really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,643 miles

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2005 Toyota Corolla transmission problems

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2005 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #16

Feb 072011


  • 69,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Corolla. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle began to shift and jerk abnormally. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the technician stated that the vehicle was included in a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V384000 (engine and engine cooling) and would need repairs. The vehicle was repaired under the recall yet the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the technician stated that the same failure codes were produced by the diagnostic and that the transmission would also need replacing. The vehicle was not further repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that a case manager would be in touch with the contact. The approximate failure mileage was 69,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #15

Feb 162011


  • 144,800 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that she received a recall notice in regards to recall 10V384000 (engine and engine cooling). Prior to her taking the vehicle in for the recall repair, she experienced the difficulty shifting. After having the vehicle repaired, she noticed that the check engine warning light would illuminate on the instrumental panel. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer and advised her that she needed to replace the transmission. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was contacted but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 144,800.

- Tyler, TX, USA

problem #14

Sep 162010

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,990 miles
In summer, Corolla experience harsh shifting and indicator light came on. ECM replaced in July - approx one month before recall occurred. At the time of correction, car was at nearly 91,000 miles - research ECM issues online, contacted Toyota and they stated since it was out of warranty they had no obligation to cover ECM repair. Recall released within one month of ECM repair. Less than 60 days later, took Corolla back to dealership. Car still experience harsh shifting. After paying $225 for a transmission flush, and dealer shifting transmission manually, the dealer stated ECM works fine, transmission will need to be replaced at +$3K. Researched and identified similar problem in Toyota rav4 - ECM failure led to transmission failure. Filing complaint because I think Toyota needs to pay for my new transmission. At current time, transmission not fixed..want an explanation, if the component that tells the transmission to shift accurately isn't working, then why doesn't Toyota recognize that the transmission has the potential to not work properly - if problem occurred in rav4, why not Corollas? now that ECM is fixed, transmission is still damaged from prior ECM failure. Updated IVOQ 02/09/11

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #13

Sep 282010


  • 129,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated the check engine warning light was illuminated and the vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The dealer stated that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign id number: 10V384000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was repaired under the recall and within two days, the failure recurred and the transmission was performing abnormally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was advised that the transmission would need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 129,000 and the current mileage was 130,000.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #12

Jun 212010


  • 70,816 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Corolla. While driving at approximately 3 mph pressure was applied to the break pedal and the check engine light illuminated on the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the gas cap, the transmission and an unknown charcoal canister were replaced. Approximately one week later the vehicle began to intermittently stall. The vehicle was taken back to the authorized dealer where the engine control module was replaced. Approximately a week and a half later the vehicle again began to stall. The vehicle was taken back to the authorized dealer where they informed her they believe the amplifier was draining power from the battery which may be the cause of the failures. The amplifier was removed by the authorized dealer. Upon receiving the vehicle it continued to intermittently stall. The vehicle was taken back to the authorized dealer but she was unsure if the vehicle was repaired. The failures continue to recur intermittently. The failure mileage was 70,816 and the current mileage was 71,955.

- San Franscisco, CA, USA

problem #11

Jul 192010


  • 94,800 miles
P2716 harsh shift fault code. I purchased car from dealer as a certified used perfectly reliable on 12/28/08 with 47000 miles on it. The other day out of no where, no warnings, no noticeable changes the check engine light came on, while cruising up the 14 North at 75 mph. Didn't think much of it, stopped at a friends house and used his obd2 reader and found out the issue, still haven't noticed much of an issue except for the sharp harsh shifting from 1st thru 3rd unless babying it. So I go into the dealer with 94786miles and see what's the issue and why so many problems. I was told yes its known a tsb has been published, yes its a safety hazard to anyone on or around the road due to the fact it could shut down at a moments notice. But since I am past the 80000 mi. Warranty there is nothing they can do except offer me a 10% discount and pay $693 to have it replaced, and there is no guarantee it will be perfect again, many of our customers have had to return multiple times for it which the warranty covers. How does my certified used, extended warranty purchase, being a safety hazard not covered under a warranty control, a safety recall, or something?

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #10

Apr 102008


  • 74,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Corolla. The contact noticed that the vehicle would vibrate when it was accelerating at a traffic light and lunge forward repeatedly. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who stated that the diagnostic code was P2716. The vehicle was not repaired and there were no prior warnings. The failure mileage was 74,000 and the current mileage was 111,000.

- Cortland, IL, USA

problem #9

Jul 112010


  • 157,000 miles
2005 Toyota Corolla stalled in a bad location, I could of got hit! some miles later car shifted ruff, some miles later engine light came on. I then took the car to the nearest place " autozone" to have test ran, test results was code P2716 I'm scared to drive this car any where!!!!

- Laurelville, OH, USA

problem #8

Mar 192010


  • 47,500 miles
2005 Toyota corlolla

- Irvington, NJ, USA

problem #7

Mar 162010


  • 100,300 miles
I own a 2005 Toyota Corolla. Just recently the check engine light came on. Soon after the transmission would jump every time the car shifted into a higher gear. In other words, as I increased in speed it would make a hard shift or something like it. Turns out that the ECM is bad and needs to be replaced. From doing a quick internet search it appears that this is a widespread problem and definitely poses a safety risk. I love Toyota, but this is a problem since some drivers experience a complete shut down while they are driving on the highway. I discovered other similar issues at the following address: www.toyotanation.com/forum/showthread.php?T=201631.

- Arden Hills, MN, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Sep 092008


  • 11,000 miles
Here I report an accident which may be caused by Toyota unintended accelerate problem. We bought 2005 Toyota Corolla sport on July 09, 2004. We drive 2000-3000 miles/ per year. As we bought 5 years pre-paid maintenance, we have regular maintenance service with faulkner dealer every half year until July 09, 2009. There has no big problems during the first 3-year warranty period except on around summer of 2007, the check engine light is on and Toyota dealer replaced the computer control system without charge (we┐re not sure the replaced computer name and we think the dealer should have record). The weather condition is light-medium rain while our car accident happened. When the accident happened, my 5-year old son and I were in the car. The road speed limit is 25 miles per hour, I drove under the speed limit at a local road and it is about 2-3 miles distance to our destination. I remembered that I reduced the speed around a curve to turn on another road. Suddenly I heard a loud roaring engine sound came from inside, even I pressed and pressed the brake pedal for several times, but I feel that I step on the air, it didn't help. The car automatically accelerated with the speed I can┐T control and I lost the control of the steering wheel, my car was in malfunction status and crashed to the right curb and then hit the bush with a high speed and trapped in wet mud (thank for god). The engine was still roaring with a scared loud sound for minutes till I turned off the ignition and took off the key. Our car was damaged seriously by this accident, our car insurance company paid for more than $7,000 for the repair of this damage and I paid $1,000 for this collision. We kept both the police and repair record in case you required. At that time we didn't realize this accident may be caused by the unintended accelerate problem which recalled. Because our car computer system was replaced by dealer in 2007, we may still faced the recalled problem.

- Hummelstown, PA, USA

problem #4

Feb 272010


  • 73,000 miles
I was in the act of parking my vehicle in a parking lot and placed my right foot on the brake and proceeded to shift the gear into the park position. But before I could complete this action, my vehicle spontaneously accelerated and hurtled forward. I was lucky that my vehicle was stopped by crashing into a metal sign post. Had the post not been there, my vehicle would have gone into a very busy main road.

- Suffern, NY, USA

problem #3

Dec 052009


  • 106,000 miles
P2716, ECM problem.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 212009


  • 87 miles
ECU (engine control unit) malfunction causes hard shift on transmission. Total replacement charge sums up to $762 as per Toyota dealer. Toyota Corolla S 2005 replacement information in data base is 89661 02C11 vs. 89661 02C12 on physical engine control unit part. Compatibility in question. Customer service admitted to have a total of 4 car with same problem during the same week. Also said that they would replace it with an upgraded unit questioning the manufacture performance.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 252007

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
I purchased a 2005 4 door Toyota Corolla ce from a dealer here in puerto rico. I purchased the vehicle brand new. I am still making payments on this vehicle has I am going into my 4th year this year of making payments. The dealer suggested transmission oil change service every 15,000 miles. My vehicle has already over 72,000 highway miles. So far I have done 3 transmission oil changes mainly because they are not cheap. Last December I noticed that the cars transmission at certain periods would not shift while idling and then taking off. My car has an automatic transmission. I took it in for service thinking that it was time for an transmission oil change. Last night again I noticed that the automatic transmission would not shift. I parked the vehicle on the side of the road, shift the vehicle into park, and then started into drive again. For some reason that seems to work and from then on the vehicle seems to work fine. I am the original owner of this vehicle and I have never had any collisions with this vehicle. I was actually looking for recalls on the NHTSA for this particular vehicle and all I could find was a recall for the front head lamps from enco. Pls reply

- Ponce, PR, USA

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