pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
78,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. repaint the vehicle or reimburse $4000 for damages (1 reports)
2004 Toyota Corolla body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 252008

Corolla S 1.8L

  • Manual transmission
  • 78,000 miles


I also own a 2001 Corolla in black that has the same exact problem. Any surface that is in reach of the sun, the clear coat has peeled off. I didn't notice anything wrong with the car at all until washing it on Christmas day before I went to my dad's house. The roof felt rough but nothing noticeable by sight. I got on a step ladder and could slightly see some texture. Within a month the roof was peeling terrible just like the 2001.

Now we are several years down the road and there is not a single panel on the car that doesn't have this problem.

Toyota needs to send out some kind of financial fix for this, since a repaint is no longer an option. I won't trust them to repaint the car. Considering this car bought brand new in 2004 after tax title and license was over $30k out the door I'm furious. I used to love Toyota's reliability along with high quality. This Corolla is a recycled beer can, with the thinnest most easily dented metal I have ever encountered followed only by it's even worse paint products. Good job. thanks for stealing $30k from me for a P.O.S (also the motor blew up last month after a lube shop shoved an oil gun in the valve cover and bent the metal shield inside until it hit the cam wheel and sprayed metal fragments all inside the motor. Shoddy design at best.)

- , Santee, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 192011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles

I have called on this and another problem with this car and was told that the warranty only covers up to 36000 miles. I guess the car is suppose to be driven slightly and garaged at all times. The back glass has also given out. It seems to me that the paint jobs that are put on vehicles now-a-days are meant to fail so you have to spend more money to upkeep the vehicle. It is bad enough that the regular maintenance is not cheap but to have something else go wrong with the vehicle on top of that is out of reach for the lower and middle class to afford. I find it very frustrating that the manufacturer's do not care that this is happening but I guess it will be a good advertisement for their product because when I am asked about what happened to my car, I let people know that the paint job must not have been done decently because I do not wash my car excessively, nor do I live in an area where the elements of snow and the products that are put on the road would affect it. Isn't it grand that we live in a place where unless you have money to throw away you just have to deal with the problem. Of cours I will pay for the back glass to be replaced because of safety reasons but the paint job will just have to keep peeling for I do not have the $1000 to $1500 to put into the car. Anyone else out there with the same problem?

- , Columbia, SC, USA

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