really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,320 miles

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2010 Toyota Corolla drivetrain problems

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2010 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #29

Oct 102013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles


Vehicle is impacted by takata pass bag faulty, no resolution informed by Toyota advised Toyota to refund money in regards to paying $21K, also vehicle has clatter under passenger side cv axle, have been in several times for solution or resolution to this issue more than 3 times to date there stating no problem is there, if car I jacked up I hear clear noise between cv axle and transmission, this was brought to Toyota attn. Once at Toyota of irving twice at Toyota of dallas and was shown to me at ntb tire to have axle or transmission irregular noise clatter when put in drive while on lift up 5 ft with one tech in car and another under vehicle with me pointing out clearly there is noise on passenger side. Yet Toyota denies this or any noise to be a problem or hazard nor to acknowledge any noise exist, also brought car in for brake growl when I step on brakes, the rear brakes have not been changed by me and are not aftermarket brakes unless Toyota installed them, the car was purchased from dealer, I took car back 4 times in regards to brake issues back to dealer no problem found.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #28

Sep 202016


  • 91,868 miles
Extremely hard shifting in automatic transmission at interstate speeds.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #27

Sep 192015


  • 56,000 miles
Right side cv joint boot cracked, leaking grease @ 56K miles, discovered during routine inspection & could result in failure of cv joint disconnecting from hub assembly & loss of propulsion. (warranty expired) condition rectified by replacement of right side drive shaft assembly. This item should last far longer (I had a 1995 Corolla 14 yrs & 172K miles with original cv boots intact

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #26

Mar 232016


  • 78,000 miles


1. weather stripping will not stay on driver door 2. cd player of radio system was throwing out the 6 cd's as driving- replaced stereo. 3. under 70,000 miles- cv joint went out - replaced. Prior to replacement loud clunking sounds and steering difficult- other owners same issues I am reading. Needs recalled 4. appx 77.000 miles no warning alternator went out and was extremely hot and smelly-replaced. 5. appx 78,000 miles between 25-35 mph transmission keeps slipping. I was driving down a street and once on interstate it hit the other gear hard/clunked- Toyota dealer called Toyota and they said replace transmission. Currently in the shop. Called Toyota and filed a case- they respectively understand my concern, however, they did not seem concerned of the safety hazard of this issue and probability of this issue causing a death. I have friend same issue and I have read about this same issue on the internet. There needs to be a recall. Luckily it did not go out on me driving on the interstate going 70mpg. Scared of the vehicle and distrust competency of Toyota. Are they unwilling to admit the transmission problem is a safety issue? needs recalled or investigated please help the consumer. I am worried about others safety.

- Bellefontaine, OH, USA

problem #25

Dec 212015


  • 54,900 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. Every time the contact removed her foot from the brake pedal, the vehicle accelerated independently. When the vehicle was parked, it accelerated and made an abnormal noise. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was undetermined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 54,900.

- Reno, NV, USA

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problem #24

Jun 162015


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently without warning. The brake pedal was depressed, but failed to respond. As a result, the contact crashed into the garage. The air bags failed to deploy. There were no injuries. The vehicle was not diagnosed, but the body damage was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 58,000.

- Paso Robles, CA, USA

problem #23

Mar 262015

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 8,332 miles


After I turned around the corner of etna St /derby St. In berkeley, the steering suddenly malfunctioned and the car veered to the roadside and hit a parked car. I tried to brake immediately. The impact was slight, but my car could not be moved any more. I called the police and the roadside assistance of my insurance company. The person from the roadside assistance told me that the steering mechanism broke and the front axle fell out. On the day following the incident, I reported it to Toyota cooperation and am currently waiting for their response.

- Berkeley, CA, USA

problem #22

Feb 012015


  • 61,000 miles
2010 Toyota Corolla the transmission will surge when trying to pass on the highway. When driving and trying to pass another vehicle there is a minor delay when the transmission shifts causing a jolt and fast acceleration. Also at low speeds coming up to a light and then it turns green but not fully stopped maybe 15 miles an hour the transmission will also surge. This seems like an ongoing problem and Toyota wants to do nothing about it this is ridiculous a car with 62,000 miles has this problem this needs to be recalled asap.

- Ogdensburg, NJ, USA

problem #21

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 #20

Jan 132015

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles
There was no wreck, my horn does not work dash lights stay on lighter acts like there's a short and the electrical in console doesn't work.

- Keiser, AR, USA

problem #19

Jun 242013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles


Drove into a gas station to buy gas, put car in park, stepped out to pump case, noticed car moving, jump in to stop it, car accelerated and crashed into building, causing damage to both car and building.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #18

Sep 262014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
I took my 2010 Toyota Corolla S in for service on 9/26/14 at victory Toyota of canton, mi 48188 for a regular service. All service has been completed at victory Toyota of canton, mi 48188 since I purchase the brand new vehicle from them. The service representative informed me that my car had a timing cover leak that was to cost me approximately $1,300 to fix and that if I continued to drive it the leak would get worse. I am out of my two year warranty time period. The service representative told me that my car was the 6th they'd seen in the last two weeks with the same issue and one of them was even as low as $18,000 miles. He stated that at some point there would probably be a recall. I called Toyota headquarters and opened case number [xxx] and wait to hear what their solution is. I advised that anything less than full repair by Toyota at no charge to me would be unacceptable. Such an issue should not potentially happen in a vehicle until 100,000 to 110, 000 miles. The fact that the service rep said that my car was the 6th they'd seen in the lat two weeks is a serious red flag. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #17

Sep 082014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
I was driving my car down the highway going about 60mph and all of a sudden lost all engine power, with no warning, stutter, jolt or any sort of noise. I managed to coast to the shoulder but could not get my car to turn over and had to tow it away. Obd code reader would not connect with on board computer. When cranking the engine there was no spark to the coils.

- Arnold, MD, USA

problem #16

Jul 262014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
Upon purchasing this car from carmax on 02/2012 there had been constant transmission issues that were not being resolved from the dealership. I had gone in and tried having my transmission looked at three times a the carmax dealership all of which told me that nothing was wrong with my car. On 07/26/2014 my 2010 Toyota's transmission failed and now needs a new one. This out of pocket expense is ridiculous for a car that was built in 2010 and for myself owning it for two years. Both the Toyota dealership and carmax dealership are not willing help assist the problem. I will never purchase a Toyota car again. Updated 4/24/2015

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #15

Jun 032014


  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while parked and the key removed, the vehicle rolled away and crashed into a tree. There were no injuries reported. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 42,000.

- Whitman, WV, USA

problem #14

Jul 162014


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla.. the contact stated that the vehicle failed to shift into reverse on several occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- San Diego , CA, USA

problem #13

Feb 162010


  • 413 miles
Why have I not been contacted...this is ridiculous..10 recalls on this vehicle and none of them have been fixed...this was a dangerous vehicle that never shod have been on the road..total loses of vehicle..where is the warranty?.. this vehicle was sold less than a month after my accident and I was told therefore the vehicle could not be located for investigation.. I want something done about this..!

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #12

May 172010

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 25 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated while driving various speeds, the vehicle would swerve to the right and left. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician stated that the vehicle was functioning normally. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 25 and the current mileage was 43,749. Updated 03/05/14 the consumer also stated the vehicle would hesitate at times, and it wouldn't accelerate. There was a burning smell coming from the vehicle, an issue with the ignition and the front end.

- Accokeek, MD, USA

problem #11

Apr 012013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the traction control and check engine lights illuminated and the vehicle failed to shift out of third gear. The contact stated that after letting the vehicle sit for a while, it functioned normally. The contact also stated that the starter tried to restart the vehicle after it was started and it made and loud noise. The contact also mentioned that the failure was intermittent. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 85,000.

- Wolcott, NY, USA

problem #10

Jan 052013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that after shifting into reverse, the vehicle erroneously accelerated forward. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 106,000..... updated 02-20-13 updated 02/21/2013

- Kendall Park, NJ, USA

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