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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,902 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Toyota Corolla fuel system problems

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2004 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #12

Jan 102014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 122,186 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

At start up the vehicle has a strong gas smell outside and inside.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #11

Dec 082010

Corolla

  • 77,000 miles
The 2004 Toyota Corolla has a defective fuel filler neck. The metal used by Toyota for this fuel filler neck is corroding, causing leakage of gas vapors at the gas cap. The leakage causes the "check engine light" to come on, and people are forced to pay Toyota $400 for repairs in order to pass epa mandated emissions testing in order to renew the car's registration. It is clear that the fuel filler neck is defective because it has been said that the replacement ones have better quality metal and won't corrode. The NHTSA needs to pressure Toyota to recall the Corollas and to reimburse the owners who have been forced to pay for this defect in the design of the fuel filler necks. If the epa forces cars to pass the emissions testing, then the federal government should also force Toyota to fix at their expense a known defect like the corroding metal in the fuel filler necks that affects the emissions system in their cars.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #10

Dec 082010

Corolla

  • 77,000 miles
The 2004 Toyota Corolla has a defective fuel filler neck. The metal used by Toyota for this fuel filler neck is corroding, causing leakage of gas vapors at the gas cap. The leakage causes the "check engine light" to come on, and people are forced to pay Toyota $400 for repairs in order to pass epa mandated emissions testing in order to renew the car's registration. It is clear that the fuel filler neck is defective because it has been said that the replacement ones have better quality metal and won't corrode. The NHTSA needs to pressure Toyota to recall the Corollas and to reimburse the owners who have been forced to pay for this defect in the design of the fuel filler necks. If the epa forces cars to pass the emissions testing, then the federal government should also force Toyota to fix at their expense a known defect like the corroding metal in the fuel filler necks that affects the emissions system in their cars.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #9

Dec 082010

Corolla

  • 77,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The 2004 Toyota Corolla has a defective fuel filler neck. The metal used by Toyota for this fuel filler neck is corroding, causing leakage of gas vapors at the gas cap. The leakage causes the "check engine light" to come on, and people are forced to pay Toyota $400 for repairs in order to pass epa mandated emissions testing in order to renew the car's registration. It is clear that the fuel filler neck is defective because it has been said that the replacement ones have better quality metal and won't corrode. The NHTSA needs to pressure Toyota to recall the Corollas and to reimburse the owners who have been forced to pay for this defect in the design of the fuel filler necks. If the epa forces cars to pass the emissions testing, then the federal government should also force Toyota to fix at their expense a known defect like the corroding metal in the fuel filler necks that affects the emissions system in their cars.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #8

Aug 122010

Corolla

  • 36,000 miles
The 2004 Toyota Corolla has a defective fuel filler neck. The metal used by Toyota for this fuel filler neck is corroding, causing leakage of gas vapors at the gas cap. The leakage causes the "check engine light" to come on, and people are forced to pay Toyota $400 for repairs in order to pass epa mandated emissions testing in order to renew the car's registration. It is clear that the fuel filler neck is defective because it has been said that the replacement ones have better quality metal and won't corrode. The NHTSA needs to pressure Toyota to recall the Corollas and to reimburse the owners who have been forced to pay for this defect in the design of the fuel filler necks. If the epa forces cars to pass the emissions testing, then the federal government should also force Toyota to fix at their expense a known defect like the corroding metal in the fuel filler necks that affects the emissions system in their cars.

- Avon Lake, OH, USA

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problem #7

Mar 022010

Corolla

  • 19,000 miles
While in reverse and backing my 2004 Toyota Corolla into my garage the car suddenly accelerated and I hit the rear of the garage. I am positive I did not have my foot on the gas pedal. The engine was still racing when I put it in drive and drove out of the garage. I had to run into a snowpile on the front lawn to stop the vehicle. After the engine was turned off I looked at the floor mat and saw nothing wrong with it. This same problem while reversing into the garage happened in Sept 2005. At the time I just thought the mistake was mine, now after the second incident I am convinced there is a mechanical problem with the car.

- Morton, PA, USA

problem #6

Feb 202007

Corolla

  • 30,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I pulled into handicapped parking space at a local restaurant and when I took my foot off the accelerator, my 2004 Toyota Corolla unexpectedly accelerated, causing my car to jump curb and proceed forward approximately 30 feet where it crashed into side of restaurant. I am fairly certain I did not have my foot on the accelerator and absolutely did not keep it on the accelerator after it jumped the curb and proceeded into the building.

- Atoka, TN, USA

problem #5

Feb 122007

Corolla

  • 75,000 miles
2004 Toyota Corolla--driving on right most lane at speed about 25 miles because snowing had started. Date 02-12-2008 on I 96 East near inkster, exit. Suddenly car turned into left lane and accelerated to very high speed. Crossed 3 left lanes and crashed on to concrete barrier between East and West lanes. Due to start of snowing, all traffic was moving very slow. So all cars in other lanes stopped. My Corolla did not hit any other vehicle. Police gave ticket for speeding. (-police dept-livonia, mi-police. Car was total wreck with front damage and chasis bending outward on right side. Car was taken to troy collision, troy, mi. Citizen insurance declared " total ". though I was not injured, it is close to worst crash and I had to buy new car spending $10,000 extra. I had no answer for sudden acceleration and vehicle turning and crashing. Now I know this was exactly what is reported now-sudden acceleration and car going out of control -a defect in the car.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #4

Oct 292009

Corolla

  • 93,500 miles
10/29/09 I turned on the ignition and the engined immediately revved into the danger zone. I was not able to stop it. I turned the car off and checked the gas peddle.....the floor mat was nowhere near the pedal and there was no debris on the floor to cause this occurrence. I waited a few minutes and then restarted it. It was fine then...10/31/09 I took it to Toyota dealership and was told they had not heard of any problems with the acceleration of there cars. They "performed top engine cleaning and throttle body cleaning" told me they thought this would take care of the problem..charged me $176.98 and I was on my way. This had happened twice before but not to this degree.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #3

Jul 152008

Corolla

  • 160,000 miles
Check engine light came on, showed evap fuel leak. Problem was traced to corroded fuel filler neck. Parts are back-ordered because this is a common problem. Toyota issued a tsb on this problem but no recall yet.

- Midland, MI, USA

problem #2

Jan 042005

Corolla

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32 miles
Vehicle is having a problem with the catalytic converter. Owner took the vehicle to the dealer and had the problem diagnosed. However, the dealer was not willing to assist the owner and told the owner that she'll have to live with it. Provide further details. The consumer continued to complain of a rotten egg smell. The dealers response was a high sulfur content in the fuel that could not be fully eliminated

- White Plains, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 302003

Corolla

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
Two weeks after purchasing my 2004 Toyota Corolla le I started to notice a "rotten egg" smell. It is awful and embarassing. After researching it on the internet, many many people have been told all they can do is switch brands of gas. That's nice, but my car shouldn't smell like rotten eggs. It's disgusting. There needs to be a fix for this that Toyota needs to provide.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

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