really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
175,090 miles

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2001 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 172005


  • 75,452 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while exiting the vehicle, the driver side door handle fractured. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the door handle was replaced. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for an oil change, the mechanic opened the driver side door and the exterior door handle fractured. The door handle was replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,452.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #4

Apr 222008

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
On 4/22/2008 [xxx], the owner of a pt.cruiser, hit my Toyota head on after crossing the center lane and was driving 35 mph, while I was almost stopped on falling water drive in Eagle river.. it flattened the right front and later left front tire, and bumper and quarter panels on the left. I felt like I had an electric shock to my spine the drivers side airbag did not deploy and my seat belt was on., I couldn't lift the compact spare tire to change the flat without my neck hurting. I had chiropractic treatment but my neck was still sore. A year later I went to my gp dr. Barnes and he ordered an mri. The mri showed blown discs and /dr. Barnes ordered pt. Pt. unsuccessful and went to neurosurgeon dr. Kralick. Who suggested posterior cervical. Laminectomy and spinal Fusion C-3-C7 and had same 4-7-2010. Unfortunately I developed seroma and abscess at prov. Hospital. I coded blue twice. I had massive disability and was almost paralyzed by the infection. I had massive rehab and med expenses in excess of $500,000 I am still recovering 4 years later and have to tqke flexiril and perkaset for pain. I have profound neuropathy in my feet and hands cramping in my left hip, knee and calf and sharp pain at the site of the incision. If the airbag had deployed as it should, I would not have been hurt so badly in my spine..

- Eagle River, Ak 99577, AK, USA

problem #3

Jul 022012

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 180,000 miles
My husband was driving on the highway. He was driving a 2001 Toyota Corolla. The truck in front of him was going slow-so he decided to pass the guy. As he was doing so-the truck turned left. My husband hit him head-on and then the car rolled onto its top. Never did the airbags go off. Fortunately he had his seatbelt on. He was taken by ambulance to hospital. The most damage he received was his left hand and arm were badly injured. He still has to have surgery this next week. Why didn't the airbag deploy?

- Dakota City, IA, USA

problem #2

Jun 052011


  • 420,000 miles
This is a 2001 Toyota Corolla with 420,000 km on it. It was driven on the highway on sat June 4th. On June 5th while approaching 60 km on an in town road in newmarket on the front hood released and flew backward smashing the windshield and damaging the hood, and some of the chassis.

- Newmarket, 00, USA

problem #1

Nov 012008


  • 100,000 miles
We have a 2001 Toyota Corolla that we purchased in July 2000 from don mcgill Toyota in houston. In Nov 2008 we noticed that the check engine light would come on every month and so I took the car to autozone for a free diagnostic test each time with the result showing that the car has an electric short circuit problem. This is a defect in the timing chain and a part called a cam. To fix the problem it would cost me around 800 dollars. I reported the problem to the dealer don mcgill in houston and they simply ignored me. I then called up Toyota in California and they too ignored me. The result is I have to do an oil change every 1200 miles as there is no oil in the engine after 1200 miles. Normally one would have an oil change done every 3000 miles. So the check light comes on every 1000 miles intervals. This problem has been reported by many people on forums about the 2001 Corolla, but Toyota never bothered fixing. In addition to this problem the plastic lining around our car windows, on all four doors has peeled off. I reported this to the Toyota dealer last spring. The assistant service manager acknowledged that Toyota knows about this lining problem and yet the dealer ignored me on this. Instead they asked me to cough up $450 to fix the problem. If this is not a ripoff on the american citizens then what is" here are some urls of forums, of the check engine problem on the 2001 Corolla www.corolland.com/forums/index.php?/topic/18973-2001-Corolla-check-engine-light-issue/ www.fixya.com/cars/T1082872-check_engine_light_2001_toyota_corolla www.tundrasolutions.com/forums/Corolla-matrix/69501-2001-Corolla-check-engine-P0446/ www.2carpros.com/forum/2001-Toyota-Corolla-check-engine-light-is-on-VT126177.html the same problem of the check engine light has been reported on Corollas 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, ... will the dept. Of transportation act against Toyota and help us fix our cars"

- Pearland, TX, USA

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