Notes: Beware of the NHTSA complaint data for the 2007 Corolla. It is almost certainly misleading.

The problem with NHTSA data for the 2007 Corolla is that for months on end, the news media repeatedly told the public that several Toyota models have an unintended acceleration defect, & to go to (the NHTSA's website) to file a complaint.

So, the NHTSA received a disproportionate number of complaints about Toyota unintended acceleration issues because of the national news media attention, to the point where now the NHTSA data is unreliable taken in context with any other vehicle that did not receive national news attention. typically receives more complaints per day about vehicles than the NHTSA does, but the news media did not repeatedly say "go to to report your Toyota acceleration problems" like they did about the NHTSA -- so although we have less complaint data than the NHTSA for the 2007 Corolla, our data for the Corolla is a far more statistically accurate representation of the Corolla's reliability than what the NHTSA data shows.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,581 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2007 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 072012

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 66,000 miles


This car only has 65,000 miles on it and has hardly been driven given the fact that it is 4 years old. I heard a loud rattling noise and took it to a mechanic. He told me that a bolt came off the heat shield by the gas tank. I'm surprised that such a lightly driven car could already have such expensive problems. As stated here, Toyota has a new design for heat shield which clearly gives problems:

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #6

Nov 142010


  • 52,617 miles
Check engine light came on 11/14/10 and car started slam shifting, and died on freeway. The car started again, and I took it to xx in moreno valley next day. Dealer said faulty ECU (dtc P2716) and the part must be ordered. I asked if they could provide a loaner car because I don't feel safe driving the car with a faulty ECM. I was told part will most likely be in Tuesday or Wednesday. The dealer said a loaner car would not be provided unless the car totally stop operating. I live in san bernardino and work in moreno valley, approx 26 miles one way. I have aaa towing basic for 6 miles. I would usually purchase aaa southern ca automobile club towing for up to 100 miles, but because I bought a new reliable Toyota, I just got the basic towing in case the battery died. I don't have towing to get the car to moreno valley in case it completely stops running. I'm worried about safety and logistics! I don't trust this Toyota Corolla. Dealer will not keep the car and give me a loaner until the part arrives. Will Toyota be responsible if this car stalls again in traffic and causes an accident" will Toyota be responsible if this car needs to be towed to the dealer? will Toyota be responsible if the transmission becomes damaged from the hard shifting? will Toyota be responsible if the car catches fire from faulty electrical wiring" this Corolla has had brake and steering problems. Brake fluid always low, although brakes verified as repaired and okay by technician. The wheel bearing on the front driver's side wheel is going bad and the tire will not hold air. The tire has been examined and is good. I smell electrical burning once in awhile. The belt tensioner pulley bearing bad. Occasionally, smell antifreeze, which indicates a leaking head gasket. Wind noise, windows creak when moved up/down. The locks squeak. The interior rattles. The paint job is runny, weld points are sloppy. Car stalling, slam shifting, then cutting off. The car has a little over 50,000 miles.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 132010

(reported on)

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles
2007 Toyota Corolla. Consumer writes regarding the crashworthiness of vehicle according to the lawyer, it appeared the roof caved in to the extent that four people were severely injured. (lawyer on behalf of client).

- Lake Elsinore, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 232010


  • miles


The automatic gear select cover is chrome in the S model Toyota Corolla and during noontime hours when the sun is high, the cover reflects the sunlight and reflects into the eyes. At 1:00pm, the sun was reflecting off of the chrome cover. As I attempted to cover it with a paper bag, my foot came off of the brake pedal and the creep of the vehicle caused a collision with the vehicle in front at a stop sign. This is the second time such an accident has occurred. The first time was also during the summer at 1:15pm 2 years ago when I attempted to cover the glare with my backpack. Since that incident, I have always brought a hat that I use to cover the chrome gear select cover. On this day, however, I had forgot to bring my hat which would have prevented the glare shining directly into the eyes. The chrome gear select cover is a safety hazard that causes distractions and visibility issues.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 282007

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Corolla. While driving 2 mph, the contact depressed the brake pedal, but depressed the accelerator pedal as well. The vehicle struck a pole. The bumper was scratched. He stated that the brake and accelerator pedals were too close to one another. The failure mileage was 5 and current mileage was 5,000. Updated 02-14-08 bf * updated 02/14/08

- Weeki Wachee , FL, USA

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problem #2

Oct 232007

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45 miles
This is an addendum to complaint ODI # 10204519.. I was at deluca Toyota today to have my tire problem checked again ( complaint ODI# 10200011), and I explained to the service person garry bradley about the problem with not being able to read the speedometer once the tilt wheel was tilted in a safe and comfortable position for me to drive.. he explained that there was nothing they could do since this was considered a "design flaw".. they gave me a car to drive while they were inspecting my 2007 Corolla and this car a 2008 Toyota Solara has the exact same "design flaw".. once the wheel is tilted so that I can drive safely and comfortably I can only see " 0-20 mph on the left side of the speedometer" and on the right side I can only see " 140 mph and more", anything in between 20 mph & 140 mph is not visible to me.. I guess Toyota is discriminating against all of us that are short or we shouldn't drive their cars if we want to be safe.. I feel that this is a severe safety issue.. why put the tilt wheel option in their vehicles if you cannot use them safely..

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 052007

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,400 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Corolla. On the day the vehicle was purchased, the contact noticed that the spoiler was loose on the vehicle. He returned to the dealer and they stated that there was previous damage on the vehicle that was never reported. The contact discovered that the vehicle had been repaired numerous times and was involved in crashes. The VIN was invalid. The current and failure mileages were 11,400.

- Lenoir, NC, USA

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