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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,728 miles

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2005 Toyota Corolla lights problems

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2005 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 012008


  • miles


In late 2004, I financed a brand new 2005 Toyota Corolla while residing in South Florida. In summer 2008, I relocated to Massachusetts. It was in winter 2008 that the engine warning lamp illuminated. I immediately took the vehicle to a Toyota dealership. I wasn't really given a real explanation of why the warning lamp was illuminated. I was quickly told it could be fixed. So I paid approx. $800 to supposedly have it fixed. Literally, two weeks later the engine warning lamp came back on. I took it back to the same Toyota dealership and they told me they don't know what's wrong and would have to run more diagnostic test that would cost additional money. At the time, I did not have additional money since I had just dished out nearly $800. I have taken the vehicle to independent auto shops in which they have not been able to diagnose the problem. In the state of Massachusetts, yearly inspections of an operating vehicle is required. For the past years, I have had to have the light manually turned off hoping that it would not come on in time for the car to be inspected. The car has failed on several occasions because the engine warning lamp illuminated. In addition to the engine warning lamp being illuminated, I have also and still experience harsh shifting. The harsh shifting started approx. In late 2009/2010. I also started noticing decreased lighting visibility in 2011. At night, I have to drive with my high beams to see properly. Out of frustration, I gave up on trying to find the cause for these issues. I just dealt with it. I don't frequently use the vehicle now because I live in an area that is accessible to public transportation that allows me to get to work. Most recently, I was informed by a fellow Corolla owner that in 2009-2010 Toyota recalled for engine and engine cooling and headlamps. I never received notifications of such recalls!

- Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #5

Nov 202012

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles
The headlights seem noticeably dim at night while driving. I thought it could be my eyes, but then a rider with me noticed it as well and mentioned it to me, so I know it is not my eyes. I prefer not to drive at night because of it. I had my garage mechanic look at it about a year ago to see if the lights needed adjustment, as both headlights seemed off from each other when I am parked in my garage. I can't remember if he tried to make an adjustment or not.

- Saint Cloud , MN, USA

problem #4

Aug 102008


  • miles
The plastic headlight lenses are clouded and yellowed and, as a result, obscures the brightness and effectiveness of the headlights. This is a safety hazard for driving at night as the headlight is dimmed to oncoming cars as wells as it lessens visibility for the driver. It should not be the responsibility of the vehicle owner to have the headlight lenses replaced when the cloudiness could be due to possible defective materials as this has not happened to any other car that I've owned and any that belong to other family members and friends. The lenses have gradually clouded starting about 2 years ago.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 032009


  • miles


2005 Toyota Corolla. Consumer states that the headlights covers on his 2005 Toyota Corolla are starting to discolor. The consumer stated as time passed the amount of headlight strength on the road ahead decreased.

- Prescott, AZ, USA

problem #2

Nov 202008

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,271 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the plastic headlight coverings were discolored, which caused poor visibility while driving at night. The manufacturer stated that the dealer could clean the headlights, which would make them thinner. The contact did not believe that would be effective. The failure mileage was 34,271. Updated 06/09/09 the consumer stated the plastic headlight lens that covers the headlight was starting to discolor. The problem has progressed to the point that he has a difficult time seeing the road at night. Updated 06/10/09. The consumer is concerned about the engine recall. The consumer was informed his vehicle was a part of the recall. He is concerned the engine may shut down before the recall is performed, due to limited parts. Also, the power steering hose, battery, and water pump was replaced. Updated evoq 09/22/10.

- Prescott, AZ, USA

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problem #1

Dec 182004

Corolla 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
Daytime running lights, drl problem. I am often required to drive with lights off on property as an astronomer at nighttime. My 2005 Toyota Corolla lights are always on even when the lights are in the off position. If stalked or my girlfriend drives the car we could not turn them off and drive away and escape alive. This is a hazard that can cause death or rape from stalkers or robbers. I often am alone at night in dark deserted areas and need to be able to turn light off or on as needed. I could not get on the observatory property due to this defect.

- La Jolla, CA, USA

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