fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,817 miles

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2009 Toyota Corolla transmission problems

transmission problem

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2009 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 112009


  • 3,026 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that when the vehicle shifted in reverse it would move forward and when the vehicle was in drive it would move in reverse. The contact stated this has happened four times and almost caused a crash while driving 25 mph. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for a recall repair and the dealer could not find a problem with the vehicle. The contact stated that after leaving the dealer, the gears slipped into reverse while driving. The vehicle had become very unsafe to drive and the contact is concerned that a crash may occur. The failure mileage was 3,026.

- North Bergen, NJ, USA

problem #5

Oct 282009


  • 2,457 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Corolla. While attempting to accelerate from a stop, the vehicle was extremely slow in accelerating and would not pick up speed. The check engine light illuminated on the dashboard and the vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure and advised there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. On a separate occasion, the fuel level indicator failed and the vehicle was taken back to the dealer. The dealer advised there was water in the fuel tank and would need to be repaired. The vehicle was repaired accordingly and the failure did not recur. In addition, the vehicle would also exhibit a sporadic ┐bump┐ while driving. The dealer advised the transmission was misfiring. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 2,457 and the current mileage was 5,700.

- Foley, AL, USA

problem #4

Sep 152009


  • 15,120 miles
The car violently jerks out of drive into neutral for no reason whatsoever. This happened on more than one occurrence and a case was opened by our local dealership with Toyota who claimed that "a transmission cannot fail in one of those cars". the module on the transmission was re-calibrated once, as required by a previous service bulletin. I was told to come back when the vehicle slipped out of gear again. I did not feel safe in this car, so I traded it in at the first option I had.

- Rock Springs, WY, USA

problem #3

May 252009


  • 30,000 miles


Transmission slips in and out of gear while traveling at consistent speeds on roads and freeways with little grades. While in commuter traffic where the transmission is constantly engaged the transmission does not grab and engage every time.

- Wilsonville , OR, USA

problem #2

Nov 142009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
2009 Toyota Corolla, "S" automatic transmission. The problem was initially identified by me when my car would not catch while on a slope in drive. The transmission would roll back. The dealership said this was normal due to a loss of pressure, however it would do it even if I barley stopped on a gradual incline for a few seconds. This has caused me to roll back unless I had one foot on the brake and one foot on the gas while to keep me steady to start. This happened at from the time I purchased the car. Recently, I my engine has been running really rough and winding at a high pitch while driving. It now intermittently goes between gears and downshifts automatically into gears that are not appropriate for the speeds traveling. This causes a drastic down speed, and example is I will be on the freeway traveling speeds between 50-65 and it will downshift and reduce my speed to 40 mph or less, then I will try to accelerate and it will redline out, as if I am in neutral and I will have no control to regain speed until it automatically pushes itself back into gear, and then increases my speed at a rapid pace, without me putting my foot on the gas. At this point, I am required to place my foot on the brake to control my speeds. The dealership has taken my car back twice and claimed to have fixed it twice based on the reads, but I have had the same problem. The reads on the computer will say that it is an electrical malfunction... however they can not identify where the malfunction is coming from. Parts have not been replaced and no repairs have been made to fix this at this time. Toyota is not assisting with the recall and I am left with lots of shop hours. Thinking about registering for the lemon law about my car, I drive apx. 1000 miles week and my car is not saving, consistent, and is a safety issue since have no control while my car malfunctions. I can only react to what is happening. It also makes a loud clunking sound, and a high winding sound when redlining.

- Wilsonville, OR, USA

problem #1

Sep 082008


  • 300 miles
Car parked on dry, level surface. Driver started car normally, put foot on brake, shifted into reverse to leave parking spot, eased onto the gas, and the car went forward. Stopped the car, double checked the gear shift was firmly in reverse, eased on gas again and, once again, car went forward. This forward lurch drug the bottom of the car over a concrete barrier. Car stopped to inspect damage. When car started again, everything functioned normally.

- Peachtree City, GA, USA

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