really awful
Crashes / Fires:
38 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
16 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,882 miles

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2006 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #8

Sep 152009


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Corolla. While driving 55 mph with the cruise control activated, the vehicle began to accelerate without intention. Months after the failure he noticed the check engine warning light illuminated on the instrument control panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealership and the engine control module was replaced. The current and failure mileages were 50000.

- Merrill, WI, USA

problem #7

Nov 242009


  • 64,700 miles
Sudden acceleration at highway speeds in 2006 Toyota Corolla - on 11-24-09 traveling South on highway 5 in California near buttonwilow at approximately 70-75 miles per hour in the fast lane, probably while on cruise control, car began to accelerate, hit the brake which had no effect, and if it had been on cruise control, it did not override the acceleration. I began to get closer to the car in front of me. I do not believe I initially tried to put the car into neutral. I turned off the car engine, the acceleration stopped, I hit the brake somewhat to get it down to a regular speed, put the car into neutral, started it while coasting, put it back into gear (manual transmission), and the crisis was over. Then, about an hour later, while on the grapevine portion of hwy 5 after the summit, it did the same thing with lesser traffic. I put it into neutral this time, hit the brake, slowed a little, put it back into gear and since then it has not occurred. See next paragraph. Over the past 3 years, their have been a number of additional occasions with a different issue where: 1) my foot has slipped off the brake onto the accelerator causing the engine to rev when in neutral in the driveway or a stoplight (I think because the pedals are small and very close to one another), and; 2) occasions when the accelerator has got stuck under the floormat when the floormat had slid forward causing the car to accelerate. Regarding the highway acceleration problem, this was not the case.

- Cupertino, CA, USA

problem #6

Sep 252009


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Corolla. While entering a parking space the vehicle suddenly accelerated without intention. Consequently she rear-ended another vehicle, and then struck a telephone pole. The vehicle was completely destroyed, and none of the air bags deployed. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed away from the crash site. The failure mileage was 80,000. Updated 12/07/09 updated 12/07/09.

- Derry, NH, USA

problem #5

Apr 282008


  • 9,000 miles


I have a 2006 Toyota Corolla. It has a history of surge problem exactly like the surge issue acknowledged by Toyota on the Lexus. However, Toyota refuses to acknowledge problem with issue on 2006 Corolla. My car has been in to service twice with this issue. I was almost thrown into 50 mile per hr traffic.

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

problem #4

Oct 312006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,300 miles
: the contact stated while driving various speeds and releasing the accelerator pedal the vehicle only slowed to 30 mph. Also, when depressing the brake pedal there was a extended stopping distance. Furthermore, the odometer had become inoperable. The vehicle was driven to the dealer where the cause of the problems could not be determined. Updated 11/30/2006 -

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #3

May 282006

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,500 miles
On May 28, 2006, while attempting to make a routine stop in a commercial lot, the engine of the car revved, the car accelerated and jumped the concrete stop at the end of the parking space and crashed into a tree causing extensive damage along the driver's side of the car. The car was towed to the dealership who made the repairs. The dealership from whom I bought the car indicated verbally that nothing was wrong with the engine. I am certain that human error did not play a part in the car's sudden acceleration.

- Kill Devil Hills, NC, USA

problem #2

Jul 132006

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,201 miles
My wife was behind the wheel of her 2006 Toyota Corolla le and was backing slowly out of a parking space (her foot was resting on the brake pedal) when she and another driver bumped rear bumpers (speed was about 2 mph), my wife shifted the transmission into drive, the engine raced the car leaded forward up and over a cement parking curb and into a plate glass window of a health spa (ymca). It was a miracle that no one in the spa was seriously hurt. The car was totaled, my wife was devastated and emotionally a wreck. The car was inspected for mechanical defects by a state inspector. None were found.

- Exeter, RI, USA

problem #1

May 282006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,999 miles
The contact stated while coming to a stop in a parking lot the engine revved the vehicle lunged forward. When the vehicle lunched forward it rolled over the concrete slab used at the end of parking spaces and crashed into a tree. The vehicle was towed to dealer. The front bumper and the driver side mirrors were replaced and the dents in the vehicle were fixed however the dealer was unable to determine the cause of the vehicle lurching forward. A police report was filed on the scene.

- Kill Devil Hills, NC, USA

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