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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,680 miles

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2005 Toyota Corolla brakes problems

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2005 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Jul 012011


  • 74,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that when depressing the brake at 50 mph or above, the vehicle would shake violently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer but they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was then taken to an independent mechanic where they advised that there were no failures found within the brakes and had at least ten months of use before needing replacement. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 74,000.

- Laguna , CA, USA

problem #20

Feb 212011

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
I am 76 years old. Own 2005 Toyota Corolla with 30K miles. Took my car to dealershipfor routine servicing and oil change. Was told I had brake fluid contamination and it would cost $2200. The 2005 Toyota avalon and highlanders were recalled for brake fluid leaks. Could it be possible my car had the same problem?

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #19

Jan 082010


  • 55,000 miles
When I speeded up and pressed gas from 30 to 55 mile per hour at the freeway, I found the car in front of me suddenly slowed down. I was at 55 mile per hour when I found it and tried to press the brake hardly. However, the brake couldn't be pressed hardly and the car could not be stopped as soon as possible. The car slowed down slowly and hit the car in front of me, even though I tried to press the brake hardly. The brake didn't work well when the car is in the process of speeding up from low speed to high speed at the freeway.

- Herndon, VA, USA

problem #18

Jul 072010


  • 52,000 miles


Coming to a stop while applying the brakes, I first felt resistance from the brake pedal then nothing. At the same time, the car began to accelerate without stepping on the gas pedal. This happened twice in a 10 day period.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #17

Jun 102010


  • miles
I was driving on the interstate at around 65 mph. They were closing the right lane for road work, leading everyone to merge into one lane. I applied my brakes and they locked up. As I was moving forward and slowing down as everyone was slowing because of the merging (however, this wasn't happening smoothly, as I was skidding instead of simply decelerating), I was rear ended by a car traveling at full speed (approx 65 mph). The force of the impact hit me into grass median on the left side of the highway. While stopped for mere seconds, I had not even put the car into park yet, my car started rolling down the median's embankment, through the woods while my foot was still on the brake. I kept pressing the brake and it was not responding. I hit a tree after rolling approx 100 feet into the woods. A Toyota dealer is currently doing the repairs, and told me that the brakes were in fact working when driving it around the shop at slow speeds. I feel like no one believes me, nor is even offering an explanation on how this could even happen.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #16

May 032010


  • 65,000 miles
2005 Corolla le purchased in Sept 2005. Was going home today from work. I was driving slow (thx god) because of traffic. When I tried to slow down when seeing a car in front on me, the brakes won't respond. I pushed the brakes couple times but it won't slow down. So I rear ended a truck. My car front end is in pretty bad shape but since it wasn't at a high speed the frame seems to be ok. Of course the truck infront of me barely has a scratch.

- The Colony, TX, USA

problem #15

Apr 242010


  • miles


2005 Toyota Corolla L.S. I have been informing at least 3 dealers that the brakes seem problematic. The squeaking' was continuous since purchase, and after service[S] now the squeaking stopped, yet excessive brake dust comes on the front hubcaps. When I tell Toyota about it... they said, well you have rebuilt brakes." Not so... never did that to this car." [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Laguna, CA, USA

problem #14

Dec 042005


  • 10,072 miles
I have a Toyota Corolla 2005 model purchased in Oct. 2004. I was going to work one morning, pulling into the parking garage, I coasted up the incline til I slowed, tapped the accelerator to give it a push, and the car surged forward, not just a little, a lot! I tried to stop but only went faster, smashing into the concrete wall ahead of me, too fast to make the turn. My cars front end sustained $5000 in damages, undrivable. Was in the shop for over a month. I was apprehensive about driving for a long time, only parked on the street with plenty of room. The accelerator still surges, but I've acclimated to the handling of the car to avoid other accidents, still a couple of times have been close. Anyway, this was mentioned to my service dept at Toyota and was told there were no reports of problems of this nature, that was in 2006.

- Huntington, WV, USA

problem #13

Mar 292010


  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Corolla. While the contact was driving approximately 70 mph the brake pedal was applied with no response. The vehicle loss control and traveled off of the road into a grassy area and continued to accelerate. Suddenly, the vehicle was able to come to a complete stop. The vehicle was towed to an auto body center. There were no personal injuries. A police report was filed for the incident. A complaint was filed with the manufacturer. The insurance company will perform an investigation of the vehicle brake failure. The failure and current mileages were 48,000.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #12

Feb 122006


  • 18,350 miles
I was driving my 2005 Toyota Corolla when it went out of control and didnt want to stop. I was unable to stop the car when applying the brakes. I crashed into a walgreens store. The car was towed to an auto body shop and repaired. The insurance company wanted to have the car inspected by Toyota, for defects, however I was told I would have to pay for the towing and the inspection. I declined.

- Los Gatos , CA, USA

problem #11

Oct 222009


  • 105,000 miles


The contact owned a 2005 Toyota Corolla. While traveling at speeds of 65 mph in light rain, the contact attempted to depress the brake pedal; however, the vehicle would not respond. The vehicle proceeded to crash into an unknown object and continued to rollover. The police arrived and a police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure mileage was 105,000. Updated 05/11/10.

- Grand Blanc, MI, USA

problem #10

Feb 222010


  • 104 miles
I was driving from santa maria to my job in lompoc California when my accelerator jumped and speeded up to 85mph I applied my brakes but nothing seems to work I lost control of my vehicle and I started spinning and right before the car was about to go off the freeway I managed to get control of the car back and come to a stop, I was terrified I thought I was going to die. It was upsetting to see how my accelerator just was out of control. I was so afraid after the accident that I took my car to the Toyota dealership where they checked it and the mechanics couldn't find any problems. I don't trust my car's accelerator anymore after that horrifying incident I think Toyota should do something to solve this huge life threatening problem I could have lost my life.

- Santa Maria, CA, USA

problem #9

Feb 202010


  • 83,200 miles
I have 2005 Toyota Corolla S. the brake of that car does not work sufficient during cold specially lower than 20of temperature. One day it was totally failed the brake and I could not stop the car. Fortunately speed was around 20 mph, so I escaped from an accident. I was push the brake pedal fully several times but it was not work on that moment. I felt normal pressure without any extra hardness. After that it was work again. I think this is the problem of manufacturer. By the by, I am living in columbia, Missouri. Would you please take care of this problem with manufacturer for better safety.

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #8

Feb 012010


  • 104,088 miles
While traveling at 35mph on a 50mph roadway, anticipating to stop or steer off the roadway, my 2005 Toyota Corolla brakes and steering failed despite repeated attempts to stop or steer the vehicle to the soft shoulder to avoid rear ending the vehicle stopped ahead of me. Once I applied my brakes, the steering mechanism became non responsive as though both brakes and steering failed. I watched my vehicle continued on its forward trajectory until it slammed into the rear of the vehicle at the red light. In addition, one would have expected the air bag on this vehicle to deploy at impact at this speed. To my surprise and that of the investigating officer from tampa police department, the air bag did not deploy. Luckily, I was the only one in the vehicle as neither the driver's air bag nor the passenger air bag deployed.

- Lehigh Acres, FL, USA

problem #7

May 282008


  • 96,000 miles
I owned a 2005 Toyota Corolla it was wrecked in may of 2009 the steering and brakes locked up on the car I told my insurance company what happened but they did not check into it. I have called the Toyota company and they told me to write a letter I also have spoken with several attorneys. I as of right now have no other way of transportation because the insurance company did not pay the car off completely.

- Roxboro, NC, USA

problem #6

Feb 132010


  • 73,000 miles
I have a 2005 Corolla and when I brake while going over a bumpy area of the road my brakes make a shaking, metallic, rattling noise. When this occurs, I do not have brakes until I have passed over that poor section of the road.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #5

Jan 242010


  • 10,500 miles
I own a 2005 Toyota Corolla. While it is 5 years old it only has 10,530 miles on it and less when the first event occurred. Last fall after idling for a few minutes I backed out of a driveway and the car began to speed up. I immediately slammed on the brakes. I couldn't figure out what happened and assumed it was somehow my fault. I had a friend with me who witnessed the whole incident. Then it happened again in my parking garage. Slow speed again but moving forward. I had heard about the floor pads and mine was loose so I removed it. Then it happened again, in January--the day the jets lost the championship(it was before the game and no alcohol) again I was maneuvering in my sister's drive way and almost ended up in her den.

- Hackensack, NJ, USA

problem #4

Apr 162009


  • 59,866 miles
My Toyota Corolla 2005 cars brakes has always made a noise. Finally on 4-16-09 the car tires was very hot and smoking. The next day contacted gates Toyota, South bend, in. And had it towed in. The mounting disc brakes, disc brake calipers, pad kit, holders had to be replaced. Gates said that Toyota knew they had defective parts but they never do recalls so cost us $969.27 to have fixed even though we had the extended coverage. Help us get our money back from when we bought the car the brakes sometimes acted up an like skipped and than would grab, and made noises, but was always told that was that type of brakes. Could not get them to fix it.

- Berrien Springs, MI, USA

problem #3

Mar 012005


  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Corolla. She experienced brake failure several times when she droves over a pothole or a bump in the road. She was forced to apply extreme pressure to the brake pedal since the vehicle responded as if it were not going to stop. The dealer test drove the vehicle and stated that the antilock brake system was activated and that there was no remedy. The failure mileage was 6,000 and the current mileage was 67,000.

- Pomona, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 072007

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Corolla. While driving between 1-65 mph, the brakes lock up. When the accelerator pedal is released, it feels as if the brake pedal is being depressed. The contact has taken the vehicle to a mechanic on four occasions. He also stated that the driver side front tire began smoking and was very hot. The rotors were turned and then replaced. The mechanic was able to duplicate the failure once and stated that the rubber brake hose was deteriorated. The rubber brake hose was replaced, but this did not correct the failure. The current mileage was 124,000 and failure mileage was 111,000. Updated 01/29/08 the consumer stated the left front rotor and pads were replaced again. Updated

- Hartford, KY, USA

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