hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,044 miles

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2001 Toyota Corolla engine problems

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2001 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #9

Aug 122009


  • 66,450 miles


The engine on my 2001 Toyota Corolla S had the timing chain jump, the engine suffered damaged valves, 3 pistons were broken and damaged others. My car had only slightly over 66,000 miles on it. The Toyota dealer where I purchased the car wouldn't do anything because the car was out of warranty, but I have never heard of a Toyota engine going bad with such low mileage. It was lucky this happened on a city street and not on the freeway.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #8

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

problem #7

Sep 082009


  • 80,000 miles
I have read about issues concerning Toyota stalling out. I have a 2001 Corolla and my car has stalled out 4 times in the last three months. There was no precursor that was similar to each event. Each time I was in a parking garage or slowing to stop at a stoplight. However, I shudder to think if this happens on the freeway.

- West Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 312009


  • 153,000 miles


Re: unsafe rebuilt transmission, 2001 Toyota Corolla we purchased the vehicle on 7/29/2008. In January 2009, the engine dumped oil and burned out, and had to be replaced. About two days later the transmission fell apart. Our mechanic discovered that it was from a salvage yard and was being held together with epoxy. The transmission mount was bent, indicating to the mechanic that the car might have been in some kind of accident. Also I believe the mechanism for the bolt to go through (to hold the transmission in place) was missing along with the bolt. All information about the problems with the car should be verified with harry, owner of import auto, at 2583 university ave, madison, wi 53705; phone 608-231-1221. He has been keeping the transmission for inspection by interested authorities. Harry called the transmission a "fraud." It should have never been installed like that. The transmission was unsafe. I allow my grandson to drive this car. He is a student, age 19. He has a part-time job with pizza hut, delivering pizzas. He is also in a band. Two days before the transmission went out, he wanted to drive the car a long distance for a gig. I told him to take my other car. If he had taken the Corolla, the transmission could have come apart at high speed on freeway in the dead of winter. He and others could have been killed. My mechanic ordered another rebuilt transmission, but it too had similar problems. He is flabbergasted that these transmissions are being sold, and he told us he had never seen this before in his 40-year career. We opted to install a new transmission. Bottom line: Bad, unsafe transmissions are being sold and unscrupulous mechanics or car owners are installing them. We have photos and more information.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #5

Jun 032009


  • 94,000 miles
I was driving my 2001 Corolla uphill its timing chain broke and the engine turned off. I had maintenance done via Toyota at 90K and it happened at 92K. I have no other problems or recommendations from Toyota. This is big ticket item and it cost about 2K to fix the car.

- Glen Allen, VA, USA

problem #4

Aug 132006

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle had faulty equipment which caused engine oil to leak. The oil light never illuminated which resulted in the engine dying and the vehicle needing a new engine. The vehicle was not taken to a service dealer.

- Mountainside, NJ, USA

problem #3

Aug 012005

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles


Contacts stated the check engine light came on August 1, 2005, consumer took the vehicle to an independent mechanic, and they replaced two different oxygen sensors. Now, the light came back on again and stayed on. Took the vehicle back to the independent mechanic, they put in new spark plugs. They said it could be a lot of things. It had stayed off a few days. However, the check engine light stayed on and consumer was taking the vehicle to the independent for the fourth time. The Toyota dealer had not checked the vehicle.

- Newark, CA, USA

problem #2

May 072004

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I am writing regarding an issue with my 2001 Toyota Corolla. I recently had my check engine light come on. I need to replace an emissions control device in my car, a charcoal canister due to it being clogged or maybe a vacuum leak. I am concerned that this may be a wide-spread problem because on the day that I had my car for an estimate, I met another person at the Toyota service station with the same issue and who also had a 2002 Toyota Corolla. However, fortunately for her she was still under warranty so she did not have to pay for the repair. The warranty for this part is 3 years or 36,000 miles. Unfortunately for me, I was at the 42,000 mark on mileage and so I was out of warranty. My concern is how many clogged charcoal canisters had to be replaced in the 1998-2002 model of a Toyota Corolla. A friend of mine did contact the U. S. department of transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and filed a report regarding the failure on this part and hope that others would do the same. Do I am doing ti as well. Overall, I also feel that an emissions control device should last longer than just two years. My family has owned several different models of Toyota automobiles over the past 15 years and we have never had to replace such a device. The Toyota Corolla model, being a modest car, should not require to replace a $300 part every two years that is needed to keep our environment clean. I read somehwre that warranty on emisiions are 80,000 is this correct?

- Garfield, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jul 152003


  • Manual transmission
  • 54,950 miles
Due to engine sludge, the engine was not lubricated enough to keep the seals intact. Now oil is getting into the spark plugs causing misfire. Diagnostics resulted in a total engine replacement (engine cost not including labor) $5,000. Toyota should cover this, the rental car needed in the interim, and extend the warrantee to 120,000 mi covering similar repeated problems, as it is a manufacturer defect.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

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