hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,986 miles

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2004 Toyota Corolla engine problems

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2004 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #11

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

problem #10

Sep 202010


  • 102,000 miles
The vehicle I believe has an ECM (engine control module) problem. Since the first incident where the vehicle wanted to shut off at a stop light, the vehicle erratic RPM fluctuation when the vehicle is at a stop or hesitates when taking off. Toyota has done a recall on some of the 2005 thru 2008 models and I believe this model should be included since it uses the same ECM and has the same engine as the other models

- Porterville, CA, USA

problem #9

Sep 222010


  • 123,155 miles
Car suddenly stalls, sometimes while at a stop but has happened when moving. Won't start for a little while then will start. Has happened 3-4 times in the past 5 months.

- Medford, OR, USA

problem #8

Aug 302010


  • 17,000 miles


My 2004 Toyota Corolla suddenly had engine problems while driving, making a horrible metallic clanking as the car stalled. After having it towed to the nearest repair facility, the diagnosis was that pieces of the engine literally broke apart as if the metal was fatigued. The mechanic could not explain how this happened with only 117,000 miles on the car. It took over a month to find a used engine and scrape together the money needed for repairs. The entire engine was replaced, for a total of $2500. I was also forced to rent a car during this time, and the car rental amount is around $600.

- Hoover, AL, USA

problem #7

Feb 282010


  • 74,766 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Corolla. The contact was driving in the highway when the contact noticed a burning smell from the engine area. When the contact took the vehicle to an authorized dealership, the dealer informed the contact that the radiator was cracked; the dealer could not determine if the burning smell was caused by the cracked radiator or the engine overheating. The failure mileage was 74,766. The current mileage was approximately 80,000.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #6

Oct 212009


  • 2,629 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Corolla. While driving between 5-10 mph the vehicle shakes violently. Also the engine continued to reeve while idling. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility for inspection. Since the mechanic could not identify the cause of the failure, he could not provide a remedy. The failure mileage was 2629. The current mileage was 4300.

- Beverly Hills, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 242008

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 66,000 miles


Car engine made noise, pulled off highway, towed to shop, told engine dead and needed to be replaced at a cost of $5,500 -vehicle only has 66,000 miles on it.

- Lynn, MA, USA

problem #4

Aug 012006

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 56,000 miles
My car on an intermittent basis will not start as well.....there is no cranking whatsoever. Although upon turning the key all the lights on the dashboard light up in a normal manner, there is absolutely no sound from the engine. After either a few tries or roll starting the vehicle (manual transmission)....it will start. I brought it to the dealer once and they originally thought it was the battery, then the starter *which they proceeded to replace, then after a few days the same problem occurred again....I am bringing it back to the dealer.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #3

Apr 192005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I bought a 2004 Toyota Corolla ce in July 2004 and today the engine light came on and stayed on. My girlfriend has a 2002 Toyota Corolla, and she told me, after I bought mine, that engine light started coming on for no discernible reason a few months after purchase. Dealer charged her for a part and labor on her new car to fix the engine ligth problem. This is obviously a known model problem. Why doesn't he manufacturer fix it before selling the car?

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #2

Apr 232004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Intermittent stalling while driving at various speeds. Consumer pulled the vehicle of the road. Unable to restart until 30-60 seconds later. Dealer inspected vehicle on several occasions, and was unable to duplicate the problem.

- Monterey, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 232003

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 300 miles
2004 Corolla ce has horrible rotten egg smell car has only 550 miles on it. Dealer say to switch gas brands. I did and it is still overwhelming outside of the car.

- Rockaway, NJ, USA

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