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2008 Toyota Corolla
Problems & Complaints
CarComplaints.com Notes: Beware of the NHTSA complaint data for the 2008 Corolla. It is almost certainly misleading.
The problem with NHTSA data for the 2008 Corolla is that for months on end, the news media repeatedly told the public that several Toyota models have an unintended acceleration defect, & to go to safercar.gov (the NHTSA's website) to file a complaint.
So, the NHTSA received a disproportionate number of complaints about Toyota unintended acceleration issues because of the national news media attention, to the point where now the NHTSA data is unreliable taken in context with any other vehicle that did not receive national news attention.
CarComplaints.com typically receives more complaints per day about vehicles than the NHTSA does, but the news media did not repeatedly say "go to CarComplaints.com to report your Toyota acceleration problems" like they did about the NHTSA -- so although we have less complaint data than the NHTSA for the 2008 Corolla, our data for the Corolla is a far more statistically accurate representation of the Corolla's reliability than what the NHTSA data shows.
Worst 2008 Corolla Problems by Category
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- engine problems7NHTSA complaints: 102
- interior accessories problems4NHTSA complaints: 7
- body / paint problems4NHTSA complaints: 5
- fuel system problems3NHTSA complaints: 8
- transmission problems3NHTSA complaints: 3
- brakes problems2NHTSA complaints: 29
- electrical problems2NHTSA complaints: 14
- wheels / hubs problems2NHTSA complaints: 4
- AC / heater problems1
- cooling system problems1NHTSA complaints: 1
- exhaust system problems1NHTSA complaints: 1
- lights problems1NHTSA complaints: 1
- miscellaneous problems1NHTSA complaints: 4
- windows / windshield problems1NHTSA complaints: 6
- seat belts / air bags problemsNHTSA: 115
- suspension problemsNHTSA: 11
- steering problemsNHTSA: 11
- drivetrain problemsNHTSA: 8
- exterior accessories problemsNHTSA: 1
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