really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,832 miles

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2001 Toyota Corolla engine problems

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2001 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #10

Jan 012010


  • 94,123 miles


Driving car check engine light came on along with oil light and engine rattled. Shut car off and had towed to Toyota. They changed cam gear. Drove car home oil light came on and engine rattled. Dealer did have it towed back. Dealer stated that if they find this part was not the fix they would credit me cost. They then changed oil control valve, and charged me $100 more along with stating the cam gear was still necessary for fix. Brought car home and check engine light came on again. Changed oil and oil light has not come back on, but don't feel that car is really fixed. Paid $900 for all this and not comfortable that car is really fixed. Called Toyota customer service and they would not help, just stated that this is in the dealers hands. Great the dealer watching out for itself with Toyota having a hands off approach to taking care of this.

- Lebanon, IN, USA

problem #9

Feb 062010


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Corolla. While the contact was driving 35mph she suddenly noticed that the check engine light had appeared on the dashboard. The contact did not notice any differences in the vehicle before or after noticing the check engine light. The vehicle had not been diagnosed by the dealership. The current and failure mileages were 65000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #8

Jun 222009


  • miles
I was driving to work on June 22, 2009 on interstate 75 going North and another driver struck me from behind and the impact of his truck hit me on the right back quarter panel under the right rear light and on the bumper in the same area. My check engine light came on in my car on July 5th. I have taken my vehicle to an local aamco for service and it registered to gas cap. The gas cap has been replaced with a new one and 6 days later on July 14, 2009, check engine light came back on. The cause of the light may have be triggered from the auto accident. I will be taking my car to the Toyota dealer on Friday, July 24 in the morning for diagnostics of the check engine light. I will post again an update of my vehicle status after this weekend and upcoming week based on the dealership assessment.

- Riverdale, GA, USA

problem #7

Aug 152006

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


The dashboard is showing check engine light. The dealer told me that the charcoal canister and vsv have to be replaced. I feel Toyota 800-331-4331, is aware of the problem with this canister and is deliberately ignoring instead of recall or free parts and labor. I found a similar kind of issues raised by other Corolla owners on the net. Please do the necessary investigation in this matter.

- Rosemead, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 152006

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
Have a Corolla 2001, 65K miles on it today. At 56K miles, engine light came on, started misfiring, took to Toyota dealership, changed out points and plus. Engine light came back on, dealership performed "induction" through engine. Engine light came back on. Dealership could not find cause because computer readings vague; got frustrated and took car to independent mechanic shop that specializes in foreign cars; they determined it was a coil. Replaced coil. Car started burning oil profusely (1 quart a week in in-town driving). Now same shop has determined that the head gasket on engine needs replaced. (car has 65K miles). Car is scheduled to go in for a complete engine tear-down and head gasket repair/replacement at a cost of $1500-$1600. This 01 Corolla is the 5th Toyota auto I have owned and I have had an superior experience with all -- except the 2001 Corolla which I brought brand new from a Toyota car lot.

- Morgantown, WV, USA

problem #5

Jun 222005

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,500 miles
I purchased a used vehicle from keyes Toyota one year ago. It was advertised certified, however when I bought the car they would not honor it. I have been back and forth to the dealership with repairs. Recently the check engine light came on and I spent over $700 replacing the 02 sensors and flushing my brakes. This did not fix the problem and I have to spend another $4-$500 replacing the air flow meter. The mechanic told me that these problem should not be happening to such a young car.

- Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 012003


  • miles


Engine light continually on the instrumental panel. Dealer replaced the environment module, and problem still recurring.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #3

May 232003

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,700 miles
On my 01 Toyota Corolla "S" series. When air conditioner was on and outside very hot engine stalled, engne light came on. Took into the dealership, found that there was a random misfire of the fuel injectors.would cost $1000 to fix. Could not confirm if that truely was the problem.they could not recreate the prblem, bu it continued to reoccur.dealership did not know the cause.vehicle was three years old and had maintained service. Corolla bulletin indicated that that in 2000 had to replace injectors due to a manufacturer's defect.

- Pleasant Grove, UT, USA

problem #2

Apr 242001


  • miles
Vehicle stalled out and died at highway speeds. Dealer has inspected vehicle and determined that there was a whole in oil pan.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #1

Apr 242001


  • miles
After driving on the interstate I came into town going 30 miles per hour when the car sounded like a "jet engine taking off" all the lights went on the car started jerking and died. The car was towed to the dealer and the service person at the dealership stated an "unmoveable object had been hit causing a hole in the oil pan thus causing the engine to blow up. This was clearly a hole created by something inside crashing through the oil pan.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

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