9th Generation (2001—2006) Corolla Problems

Corolla owners with a 2001—2006 model year have the most problems with the engine (36%), transmission (20%), and the body (9%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Engine Uses Excessive Oil 56 complaints at an average of 96,927 miles in the 2002 Toyota Corolla.
  2. Engine Surges While Stopped 7 complaints at an average of 68,851 miles in the 2006 Toyota Corolla.
  3. Transmission and Differential Failure 17 complaints at an average of 96,217 miles in the 2003 Toyota Corolla.

What Corolla Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Toyota model years.

Watch out for the 2006 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2006 75 8 84 30.02
2005 72 7 105 16.89
2004 44 10 92 18.23
2003 108 10 103 29.2
2002 95 5 53 28.39
2001 66 4 54 19.08

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