really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,964 miles

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2009 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #8

Apr 292010

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles


2009 Toyota Corolla. Consumer states several problems with vehicle the consumer stated the vehicle maintained speed of travel even after his foot was removed from the accelerator pedal. Travel speed decreased only after the vehicles regular brake had been removed. There was a spike in the RPM under normal driving conditions without change in pressure applied to the accelerator pedal. Also, there was erratic idling while the vehicle was in park without the consumer touching the accelerator pedal. The consumer continued to experience problems with the accelerator pedal after the recall was performed.

- Springfield, IL, USA

problem #7

Nov 012009


  • 5,000 miles
I was driving home from a dallas cowboy game with my grandson on a rural road. The car suddenly lost power and lights starting flashing. It almost came to a sudden stop. I had no steering control for a short period. The enginewarning light continued to flash. I was able to drive home at about 25 miles per hour. I called the dealer in abilene Texas and was told to have the car toed. They could not or would not tell me what had happen. They did tell me that they got it to repeat what I had happen, but did not know what caused it. If this had happened sooner while on a busy highway, I believe there could have been a serious accident. I believe this is a computer problem with the cas. The car only had 5000 miles and I was not compensated for the towing as promised.

- Haskell,Texas, TX, USA

problem #6

Sep 272009


  • 900 miles
Very often, my 2009 Corolla will have a very low idle, the car acts as it is going to stall. It shudders, the tach drops low, but then will come back up. It happens several times per week when I am either backing up or going from a stop into first gear. I have driven only manual transmissions for over 26 years, and this is the first vehicle I have owned that this has happened with. I fear I will be hit from behind, or T-boned when the car acts as if it wants to stall. It never has stalled, but it frightens us. As I mentioned, the car shudders, shakes when this happens to us. We feel it may have something to do with a low idle problem, either with the electronics or software. We have taken it back to the dealer a few times, but it's the famous "can not duplicate" answer. We only drive this vehicle usually from April to late October. We live in the snowbelt of Ohio and drive our 4X4 Jeep Nov. Through March. I also drive a 2001 manual transmission Honda civic, with never theses issues. I can't give incident dates, this happens frequently during each week, ever since I took delivery of this car in March, 2008. Again, this is a 2009 Corolla S.

- Geneva, OH, USA

problem #5

Jan 162010


  • 6,266 miles


When I start the car the engine noise alternated between high and low. The RPM was fluctuating a lot even though the car was only being heated.

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #4

Nov 282009


  • 14,000 miles
My daughter and son-in-law while driving in their 09 Toyota Corolla, experienced uncontrolled acceleration; on a straight piece of dry pavement, causing the vehicle to shoot into the oncoming lane (a condition known as torsional steering by some) on a 2 way traffic road striking a car in the oncoming lane and thus causing a major accident. There were only slight injuries. Though the wheels were pointed straight ahead, the car veered left as the car uncontrollably sped up. My son-in-law states that his foot was not on the pedal. The action initiated after he depressed the pedal to accelerate along with other traffic. The car was repair by the insurance but still has the original problem. It has only done it the time that the car was involved in the accident and my daughter and son in law have been reluctant to use it since the accident so thus we have not had the experience recur. Yes the original part is available and still on the vehicle, though Toyota is scheduled to either repair it or replace it soon.

- Laredo, TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 232009


  • miles
I am the owner of 2009 Toyota Corolla. I have to press my brake pedal hard and almost all the way down to make my car to stop. I called my dealership about the problem but the dealership want to charge me $89 to look at it. I called Toyota customer service line but got no result. I am also smelling burning odor coming from my vents when I turn the heat on. I called the dealership and all they want is to charge me money to look at my problem.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #2

Aug 282009


  • 5,031 miles
Oil consumption problems on 2009 Corolla made first oil change at 3111 miles now 5031 miles oil is barely showing 2000 miles in 7 months where is the oil I feel Toyota has fudged by using 0W-20 to 5W-20 to pass cafe standards for fuel mileage or they have ring problems a new car should not lose this much oil something is wrong and I don't want to see car damaged by there engineering failure.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 052009


  • 74 miles
Bought brand new (3miles) Corolla le on Friday, Jan 2, 2009. On Jan 5, while making a turn into a parking lot, the car completely "froze": no steering, no acceleration, no braking possible. All dashboard lights came on. I came to a stop (luckily, the parking lot was semi-empty); turned off the ignition, restarted the car. All dashboard lights were off- but the "check engine" stayed on. Called the dealer who recommended bringing the car to service for a check. Drove there (7 miles)- the "check engine" light remained on the whole time. The mechanic said that "the engine light doesn't come on". was given the car back (after road test by the mechanic and, presumably, a computerized check) and told that "there is nothing wrong with the car". feel completely unsafe driving the vehicle now.

- Metairie, LA, USA

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