really awful
Crashes / Fires:
42 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
26 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,732 miles

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2009 Toyota Corolla steering problems

steering problem

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2009 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments (Page 14 of 19)

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problem #101

May 272009


  • miles


I bought a new Toyota Corolla on 5-27-09 from fiesta Toyota in lawton ok. I called them to tell them it did not drive good as my last Corolla and I took it back to them on 7-13-09 and they kept it all day and said it was the electric steering. It wonders over the road especially if the road is not a good wide smooth road. They worked on the steering and said it was all they could do. I got and brought it home and then I called them to tell them I was dis-satisfied and was going to bring it back. I have not took it back as they said they had all they could do. Something needs to be done about this steering problem. I hope you check into this letter.

- Grandfield, OK, USA

problem #100

Feb 102010


  • miles
While driving on the highway my 2009 Toyota Corolla sways back and forth in the lane, sometimes causing my vehicle to go into the left or right lane. For awhile I thought it was due to the wind or maybe the road being uneven but I have driven on different highways and it has occurred many times. The vehicle sways when I reach speeds of 40+. the wheel will be straight but the vehicle will still sway from side to side. I saw that other 2009 Toyota Corolla owners were experiencing the same issue and I realized it was something to do with the vehicle and not just surroundings such as the wind or the road.

- Somerville, MA, USA

problem #99

Feb 102009


  • 23,000 miles
I purchased a 2009 Toyota Corolla "S" sedan in the summer of 2008. After owning the vehicle for approximately 3-6 months, I detected instability in the steering of the vehicle when traveling at highway speeds down the I-95 corridor, South of the Washington DC area. I reported this to close friends, but after discussion with the friend, attributed it to the new electric power steering and to a smaller wheelbase vehicle that I'm not accustomed to driving. After monitoring recent press reports that other consumers have brought to light regarding the same situation, I felt compelled to report our experience, which was well before the recent, myriad recalls issued by Toyota.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #98

Feb 092010


  • 6,600 miles


I have 2009 Toyota Corolla. Over speed 60 miles I feel steering problem. Its hard to stay in the middle of a lane, car goes both left and right at high speeds. In addition if the road is slippery, I need to handle steering very carefully. I don't think my car is safe.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #97

Jan 012009


  • 200 miles
2009 Corolla S steering problem--driving on freeway car wanders any attempts to correct the steering doesn't help I'm constantly trying to keep my Corolla with in the lane. I'm more worried about the steering than the gas pedal. I traded in a 2006 Corolla for this one, no problems with the 2006. I reported the problem to the dealer they said that the steering was designed to handle this way. I reported the steering with in a few weeks after I bought the car. I went on line and found out that this was a common problem with the Corolla. Over the year I found myself coming very close to getting into an accident on more than one occasion because of car drifting into the other lane.

- Creswell, OR, USA

problem #96

Feb 102010


  • 0 miles
Steering drifts to right. Must hold steering wheel with both hands at all times to keep it straight. Dealer said this is normal for electric steering.

- Irvington, AL, USA

problem #95

Feb 102010


  • miles


I bought Toyota Corolla 2009 a year ago. And after 2 weeks I bought I complained about the steering wheel by feeling the survey form and even I went to the dealer to check this for me. The steering wheel is very very bad.... when you drive you car more than 50 mile per hour.... it is very hard to keep the lane straight.... you have to grab the wheel really hard... you feel swinging left and right when you drive this car in a highway. Starting from week 1. I am extremely disappointed with the performance of the steering wheel of this car. I was expecting to hear from Toyota following my complaint.... but I didn't hear anything. I am still driving this car with less confidence and scared every single time I drive. I never felt driving a new car for a single day. Seriously, these Toyota Corolla 2009 model needs to be checked for the steering wheel. Since I have already bought it I can't to anything but I would love to have my complaints heard by Toyota and fix the issue. The steering wheel is very bad.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #94

May 302008


  • 10 miles
2009 Toyota Corolla steering complain. 1. difficult to keep the car in a straight position while driving. 2. looks like it is lagging behind when turning or driving in a straight position. 3. in a split second, you feel that you are not in control of the steering.

- Voorhees, NJ, USA

problem #93

Dec 242009


  • 24,000 miles
I have 2009 Toyota Corolla le. I noticed that in high speed (60 mph) some times it is difficult to keep the car in lane and at high speed it drifts. I was driving to Mississippi from atlanta and noticed the drift.

- Johns Creek, GA, USA

problem #92

Sep 182009


  • 1,000 miles
I own a 2009 Toyota Corolla, the vehicle drifts while traveling down the road in a straight line off center. Toyota has done a wheel alignment and state that all is according to spec. I own a toytoa 4runner 2003 and it tracks straight and true on the same roadway. I drive a Ford police interceptor at work and I also drives straight and turn on the same roadways. Consumer reports magazine also reports in their test that the Corolla 2009 was vague on center during their test.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #91

Oct 172009


  • miles


My 2009 Corolla has always felt as if it were wandering as I was driving. I told my sales person and he felt I was just not used to it as I had been driving a new Toyota Tundra that is much bigger. I have driven small Toyota since the 70's so I think this is not the case. I have experienced this for a yr and 1/2 now.

- English, IN, USA

problem #90

Feb 072010


  • 18,000 miles
My 2009 Toyota Corolla S veers (as if hit by harsh wind) while driving 60+ mph on the highway. I was driving out of state on a highspeed highway when I noticed the problem. I had to slow down and hold onto the steering wheel with both hands to keep my car in my lane. I have only had the problem occur at high speeds so I have been driving slower since then. I found out yesterday that there may be another possible recall and that's when I decided to file a complaint.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #89

Mar 232008


  • 1 miles
I purchased a 2009 Toyota Corolla S model on March 23, 2008. Since I have owned this vehicle I have noticed that it is very difficult to keep the car moving straight down the road. For some reason there is a lot of "extra play" in the steering wheel which forces the driver to continually move the steering wheel left and right to keep the car going straight. This is the 3rd Corolla I have owned in my lifetime and I have never had an issue like this. It seems there may have been a faulty design plan used when Toyota manufactured this new model vehicle. Can you please tell me how I should address this issue and what my next steps might be? thank you!

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #88

Feb 102010


  • miles
My car always shifts to the left. I thought it's an alignment problem, so I sent my car to auto check to adjust the alignment. After service, the problem still remains. I don't have an accident because of it.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #87

Jan 072009


  • 4,400 miles
I own a 2009 Toyota Corolla. The car is about 9 months old. I noticed in January 2010 that the car is not steady at high speeds. On the highway, at about 60 mph, the car required constant maneuvering of the steering wheel to prevent it from drifting off a lane. To be more precise, even when I hold the steering steady, the car drifts and I have to bring the car back into the lane by adjusting the wheel slightly. It does not happen every time I drive, but has happened on two occasions so far. The drift is quite significant and something Toyota cannot ignore. I hope Toyota recognizes this problem asap.

- Wilsonville, OR, USA

problem #86

Jan 052010


  • 20,000 miles
I have a wandering problem with my 2009 Toyota Corolla. I have tried new tires and alignment to no avail. At highway it tends to wander around the lane even with no wind present.

- Monroevile, PA, USA

problem #85

Feb 042010


  • 33,050 miles
I own a 2009 Toyota Corolla. Since day one, I noticed that driving highway speeds, the steering feels very loose. It takes two hands to constantly try to keep the car to go straight. The closest sensation would be like hydroplaining. This is an issue that needs to be addressed.

- Loxahatchee, FL, USA

problem #84

Feb 092009


  • 10 miles
I own a 2009 Toyota Corolla and the problem is that the steering has to be constantly adjusted to keep it from wondering off center. This occurs at all speeds. It reminds me of driving a go-cart. The steering is extremely sensitive to any turning of the steering wheel. It responds more like driving with a joystick. The tires are properly inflated. The car is new with only 4,200 miles and has never been driven on rough roads. A Toyota dealer service rep (naples, fl) said it is natural with small cars. I find it very difficult to drive without constantly watching the road and adjusting the steering. Looking to the side such as reading a road sign could get me in a lot of trouble. This problem happens at all time and not on a particular day per below.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #83

Jan 202010


  • 24,300 miles
Steering issue with 2009 Toyota Corolla, 25,050 miles. While traveling at 20mph in residential subdivision, vehicle veered left, steering unresponsive, spun 180 degrees and came to rest against the curb on the opposite side of the road. Car in front and car to the rear passed through same area without incident. Also, vehicle will drift abruptly at highway speeds, similar to effect of high crosswind or ice, with no movement of steering wheel and none of the body roll that usually accompanies a crosswind, requires high level of attentiveness to avoid crossing lane boundaries. This behavior is sporadic, but a 10-mile trip is enough distance for several occurrences. Given the intermittent nature of this issue, I have not reported it to the dealership nor to Toyota, so nothing has been done and no repairs have been attempted.

- Third Lake, IL, USA

problem #82

Dec 172009


  • 32,000 miles
I have a Toyota Corolla 2009. My car has some problem with its steering because steering is not steady, and it is moving around line.

- Collegepark, GA, USA

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