really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,918 miles

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2005 Toyota Corolla drivetrain problems

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2005 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #17

Sep 192015


  • 14,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the cable shifter to the transmission fractured. The contact was unable to shift the gear lever from park to reverse or drive. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was repaired. The details of the repair was unknown. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 14,000.

- Tamarac, FL, USA

problem #16

Jul 232012


  • 86,000 miles
The check engine light came on and was scanned by a local shop was advised of the code P0741 was told my transmission would need to be repaired at the cost of $2495 I have not had the money to fix the car was told by a friend who works for a shop there was a tsb for this code for my car called Toyota and was told there is nothing they can do since the warranty is up on my car. I asked why this was not addressed when my car was taken for the ECM recall and the lady from Toyota named [xxx] became very rude and told me there is nothing we can do and there is no customer support program available for your vehicle and asked if there is anything else she could help me with. The car still has not been repaired. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #15

Jul 272011

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 99,000 miles
Over a 8 month period started experiencing transmission problems with 2005 Toyota Corolla (bought brand new in 2005) in July of this year, was finally able to fund the necessary repairs. Torque converter had to be replaced(transmission rebuilt) this issue affected the drivability and safety of the car on the road and it had become incumbent to get necessary repairs done.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #14

Jul 012013


  • 74,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the electronic stability control light illuminated. The contact stated that the solenoids valve had malfunction due to the shavings from the transmission. As a result, the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 74,000.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #13

Jul 012013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles
Auto en ocasiones no acelera. Naguabo auto reemplazo computadora (PCM). Problema continua. SE entiende que ES un defecto de fabrica segun aviso enviado pero no SE quieren responsabilizar.

- Yabucoa , PR, USA

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problem #12

Jul 192012

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 71,957 miles
In April 2012 I brought my vehicle to a Toyota dealership for service; the check engine light was on. Apparently there was a recall on the ECM of the car. It was replaced and seemed fine. In July I heard a grinding sound on my car. I brought it to a dealership and they fixed the issue. It was a problem with the fuel line. They did a flush on all fluids and other work. The car works great. A week later the vehicle is "choking and jerking" when I hit the gas. Sounds like the transmission. Dealership states it is a transmission issue. They look it over and now I need a new transmission. I've never had a problem with the car before. I was not provided information when the car was there originally about the transmission; I was driving with a bad transmission.

- Springfield, NJ, USA

problem #11

Jul 022010

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 57,000 miles


Car was running with the shift in the park position for approximately 5 or 6 minutes. Suddenly it starting rolling fast in reverse. I was standing next to the car on the phone and when it started to roll didn't realize how fast it was moving so I tried to jump in to stop it. I was unable to make it in to the car, fell and rolled underneath it and the front tire ran over the right side of my body. The car continued to move fast until it came to a hill where it then turned around in to the forward position (not in reverse) and started moving very slowly until it hit a tree and stopped. I sustained a crush injury to my right side, fracturing all of my ribs in multiple places (flail chest). Was taken to a level 1 trauma hospital and admitted in to intensive care. Spent a number of weeks in the hospital and a 6 month recovery at home. Still have open fractures. When the car was checked by the police it was still in park with the ignition in the running position although the car was not running. Something went seriously wrong with the transmission that day.

- Middletown, CT, USA

problem #10

Oct 212010

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 74,700 miles
While attempting to park the vehicle in reverse, suddenly it accelerated without warning. The brakes were applied but would not engage causing the contact to crash into a car and then into a rock wall. The passenger suffered injuries to her back. A police report was filed for the incident.

- Quebradillas, PR, USA

problem #9

Jul 152010


  • 102,000 miles
Our 2005 Toyota Corolla (102,000 miles) experiences very hard automatic shifting that makes it sometimes difficult to control while driving. This just happened suddenly. At first the problem was just intermittent, but now it happens every time the car changes gears. We researched online and saw this is a very common problem with 05-07 Toyota of certain models, and that it's due to a faulty ECM. Unfortunately, Toyota refuses to replace the ECM, which is the only ($1000+) solution.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #8

Aug 052010


  • 100,335 miles
Bad engine computer 2005 Toyota Corolla rough shifting.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #7

Jan 032010


  • 86,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that whenever she would shift from park and into drive or reverse, the vehicle would abnormally jerk forward or backward. When driving over 10 mph, the vehicle would also jerk and abnormally accelerate until she would depress the brakes. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop where the contact was informed that the ECU would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not serviced. The failure mileage was 86,000 and the current mileage was 88,000.

- Richmond, CA, USA

problem #6

May 242010

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 109,363 miles
I noticed an odd disruption in normal transmission function on my 2005 Toyota Corolla. I suspected it was due to a defective engine component. I went to the local Toyota dealership and was told that the engine control module needed to be replaced ;that the car would stop running without replacing it. On inquiry I was told that there is a problem with this component on 2005 Toyota Corolla's. the dealership refused to replace the component. I called the Toyota corporate office on June 8,2010 (1-800-331-4331) call reference number: 1006081641 it became apparent that Toyota knows there is a problem with defective engine control module's in 2005 Toyota Corolla's. if the phone call is pulled by the national highway safety traffic administration a wider problem with defective engine control modules may become evident. I identified the problem as a safety issue when I called the Toyota corporate office. The consumer had the necessary repairs made at the dealer at her expense. Updated IVOQ 10/18/10

- Goldenrod, FL, USA

problem #5

Mar 192010


  • 47,500 miles
2005 Toyota corlolla

- Irvington, NJ, USA

problem #4

Nov 202009


  • 130,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) to add some additional fuel to the Toyota fire storm.....I am the owner of a 2005 Toyota Corolla that recently had a "computer problem" diagnosed as a shift solenoid problem. This problem was a known issue to Toyota and it was such an issue, there was a tsb (technical service bulletin) written to help mechanics diagnose the problem. I stopped by the dealership where I purchased the vehicle (new) and they told me to call Toyota customer service - which I did. Although they admitted to and recognized the problem, they said they would only partially reimburse people who had less than 80,000 miles on the vehicles. I had over that amount. My mechanic said if I were to take it to a Toyota garage, they would just have fixed the problem without telling me about it, rather than have a recall. That is the way they circumvent the system and have high quality numbers. They fix things while they are in the shop for other routine maintenance. Since I do all of my own maintenance - except for major items - they didn't have the opportunity to fix my car. I would like this to be added to the expanding file on Toyota. Personally, I think I should have been reimbursed for the almost $2000 it cost to replace one of the four shift solenoid valves in the transmission and then have the faulty computer replaced. Especially considering the fact that this was a known and documented problem with both Corolla's and matrix's. they have done this a lot in the past and should be nailed for this and other episodes. I can tell you as I told the lady in customer service - this was the first and last Toyota vehicle I will ever purchase. I purchased this particular vehicle because I drove from peoria to indianapolis weekly for work as a consultant and it had decent gas mileage. I will purchase a GM or Ford product going forward. [xxx]

- Spring Bay, IL, USA

problem #3

Jul 152009


  • 105,000 miles
At approximately 105,000 miles my Toyota Corolla began to develop harsh and jerky automatic gear changes which progressed. At 108,000 the dealer diagnosed this as a faulty engine control module ("computer") based on code P2716. Replacement of the module corrected the problem. I was informed that Toyota had a service bulletin dated September 20, 2007 tsb no. TC014-06 indicating that they were aware of this defect and would cover under warranty to 96 months or 80,000 miles.

- Beachwood, OH, USA

problem #2

Nov 182009


  • 106,000 miles
2005 Toyota Corolla le 4 door sedan. Incident mileage 106,000; current mileage 108,000. Harsh shift, engine warning light with dtc P2716. Occurs constantly. Car (especially in low gears) lurches forward as it shifts to the next gear. I have to be extra careful of my spacing to ensure I don't accidentally hit someone. Toyota service bulletin TC015-07 says the ECM should be replaced at the tune of 800+ dollars. Although I am over the 80K miles warranty for the Toyota federal emissions warranty "this warranty is in effect for 96 months or 80,000 miles, whichever occurs first, from the vehicle?S in-service date.", I don't think that I should have to pay for a known defective component, especially since most of my miles are open-highway commuting and I am less than the 8 years of the warranty's time limit. Having a hard time finding a replacement part that I can trust.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #1

Dec 102009


  • 112,744 miles
Our 2005 Toyota Corolla is having major problems shifting (lurching and stuck gears), and the car is now unsafe for us to drive on the road (we are likely to get rear-ended if we continue to drive). We have taken the car to our mechanic and been informed that we have a defective engine control module. This problem is described in Toyota's technical service bulletin TC014-06. There is an 8yr/80K mile warranty on this part, but our car has over 100K miles so Toyota claims that they have no responsibility to pay for the repair of this defect. However, given the safety concerns with driving the car (and our fear of causing an accident), we have no choice but to fix the defect and believe that Toyota should be held responsible for repairing the defect.

- Portland, OR, USA

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