2009 Toyota Corolla body / paint problems: defective paint

Defective Paint

2009 Toyota Corolla

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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
85,750 miles
Total Complaints:
13 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. repaint (10 reports)
  2. not sure (3 reports)
2009 Toyota Corolla body / paint problems

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2009 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #13

Jul 012019

Corolla LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,150 miles


My car looks like a cutting board. The top coat is spider webbing hardcore. I'm going try to sell it before it rusts because the clear coat isn't going to protect it much longer.

- Marion M., Sabina, US

problem #12

Mar 012015

Corolla LE 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 166,000 miles

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Paint is AWFUL!! First noticed spider web cracks in early 2015 and progressively got worse to what it is now. Asked Toyota, to which they responded that only the white paint has been recalled. This needs to be taken care of! I’ve seen Atleast 3 more blue corollas in my town alone with the same paint issue!! Horrible Toyota!

- Christene E., Rosenberg, US

problem #11

Nov 142012

Corolla 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

After I bought the car, each month a new part of the car hood started to peel. About 8 months ago, I tried to fix it. I sanded it and painted it. Now this paint is peeling off as well.

- Claudia S., Ocean Springs, US

problem #10

Mar 152018

Corolla 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


Paint is peeling. What the hell. With all the years toyota has been around and can't paint a car right ?

- Lynn L., Gladstone, MI, US

problem #9

Jan 022017

Corolla LX

  • Manual transmission
  • 80,000 miles

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My car is a 2009 Corolla, with black paint. About a year and a half ago, I started noticing spiderweb cracks in the paint at the back of the car roof, around the antenna. Gradually, those cracks started rusting quite a bit. Earlier this year, the same cracks appeared at the front of the roof, and now are spreading to the rest of the roof. Now I'm getting blistering on the hood, with paint flaking off. I've seen several Corollas around town with the same sort of rust patterns. The paint looks far worse than my 2000 Tundra, which has always been a work truck.

- Cindy W., Decatur, US

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problem #8

Jul 022018

Corolla LE 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

I have never had an automobile paint failure, but Toyota has changed to environmentally friendly paint since 2008 and there are many reports of paint failures, chipping, clear coats bubbling and corrosion paint barrier needing replacement. I am looking at repainting the front hood, fenders and roof of car as a result of this raw material defect. This Corolla was built in Japan. The dealers tell us this bird poop, etc, and the car has been garaged. Disgusting!

- Urs N., Hudson, US

problem #7

May 072018

Corolla LE 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,673 miles


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The paint on the 2009 corolla definitely has issues. I noticed it back in 2013 that the paint was peeling. Dealer said "well we've never seen this before" of course. Well its 2018 and it just looks horrible and I see other cars like mine on the road and the entire roof its completely rusted. Dealer said that the paint is going to affect my resale, I mean it’s not even that old of a car. I’m extremely anal about my car, always kept it in the garage and have it detailed. I just don’t understand how my 2005 Hyundai Tucson that sat in the sun all day everyday looked new and not one paint issue.

I just think that there is a major issue with the paint job on this car. It’s the only reason I want to get a new car, it looks trashy.

Extremely disappointed, probably will not buy a Toyota again.

- Jon S., Vero Beach, US

problem #6

Jun 252012

Corolla LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles

Been calling Toyota every year since I had the car. Told them paint is chipping. They said they didn't have anyone else complaining and it wasn't under warranty. Ever one that has this problem MUST CALL TOYOTA at 1-800-331-4331. Maybe if we have enough of people calling they will do something. I have no paint on my roof!!!

- powers, Lewistown, US

problem #5

Sep 012017

Corolla S 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,790 miles

I bought this car almost 2 yrs ago from the local Toyota Dealer.... I have kept the car up very well.... I noticed the paint starting to chip and peel.... now the paint is coming off in LARGE sections... Roof, Trunk, Sides... all over.

My value on the car has just hit rock bottom because of this.... Is there a Class Action Suit I can join.... I called my dealer and they said it is out of warranty.... sorry!

- Terry P., Goshen, US

problem #4

Jun 012017


  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles

June of this year (2017). Car paint chipping on top of car and trunk area. Annoying & disappointing. Wanted to pass on to my daughter. Have had Toyota's since 1995.........May just sell or trade in.

- yulondajohnson, Annapolis, US

problem #3

Jan 012013

Corolla S V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


I can't remember when exactly it began, but the roof of the car has no paint and is rusting. It's only on the roof. They have tried to tell me it's environmental, but why isn't any other area of the car this bad. I began to notice so many Corolla's with the same problem. I don't know what year those cars are, but if I pay enough attention I would see at least 1 a day. I love all the Toyotas that I own or have owned, but now I just purchased a different make because they don't care about their long term customers. The 1st car I ever bought on my own as a young person was a Toyota and I have owned 1 or more Toyotas since 1995. I am no longer a happy Toyota owner.

- Margarita R., Buena Park, US

problem #2

Oct 142015

Corolla XLE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

It all started with one of the side mirrors. The paint or clear coat started to fail--only one side. I was charged $100 by Toyota to replace the red cover(not a repaint but a new cover).

Then just recently, I noticed the same thing happening to the roof of the car and it's spreading. The rest of the car is OK so far although I have some spots on the hood that have eaten through the clear coat from bugs that have been hit on the highway.

It's way too soon for paint to start failing. And with clear coat, you can't just buff out the problem like you could with enamel paint.

- Joseph F., Holiday, FL, US

problem #1

May 052009

Corolla S 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles

Purchased car new and after owning for 5 days my husband noticed a defect in the paint job. He called the dealer who sold it to us and we got a call back saying the color (a dark gray) could not be matched. I work in law and told my husband I wanted that faxed to us in writing. Now we have surface scratches all over that need to be buffed out. I took the in for the first recall in Batavia vs. Buffalo and the owner of the dealership said not being able to match the paint was a bald-faced lie. And we just notice paint chipping off the car and rust forming on the top of the car right at the bottom of the rear window. Go ahead they can blame that on a rock. It didn't shatter the glass. I am a first and last time Toyota owner! and West Herr....well...

- pastoredebra, Batavia, NY, US

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