9th Generation (2001—2006) Corolla Problems

This generations ranks 82nd out of 86 Toyota generations in reliability. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (35%), transmission (20%), and the body (10%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Engine Uses Excessive Oil 57 complaints at an average of 97,832 miles in the 2002 Toyota Corolla.
  2. Transmission and Differential Failure 17 complaints at an average of 96,217 miles in the 2003 Toyota Corolla.
  3. Engine Surges While Stopped 7 complaints at an average of 68,851 miles in the 2006 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 77 8 89 29.16
2005 74 8 110 16.93
2004 47 11 97 18.67
2003 109 11 108 29.05
2002 96 5 58 28.3
2001 66 4 59 19.06

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