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7.7

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$1,064.00
Average Mileage:
52,645 miles
Total Complaints:
18 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace water pump (14 reports)
  2. car now needs a new engine! (3 reports)
  3. not sure (1 reports)
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2009 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #18

Sep 162014

Corolla LX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,719 miles

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

MY TOYOTA CAROLLA HAS LESS THAN 43K KMS ON IT AND THE SERPENTINE BELT BURNT AS THE WATER PUMP HAD STOPPED WORKING, CAR IS JUST OUT OF WARRANTY PERIOD, CAN'T BELIEVE THIS IS HAPPENING CONSIDERING THE LOW KMS AND CARE THAT I HAVE TAKEN OF THIS CAR.

- , Brampton, Ontario, canada

problem #17

Jul 262014

Corolla 1.6L

  • Manual transmission
  • 39,800 miles

Lights showed up on the dash board to check VSC system, and struggling to drive out of motor way traffic (for about 3 - 5 minutes), when just reaching hard shoulder, engine cut. Car was rescued to Toyota depot in Basingstoke and they asked for £57 pounds for diagnosis with result of water pump failure. Asked for £168 to do further diagnostics with results that compression test failed and thus engine can only be brought down for diagnostics at cost of £648 or a new engine be bought between £4000 to £5000.

Googled and wrote to Toyota with reply that I will be referred to customer relation department, and they will contact within 72 hours. Contacted depot from which car was bought, and they could do full diagnostics for £57 and repair of engine and contact Toyota and explain the situation to them to assist as the car was not under warranty. Given the cost of only rescuing the car to them without the least idea of what the outcome would be (especially given that the Basingstoke depot said they do not have the least idea of what might be wrong with the engine unless they bring it down - after payment of £648!)

Meanwhile no contact from Toyota customer relation from 1st August to 7th August, and when I called, they say they can't say anything as the car was not with them. That the depot with the car should establish whether water pump failure was wear and tear or product fault. And depot says fault was internal and they cannot say. This is a less than 4 years old car with less than 40000miles on the clock serviced yearly and MOT by Toyota.

- , Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK

problem #16

Jun 282014

Corolla LE 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,912 miles

Water pump leak was discovered during oil change and tire rotation at Evans tires. Coolant level was low, coolant sprayed under hood, water pump cover was missing (fell off during trip?), engine check light was NOT illuminated. Maintenance light was on but that comes on at oil change intervals.

Considering the previous entries, I got off pretty light and consider this episode a near miss. I purchased the car, private party, with 7,000 miles on it and was expecting about 100k without repairs, a car I could grow old with...but, alas another disappointment.

I've recently received an interim notice from Toyota regarding a air bag non-deployment issue. I suppose this is a pre-recall notice while they work on a solution.

Frank Toyota has been mailing me offers for up to $10K for my car. I'm strongly considering getting rid this car and going with GM....whoops they have lots of recall issues too. Kia? Hyundai?

- , Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #15

May 302014

Corolla LE 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,800 miles

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

Just bought a 2009 Corolla LE from a private seller, took it in for a Safety Inspection and they said Water Pump is failing and told me it was a problem and Toyota knows about it and won't do a thing. 6 months past 5 years and only 41,800 miles... really sad.

I called Toyota Customer Experience and they said Toyota had to do a service on it and provide to them that it was leaking so they can "investigate". So, $600 Toyota fix so they can "investigate" or $70 me fix and no "investigation.

Way to step up Toyota!!!

- , Spring Valley, OH, USA

problem #14

Jul 152013

Corolla LE 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles

A month after my warranty ran out and just days after my car was serviced at the Toyota dealership, I noticed a high pitched squeaking sound. Initially, I thought it might have been a belt but everything looked fine. My dad and a mechanic friend both thought it sounded like a failing alternator but there were no other symptoms. My brother replaced the alternator but the sound remained. Turns out the water pump is under the alternator, and my water pump had a bad bearing. My brother was able to replace the water pump fairly inexpensively and return the unneeded alternator but it was a pain.

- , Williamsport, PA, USA

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problem #13

Mar 282014

Corolla

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,256 miles

Like many of the others here, I discovered my car had a problem when I had it in for a routine oil change. The tech warned me that if I don't get this fixed soon, it could do major damage to my engine. My water pump is not leaking yet, but apparently it is making a warning rattle.

- , Manhattan, KS, USA

problem #12

Aug 012012

Corolla CE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,471 miles

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

Dealer reported leaking shaft on water pump and suggested replacement, which was done. However I had to take the car back after it was replaced since the fan belt was riding on the outside rim of the pulley, after the replacement, either I believe it was incorrectly installed, or it somehow jumped out of the pulley. Hmmmm.

- , Kanata, ON, canada

problem #11

Oct 212013

Corolla LX 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

My warranty (5 years or 60000 miles) is expired 10 days ago. I didn't pay attention to Toyota water pump failure news announced on November 12, 2012. If I did I could save this 600.00 expense. Call Toyota to mention this issues and they can't help on this issue even through it is a manufacturer defect on Toyota models. I think I was ripped off by Toyota. If you have the same problem as I had please complain to State and Federal levels so that they can pay attention to this issue. Thanks. Jack

- , San Jose, CA, USA

problem #10

May 152012

Corolla LS 1.8L

  • Manual transmission
  • 52,000 miles

I have had several issues with my Corolla and thankfully they were covered under my warranty or via recall, but the worse problem I've had thus far was my water pump seizing on my way home. I dropped it off to the repair shop and I am praying to GOD that the engine was not effected by this. I called the dealership and the power-train warranty folks and it is not covered. Now I have to come out of pocket and I have to take the next couple of days off until I get this problem fixed.

Toyota, Toyota, Toyota y'all knew there was a problem with these pumps going bad after a few years. You should seriously do a recall, reimburse us who already had to come out of pocket for this issue, and add it to the warranty. #Won'tBeBuyingAnotherToyota

- , Rochester, NY, USA

problem #9

May 312013

Corolla LS 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,408 miles

Check engine light and battery light came on at the same time. Attempted to drive the car into the dealership (about 15 miles) when the engine seized up. Car was within warranty mileage, but regular maintenance should have apparently caught the issue even though I had taken my car to Pep Boys for oil change service three weeks earlier, so the new engine was not covered under warranty. Also was told by various service/warranty members varying information on whether I should have heard something ahead of time that would have warned me there was a problem. I apparently should have seen coolant puddles on my driveway, which weren't there until this past weekend when I got the car back with the new engine which now leaks coolant and oil. Last Toyota I will buy.

- , Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #8

Sep 162012

Corolla LE 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles

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

Water pump went while wife was driving vehicle out of state. Due to continued use on the highway, the excessive temperature warped the plastic on the radiator causing that to need replacement as well. Toyota quality has dropped off the shelf. Too many problems with this vehicle.

- , Laurel, MD, USA

problem #7

Mar 282013

Corolla LE 1.8L I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,838 miles

I bought my 09 Corolla as a "certified used vehicle" a year ago. It currently has less and 50000 miles and started hearing an abrasive metal grinding on metal noise coming from the engine. I looked under the hood and a pinkish colored chemical which turned out to be coolant was sprayed on the hood and all of the pulley's with a bad water pump being the result. Toyota is supposed to be known for their quality but i am pretty uneasy with my experience so far. I have an appointment with the dealer today to find out if it is covered under warranty. Based on what i have found on toyota's website it should be covered under the powertrain warranty so i will have to wait and see.

- , Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #6

Nov 152012

Corolla ES 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles

Mother's car. Gently used 3 and a hlf year old Corolla had loud whirring / grinding noise and we took it to dealer. They replaced the water pump. This was in November 2012 at 25,000 miles. Now in late December my mother noticed similar (not exact but similar) whirring noise. Dealer NOW is telling us it's the alternator. So a gently used Corolla is now going to need a second 500-800 dollar repair. Also have a 2007 Camry Hybrid that had water pump fail at about 60K and a 2007 Matrix that has also had mechanical / engine problems. Bottom line, last Toyota I buy.

- , Suffolk, VA, USA

problem #5

Dec 202012

Corolla CE 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,923 miles

I was getting my oil changed when the mechanic noticed the water pump rattling. (You can't hear it when inside the car) He informed me that he had seen a lot of 2009 Corollas with the problem and has seen several engines seize so he advised me to get checked by Toyota before I blew the water pump. I drove 30/40 minutes to the closest dealership and they advised me that I needed a new water pump. When I inquired whether they had significant problems with them the man at the dealership was extremely rude and condescending. Needless to say I went elsewhere to get the problem fixed. Just paid $800 for snow tires...I really didn't need to fix a water pump and deal with rude dealership employees! Will just stick the the mechanic closer to home from now on.

- , Port Perry, Ontario, canada

problem #4

May 272011

Corolla S 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles

squealing started 6 months before belt broke .I thought it was the alternator because battery went dead i replaced battery and then belt broke again this time i check all of the pulleys the water had locked up.i agree Toyota should recall all cars with the original 2009 water pump.

- , Dallas, TX, USA

problem #3

Apr 162012

Corolla

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

my 2 year old toyota corolla died at an intersection. after having it towed to the dealer, i was told the car was no longer under warranty due to mileage and it needed a whole new engine (4,000.00$!) because the water pump went bad and it caused my engine to seize up. Ive read online that there has been many issues with the water pump for this vehicle and toyota has since redesigned the water pump for it! so my question is, why havent you done a recall Toyota??

- , Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 162011

Corolla LE 4-1.8lfi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,479 miles

Water pump spraying pink liquid under hood that was discovered while having work done at a body shop. I had the Body Shop replace the pump before I could drive the car. I requested Toyota to pay for the repairs under the warranty, but they have been 4 months trying to repay me. This pump (part #1610039465) has been replaced by a new pump (1610039466) because the original pump was defective. This pump should have been replaced on a recall. As of today 12/8/11 I am still trying to get my money back through Toyota Customer Relations at 1-800-331-4331. I wish there was an office here in Fort Wayne, IN where I could speak to someone face to face.

Thank you for letting me rant.....

- , Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #1

May 012011

Corolla LE 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

There is a problem with the water pump and it needs to be replaced. This is really poor design. I will not buy Toyota again.

- , Lawrenceville, GA, USA

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