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2002 Toyota Corolla repairs by problem area

Chart based on 53 repairs.

2002 Toyota Corolla engine repair cost distribution

Chart based on 17 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2002 Toyota Corolla

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112840 mi Engine threw a rod. Complete write-off. Oil changes regularly - last one five weeks prior to breakdown. No oil in engine at time of failure. No oil on driveway, no blue smoke, no low oil pressure warning light prior to rod being thrown. 

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2002 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan

125-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

137000 mi Compression low in cylinder 2. Rebuild required. No repair made. 
164300 mi

C $60
Rod Bearing Blown. Estimated $2500-$4500 for engine replacement. 
79000 mi

US $360
Emissions valve malfunctioned, triggering CEL and requiring replacement of the valve. Belt squeak for a few minutes when cold starting during cool or wet weather 
98000 mi

US $20
Muffler support bolt broke due to rust. 
108000 mi

US $469
1 of 2 exhaust gaskets replaced. 2nd not replaced due to stuck O2 sensor bolt. Timing chain tensioner O-ring replaced for leak 

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2002 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan

125-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

77300 mi

US $85
Oil Leak across engine compartment.Problem was determined to be bad PCV valve. Also completed oil change. 
141000 mi Bottom part of the shielding that protects the catalytic converter had rusted and fallen off. Mechanic said that the upper part of the shielding was still in place and it would be fine as long as I didn't drive in tall grass. 
65000 mi

US $100
timing chain tensioner was "spitting" oil - the mechanic noticed that while performing the NC state inspection. changed the drive belt at the same time (+100 bucks) 
153000 mi The check engine light had been on for about two years. The repair shop said it needed a new catalytic converter. Really, I think all it needed was a new O2 sensor - it passes the emissions test with flying colors. 
102000 mi

US $137
In addition to routine maintenance, mass air sensor 1 
106000 mi

US $88
Check engine light, mass o2 sensor, possible cc; leaking oil 
107000 mi Possible mass oxygen sensor or catalytic convertor issues, engine drinking oil by the quart every 1000 miles. Opted not to repair. 
119000 mi P0420 code - catalytic convertor bank 1 imminent failure 

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2002 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan

125-horsepower 1.8L I4 3-speed automatic FWD

104160 mi

C $147
Timing chain tensioner was replaced as it was leaking oil. Had to replace front crankshaft oil seal as was leaking oil. 
130200 mi

C $50
It was time to replace the serpentine belt as small crack could be seen at 205K... 

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2002 Toyota Corolla Engine Problems

89 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2002 Toyota Corolla. 14 of these members (15.7%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 27 engine repairs to 2002 Toyota Corollas--an average of 0.3 per vehicle--have been reported.

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