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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,867 miles

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2003 Toyota Corolla electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 212005

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,500 miles


Car caught on fire after sitting for 30 plus minutes. Total loss. Toyota has not yet returned numerous telephone calls, and the selling local dealer wants it off their lot. 14,500 miles. Purchased extended service policy, which Toyota is not honoring. Fire department said it was electrical failure.

- Coto De Caza, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 212002

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
(1) rotten-egg smell from day 1 (purchased 9/2002) w/ cooling or heating system function. Dealer told me to switch octane and do not use recirculation - no improvement. (2) in 11/2003, daytime running lights came on in middle of night, drained battery. Dealer said tsb had been released - part ordered & installed to correct problem. (3) in 1/2004, leaking oil from under car, right front passenger's side - dealer said right front strut leaking & "completely blown." Had to be replaced & car required subsequent alignment.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #1

Jul 212002


  • miles
Intermittently while driving, without warning the interior lights including the dashboard panel lights goes out. The dealership has serviced the vehcile but they cannot find the problem.

- Irvington, NJ, USA

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