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101,700 miles
Total Complaints:
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2004 Toyota Corolla engine problems

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2004 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 012004

Corolla LE 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles


I wish I would have done this sooner. It was about two months after I bought my car which had 8000 miles on it when I bought it in 2005 (brand new). I go for my first oil change in October of 2005 and the mechanic tells me, oh, for a new car looks like you have some sludge, being younger and thinking that he is trying to jerk me around I paid no attention to it. But as the years have gone on it's gotten worse and worse!!! I changed my oil every 3000 miles like the mechanic and Toyota told me to do to help the problem. WRONG, it has only gotten worse and now I have to put a quart of oil in it every 3 weeks. Bullshit .

Toyota blew me off so I will never buy another one again, especially after they basically called me a liar and said the sludge was in my head the first time I took it to them and asked them to fix it....

- Megan T., Waterford, CA, US

problem #3

Sep 122011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles

two months ago my boyfriend checked my oil and told me it was sluggish so he changed it and also told me that he will do it again soon just to be safe, well he never did it again. but he mows his lawn every week sometimes twice a week. anyways i went to check it today cause my car wouldn't start and yeah the oil was empty and under the oil cap its the form of a mushy ball one that i couldn't fling off the screwdriver. so will see what happens

- Kim C., Highland, CA, US

problem #2

Jul 232008

Corolla LE 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,020 miles

no recalls why not I change my oil every three months so I know It is not my fault

- Megan T., Waterford, CA, US

problem #1

Oct 202008

Corolla Sport 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,650 miles

I heard a ticking noise coming from the engine when i stepped on the gas. I took the car to the toyota dealer and he looked at it and called me back and said there was sludge in the engine and that i would need to replace the engine. i have been using synthetic oil in this car for over a year. I bought the extended warranty on the car when i bought it to cover the car for 6 years or 75,000 miles. the car was at 73,600 miles when the problem started. they would not fix the car on the warranty they said because it doesn't cover sludge so instead of paying the $50.00 deductible you will have to pay $4,550.00 for a new engine. they said if you want us to tear down the car and see if they will cover it we will do that but that would cost me $600.00 and they would probably still deny coverage. I think this is ridiculous, if you change your own oil in your car they won't cover the warranty. My brothers are mechanics why would i take it to toyota when i can have it done for free. I paid an extra $1,500.00 for a warranty on this car so my suggestion is put the $1,500.00 in the bank and let it draw interest instead of giving extra money to toyota to do nothing for you, so when your car brakes down you can use that money to fix it.

- Francesca M., Las Vegas, NV, US

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