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2002 Toyota Corolla Problems and Repair Histories

80 TrueDelta members own a 2002 Toyota Corolla. 15 of these members (18.8%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 33 repairs to 2002 Toyota Corollas--an average of 0.4 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2002 Toyota Corolla problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2002 Toyota Corolla problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2002 Toyota Corolla problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2002 Toyota Corolla repairs by problem area

52% of the 2002 Toyota Corolla repairs were to the engine, 9% to the brakes, 6% to the suspension, 18% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 6% to the body and trim, and 9% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 33 repairs.

2002 Toyota Corolla repair cost distribution

Of the 2002 Toyota Corolla repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 37% cost less than $100, 47% between $100 and $499, 5% between $500 and $999, and 11% between $1000 and $2499.

Chart based on 19 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten 2002 Toyota Corolla problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2002 Toyota Corolla

Engine not specified

Toyota in Nova Scotia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2008 106640    
106640 275 Rear brake drum shoe dragging. 
110980 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2008 100000    
114300 120 Front passenger caliper froze up 
128000  
Toyota Corolla in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2009 142600    
164300 60 Rod Bearing Blown. Estimated $2500-$4500 for engine replacement. 
 
Toyota Corolla in Newfoundland / Lab., Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2009 180420    
182280 550 Car not handling well. Replaced front struts. 
 
Toyota Corolla in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2008 69000    
79000 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 
83000 55 Air conditioning recharge 
98000 20 Muffler support bolt broke due to rust. 
104000  

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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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2012 140000    
141000 0 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. 
148000  
Toyota Corolla in North Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2011 65000    
65000 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) 
67000  
Toyota Corolla in North Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2009 102000    
102000 137 In addition to routine maintenance, mass air sensor 1 
106000 88 Check engine light, mass o2 sensor, possible cc; leaking oil 
107000 0 Possible mass oxygen sensor or catalytic convertor issues, engine drinking oil by the quart every 1000 miles. Opted not to repair. 
114000 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.  
116000 0 P0420 code - catalytic convertor bank 1 imminent failure 
Toyota Corolla in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 149000    
151000 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 87420    
104160 147 Timing chain tensioner was replaced as it was leaking oil. Had to replace front crankshaft oil seal as was leaking oil. 
124000  

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