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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,681 miles

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2009 Toyota Corolla electrical problems

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2009 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #51

May 092015

Corolla

  • 10 miles

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

The high beams on the headlights come on without the control being touched. This began when I first bought the car & still does. At first it would happen at any time of the day but now it happens only when it is dark or getting dark. This could impair the vision of the driver of an oncoming vehicle. It is most dangerous on narrow streets. There are other electrical problems that occur from time to time such as the cruise control, power mirrors, air conditioner, driving & dash lights not working. Also the dome light has remained on causing the battery to run down.these latter problems do not seem to pose the threat that the headlights do but they seem to be connected & they are a distraction that could cause problems. I have taken my car to the dealer many times but they never corrected the problem.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #50

Mar 182015

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
At 89,000 miles, the battery light came on early in the day but I continued to drive it after stopping at Toyota who confirmed it was a "battery light." Later in the day, while traveling close to home at about 25mph, all the lights came on in the dashboard and the car started to seize up: Steering wheel became difficult to maneuver and I could barely get the car over to the curb (it happened within minutes). The car completely shut down. It turned out to be an alternator gone bad. Frightening experience but I am glad it happened at 25 mph and not on the freeway earlier in the day, or it could have caused an accident. In the future, I will get all warning lights checked out promptly and not assume that a battery symbol means only the battery is dying. Perhaps Toyota needs an "alternator light" as well, as this is a serious situation.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #49

Dec 302014

Corolla

  • 80,000 miles
My 2009 Toyota Corolla, which I bought new in 2009, power window panel, caught fire on December 30 while I was driving it and when I brought it to the franchise I purchased it from on December 31, they told me, it was regular wear and tear and that my car was old and I would have to pay for it myself.

- Weymouth, MA, USA

problem #48

Nov 092014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 73,318 miles

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

While traveling nw on hwy 99 through merced ca at 08:30 am Nov. 9, 2014, I experienced a sudden acceleration of my car while in cruise mode going up the ramp just at the nw edge of merced. It continued to accelerate till the RPM gauge was into the red. At the same time, I was very tense, maneuvering in traffic while applying the brakes in an effort to slow down or stop, which heated up until they were barely working. I shut the motor off while in drive and turned it back on a few times and each time the engine went right into high rev mode again. I finally put the transmission into N and shut the engine off and coasted to the side of the road about a mile or so from where the problem started, regained my composure and allowed the car to sit a few minutes. I tried the engine starter and things seemed normal again so I cautiously exited the highway about a 1/4 mile from where I had stopped. Things continued to act normally so I came back home 18 miles and had no more problems. What do I do with this car" keep driving it this way? take it back to Toyota" they did the recall repair for this problem already, yet now this!! very troubling!

- Chowchilla, CA, USA

problem #47

Jun 152008

Corolla

  • 2,967 miles
Engine by driving when excelling engine shut off this car was T taken to the dealer up to five times and three accidents. The dealer ship keith pierson Toyota 6501 youngerman circle jacksonville fla 3 2244. Also I have claim number file with Toyota corporations [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #46

Jun 302014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 58,950 miles
While I was driving the car started stalling really bad and losing power, the engine light came up and I couldn't speed more than twenty five miles, because the car started trying to shut off on me in the middle of the street again. I took the car to get checked out and the troubleshooting codes came out as being the ignition coils due to the engine harness being bad, (difficult to believe I said ), cables don't go bad like that in Florida.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #45

Jul 142014

Corolla

  • 48,000 miles

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

1. while driving at approx. 25 mph, the car suddenly lost power; I was able to drive about 2 mph into a nearby gas station. The battery light was not on, but the orange engine light came on. After 5 minutes, the employee was able to start the car and I drove one mile to my home. My repair mechanic did a computer scan indicating possible problems with a switch and suggested that I drive around for about a week before returning. 2. a similar incident occurred 10 days later. I glided into a parking lot, waited 10 min., and the car resumed at regular speed. 3. on 8/7/14, I drove 2 mi. Back to the repair shop at a regular speed. A second scan could not be completed because the car suddenly stopped responding to the repair shop's computer. At this point the car is completely inoperable and must be towed to a Toyota dealer. I was advised that I may need a new computer. My 2009 Toyota Corolla has about 48,000 miles on it. I do not believe that a computer failure is normal within the age and mileage range of this car. Thank you for looking into this issue..

- Pikesville, MD, USA

problem #44

Jul 232014

Corolla

  • 8,500 miles
This vehicle has had the water pump go out the brakes the alternator has had problems with the emergency brakes the air bag has had the struts replaced the gas lever stopped working and now the trunk release won't work I have replaced now 5 tires because one blow right after I got the car and now my car has just 85 thousand miles on it. I have heard so many good things about Toyota but this is the worst car I have ever own I will never buy or advise anyone to buy a Toyota again.

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #43

Apr 152014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
During slow speeds or stopped when I press on the gas pedal to move forward the car's check engine light comes on and I can't move forward until I turn the car off, then back on. This has happened at stop lights, in parking garages, and even on the interstate. Not safe. This is my third time taking my vehicle to the Toyota dealership to fix the same problem. I paid $900 to fix the ECU (which they told me was the issue), but the same problem keeps happening. The second time I took it in they fixed something with the brake lights, now the third time they fixed something with a short in the brakes... the taillights were blinking rapidly? I doubt the problem is fixed and I am very frustrated to pay that kind of money with no refund when the same issue keeps happening. A similar issue happened in a recall with the 2005-2008 Corolla/matrix models and they had the ECM fixed with no charge. Sounds like the same problem to me.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #42

Apr 152014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
During slow speeds or stopped when I press on the gas pedal to move forward the car's check engine light comes on and I can't move forward until I turn the car off, then back on. This has happened at stop lights, in parking garages, and even on the interstate. Not safe! this is my third time taking my vehicle to the Toyota dealership to fix the same problem. I paid $900 to fix the ECU (which they told me was the issue), but the same problem keeps happening. The second time I took it in they fixed something with the brake lights, now the third time they fixed something with a short to the brakes... something about the taillights blinking rapidly? I doubt the problem is fixed and I am very frustrated to pay that kind of money with no refund when the same issue keeps happening. A very similar issue happened in a recall with the 2005-2008 Corolla/matrix models and they had the ECM fixed with no charge. Sounds like the same problem to me.

- Phoenix , AZ, USA

problem #41

Jan 282012

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 25,975 miles

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

I bought this car used with 18,000 miles on it in July of 2010. And I have all service done at a Toyota dealer. At 25,975 miles, replaced the front brakes, machined rotors, brake fluid flush, cleaned and adjusted rear brakes(1/28/12). (brake pedal felt soft). At 37,966 miles, replaced the front brakes again(12/21/12). Pads lasted 11,991 miles! at 55,662 miles, replaced the front brakes, machined rotors again(2/20/2014). Pads lasted 17,696 miles! since I do mainly highway driving, I feel that there is a defect associated with the front brake abnormal wear. Also, at 50,548 replaced #2 steering shaft assembly. At, 50,691 replaced alternator. At 55,662 replaced water pump, coolant and drive belt.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #40

Jan 262014

Corolla

  • 52,800 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the ABS and the brake lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the mechanic diagnosed that the sensor on the passenger's side rear, and the power assist vacuum system needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 52,800.

- Rome, NY, USA

problem #39

Oct 212013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 67,235 miles
On 10/21/2013 at about 12 am I was dropping off my wife and daughter in front of our apartment complex. I was driving a Toyota 2009 Corolla (VIN-[xxx]). the vehicle had a sudden, abrupt and unintended acceleration I pressed the brake pedal it did not stop. It went over a curb in the parking lot and collided with another vehicle standing on the opposite side. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)....updated 11/03/14 updated 8/5/2015

- West Springfield, MA, USA

problem #38

Jul 312013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Loss of steering at a right bend in the street, think the power went out to the electronic power assist, car went straight into a sign pole with a large cement base, major damage to front end, airbag didn't deploy, seat belt didn't work and there was no power at all to the car even though the battery was not damaged. Car was recently at Toyota dealership for recall to repair to electrical power window problem to prevent electrical fire, oil change and service done at same time, the car has been well maintained. New tires and brakes. Opened a claim with Toyota, so far met with apathy and resistance.

- Salinas, CA, USA

problem #37

Jun 072013

Corolla

  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the steering wheel locked, the brakes failed to stop, and the accelerator failed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnosis where it was stated that the alternator and battery needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 42,000.

- Marshall , TX, USA

problem #36

Aug 022013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 31,000 miles
Sporadically the car would give the driver the sensation of severe wind buffeting (car would wiggle side to side). This occurred in both od and 3rd (no other gears tested), with all electronics on, then off (radio, cruise, vent, ac, etc.) and both on and off the nys thruway. Occurrences did not cause the driver to lose control of vehicle though it made it difficult to keep the car within the lane markings. This condition was not noticed on 55mph more rural roads in which frequent or semi frequent stops were encountered. Our plan is to secure a hero cam in an attempt to record actual steering wheel's (front tires) motion apart from operator's physical steering wheel within passenger compartment. Although no loss of control was encountered each occurrence was not always the same in severity so no assertions are being made as to whether or not this condition could yield a catastrophic failure at highway speeds thus producing a severe accident harming vehicles occupants or other vehicle's occupants sharing the same roadway.

- Tupper Lake, NY, USA

problem #35

Jun 072013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 77,798 miles
Car had just been started, was departing a parking garage and power steering suddenly failed, followed by engine failure. Car would not start again; battery was completely drained. Alternator had gone bad and was replaced.

- Venango, PA, USA

problem #34

Jun 032013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles
2009 Toyota Corolla. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle console accessory fuse blowing out. When the fuse blew out, he was unable to charge his phone, and other accessories. The consumer stated the fuse was replaced several times.

- Williamsburg, KY, USA

problem #33

Mar 012013

Corolla

  • 70,000 miles
Vehicle lost power steering on freeway, all electronic components shut down and I was stranded on the side of the freeway. The car would not start, after $3200 in repairs, the mechanic said the pistons looked like they were from a 30 year old car. Regular oil changes, well maintained, this car is not reliable!

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #32

Jan 162013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
ABS and brake light turned on together. This is turning out to be a very common issue which is due to the corrosion of the sensors on the rare wheels. With ABS light turned on, the vehicle is incapable of applying ABS when required during brake, creating a high safety concern.

- Allston, MA, USA

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