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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
108,740 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace gearbox (1 reports)
2002 Toyota Corolla transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 052009

Corolla GL 1800

  • Manual transmission
  • 108,740 miles


gearbox failed. tow truck driver and mechanic both said it sounded like the same problem. the nut off the fifth gear came off and gear box fell apart internally. i called Toyota and after constant questioning the guy I spoke to said that it is a known fault isn't a fault if you know what I mean........yeah right! He said that off all the 2002 toyota corolla's that were put out this problem only happened to a small handful of cars....and that should make me feel better how????? I then asked that if this is a known problem by Toyota have they done anything to remedy this.....the answer surprise surprise was.........yes they changed the design of the gearbox in the 2005 model.......funny that! just outside the 3 year manufacture warranty on the 2002 model. again small consolation to those of us who got stiffed with a lemon gearbox! ps. I may have 175,000 k on the clock, but the first 100,000 was as a fleet lease vehicle (constant check and services as part of the contract)....not good toyota!

- , Featherston, Wairarapa, New Zealand

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