definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,336 miles

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2005 Toyota Corolla AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2005 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 012009

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the condenser for the air conditioner was malfunctioning after being replaced once in the past. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop where the contact was informed that the condenser and valves were leaking and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 72,000 and the current mileage was 92,000. Updated 08/31/11 updated 09/07/11

- Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

problem #6

Apr 012009


  • 77,000 miles
I own a 2005 Toyota Corolla. A few weeks ago, I noticed that my air conditioner was blowing hot air. When I had it looked at by a mechanic, I was told that debris got into the condenser and damaged it, requiring a repair. I researched the problem and discovered that Toyota issued technical service bulletin AC002-06 "lower grille mesh protection cover, " which acknowledges that the failure to include a protection cover near the mesh grille has caused debris to get into the air conditioner condenser, and thereby damaging it. Toyota has included the grille protection cover in subsequent Toyota Corolla models, but it refuses to add the cover to the older models or reimburse customers for the expense in replacing damaged condensers that have resulted from this design defect.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #5

Sep 132008


  • 56,355 miles
I've been driving a 2005 Corolla ce when all of a sudden the A/C stopped working. It blows warm air, warmer then the air temperature of outside. I live in the lower desert of southern California where temperatures reach up to 115 degrees. According to technical service bulletin AC002-06, Toyota failed to protect the compressor. With daily use, rocks continue to damage the compressor until the ac stopped working. At times I felt weak after getting into my car after a day of sitting in my works parking lot. I'm extremely hot and have had onset of headaches while driving this vehicle.

- Rialto, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 102007

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles


My complaint is with my 2005 Toyota Corolla le 1.8L. I bought this car new, and since I have owned it, the air conditioning compressor has been damaged by rocks and destroyed under normal driving conditions. The first time it happened I thought it was a fluke, and paid for it out of my own pocket and got it repaired by a Toyota dealership ($1000 repair). It was repaired about a year ago, and it stopped working again last fall. I have put off getting it repaired again for fear that the repair will only last another 6months to a year. I have heard that this is a common problem, and I believe it is a faulty design on Toyota's part.

- Providence, RI, USA

problem #3

Apr 182008

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 47,000 miles
The A/C condenser was replaced due to Toyota's admitted design flaw as per their technical service bulletin AC002-06 titled lower grille mesh protection cover. Which informs an owner that their A/C condenser is unprotected which will cost them $590. However, Toyota failed to back their product up by reimbursing it. This is safety hazard in the southwest because of the extreme heat and if someone with children goes to turn their air conditioning on and it does not work this poses health risks.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #2

Mar 152006

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Road debris caused hole in air conditioner condenser. Location of unprotected condenser has cause two replacements. Dealer has no answer to solution for protection. This is the first thing I check on new cars. Help?

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #1

Oct 232006


  • miles
The 2005 Toyota Corolla has a defective temperature control system in that whenever the vehicle's air conditioning activates or while on the two defrost settings are on, at idle speeds the vehicle surges or accelerates forward to the extent it overrides the braking action at a stopped position.

- Delta, 00, USA

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