hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,230 miles

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2003 Toyota Corolla drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 162007


  • Manual transmission
  • miles


We noticed a loud noise coming from the rear of the car a 2003 Toyota Corolla. It was noticeable beginning at 20 mph and level of noise increased with speed. Researched internet for recall problems and found recall #02V074001 for hub and axle defect. Took car to the dealer, who said there was no recall;, only a service advisory. We paid for repairs. Our vehicle was not included in recall due to the VIN although dealer insisted he could not find recall information.. I have another Toyota Corolla with the same problem and felt that these cars should have been included in the recall since it seeme D to be a common complaint among Corolla users.

- Mililani, HI, USA

problem #3

May 012007

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 101,000 miles
2003 Toyota Corolla purchased in 2002 was told today I need a brand new engine. My car has 102,000 not old at all well maintained got services when needed. No one can explain why my engine has gone bad. I just wonder how many other engines have gone bad this soon?? the last time something was wrong with my car it ended up being a recall a few months later had to have a rear axle replaced.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 012005

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 29,919 miles
I bought a 2003 Toyota Corolla from a certified car dealership, and was sold a car that was involved in a major accident and was not reported. The whole front of the car has none of the original parts to the car which depreciated the value of the car, but it was still sold to me as slightly used in great condition, low mileage and suppose to have never been in an any accidents, I also found out the this car did not pass inspection at the time of purchase, I had to bring the car back to the dealership numerous times starting five days after I bought it. I tried giving the car back and they said that there is nothing that they could do because the contract is already signed, and because of the extensive damages to the car they will only give $6,000 for the car when in fact they sold it to me for over $15,000.

- Jamaica, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 192005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
Recall campaign 02V074000, while driving the rear axle assembly makes a rumbling noise, and when applying the brakes a grinding noise was produced. This vehicle was not included in the recall due to VIN.

- Unadilla, NY, USA

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