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 3 of 4)

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problem #25

Nov 162009


  • miles


I own a 2006 Toyota Corolla, once driving on the road the vehicle suddenly stopped and when I took it to the dealer, they told me its a faulty engine computer and they have seen this in many cars and replaced my engine computer. I marginally escaped from being hit by cars coming behind me. I don't want this issue to cause any accidents in the future for people who are still driving old version of engine computer and if possible Toyota should replace the old version of engine computer with new version.

- Fishkill, NY, USA

problem #24

Dec 142008


  • 33,000 miles
My 2006 Corolla abruptly turned off without warning while I was doing 65-70mph in freeway traffic. Luckily I pulled over safely. The engine would barely start, but it ran rough/ very weakly and die. The car was not drivable, so it was towed to the dealer and fixed same day, under warranty. I was given a receipt that stated tsb (technical service bulletin) ego42-07. The receipt indicated that my car's ECM was replaced with a different ECM, I assume a more reliable one. I know from a co-worker that this is a common defect. This should really be a recall because what if I was passing someone on the highway or turning left! it could have been really, really bad. I wrote Toyota a complaint, and got a generic response, but I think this should be a recall. I would have reported this earlier, but I just learned about NHTSA. Thank you!

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #23

Jan 302010


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Corolla. The contact was driving approximately between 15-20 mph on normal road conditions. The engine stalled without warning. The vehicle failed to restart and was towed to the residence. Currently, the contact is performing diagnostic testing on the vehicle. The cause of failure has not been determined at this time. The failure occurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The failure mileage was 72,000.

- Tampa , FL, USA

problem #22

Dec 222009


  • 92,000 miles


2006 Corolla stalls while driving on highway. I let the car rest for about 30 mins. And then I was able to drive again for about 20 mins. At which time it stalled again. The check engine light came on. Issue turned out to be a bad ECM.

- Westbury, NY, USA

problem #21

Feb 052010


  • 27,700 miles
While driving my 2006 Toyota Corolla ce it stalled at an intersection effecting steering and braking after it stalled it took several attempts to get the car to start and run. While returning home it stalled two more times, while I was driving I also notice that the car would not accelerate pasted 20 mph even while pushing the pedal all the way down and hard shifted into drive.

- Avon Park, FL, USA

problem #20

Jan 172010


  • 25,000 miles
Driving on the road and my accelerator didn't work. The engine was still on but when I pressed on the accelerator it didn't register that I was pressing the foot. Towed to Toyota dealer and they said that some ECM - engine control components were defective and they replaced the engine computer. Didn't think it necessary to do a recall because it was only in some cars.

- Westborough, MA, USA

problem #19

Jan 132010


  • 70,260 miles


While driving on a local street my check engine light came on, within seconds there was no fuel (power) to drive. I pressed the gas pedal to the floor but the car would not go more than 5rpm, going less than 5 mph, then car just shut off. This happened in less than 20 seconds. I tried to re-start the car but with no luck. I was able to put the car in neutral and with help push the to local repair shop, they diagnosed it as faultcode P0607 aka "bad ECM". the mechanic called the local Toyota dealer and they towed the car to there shop since it was covered under warranty of 8 yrs and/or up to 80,000 miles. However the part was not in stock so I had to wait 2 days. I was out of a car for a total of 3 days and my local repair shopped charged $109 for diagnosed the car. Lucky for me Toyota dealer was no charge because it was still under warranty 8 yrs, or 80,000. My car had 71,260, however I am still not happy because I could have been badly injured if I was on a highway and this had happen, or I could have hurt someone else. I am not pleased that I was without a car for 3 days and incurred travel expenses and had to pay my local repair shop $109 which I feel Toyota should cover. There should be a recall for this issue as it can be fatal.

- White Plains, NY, USA

problem #18

Jan 242008


  • 26,000 miles
The engine on my 2006 Toyota Corolla has had an engine serge problem. When the car had about 26,000 miles on it, I had a couple of incidents where I would be stopped at traffic light with my foot on brake. The engine would serge up to 4rpms. It was all I could do to keep from hitting the car in front of me. I was so shook up, I called dealer and insisted they take car and check it out. They kept the car overnight, and by the end of the next day had diagnosed the problem. They told me it was my workboot. The gas pedal was so close to the break, that the edge of my boot was hitting the gas. I had a hard time accepting that, because I made a point to keep my foot on the break when the incident was happening. I haven't had another serge problem, but I did have a high idol problem. Toyota replaced the computer chip free of charge. I thought that was great because I had 36,895 miles on car and my warranty had expired. I now have 53,000 miles on car and the high idol is getting bad again. The recent recall on gas pedal has me concerned. I believe the problem goes beyond the gas pedal. I am sending this email, to give you more data. Hopefully, others will do the same.

- Milton, WI, USA

problem #17

Jan 212010


  • 91,000 miles
Purchased 2006 Corolla in Feb 2006, in August of 2007 car stalled while driving, engine light came on, steering locked up. Brought it to Toyota dealer, replaced ECU, waited 1month because of backorder of part. January 2010 car stalled while driving, engine light came on, steering locked up, took to Toyota dealer, ECU replaced for the second time, this time I had to pay for the replacement.

- Sayville , NY, USA

problem #16

Dec 262009


  • 10,255 miles
12/26/2009 my Toyota Corolla just stopped suddenly as I was driving all idiot lights came on and the car would not move. I was lucky that I had not entered highway in central pa with interstate truckers usually moving at 80mph.I would be dead. The car just completely came to an immediate halt. My car was brought to a local reapir shop who told us it was a computer failure and we had to take it to Toyota.called Toyota said they were unaware of the problem but we should have car towed and they wold look at it next day we were told the ECM had to be replaced but was under warranty.will pick up car today. How many people will die before nhsta acts. My family we would have died.

- Camp Hill, PA, USA

problem #15

Dec 172009


  • 80,700 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Corolla. While driving approximately 10 mph the "check engine" warning light illuminated on the instrument panel, and then the engine stalled. The vehicle was coasted to the side of the road. The engine restarted after several attempts. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The throttle body was cleaned. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on a separate occasion. The failure was contributed to the electronic control module (ECM). The part was unavailable and ordered for the service repair. The failure mileage was 80,700. The current mileage was 80,900. The VIN was unavailable.

- Sherwood , AR, USA

problem #14

Dec 082009


  • 101,000 miles
I currently have a 2006 Toyota Corolla. It frequently shuts completely off. Several times I was stopped at a stop sign or signal light and it dies. I put it into park and it does eventually start up again. My husband was entering the freeway, on the on-ramp, and the car died. This has happened throughout this year.

- Rhome, TX, USA

problem #13

Dec 052009


  • 83,000 miles
2006 Corolla 1.8L idling rough and about to die at intersection, but seemed to 'warm up' and didn't happen later that day. Next morning same thing, but check engine light came on and has remained on.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #12

Aug 132009


  • 23,000 miles
Hello, I am writing to you in relation to a recent problem I had with my 2006 Toyota Corolla. The short story is that the car's engine died while driving and wouldn't restart. I had to tow the car to a Toyota dealership where it was inspected and found that the electronic control module (ECM) had failed (error code P0607) and needed replacement. Since the car is still relatively new, I was astonished to find that the "brain" of the car is out of order and has to be replaced. What's worse is that this problem could cause highly dangerous situations where the car's engine stalls in the middle of a highway while driving at 65 mph. Many people complain about the same problem on the internet and describe such cases where either the car's engine dies in the middle of the road, or the car leaves people in the middle of nowhere and won't start at all (www.toyotanation.com/forum/showthread.php?T=201631). Toyota has issued a technical service bulletin about this problem: Tsb EG042-07 (www.tundrasolutions.com/forums/attachments/Corolla-matrix/27763D1201041193-2006-obdii-code-P0607-06-corrolla-tsb.pdf). information on the internet suggests that faulty solenoids on the ECM board are causing the computer to go crazy. Given the severity of the problem, I don't believe that Toyota should be leaving all Corolla and matrix drivers get stuck on the road before replacing the faulty parts. I believe that for any such road hazardous situations where the manufacturer acknowledges that faulty parts were installed should recall all affected models and replace them accordingly. Since this is the first time such thing has happened to me, I am not sure what the procedures are but just wanted to let you know about my experience so that you decide what's appropriate. My concern is that car manufacturers should be proactive in such matters and not be passive and wait for something known to happen. Thank you for your attention! ognian voynikov mileage: 23,000

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #11

Jul 182009


  • 35,180 miles
2006 Corolla le engine computer module died without notice on July 18, 2009. There are numerous complaints about this computer dieing on the spot without notice. There needs to be a recall since this is dangerous if you are on the highway and it dies without notice. Does there need to be a death involved or can you guys have a recall before it happens. You need to go on Toyota nation and see all the complaints.

- Bardstown, KY, USA

problem #10

Mar 162009


  • 28,000 miles
Toyota has issued a technical service bulletin indicating that the A/C condenser is not properly protected the number for this report is AC002-06. Additionally, the Toyota has redesigned the Corolla to correct this in 2007 by properly protecting the A/C condenser leaving the 2005-2006 customers in the dust. This problem appears to occur just outside of warranty. I discovered my condenser was not working (causing no air conditioning) 16 days after my warranty expired. I now live in the southwest and the type of heat experienced and lack of ac could be considered a health hazard. Toyota refuses to replace the condenser and wants to charge customers the full $600 for replacement.

- Redlands, CA, USA

problem #9

May 102009


  • 32,000 miles
The engine turns off completely with no power.

- Montgomery Village, MD, USA

problem #8

May 042009


  • 69,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Corolla. While driving between 10-15 mph on normal road conditions, the vehicle exhibited an erratic hard shift during acceleration. The check engine warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel and remained lit until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for inspection and the failure was labeled as the pressure control solenoid. The component was replaced, but the failure recurred. The dealer performed diagnostic testing and they recommended that the engine computerized system be replaced under warranty. The vehicle has not been repaired due to the massive national back order for the part. The failure mileage was 69,500 and current mileage was 70,029.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #7

Dec 262008


  • 25,600 miles
2006 Toyota Corolla, started car and drove approx. 10 mins. Car stalled at intersection, in traffic. Engine would crank but did not restart. Approx 10 mins, the engine started for 1 min. Stalled and would not restart. I was stuck in the right turn lane blocking traffic for almost two hours waiting for tow truck. Cost me $80. To tow to garage, mech claims possible electronic component failure, left in shop for testing.

- Astoria, NY, USA

problem #6

Nov 152008


  • 52,000 miles
My car stopped working while driving, I pulled over while coasting. I turned the key after stopping & it started back up and I started driving again and it stalled in the middle again. This happened a few times, and then I had it towed due to the hazard of being hit by someone. The problem was the computer had tied and was told that the computer failure is a common issue on these vehicles. Luckily I was under warranty on this and was replaced for free. Why is there no recall. Also after this was fixed 2 days later intake manifold gasket went out. Again it is a common problem with this vehicle according to a few dealers I talked as the part that is needed to replace is backordered as Toyota is redesigning it. Again no recall from Toyota yet. I am liable to pay for the repairs even though it is an engine component.

- West Chester, OH, USA

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