hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
114,562 miles

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2004 Toyota Corolla drivetrain problems

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2004 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 132016


  • 148,000 miles


Car was running perfectly. Very suddenly it started making this horrible grinding noise. I went to pull into a parking lot and the car just stopped. I did not hit the brakes yet and was glad I was going slow. Transmission is blown with no warning, no leaks, and no noise except at the last few minutes. Had to have it towed.

- New Castle, DE, USA

problem #7

Sep 042012

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 97,000. MA 10/15/2015

- Brooklyn , NY, USA

problem #6

Dec 302014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 128,000 miles
My manual transmission failed this evening. Fortunately I was only an eighth of a mile from home and was able to use my momentum to safely get off the road. I heard a loud pop, then the clutch began to grind horrifically. I was able to bring the car to a stop, but unable to shift out of neutral. The front axle is completely siezed, and the car is inoperable. I had the car flatbeded to my mechanic, the flat bed driver had to winch the vehicle on to the truck. My mechanic took one look and informed me that I will need to replace the clutch and manuel transmission and that this is a known issue with 2003 and 2004 Toyota Corollas. Why was no recall or consumer notice issued for this manual transmission failure? I had my coworker in the car as well.

- Sussex, NJ, USA

problem #5

May 082014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles


When reversing, the shift cable broke and car began rolling. Even in park, it would not stay parked. Had to engage security brake in order to keep the car from rolling away.

- Aventura, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 252014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 138,500 miles
The car was a 2004 Toyota Corolla with standard transmission that had ~138,500 miles on it at the time of the incident. I was driving to work and the engine started making a loud rattling sound as I switched into 4th gear. The rattling sound got worse as I drove home from work, so I took the car to my mechanic the next morning. He drove it himself and said that the problem was related to a loosened bearing in the transmission and that the transmission would likely need to be replaced. It was not worth replacing the transmission on a car that old so I had to buy a new one. The car was 10 years old with significant mileage, but Toyota Corollas should last for much longer than this. Also, I read other complaints on the internet that many 2004 Toyota were having transmissions fail prematurely because of bearings coming loose.

- Havertown, PA, USA

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problem #3

Aug 052013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the check engine warning light illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer, who stated that the transmission would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Sabana Grande, PR, USA

problem #2

Apr 022012


  • 94,000 miles
At 94,000 miles the transmission started to make a grinding noise. I took it in to the dealer and they told me that the transmission was shot and had to be replaced.

- Belton, MO, USA

problem #1

Apr 142012

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
I was driving at 70 mph on the interstate when the car stalled out. We were able to pull to the side of the road luckily. It did start again but stalled again if I went over 40 mph. I had replaced the transmission the week before and had a transmission place check it out. They said the transmission is fine and that the error code is for the ECM. I had taken the care back to my transmission place (certified transmission in bellevue ne.) and he had the same answer for me. I attempted to work with Toyota on this through their customer complaint dept. They referred me to nick anderson (customer care manager) at bellevue Toyota. He didn't care that the car is unsafe to drive or that it stalled on us going 70 mph on the interstate. All he cared about is that the care is over miles on the extended warranty (80,000) and he wouldn't do anything for me at all. I believe in companies that back there product and I no longer believe in Toyota. I have found out that there is a very strong chance that the reason I had to replace the transmission on this auto is because of the ECM that was misdiagnosed as transmission issues. I believe this to be true because I am having the same stalling issues that I had before the new transmission was put in. I feel that Toyota should at the very least repair/replace the faulty ECM at no additional cost to me.

- Bellevue, NE, USA

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