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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,550 miles

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2003 Toyota Corolla drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #4

May 112008


  • 97,200 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the rear hub assembly on her vehicle was defective. She heard a buzzing or humming noise while driving 35 mph. The dealer stated that the rear hub assembly near the rear axle was the cause of the noise. She discovered NHTSA campaign id number 02V074001 (power train:axle assembly); however, her VIN was not included in the recall. The current mileage was 97,577 and failure mileage was approximately 97,200.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 162007


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
We noticed a loud noise coming from the rear of the car a 2003 Toyota Corolla. It was noticeable beginning at 20 mph and level of noise increased with speed. Researched internet for recall problems and found recall #02V074001 for hub and axle defect. Took car to the dealer, who said there was no recall;, only a service advisory. We paid for repairs. Our vehicle was not included in recall due to the VIN although dealer insisted he could not find recall information.. I have another Toyota Corolla with the same problem and felt that these cars should have been included in the recall since it seeme D to be a common complaint among Corolla users.

- Mililani, HI, USA

problem #2

Apr 012007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Car began making a very loud noise that sounded like a small plane with lots of vibrations coming from the rear of the car. Thought it was the tires, but after replacing the tires, the noise remained. Took it into Toyota dealer and was informed that the rear hubs needed replaced. Was told that if the hubs were not replaced that the car would lose control. Spent over $1200 on new rear hubs.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #1

Sep 152006

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
When I was driving the vehicle it started to make a rumbling and rattling sound in the rear of the vehicle. I notified Toyota corporation and they flat out refused to assist me or offer any "good faith" measure or any service whatever to assist me with the defect. The rear passenger wheel bearing hub assembly was leaking and was not detectable when the car was taken for services and inspection.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

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