really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,159 miles

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2010 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #17

Apr 102016


  • miles


I am the owner of a 2010 Toyota Corolla, whose VIN number is: 1nxbu4ee6az209127. That car had a low mileage when I brought to germain Toyota in naples, Florida, to fix any problem at that time that had caused the ┐ engine light┐ to appear on the dash. I was told that the ┐gas cap┐ was the problem and that I needed to replace it; I followed their recommendation. But, one day after the same light appeared again. Disappear; therefore, I decided not to come back for that same thing. Recently, in several occasions the car suddenly stopped working while I was driving it both in local and highway 75 without any warning or sign that such thing was going to happen: ┐the gas pedal just goes to zero, that means the pressure went quickly and suddenly to no pressure, and three lights are shown on the dash.┐ thank god, I am still alive! I took the car to germain Toyota, they had urged me to replace the ┐battery, ┐ which I did. The problem resurfaced the day after. The second time, they asked me to replace the ┐ECU, ┐ which I did. That costed me more than $800, close to $900. The three lights reappeared after two days. I came brought the car back to germain Toyota, they told me that it was another thing that caused the problem. Last week, the first week of December, I brought it back to them for the same lights, and they told me to replace again the ┐gas cap, ┐ I paid another money, but the same problem continues to go on and on and persist every week. The dealer refuses to acknowledge and accept that it is a factory defect. Those things happened both in streets and highway I-75. I do not feel safe to continue to drive it anymore, and I do not want to sell it to place someone else's life in peril. Therefore, I ask your department for help. I cannot keep on spending almost every week for the same problem. I thank you in advance!

- Ave Maria, FL, USA

problem #16

Jul 132016


  • miles
The driver door caught on fire while I was driving.

- Daly City, CA, USA

problem #15

Jan 102016


  • 107,200 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle swayed left and right without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it could not be diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 107,200.

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

problem #14

Nov 062015


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. While switching into the right lane at approximately 70 mph in rainy weather, the vehicle jerked to the right and hydroplaned. As a result, the contact crashed into the median. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained body pain and headaches that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an impound lot. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- 903-227-3695, TX, USA

problem #13

Jan 072015

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Check engine and vsc lights blinking. Hangs up in third gear. Had code pulled. Shift solenoid closed. This seems to be an ongoing problem with these cars. Dealerships just give you the runaround. Problem is caused by the failing ECU. This has been going on for years and no recall. This is not only a headache to drive but also unsafe.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #12

Jun 252013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 60,500 miles
Car spun out of control crossing three lanes, the steering wheel was hard to control spinning right and left as I struggled to maintain control the vehicle.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #11

Oct 182010


  • 24,102 miles


I am driving my car going approx. 45 - 55miles a hour when suddenly the check engine light comes on. When this occurs the car gradually begins to slow down and will not allow me to accelerate. I can press the pedal down but the car does not read that I am pressing the pedal. Stability control light begins to blink and car gradually comes to a full stop. When I pull over the rpms are revving above 1 RPM but I am not pressing the gas. This has been going on and the dealer simply told one time I needed a new battery. I bought it from them. They said your alternator is bad and I replaced it and check engine and stability light come on again. I shouldn't have so many problem with a car that was bought brand new and is not even 2yrs old.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #10

Feb 272012

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 9,300 miles
Vehicle stability control light flashing, engine light is on, vehicle is revving too fast, accelerator has no response. Toyota dealer informed me about the throttle is defected & they have no fix for it. They may have to contact Toyota corporate for fix. I have done previous recall on it also. I think the vehicle is defected "lemon". Toyota should replace the vehicle or reimburse me the whole amount.

- Dublin, CA, USA

problem #9

Oct 172011


  • 101,623 miles
At approximately 0600 on the above date I experienced a violent and near uncontrollable momentary disrupture of the ABS/ESC systems of my 2010 Toyota Corolla. Vehicle shook violently, steering locked and ABS and ESC control lights on dash lit up while I was making the transition from IH37 South to IH35 South in san antonio, tx. I was able to regain control by letting off of the brakes and throttle thus coasting through the left hand turn and barely missing the retaining wall. This is not the first time this has happened, the first was only days after purchase of car. Local dealer maintenance personnel stated "we can't find anything wrong with the car." During the warranty period the problem has been brought to the attention of mccollums Toyota five other times all with the same "we can't find anything wrong" reply. Complaints of soft brake pedal brought a similar "that's normal" retort each time the vehicle was in for service. After the warranty expired, front rotors and pads were replaced because they were found to have worn/groved approximately 1/8" deep per side (not reported by dealer), not from metal to metal contact but just wear from pads friction material. Pads still had 1/2" of friction material on each. Replacement of rotors and pads from auto zone made things better until now. Request ABS/ESC software be checked on all 2008 to 2012 Corolla/Scion tc models along with check of materials used in pads and the rotors. Oem rotors taken off car will be available until 15 Jan 2012. 36,000 miles on a set of rotors and pads are a little extreme when I have over 125,000 on my GM's rotors and 165,000 on my Ford's rotors with pads needing replacement around 45 to 55 K.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #8

Dec 282010


  • 7,500 miles
Vehicle purchased with 7,418 miles on it. While driving at a speed of 50mph and above the vehicle will wander without turning the steering wheel. Constant steering correction is required to keep vehicle straight. Vehicle steering wheel is very out of sync with vehicle wheels when driving from a stand still and moving at a very slow speed and turning.

- Brattleboro, VT, USA

problem #7

Mar 102010


  • 6,000 miles


While driving my Corolla, even I do not hit the gas pedal, the RPM stays around 2000 and sometimes it started to stuck around 3000 RPM for 15 to 30 seconds than goes to normal. I had difficulty to slow down in busy traffic, because even I hit the brakes it does not cut the gas so the engine still tries to run and the car still tends to go, so I am not able to slow down or it takes time to slow down. I am driving my Toyota in the 5th gear and around 3000 RPM. When I need a sudden stop, I let go the gas pedal and hit the brake. The etcs commands high idle even I hit the breaks; the pistons are still working (the engine is still running in gear) with 3000 RPM so I am not able to slow down or stop. This is a serious safety problem. How come ECM would command for high idle from time to time" how can I stop the car or slow down in need while ECM is commanding high idle? it is impossible to have a proper control on the car when ECM commands high idle. Who can give me guarantee that it would not get stuck in higher idles" (because it used to stuck around 2000 RPM and right now it also started sticking around 3000 RPM). When I get close to a curb or to an exit I stop hitting the gas pedal assuming the car will get slow but since it sticks at high rpms the car does not get slower when it is in the gear.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #6

Apr 072010


  • 150 miles
I bought a Toyota Corolla 2010 le on 04/03/2010, and when I drove it on the freeway first time, I was shocked/scared the way was steering/handling. I almost had two accidents with it because of the steering issue. When I drove it on the freeway I saw that the car is loosing balance (the back car shakes), I found stability problems (as if I drive in strong winds), and big steering problems (as I learn to drive a tricky bicycle). To get and maintain an almost control on the car direction I have to Focus my actions as my Corolla has only two wheels like a bike. I almost act as an equilibrate for a rope dancing. The experience of driving my Corolla showed that I have limited control over it, and most control I lost when I had to use sudden brakes at high speed - it was like on the ice. Back jumps and I stir in same direction; back jumps again in the other direction and I change the steering in the other direction too, and so on. These events occur almost every time I drove with speed around 60 miles/hour on the freeways that are not straight. The consequence is that I am afraid to drive my new car because I am not able to control it, and I risk an accident. I went to Toyota dealer, they said that they know the situation from other customers too, but nothing they can do about it. Please investigate this issues until is not too late, and people make accidents and injure. Thank you.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 102010


  • 178 miles
Toyota 2010 Corolla brake system failed. The emergency brake went on, while I was driving without me doing anything. The odometer stopped working, brake, check-engine, panic mode and airbag system lights went on. The failure has occurred twice already, first starting as a brake failure, then almost leading to the accident when everything failed at once. Almost got into an accident and I couldn't accelerate in the car. I took the car to the dealership and they gave me run around, they still don't know how to fix it or what's wrong with it. This car is beyond unsafe to drive, luckily it didn't lead to an accident and injuries both to me and other drivers.

- Santa Fe Springs, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 082010


  • 500 miles
I have felt that there is a problem with the brakes of my 2010 Toyota Corolla since shortly after I bought it. The brakes vibrate or pulsate without warning. It seems that the ABS is activated for no reason. I am not stopping short and the road has not been slippery. I brought the car to the dealer and they claimed that there is nothing wrong with the brakes. Another problem I have noticed with the brakes is that they seem to grind when I am braking over bumpy surfaces. It happens with out warning, I never know when it will occur. I called the dealer and the mechanic said it is just the ABS, nothing to worry about. The problem seem similar to the prius brake complaints. Finally, I notice that sometimes as I am stopping that the brakes seem to slip a little but then take hold.

- Melrose, MA, USA

problem #3

Feb 092010


  • 5,000 miles
Toyota Corolla S 2010 [xxx] with extra stabilizer bar kit, purchased 11-30-09 with delivery in 12/09. 1) approximately 1 month after purchase, the car starting to veer sharply right then left when driving on the highway, it was/is difficult to control requiring a tight grip on the wheel. It feels like strong winds are moving the car but winds are absent and road conditions are normal. This event comes and goes unexpectedly, generally lasts the duration of my commute once started, sometimes occurs with the tire pressure gauge but not always, sometimes occurs after rapid braking. It does not feel like an alignment or balance problem, the car darts from one end of the lane, to the median of the lane on its own. On this date 2-24-10 my local dealership filled the tires, and made a slight change to the left alignment they could not duplicate the problem and stated "this could be a matter of personal preferences" regarding how I felt the car drove when this occurred. The Toyota manager also told me today that they understand "there could be a problem but they have no direction on how to repair it." When asked then if he could guarantee my safety and that this would not occur again he stated no, but there was nothing for him to do. No injuries to date. I do not feel Toyota is making reasonable efforts to quickly eliminate this problem, acknowledge a problem, and do not wish to resolve this with statements regarding my personal preference for the drive, and since this in their opinion is not reproducible for them it is not a viable problem for them to repair. 2) on approximately 2-11-10 I had to use my brakes in an emergency situation in which my brakes were temporally non-response. I had to downshift the gears, remove my foot totally from the gas pedal, and maneuvered the car away from the other stopped car. No ABS was felt, the brake pedal was depressed fully, this occurred at hwy speeds. No acknowledgement of problem or remedy proposed by toy currently.

- Sardis, MS, USA

problem #2

Aug 222009


  • 100 miles
Purchased a new 2010 Corolla 4-door sedan S; immediately a problem with the brakes and steering was noticed upon first long drive. When depressed the brakes would go all the way to the floor. Steering the car in a straight line down the freeway was almost impossible without constant corrections, I call it nervous steering, which after more than 50 miles because very stressful and tiring. Purchase date 8-22-09. The vehicle was returned to the nearest Toyota dealership located in victorville, California early Sept 09. The brakes were examined and after certain corrections the brake pedal is better but not perfect. As for the steering..the technician says it's within normal parameters...what every that means. There is definitely a defect with the steering system; after reviewing the vehicle brochure regarding the steering system it reads "electric power steering (eps) helps gives Corolla steering response that's effortlessly accurate" however nothing could more from the truth. It's been my experience after 7000 miles on the odometer...that when steering the car down the highway...the car will literally leave the lane your driving in which requires steering correction to keep it in the driving lane you're traveling. The brochure further reads that "eps also eliminates hydraulic-assist components that can reduce fuel economy" however I would say at what cost...if this new system renders the steering process a very nervous and tiring experience for the driver. A fatigued driver is an unsafe driver...I credit the fault with this new system "eps" as a potential disaster waiting to happen. It's my assessment after owning this vehicle now 6 months...that Toyota needs to revisit this "eps" system and consider returning to the former hydraulic-assist components...it may more costly for them to build...but at least it worked. I bought this car because it had a reputation for safety and reliability however it's been the absolute worst purchase ever imagined.

- Oak Hills, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 152010


  • 2,543 miles
Tengo un Corolla Y tngo problemas con la dieccion de mi auto una ves estaba en el freeway como a 60 millas Y trate de frenar porq otro auto SE me atraveso sin poner su direccional Y a alta velocidad Y no lo podia controlar el bolante SE hacia de un lado a otro eto me preocupa Y E llamado a mi vendedor para consular Y no me contestan nunca cualquier pregunta llamarme.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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