really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,136 miles

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2004 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #5

May 292010


  • 80,000 miles


Engine will surge when at a stop and unless brake is fully depressed to the floor, vehicle may move forward. This surge is not consistent, occurring between 10-20% of the time and more likely to occur within the first 10 seconds of stopping at a light or to park vehicle after being on highways at higher rates of speed.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #4

Jun 012007

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,980 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Corolla. On June 1, 2007, the engine failed while idling at a stop light. The contact stated that the battery worked, but the check engine light never illuminated. On June 4, 2007, while driving up a hill and over a railroad track, the vehicle failed to accelerate above 50 mph. The vehicle began to shake. She tried not to put her foot on the brake in fear that the engine would fail again. When she reached the end of the hill, she pulled into a parking lot and the engine failed. She was able to restart the vehicle instantly. The contact turned the vehicle on and off for a period of twenty minutes and in that time frame, the vehicle failed every three minutes. The dealer could not duplicate the failure. The contact stated that no one is ever in the vehicle with her when it fails and she is afraid that she may cause a crash. The engine size was unknown. The current mileage is 55,000 and failure mileage was 54,980.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #3

Jul 022005


  • 23,000 miles
My 2004 Toyota corrolla seems to be steering improperly. Upon turning the steering wheel to a straight position the whole car seems to swerve and become almost uncontrollable. I have just barely avoided serveral accidents and in wet condtions the problem is worse. I replaced the tires and had them check the alignment on the vehicle and it still continues to be an issue. I took the car to my dealer and was advised that they could not replicate the problem but have had at least four other persons drive the vehicle and they all have commented on the steering/control problem even passengers in the vehicle notice the problem as you can feel it while driving or riding in the vehicle. My dealer also states they did not see any broken or loose parts that would cause the control problem.

- Palm Harbor , FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 252004

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,500 miles
Unexepected surge of car at a traffic stop. I have a 2004 Toyota Corolla with 7500 miles, and on several occasions I have stopped at a light or pedestrian crosswalk with my foot securely on the brake pedal and in drive when the car would suddenly lunge forward. There is a potential for a major rear end accident or a pedestrian fatality. Anyone with a similar problem please call me (al) at 203-929-6856.

- Shelton, CT, USA

problem #1

Sep 262003

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
Unexpected and without warning while car is in drive and stopped in traffic or at red light, engine idle speed increases when compressor from heating/air conditioner unit engages (when heater/defroster or air conditioner are in use) resulting car to lunge forward. If hard and constant pressure is not applied at all times on brake pedal while stopped, car could lunge forward resulting in; rear-end collision with another car; auto/pedestrian mishap while stopped at a crosswalk or hitting another vehicle board side if at a four-way stop. This design defect needs immediate investigation by NHTSA and if found valid, require Toyota to recall and repair all 2004 Toyota Corolla les at no cost to car owner.

- Troy, NY, USA

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