really awful
Crashes / Fires:
36 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
24 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,826 miles

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2005 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #4

Sep 192005

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,425 miles


Making a half-U turn; pulled out of parking spot and slowly drove to opposite side; put car in reverse, foot on brake, slowly backing up toward curb; foot still on brake, car standing still, turned steering wheel slightly to left to proceed, put into drive....car suddenly lurched forward at excessive speed and hit curb and bricks around a tiny tree and stopped...all in a matter of 3-4 seconds. The underside of the front behind the bumper was bent and smashed, dripping fluid, bent bars....noticed when car was started in past few weeks that the idle was faster than usual (similar to a winter idle) not a summer idle, but the idle slowed down by itself; car was taken to auto repair and damaged parts replacement.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 072005

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,293 miles
As I was pulling into a parking space, my Toyota Corolla (2005) surged forward and caused me to hit into the front bumper of another parked vehicle. I had my foot on the brake at the time of the surge. Witnesses said that they saw my car slowly enter the parking spot then suddenly shoot forward. Two witnesses said the car made a strange sound similar to a manual car shifing gears. My car is an automatic. I had the car towed to the dealer who said that they could find nothing wrong with the car. There was no damage to my car but the other vehicle's bumper had a scratch.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #2

Feb 032005

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 900 miles
The brakes failed, causing the vehicle to crash into a wall while attempting to park in a garage. Also, power steering did not work during inclement weather, making the ability to maintain control of the vehicle difficult. Manufacturer was contacted by consumer. Prior to the accident, the brakes locked up and skidded in dry road conditions. Vehicle surged forward when attempting to stop vehicle. When the power steering failed the battery light came on. Dealer found nothing wrong and no adjustments were made. After vehicle came back from dealer's inspection there was a grinding/scretching noise. Consumer had to take vehicle back to dealer and found that the backing plate behind the rotors was bent. Backing plate was bend back into place. Consumer felt grinding noise was not a result of accident and/or damages occured to vehicle.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #1

Jan 032005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While pulling into a parking space, the vehicle surged forward causing the vehicle to crash into a building. The consumer's foot was rested firmly on the brake when the incident occurred. The consumer and passenger were injured.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

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