really awful
Crashes / Fires:
17 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,155 miles

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2010 Toyota Corolla steering problems

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2010 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments (Page 12 of 18)

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problem #127

Jan 172010


  • 27,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that he was driving 55 mph when the steering wheel began pulling to the left and the right and did not stay in the center of the lane. He had to continue correcting the vehicle as he drove. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they test drove it but they could not fix the problem. The Toyota manufacturer sent a representative to test drive the vehicle and they were also unable to duplicate diagnose the failure. The failure mileage was 27,000.

- Danville, KY, USA

problem #126

Jan 252010


  • 560 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that whenever he his drove the vehicle over 30 mph it began to drift from side to side in the lane without any assistance. The vehicle was uncontrollable but when driving it is was very subtle but noticeable since the contact was unable to keep the vehicle in the center of the lane. The vehicle had not been taken to the dealer to diagnose the failure. The failure mileage was 560.

- Tamarac, FL, USA

problem #125

Jul 152009


  • 350 miles
I drive a 2010 Toyota Corolla. There is something wrong with the antilock brake system; especially if I am trying to apply the brake to slow the car and am making a right turn(even slightly turning right). It's like the brakes lock up and the steering gets like a mac truck. This also happens when I go over a bump and/or pothole. It most recently even happened when I was driving down the highway and there was a slight right curve in the road and I wasn't applying the brakes. I took the car into the dealership today and they could find nothing wrong. Within an hour of leaving the dealership; it happened twice yet they couldn't duplicate the problem. I have a brand new car and am afraid to drive it. Supposedly my car wasn't recalled for the gas pedal because it was made in Japan but feel like the gas pedal is sticky at times. I am very upset because I just put all this money out and I have an unsafe vehicle to drive. My daughter and I were going to try and drive across country this summer and now we cannot possibly for we donot feel safe in this car. Toyota should have to buy back the vehicles. I believe there is a much bigger problem causing all this that they are not admitting and/or have not found yet. I didn't complain or take the car back right away because I had similar problems with the Scion xd and was told there was nothing wrong again and again. This is an ongoing problem.

- Pikesville, MD, USA

problem #124

Feb 202010


  • 4,000 miles


While driving on the interstate in speeds in excess of 75 miles an hour, my 2010 Corolla shakes violently in all conditions. I also have an issue when slowing down where the gas pedal will take longer than what is expected to return to an acceptable area and stop accelerating. This second issue has nearly caused several accidents. I have brought this up to the dealer where I purchased this vehicle some three months ago and was told a solution is not readily available and I will be contacted when one is. Both problems have convinced me to carpool to work until a solution is identified.

- Sierra Vista, AZ, USA

problem #123

Feb 182010


  • 2,700 miles
We have a 2010 Toyota Corolla with steering problem. Car wanders from left to right at high speed over 50 mph. No accidents, but scary to get on freeway.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #122

Jan 012010


  • 100 miles
My Toyota Corolla sways back and forth very badly above speeds of around 40 to 50 mph.

- Feeding Hills, MA, USA

problem #121

Feb 172010


  • 9,000 miles


Rental car, Toyota Corolla in los angeles was extremely hard to steer. As I was going down highway at speeds above 40 miles per hour it was as if I was driving through a wind storm. The car would not maintain lane very well and the steering wheel travel required to keep it in line was excessive. The wheel position had to be maintained not with slight movement but sweeping movements from positions about 10 to 2 on a clock face. Due to only using the car to drive from the airport to the hotel and back, most of my driving was highway on smooth roads with no adverse weather or traffic conditions.

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #120

Jan 192009


  • 400 miles
Steering problems- took the car to dealer where it stayed for 3 days only to be told there was no problem. When I picked up the car it had only been driven 2 miles"the problem recurred and again was told there were no problems. I informed the dealer the car was unsafe to drive and would be leaving it until it was fixed or they could keep it. Dealer informed me if a recall occurred they would fix the car but for now there was nothing wrong with the car? makes since to me! will it take more deaths to stop an out of control auto maker??????????" please help!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Tomball, TX, USA

problem #119

Jan 122010


  • 2,000 miles
We purchased a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The car will drift or veer to left and sometimes to the right. The steering appears unstable. We have returned the car twice to be fixed and were advised it is ok. My husband describes the problem similar to driving an old car with bad tie rods or where the ball joints were shot. He will not allow myself of my daughter who we bought the car for, to drive it. We are fearful of it drifting or veering into another car of semi on the highway. Note this is a frequent occurring problem. This began on January 12 when we purchased it and has continued.

- Maineville, OH, USA

problem #118

Feb 152010


  • 10,100 miles
2010 Toyota Corolla with 10,100 miles, steering suddenly pulls left or right randomly for some period of time, then stops just as suddenly. It occurs more so at faster speeds, but will also happen around 20-30 mph. Difficult to stay in lane as it drifts extremely easily. Tends to favor pulling right over left, but does both. Have to physically pull back to counteract pulling. Also very easy to overcorrect and look like you are swerving. Has been happening more and more often in the past few months. Car was originally purchased on May 24, 2009.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #117

Nov 012009


  • 100 miles


My new 2010 Toyota Corolla has a problem when driven on the interstate. The car wobbles and I am constantly steering to keep it going straight. It doesn't seem stable--as if it's being buffeted by high winds even though it's a calm day. I am afraid it is going to veer off the road and therefore I have tried to avoid driving it on the interstate. I have spoken with the dealership and was informed that all the Corollas are like that and it will only be fixed if there is a recall. I will not be able to keep this car if this is not fixed because I am afraid to drive it.

- Lacombe, LA, USA

problem #116

Feb 142010


  • 50 miles
Feb. 14 2010, I bought new Toyota Corolla 2010. I didn't test this car( I trusted the quality of Toyota), and than I drove it home. On the way, I felt something wrong about the steering wheel. When I was driving, the steering wheel is very difficult to be contral. Pull right or left side a little, steering wheel canot turn back. When I am driving, I have to use two hands hold tthe steering wheel all the time, I feel very heavy, uncomfortable, danger, tired. I test this car on the highway, it can't go straight even in 2 seconds!! Feb. 15 2010, my wife brought this car to dealer, they told my wife can't return it, but can change it next day. I thought only this car no good, so I agreed to change it. Feb. 16 2010, my wife and me went to the dealer and changed another car. I tested it and felt better than the first one. But after 2 days, the same problem coming, right now I can't return it. I call the dealer they told me all the same, that is not problem!!!. I am not professor to car, I am just buyer. I feel this steering wheel of Toyota 2010 Corolla very bad and driving danger.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #115

Nov 162009


  • 6,324 miles
Steering and gas throttle problem. Sometimes having difficulties steering the vehicle straight and it feels like you 're not in control with the wheel. Even sometimes at lower speed. Regarding gas throttle there are times that the gas pedal is not responding while you are steeping the gas pedal. It's like driving on a neutral gear. We have not reported the steering problem but we have reported the gas pedal issue twice to the dealer. It so happen that the 2nd complain we did was the time they started doing the recall. Gas pedal where change as the recall required.the steering problem is now a newer concern for us. We have experienced the problem with steering before but we just ignore it. Because it's been raining in our area during the fast few weeks. We where thinking that the roads are just wet and somewhat it is slippery to drive but even the weather had changed we sometimes experienced the same problem with the steering. Last encounter with the steering problem is today(02/20/2010).

- National City, CA, USA

problem #114

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 #113

Nov 162009


  • 700 miles
Car does wander while holding steering wheel steady. It can go either to the left or to the right while going down the highway. I bought the car new on November 2 2009. I didn't pay much attention to the problem till a couple of weeks later after I bought the vehicle. I have not carried the vehicle back to dealer for the problem.

- Tremont , MS, USA

problem #112

Feb 062010


  • miles
2010 Toyota Corolla - steering wheel moves right or left automatically above speed of 40 mph.

- Cupertino, CA, USA

problem #111

Feb 142010


  • 250 miles
I recently leased a 2010 Toyota Corolla about 2 weeks ago. My problem is over the steering of the vehicle, I have been driving for over 12 years now, and this vehicle is totally unstable at highway speeds from 40mph and above. When I say unstable I mean the steering is too light for feel, and the car has a horrible tendency to sway into another lane. Every highway trip is a potentially hazardous adventure. I read that this may be because of electric steering installed on recent model Corollas...I am at a loss because I don't think the dealer is going to do anything for the steering, and I really have a strong feeling it is not the tires or brakes that Toyota is claiming, that affects the steering. I feel that they are trying to work there way around this issue. I need help as I have just got into my lease, overall I still think its a good car but not with this steering, it truly is scary to drive on any highway.

- Lodi, NJ, USA

problem #110

Jan 012010


  • 0 miles
2010 Toyota Corolla S purchased in December 2009. I reported to Toyota the fact that my car's steering seems to wander all over on the post-purchase survey sent to me. It happens daily on my work commute of 35 miles one way. Nothing has been done, there has been no contact.

- Andover, MN, USA

problem #109

Nov 022009


  • 269 miles
When I took my vehicle to the dealer for it's 3 month checkup, I informed them that I was having issues with the brakes and the steering. I told them that the car feels like it is out of alignment because when driving over 45mph the car pulls to one side and it is difficult to keep in a single lane on the highway. When I described the braking issues with the car, they told me that "the brakes are different than what I have been used to with other vehicles. The brakes don't seem to engage until the pedal is at the floor board. When they were ready to turn the car back over to me they told me that they did an alignment on the car and that they adjusted the rear brakes and bled the lines. I noticed that when they "test drove" the car they only went 3 miles. That distance, in the part of town where the dealer is located doesn't even get the car up to 40 mph. The original complaint of the car drifting is still there. Now the brakes hop and chatter when you press on the brake pedal at speeds of appx 45 mph, and when at a complete stop the car tends to creep forward even though the brakes are fully engaged. I bought this vehicle solely on the Toyota reputation, and now I am sorry that I did. I bought this vehicle on November 2,2009 and am still waiting to hear anything from Toyota regarding the accelerator pedal recall/repair. I should have gone with my first instinct and bought the Dodge instead of the Toyota.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #108

Feb 192010


  • 120 miles
We had a Corolla 2010. My wife said she had some difficulty to turn to the left and switch to the left lane on the highway.

- Annandale, VA, USA

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