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2002 Toyota Corolla repairs by problem area

Engine (49%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (2%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (9%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (22%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (5%)

Other (7%)

Chart based on 55 repairs.

2002 Toyota Corolla repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (13%)

$500 - $999 (4%)

$100 - $499 (54%)

< $100 (29%)

Chart based on 24 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

Engine not specified

Toyota in Nova Scotia, Canada
Oct 2008 - May 2009
Nov 2008

106640 mi

C $275
Rear brake drum shoe dragging. 
May 2009

110980 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

Toyota Corolla in Michigan, United States
Nov 2008 - Oct 2011
Apr 2010

114300 mi

US $120
Front passenger caliper froze up 
Toyota Corolla in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2009 - Jul 2010
Jun 2010

164300 mi

C $60
Rod Bearing Blown. Estimated $2500-$4500 for engine replacement. 
Toyota Corolla in Newfoundland / Lab., Canada
Sep 2009 - Jun 2011
Oct 2009

182280 mi

C $550
Car not handling well. Replaced front struts. 
Toyota Corolla in Michigan, United States
Oct 2008 - Jan 2016
Aug 2009

79000 mi

US $360
Emissions valve malfunctioned, triggering CEL and requiring replacement of the valve. Air conditioner O-ring leaking, requires labor-intensive repair and recharge A/C Headlight bulb burned out @79k miles (note this model has daytime running lights) Belt squeak for a few minutes when cold starting during cool or wet weather 
Jun 2010

83000 mi

US $55
Air conditioning recharge 
Jun 2013

98000 mi

US $20
Muffler support bolt broke due to rust. 
Sep 2014

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 Very slow leak at condenser o-ring, not repaired due to corrosion would require condenser replacement. Advised to recharge as needed every few years. 
Jan 2015

111000 mi

US $20

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2002 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan

125-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Corolla in North Dakota, United States
Feb 2012 - Sep 2012
Mar 2012

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. 
Toyota Corolla in North Carolina, United States
Jan 2011 - Jul 2011
Feb 2011

65000 mi

US $217
driver side door handle broke, door panel had to be replaced hence - +90bucks in labor; labor surhcharge would have been 45USD had the door panel not needed to be removed 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) 
Toyota Corolla in North Carolina, United States
Oct 2009 - May 2011
Nov 2009

102000 mi

US $137
In addition to routine maintenance, mass air sensor 1 
Mar 2010

106000 mi

US $88
Check engine light, mass o2 sensor, possible cc; leaking oil 
Jun 2010

107000 mi
Possible mass oxygen sensor or catalytic convertor issues, engine drinking oil by the quart every 1000 miles. Opted not to repair. 
Feb 2011

114000 mi

US $100
Wiper motor out entirely. checked fuses initially, then noticed burnt plastic on the cylinder joint where the motor is attached.  Front passenger side inner door handle pull snapped clean off.  
May 2011

116000 mi
P0420 code - catalytic convertor bank 1 imminent failure 
Toyota Corolla in Virginia, United States
Feb 2009 - Jun 2009
Jun 2009

151000 mi
Air conditioner compressor started sporadically not coming on within this season. When it came on, it worked fine, but sometimes it didn't come on. The blower motor had problems throughout the life of the car. Six replaced under warranty over the years. 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. 

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2002 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan

125-horsepower 1.8L I4 3-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Corolla in British Columbia, Canada
May 2009 - Mar 2015
Mar 2011

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. 
Aug 2014

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 Repair Histories

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