl) Function 125730 2004-08-04
2003-2004 Toyota Corolla Initialization Of Tire Pressure Warning System 124595 2004-07-19
2003 Toyota Corolla MIL On - DTC P0420 119009 2003-06-04
2003 Toyota Corolla Blank Map Screen In Navigation System 118998 2003-06-16
2000-2002 Toyota Corolla No Air Flow From Center Vents 118610 2003-05-19
2003 Toyota Corolla MIL On - DTC P1349 - Vvti Actuator 118060 2003-03-13
2003 Toyota Corolla Headlights On With Switch In Off Position 118056 2003-03-07
2003 Toyota Corolla Trunk Difficult To Open Using The Trunk Lock Release Lever 117530 2003-02-14
2003 Toyota Corolla Luggage Compartment Door Difficult To Close 117340 2003-01-15
2003 Toyota Corolla Drl Relay Check After Low/Dead Battery 116912 2002-12-24
2003 Toyota Corolla Low Air Volume From A/C System 116749 2002-10-23
2003 Toyota Corolla MIL On - DTC P0770 116359 2002-09-16
2003 Toyota Corolla Front Upper Suspension Noise 116339 2002-08-02
2003 Toyota Corolla MIL On DTC P0125/P0130/P0133 116333 2002-08-30
2003 Toyota Corolla Blackout Tape Application 115862 2002-06-12
2002 Toyota Corolla MIL On - DTC P0136 And P0420 115303 2002-03-22
1997-2002 Toyota Corolla Engine Coolant Color Change 115071 2002-02-08
1998-1999 Toyota Corolla Readiness Monitor Drive Patterns 114718 2001-12-21
2002 Toyota Corolla Steering Rack End Noise 114717 2001-12-21
1999-2002 Toyota Corolla Vehicle Pulling To One Side - S/M Supplement 114709 2001-12-07
1997-2000 Toyota Corolla Accessory Drive Belt/Belt Tensioner Assembly Noise 112588 2000-10-20
1998-1999 Toyota Corolla Brake Pad Clicking Noise 53409 1998-11-13
1998-1999 Toyota Corolla Steering Column Noise 53370 2000-01-28
1998 Toyota Corolla Steering Rack End Squeak Noise 47613 1998-11-20
1998 Toyota Corolla Drl Relay Sensitivity Imrovement 47609 1998-10-16
1997 Toyota Corolla Delayed Upshift To Overdrive With Cruise Engaged 47601 1997-07-04
1999-2000 Toyota Corolla Power Window Switch Inop 47583 2000-02-11
1997-1998 Toyota Corolla Speedo/Tach Needle Movement 47580 1998-04-10
1999 Toyota Corolla Cigarette Lighter Service 47529 1999-09-10
1998 Toyota Corolla Single Cylinder Misfires 47513 1998-04-17
1998 Toyota Corolla Fuel Pressure Regulator Change 47507 1998-04-10
1997 Toyota Corolla V-Belt Noise 47497 1996-10-11
1998-2000 Toyota Corolla Undercoating On O2 Sensors - Caution 46618 2000-03-10
1998 Toyota Corolla Front Brake Vibration 46445 1998-09-25
1997 Toyota Corolla Water Leak At C Pillar 45727 1997-05-23
1997 Toyota Corolla Cd Player Does Not Accept/Eject Cd - Pio/Dio 34224 45723 1996-10-25
Written by Jason Lancaster