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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,030 miles

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2005 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #51

Dec 242015

Corolla

  • 2 miles

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

While driving on pr highway, within 10 mts, the car's engine stopped having enough time to park the car on the emergency side road. When I saw smoke coming out the hood, I grabbed by belongings and walked away from the car. While I'm calling my husband I saw the car in flames. On Dec. 28, 2015 I submitted an investigation with Toyota of pr in relation to the fire on my car on Dec 24, 2015. Until this date I haven't received any response regarding their case # [xxx]. when I call customer service critical cases coordinator, her only response is that I will receive a written notice from head office. I've being 2 month without a car to get to work and I feel frustrated in the manner Toyota has treated my situation even when I authorized them to pick up and examine the car after the incident. By the way I still have the burned car in front of my house in case they need additional data. I will appreciate if you could guide me as to my rights or options being that the car was in excellent conditions and I expected some kind of reward or voucher from Toyota to at least help me obtain another car from them. Sincerely [xxx], [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #50

Aug 282013

Corolla

  • 105,000 miles
While commuting one summer morning, my vehicles A/C went from blowing cold to hot air instantaneous. I then went without A/C for a period of two weeks, luckily I was on tdy and did not have my young children. I took the vehicle to the dealership and they said a rock punctured the A/C condenser. Toyota has issued a technical service bulletin(AC002-06), indicating that the A/C condenser is not properly protected.

- King George, VA, USA

problem #49

Jul 172013

Corolla 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
My air conditioner stopped working. I read up on this matter and found out that condenser is a problem with the 2005-2006 Corolla and they suggested filing a complaint with this website so that you would be aware that there is a problem. Thanks!

- Patterson, LA, USA

problem #48

Jan 102011

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning and the check engine lamp illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the engine control module needed to be replaced for a third time. The manufacturer was contacted and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 10V384000 (engine and cooling). The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 130,000.

- Akorn, OH, USA

problem #47

Nov 112011

Corolla

  • 30,000 miles
Serpentine belt on car has been replaced 3 times car has only 40,750 miles on it first replaced belt at 30,000 miles. Have been told by several mechanics that there is defect with this particular model car that the belt will squeal and then stops after being driven for a few blocks. There is obviously a defect in this serpentine belt mechanism.

- Encino, CA, USA

problem #46

Jul 012010

Corolla

  • 45,000 miles
Toyota issued a technical service (#AC002-06) bulletin regarding the condenser not being properly protected for the 05 and 06 Corolla models. They said that you could take the car to the dealership and they would install netting around the condenser- but if it is already broken- then you are out of luck. Mine has been broken for two years-now I am now spending over $500 to replace the condenser and my co-worker drives an 06 model and hers has been broken for a year. This is a safety concern for people driving in extreme heat. We are taking a family trip to nv this weekend, so I had to bite the bullet and get mine fixed, but this is ridiculous. How can they admit a design flaw and then not fix it:( also- my car lost 4 hubcaps within 2 weeks from purchasing it and I have noticed several others around town with the same problem. While I got some cheap ones to replace the ones I lost- having your hubcaps fly off is a definite safety issue and concern.

- Kelso, WA, USA

problem #45

May 252012

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 184,000 miles

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

.......Toyota has issued a technical service bulletin indicating that the A/C condenser is not properly protected the number for this report is AC002-06. However, Toyota has redesigned the Corolla to corrected it in 2007 but did not do anything for the 2005 and 2006 year models. Living in the southern United States where summer temperatures reach 120 degrees this a health hazard due to extreme heat.

- New Caney, TX, USA

problem #44

May 142012

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Ac stopped working in peak summer heat. After researching, realized that this is a common problem in Toyota made before 2006. Toyota has a technical service bulletin AC002-06 which implies that the A/C condenser is not protected. The cost to replace is $600 and will go out around 50K. If you look at the A/C condenser on these cars vs. 2007-2009 Toyota has added a plastic cover to cover the hole left in 2005-2006. This is a safety issue for the warm states in the South.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #43

Oct 192009

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Toyota Corolla. Consumer states vehicle shut off while driving, resulting in having no brakes or steering causing an accident the consumer stated a month after the accident, she received a recall letter in the mail regarding a problem with the ECM module. The consumer stated the vehicle was taken to the dealer, where a test was performed on the ECM. It was determined the ECM was faulty. Updated 12/27/12

- Ridgecrest, CA, USA

problem #42

Feb 262012

Corolla

  • 163,900 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that she received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 10V384000 (engine and engine cooling) and took the vehicle to the dealer for repairs. After having the repairs performed, the contact was driving approximately 50 mph when the vehicle decelerated into a lower gear and exhibited a loud, abnormal screeching noise. The contact shifted into neutral and shut off the engine. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the contact was advised that they were unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure and the current mileages were approximately 163,900.

- Ashville, NC, USA

problem #41

Dec 072008

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles

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

2005 Toyota Corolla. Consumer writes in discontent concerning vehicle repairs the consumer stated the check engine light illuminated on several occasions, but the problem was never resolved, despite paying for parts and labor. The consumer then learned of a recall regarding the ECM which was then replaced. The consumer wrote a letter to Toyota requesting reimbursement for the monies spent on the previous repairs. The consumer received a letter of denial.

- Union City, GA, USA

problem #40

Dec 012011

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles
Check engine light came on. Drove for approximately 20 minutes more when engine completely shut off causing car to rapidly decelerate and near-miss rear-ending.

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #39

Sep 012011

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Toyota Corolla. Consumer writes in regards to engine control module recall notice

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #38

Aug 112011

Corolla

  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that her vehicle would not start. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who informed her that the mobilizer system failed which was the reprogramming of the key system. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 10V384000 (engine and engine cooling) and stated that the repairs were previously performed by the dealer who replaced the ECM control. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 47,000.

- Maple Heights, OH, USA

problem #37

Aug 082011

Corolla

  • 47,277 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated the vehicle was taken to the dealer for NHTSA recall number: 10V384000 engine and engine cooling; however, the repair did not correct the failure and the vehicle would not start. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who performed a diagnostic test that located the failure within the computer immobilizer unit. The dealer stated the failure was not due to the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current miles were 47,277.

- Maple Heights , OH, USA

problem #36

Jun 012005

Corolla

  • miles
I bought a brand new 2005 Toyota Corolla in 2005, since then I've noticed that it takes a long time for air to heat up in winter or cool down in summer. It seems to take atleast 20 minutes to warm up but it just stays mildly warm. In the summer it takes atleast 5-10 minutes to barely cool up but it never get cold enough.

- Glendale Heights, IL, USA

problem #35

Jul 012011

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Toyota Corolla. Consumer states problem with ECM when the consumer took the vehicle to the dealer for the recall, she was informed a problem had occurred. The dealer stated there was a communication error between the ECM and scan tool. The dealer suspected the replacement ECM was defective, so they ordered another ECM. The next day, the replacement ECM was still giving a communication error and in order to complete the recall, they technician would have to cut in and figure out which wire was not connected. The consumer was then informed there would be a charge of $200. The consumer stated it was unethical for Toyota to offer to fix a problem without stating up front of a potential cost.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #34

Dec 152006

Corolla

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph the vehicle began to decelerate. More pressure was applied to the accelerator pedal, and after a few moments the vehicle began to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was then taken to an independent mechanic where the transmission fluid and injectors were replaced. The failure continued. The vehicle was taken back to the authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was then taken to an independent mechanic where the transmission was rebuilt. The failure continued and the check engine light began to illuminate on the instrument panel. The mechanic informed the contact that the failure was the result of a failed electronic control module. The contact also stated that the vehicle was previously repaired under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 10V384000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was not repaired for the final failure. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Vallejo, CA, USA

problem #33

Dec 102010

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles
2005 Toyota Corolla. Consumer writes in regards to a defective engine control module the consumer submitted full documentation of the expenses he incurred as a direct result of the defective recalled part. The consumer stated Toyota denied his claim for reimbursement.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #32

Dec 142010

Corolla

  • 62,090 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the vehicle was included in recall NHTSA campaign 10V384000 (engine and engine cooling). After the repairs were made the tachometer would not rise or fall correctly while accelerating. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technicians inspected the vehicle and could not diagnose the failure. The manufacturer advised the contact to receive a second opinion from a different dealer. The vehicle was taken to a second dealer where the technicians stated that the ECM was reprogrammed. The failure continued to occur. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 62,090.

- Northfield, OH, USA

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