Notes: Beware of the NHTSA complaint data for the 2008 Corolla. It is almost certainly misleading.

The problem with NHTSA data for the 2008 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 2008 Corolla, our data for the Corolla is a far more statistically accurate representation of the Corolla's reliability than what the NHTSA data shows.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,738 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.

2008 Toyota Corolla fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2008 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 112014


  • 64,758 miles


I smell gas and the check engine light comes on the car cuts out then acts like it goes into a low gear. This happens when driving. So far nothing major has happened but who knows when it could change. This started over a year ago. We had it checked and it showed 5 codes which indicated the charcoal fuel filter canister was bad. We was told the cost of the part would be $300 and was told by the dealer they have had a lot of these problems with it and have replaced a lot if them at the owners expense which is between $300-$500 with labor cost. Toyota had recalled this part up to 2006 but not beyond. We have checked into this and there have been thousands of people having the same problem. We have contacted Toyota Corp and have a case # 1405291178. We contacted them today again and was told they are not going to do anything about this problem and would have to just live with it. We feel this isn't right. We are senior citizens and on a fixed income. We can't afford this. Toyota should recall this part but we can't get anything done. We are very upset that Toyota will not take care of their vehicles.

- St Joseph, MO, USA

problem #2

Sep 042013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 27,455 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, there was a loud banging noise outside of the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the fuel tank straps needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 27,455....updated 10-24-13 updated 11/1/2013

- Slate Hill , NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 122012


  • 33,000 miles
While driving, a strap on the fuel tank and the catalytic converter heat shield both, simultaneously, became loose and began rattling terribly. I continued driving the car in order to get home, a distance of about 200 miles, with the loud noise continuing throughout. I thought the heat shield was loose, which it was, but I did not realize the fuel tank strap had failed, or I would not have continued driving because of the danger of fire. I took the car to the dealership. They showed me that the strap and the shield were both loose because bolts holding them in place had rusted through. This car is not old nor is it driven very many miles. The dealer replaced the strap and the shield at a cost of $476.

- Greenfield, WI, USA

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