hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,855 miles

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2005 Toyota Corolla electrical problems

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2005 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #5

Nov 022009


  • 82,000 miles


I own/drive a 2005 Toyota Corolla ce. Starting last year (2008) it began stalling while driving. The first time it stalled as I was taking a right turn into the parking lot. Later in the summer of 2009 the ECM had to be replaced as soon as the vehicle reached 80,000 mi. (which is just over the warranty limit). I thought that maybe the previous incident was related to the ECM. However, this fall the problem started again and the car stalled while driving 30 mph on a local street. Every bump began to make the lights flicker and the engine stall. Sparks came out from under the hood every time I hit a deviation in the road. I went to a nearby local shop and they said it was related to a broken piece holding the battery. They removed the broken bracket and the problem seems to have stopped. During that drive it probably stalled about 10 times. The problem has not occurred again, however, I cannot express how awful it was to be driving with two children in your back seat in a vehicle that is supposed to be safe while it stalls and you have to quickly maneuver to the side of the road. Of course Toyota does not have any interest in helping me while I am above my warranty. I think that this issue along with the ECM needing to be replaced at warranty expiration is enough for me never to purchase another Toyota vehicle ever again.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #4

May 012008


  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the check engine light illuminated. The dealer performed a diagnostic test, which indicated that the ECU malfunctioned and needed to be replaced. The contact feels that the manufacturer should be responsible for the repairs due to the defect. The current mileage was 148,000 and failure mileage was 125,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 112008


  • miles
On December 11, 2008 my daughter drove my car to her part time job, she called and told me that the car stopped on her as she pulled into the parking lot of the bank, but started back up. That afternoon upon leaving the bank, the car stopped again. She called and stated that she saw smoke coming from the car. With in minutes the car was in flames. The fire department was called, but they were unable to put out the flames before the car completely burned, leaving bare metal, all the windows were shattered.. the flames were so hot that window of the store broke.

- Lithonia, GA, USA

problem #2

Dec 142006

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
- the contact stated that while driving the 2005 Toyota Corolla with 19000 failure mileage at 25 mph and attempting to make a right turn into a parking space the steering wheel locked and the vehicle started to slow down. The vehicle shook, and then it completely shut off. The contact attempted to restart the vehicle 3 times, but he vehicle did not start. On the fourth attempt the vehicle started and was driven into a parking space. Toyota towed the vehicle to the dealer. Toyota determined that the emc was defective, and they offered to repair the vehicle. The vehicle was repaired on December 17, 2006 and had not experienced the locking of the steering wheel since. The current mileage was 19700.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 102006

(reported on)


  • miles
2005 Toyota Corolla passenger sensor is overly sensitive. When seat is touched ringers go off. When any object is placed in the seat the ringer sounds. Whenever a back seat passenger touched the passenger seat the ringer would sound. The ringer also sounded occasionally for no reason at all. The consumer spoke to the service manager at the dealer who stated that the sensor was working to the specifications of the vehicle.

- Tinton Falls, NJ, USA

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