hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
153,000 miles

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2001 Toyota Corolla transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #1

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

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