really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,745 miles

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2006 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #45

Aug 232010


  • 104,296 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Corolla. The contact was braking for a traffic stop when the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to immediately restart the vehicle as it operated as normal. The contact continued driving 70 mph as the check engine light illuminated and the vehicle stalled a second time. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the computer engine module was replaced. The failure did not recur. The failure and current mileage was 104,296.

- Brooksville, FL, USA

problem #44

Jul 102010


  • 70,438 miles
I heard on the radio that you have had over 1,000 complaints about the 2005-06 Toyota Corollas with regard to engine control modules (ecms) and possible stalls. My 2006 Corolla started to stutter when I accelerated from 45 to 55 mph. I could tell that one of the spark plugs was misfiring and I was afraid the engine was going to stall in heavy traffic. The engine did not stall, but the check engine light came on. I searched the internet and found that Toyota had a bad batch of ecms in 2005-2006, but did not to recall them. Instead, they waited to see which units actually failed before replacing the defective ecms. When I took the car to the dealership, I told the service writer that it appeared to be a defective ECM. He told me I was mistaken about the ECM and that it had nothing to do with the spark plug misfiring. After they checked the car, I was told that a plug had fouled out. I was charged over $500 to replace all of the plugs and the ignition coil, not just the one fouled plug. I was also charged $120 to clean what I was told would be the fouled fuel injector, but it was listed as ┐intake cleaning service.┐ I picked up the car and didn't get 2 miles from the shop before the check engine light came on again. On the second trip to shop they reset the light and said that they couldn't duplicate the condition again. So I took the car and drove it home. The next day on the way to work, the light came on again. On the third trip to the shop, they finally admitted the ECM had to be replaced. The ECM was free, but I am still out over $620 in repairs for damage caused by a defective ECM. My plugs had only 70,000 miles (mostly highway) on them and should have lasted until 120,000 miles. On top of the repairs, I wasted a lot of gas. Now that the ECM was replaced, I am getting 2 more miles per gallon.

- Frankfort, IL, USA

problem #43

Oct 072006


  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated when initially starting the vehicle in temperatures less than 70 degrees, the vehicle would stall. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic however he was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The current and failure mileage was approximately 43,000.

- Payson , UT, USA

problem #42

Jul 132009


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the vehicle would stall intermittently without warning. The contact would have to wait 20-30 minutes before the vehicle would restart. The made several repairs to the vehicle and replaced several parts but to no avail. The failure persisted and the vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the computer wa reprogrammed. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 80,000.

- Plaino, TX, USA

problem #41

Aug 112010


  • 52,000 miles
I have a 2006 Corolla sport with 52,000 miles on it. Yesterday in my way home it stalled in the middle of the traffic. The car was towed to the nearest dealership. The service manager called me today stating that the computer or ECM had to be replaced. According to NHTSA action number : PE09054 NHTSA recall campaign number : N/a make / models : model/build years: Toyota / Corolla 2006 Toyota / Corolla matrix 2006 wondering how many owners of this type of vehicle had same problems, yet Toyota has not issue a recall to fix these issues. Serious accidents could happen if these issues are not addressed in timely manner.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #40

Aug 082010


  • 71,000 miles
I have a 2006 Toyota Corolla that started exhibiting violent shaking while driving. Shortly after then check engine light came on. I took it to my local autozone for a diagnostics scan and it returned code "P2716 - pressure control solenoid". I discovered that Toyota currently has a tsb on this issue (TC015-07) but not an official recall. Even though no accident occurred in this case, this is a serious safety issue as the shaking slowed the car down and could have caused an accident had it had been on the highway. Other people have reported the car completely shutting of.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #39

May 272010


  • 144,000 miles


I had an engine light come on and the car would run rough and the A/C would not run. Then the car would run okay and the A/C would be working. I took it to a Toyota dealership and they said I need a new evap canister and new A/C compressor. This was put on and I brought the car home. The A/C worked too well..when the fan and heater were on the A/C kept right on running. I took it back and they replaced the control air, computer and still not working. Then they put another new computer on it and not working. Then they pulled the dash and checked the wiring..nothing. Then they did rewiring work, then they did circuit work and the A/C still does not work. I waited for two weeks for them to tell me when an eng will come look at the car.they had the car 6 out of 7 weeks and I finally brought the car home and it is sitting in the yard..car is running but I still have no A/C and I am still waiting for a call from the dealership. No one has ever called to tell me anything at all about the car...I have had to call them. I looked in the computer to find that Toyota had a problem with their 2006 Corolla A/C but never recalled. But I can't get anyone at the dealership to tell me anything at all about this.

- Conway, NC, USA

problem #38

Jul 122010


  • 75,000 miles
I was driving my 2006 Toyota Corolla S on the freeway today, and suddenly, without warning, the engine shut down. I had no power steering or ABS brakes, and no control of the car. After having it towed to the dealership, I found out that 2005-2009 Toyota Corollas have a huge issue with the engine control module, and that upwards of 5 cars a month come into the dealership with this same complaint. I find it ridiculous that every review I've read mentions that this car has this problem with the ECM, but that nothing has been done about it yet. On top of the reviews, there have been news reports about how Toyota is aware of this problem, and says that this problem does not pose an unreasonable risk to safety.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #37

Jun 182010


  • 23,336 miles
2006 Toyota Corolla with 1zz-fe engine, less then 25,000 miles, has stalled at a stop sign/stop light when engine was warm. This has happened 3 times in the previous two months. The car has always re-started, but it is very unnerving, and I am worried about a more serious failure.

- Sierra Vista, AZ, USA

problem #36

May 312010


  • 15,800 miles
Squeak from engine in 3/4/08 with 15,800 miles. I can only hear out of one ear so this squeak was only evident when I was next to a building (drive thru at bank). Not screaming like fan belts tend to do. Toyota said "belt glazed over causing belt to slip at pulleys, replaced belt, noise no longer present at this time." Now at 33,359 the ECM had to be fixed and they said "the drive belt tensioner and drive belt need to be replaced costing over $400." The same belt that was replace a little over 15,000 miles before. I did not have them do the work but it will have to be fixed because if the belt breaks then the car is dead, much like the ECM problem (which was a large pain in the...). there will be an incident if I don't get it fixed. And again I cannot hear a squeak unless a really listen or again I pull up to a building.

- Benton, AR, USA

problem #35

Jun 012010


  • 84,995 miles


With no warning, car stalled in middle of road, restarted moments later with no power, not revving over 2000 rpms. 15- 20 min later will run for short time, 3- 10 miles, but then stalls again. The engine gives no warning it's about to stall. Leading up to this series of events was no warning at all. Scanned obdii code P0607 came up.

- Norwich, CT, USA

problem #34

Apr 232010


  • 51,879 miles
On April 23,2010, our 2006 Toyota Corolla shut itself off without warning while we were driving. We only had a few seconds to pull off the road before it coasted to a stop. The car was doing fine before this incident, and we had no idea anything was wrong. On April 27, the engine computer was replaced at a Toyota dealer. The parts salesman and the service receptionist told me that the computers chronically fail in these cars and they keep all possible types in stock to replace them.

- Ruffs Dale, PA, USA

problem #33

Apr 242010


  • 99,000 miles
Driving @ 60mph when the engine and all electrical components completely shut off. I had no power steering and due to no power assist brakes the car was more difficult to stop. It is extremely dangerous to be driving along and have that happen. I was fortunate to be on a country road with no other traffic. Had I been on a busy interstate at 70mph it could have been very problematic. Toyota has said that the ECM needs replaced and that the engine cut off on them as well when they tried it. It did restart the following day but I was too afraid to drive it again and had it towed to the dealer!

- Wheatfield, IN, USA

problem #32

Apr 192010


  • 85,000 miles
2006 Toyota Corolla stalling and/or stopping unexpectedly. Check engine light comes on. Car sometime operates at about 20% power.

- Hughesville, MD, USA

problem #31

Apr 092010


  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Corolla. While the contact was driving approximately 30 mph the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was coasted to the side of the road, and towed to an authorized dealer. The failure was contributed to the engine software. The vehicle was repaired under the service warranty. The failure and current mileage were 26,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #30

Apr 112010


  • 18,195 miles
I was driving my mom's 2006 Toyota Corolla ce tonight. I was stopped at a red light waiting to turn left. The light turned green, I pressed the gas pedal and the car stalled and it would barely move at all and the check engine light came on. I was thankfully able to get off to the shoulder of the road without being in an accident. After I got to the shoulder off the road the car sounded like it was about to quit running and just die out. I turned the car off and restarted it. The check engine light was still on and I was terrified about having to drivethe car home, about 2 miles from my destination at that time, but I tried it and when I pushed the gas pedal, after I restarted the car, it done okay and did not stall. However, the check engine light never went out even after restarting the care. This is a big safetly risk and needs to be fixed by Toyota. Someone could have hit me in the back end and it is definitely a safety hazard and needs to be resolved! I was very upset when this happened not sure what I was going to do. Please investigate this issue. I no longer feel safe driving any Toyota product. Again, I was driving my mom's 2006 Toyota Corolla ce. I am the owner of a 2007 Scion tc and I am thinking about trading it off because I no longer feel safe driving anything made by Toyota. Before today, I wasn't really worried about driving my mom's car since none of the incidents where the vehicle speeds up and you can't stop it affected her model but after this incident today, I will not be driving her car at all. I feel like my life is at danger when in a Toyota. Please help protect my safety and families around America. Toyota needs to make a recall regarding this because it is a safety risk!!!! despite what Toyota says. They haven't been in the situation themselves. It is absolutely no fun. If they can't fix the problems, they need to just shut down. People's lives are at risk.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #29

Mar 292010


  • 83,769 miles
2006 Corolla 4dr sedan has a faulty electronic control unit (computer) that causes complete engine shutdown. Diagnostic code P2716 for this model year gets 40,000 hits on google and yet there is no recall on this defective part. Dealer replacement with updated ECU part cost me $830 on this 3-year old car (we're at 83K miles so out of warranty).

- St. Louis Park, MN, USA

problem #28

Jan 272010


  • 29,376 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Corolla. While driving at approximately 35mph the vehicle suddenly shut off. He pulled the vehicle over to the side of the road. After repeated attempts to start the vehicle it finally started, but it idled abnormally and the check engine light illuminated.he contacted the dealer a couple days later and they told him to bring the vehicle in. The contact had the vehicle towed to the dealer. The dealer replaced the engine control module. The failure mileage was 29,376 and the current mileage was 30,376.

- Southgate, MI, USA

problem #27

Mar 102010


  • 122,000 miles
There was no warning. Drive car 400 miles per week. One day I drove car to commuter parking lot with no problem, that evening it started fine then stalled when I put it in gear. Took a while to start the 2nd time and stalled again. This happened 4 times then I had it towed to dealer. Dealer said the engine computer needed to be replaced with no real explanation. I even asked to speak to the mechanic who could not provide an explanation other than it happens. Computer was replaced and the car runs fine. They said it was only warrantied for 1 year. As I was away from home I had to rent a car for 2 days while they made the repairs.

- Oakland, MD, USA

problem #26

Feb 282010


  • miles
Car engine suddenly stalls or looses power when driving, could have been a very serious accident. Transmission shifts very hard.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

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