really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
99,449 miles

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2004 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #9

Apr 162014


  • 212,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V043000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 212,000. Updated 02/23/16

- Dunnellon, FL, USA

problem #8

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 #7

Aug 102015


  • 29,040 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Corolla. While driving approximately 30 mph, the front driver side air bag and the engine warning indicators illuminated continuously. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 29,040.

- Aguadilla, PR, USA

problem #6

Apr 222015

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles


Without any indication of a potential problem, my car lost complete power while driving it. In addition, my speedometer was stuck on 50 (I just got off the interstate & was going residential speed), my gas gauge reflected I had a full tank (I actually had a half of a tank) and my temp gauge said my engine was completely cool. I don't know what caused this to happen, but I'm lucky that it did not happen to me while I was on the interstate! let me clarify the facts here- total power loss while driving, steering wheel locked up, gauges - including the speedometer- while at a complete stop were stuck on inaccurate readings, no indication of an issue prior to it stalling! (prior to the car dying on me- headlights and interior lights were bright, radio worked, gauges were accurate. There was no loud noise when this happened, it is not the timing chain, the starter and battery are brand new, there was no hesitation and no trouble when starting it up.) I have not been able to get the car to start since. Did not respond to a jump. From my understanding, there should have been some order in which power is lost - example radio first- dimming lights, etc. Before power is lost to the entire car while driving.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #5

Feb 052015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Corolla. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V655000 (air bags). The dealer stated that prior to performing the recall repair, the belt and the air filter needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Brookland, NY, USA

problem #4

Dec 272014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 270,000 miles
Most important: We do not drive the car now. Unable to get answers to possible solutions. Called Toyota they said they cannot assist if the problem is not happening when they get the car. This problem is intermittent at best. I asked if they had problems such as mine below and can give me some idea and they said they cannot assist me without having the problem occur while they have the car. We cannot drive the car for it may shut down on us. Latest problem: The vehicles engine shut down while driving 30 mph. Tried to restart the vehicle and everything comes on as if it was going to start up (meaning: The problem is not battery), but would not crank over, no noise, nothing. After playing with the fuses, and waiting a bit the car was able to crank over and start. A week before the latest (above): The car was in park and running, the engine shut down, tried starting the car and same scenario as above, we let the car rest overnight and the next morning it started up. (we didn't do anything to the car). Years ago: The same thing as above except, I went to go use the car, it would not start, had noise and lights but no cranking of engine, nothing (same scenario as above). But, after letting time go by the car would start. (I changed the key to a backup key I had and it started up.) others have this problem as we have tried to find out what the problem is, we came across the same scenarios but no solution.

- Portage, WI, USA

problem #3

Sep 292014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 102,000 miles


My 2004 Toyota Corolla had an unexpected acceleration while driving home from work. My mother (the driver at the time) removed her foot from the accelerator pedal and while braking the vehicle accelerated at full speed right before going over a speed bump near to our residence. My mother crashed into the side walk and she was able to stop the car using the parking brake and eventually shut it down. We were able to take the car home, where the car is currently parked but the car won't start again. Luckily, we didn't have any injuries, fire or mayor crash into anything. We contacted Toyota in West palm beach Florida and they refused to further investigate this issue because the car is too old. After all events, death and accidents related to Toyota unexpected acceleration, I believe this incident needs a deep investigation but I don't know how to proceed about it or if I should ignored and just fix the car.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Jul 052013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Every time it rains and creates a water puddle on the road, when I drive my car through it, water goes up under the car causing it to lose power, to momentarily shut down and I lose my steering. The battery light comes on as well. Also when I come to a stop the car starts shaking or vibrating and it seems like it wants to shut off.

- Homestead, FL, USA

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