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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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,758 miles

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2008 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Jun 282014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 104,404 miles

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

The engine light is on and when check there is problem with catalytic converter.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #24

Mar 042013

Corolla

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was included and repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 10V384000 (engine and engine cooling). After the repair, the contact was driving approximately 10 mph when the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure recurred three times. The contact stated that she was able to restart the vehicle after waiting approximately ten minutes. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Hewbert, NC, USA

problem #23

Apr 262013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Toyota Corolla. Consumer writes in regards to engine control module recall notice. The consumer stated he received a recall notice. However, when he arrived at the dealership, the mechanic informed him the serial number was not on the list, to have the ECM replaced. On April 26, 2013, while the consumers wife was driving, the vehicle suddenly stalled. She waited a few minutes and restarted the vehicle, then check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. When they entered the VIN number into the computer, it showed the ECM had already been replaced. The consumer stated that was incorrect, as he had the receipts and recall notice. The consumer went to another dealership and their computer system showed the same information. It was discovered the first dealer, entered the information incorrectly. The dealer stated the ECM was covered by Toyota. However, the part had to ordered. The consumer finally received a call, from the dealer, that the part had arrived and had been replaced.

- Erwin, NC, USA

problem #22

Aug 122012

Corolla

  • 33,000 miles

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

While driving, a strap on the fuel tank and the catalytic converter heat shield both, simultaneously, became loose and began rattling terribly. I continued driving the car in order to get home, a distance of about 200 miles, with the loud noise continuing throughout. I thought the heat shield was loose, which it was, but I did not realize the fuel tank strap had failed, or I would not have continued driving because of the danger of fire. I took the car to the dealership. They showed me that the strap and the shield were both loose because bolts holding them in place had rusted through. This car is not old nor is it driven very many miles. The dealer replaced the strap and the shield at a cost of $476.

- Greenfield, WI, USA

problem #21

Jun 082011

Corolla

  • 72,063 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated while driving 35 mph the check engine lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who diagnosed that the engine control module was defective and needed to be replaced. The mechanic also advised him to contact the dealer since the failure was associated with a recall. The vehicle was taken to the dealer twice to have recall NHTSA campaign id number: 10V384000 engine and engine cooling repaired. The third time the failure occurred, the vehicle was towed to the dealer since the front axle broke. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 72,063.

- Wilmington , DE, USA

problem #20

Apr 092011

Corolla

  • 44,261 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated he received NHTSA campaign id number: 10V384000 (engine and engine cooling) recall notice. While driving, the engine control module failed again and caused the contact to crash. The crash occurred after the recall repair was performed. A police report was filed. The contact did not mention if there were any injuries. The contact stated the manufacturer will not replace the part, but offered to keep the vehicle and inspect it for approximately 6 months. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 44,261 and the current mileage was 53,000.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #19

May 022011

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

2008 Toyota Corolla. Consumer writes in regards to reimbursement for recall repair the consumer stated all four tires had to be replaced due to defective valve stems. Updated 05/26/11.

- Laredo, TX, USA

problem #18

Mar 232011

Corolla

  • 31,000 miles
Got recall notice that part was available for repair of 2008 Toyota Corolla engine control model repair. I called and part is on back order and will not be available until at least June 2001...not taking waiting list just keep calling back in June for part availability. Upset with Toyota for lack of parts, moved very slow on development of parts and with local Toyota somerset dealership for not assisting by notifying when parts in told to keep calling back.

- Bronston, KY, USA

problem #17

Mar 012011

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Toyota Corolla. Consumer writes in regards to problem with vehicle engine the consumer stated she received a recall notice regarding potential engine problems. The recall notice stated another letter would be sent when the replacement part became available. However, last week while driving, the engine suddenly stopped and the consumer was nearly rear ended. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was told the part was still not available.

- Stamford, CT, USA

problem #16

Jul 202010

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles
Light on says check engine.

- Chiicago, IL, USA

problem #15

Feb 072011

Corolla

  • 35,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Corolla. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle decelerated and started shaking. The contact stated he applied pressure to the accelerator pedal and the vehicle continued to shake from the engine compartment. There were warning lights illuminated on the instrument. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #14

Oct 152010

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Corolla. The contact received notification of the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 10V384000 (engine and engine cooling) and the dealer was notified to secure an appointment for repairs. The dealer advised the contact that the part needed to make repairs was unavailable. The manufacturer was unable to provide assistance regarding the availability of the part. The contact stated that the part needed to make recall repairs was still unavailable four months after initially contacting the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact had not experienced a failure with the vehicle. Updated 03/02/11 the consumer stated the problem has not been fixed. Updated 03/08/11

- Clarksville , TN, USA

problem #13

Dec 212010

Corolla

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Corolla. The vehicle was previously repaired for the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 10V384000, engine and engine cooling. While driving approximately 65 mph the check engine light began illuminating on the dashboard. The vehicle was taken directly to an authorized dealer because prior to being repaired under the recall the vehicle would stall moments after the check engine light began illuminating. The ECM was replaced by an authorized dealer. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 50,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #12

Feb 162010

Corolla

  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Corolla. While driving approximately 60-65 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The contact engaged the accelerator which caused the vehicle to decelerate. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic who stated that the vehicle should be towed to an authorized dealer. The dealer replaced the engine control module. The failure occurred three additional times. The second time the dealer reprogrammed the ECM. The third and fourth failures, the ECM was replaced by the dealer. December 2010, the check engine light illuminated and the dealer replaced a part to the computer. The contact called the manufacturer, filed a complaint and was informed that the vehicle was not included in recall 10V384000 (engine and engine cooling). The failure mileage was approximately 35,000 and the current mileage was approximately 53,000.

- Key West, FL, USA

problem #11

Jun 102010

Corolla

  • 42,000 miles
TL. the contact owns a 2008 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated after having the vehicle repaired for the engine and engine cooling (10V384000) four months later the vehicle is stalling and shut off without any warning. The stalling caused the vehicle to crash into the rear of another vehicle. No one was injured but the vehicle suffered damages to the front end. The contact has taken the vehicle back to the dealer and the dealer is waiting for the manufacturer to give the "ok" to replace the ECM again. The contact can not duplicate the issue with the vehicle stalling. The contact stated the stalling is very sporadic. The contact stated if the manufacturer does not repair the vehicle someone will get injured. The failure mileage was 42,000.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #10

Nov 082010

Corolla

  • 58,500 miles
While driving on the highway, I noticed a clicking sound resulting from the needle on the RPM meter dropping to 0. the check engine light went on, and my engine stalled. I lost power steering and power braking, and coasted on momentum to the shoulder of the highway. I was able to restart the car, but the check engine light was still on and the engine shut off a few seconds later. I had the car towed home.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #9

Oct 162010

Corolla

  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Corolla. While driving 15 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The contact pulled over and restarted it. The failure occurred two additional times. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer to have the repair for recall 10V384000 (engine and engine cooling) performed but the contact was informed that the parts were backordered. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were approximately 38,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #8

Aug 102010

Corolla

  • 33,600 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the rear heat shield mount between the exhaust and the fuel tank was rusted due to failed metal. The dealer advised that the manufacturer was in the process of redesigning the defective shield therefore, as a temporary repair, the dealer wired the defective shield until the newly designed part became available. The contact stated that the part was still not available after one month. The failure mileage was 33,000 and the current mileage was 33, 600.

- Middlebury Center , PA, USA

problem #7

Nov 192008

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles
S10 comeback-letter to the secretary from re Toyota unintended acceleration 2008 Toyota Corolla. The consumer stated when she applied the brake at less than 5 mph to execute a left turn into a parking space, the vehicle suddenly and for no apparent reason surged at a high rate of speed. The consumer stated she removed her foot from the brake and her vehicle crashed into a parked vehicle. Updated 07/27/10 added VIN. Updated 07/29/10 updated 12/30/10. Updated 01/07/11. Updated 03/02/11 updated 06/28/11. Three voqs on same VIN: 10256808,10335955,10266580 *smch

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #6

May 182010

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 28,200 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while driving at approximate speeds of 50 mph, the vehicle would decelerate without driver intent followed by an illumination of the check engine light. The vehicle then began to vibrate excessively and was moved off the roadway. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop where the mechanic advised that the electronic control module (ECM) was defective. The ECM was replaced by a local dealer under factory warranty. The failure mileage was 28,200 and the current mileage was 28,300. Updated 07/26/10. U[dated 08/16/10

- Seaford, NY, USA

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