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2003 Toyota Corolla repairs by problem area

Engine (37%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (15%)

Suspension and Steering (17%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (19%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (2%)

Other (3%)

Chart based on 183 repairs.

2003 Toyota Corolla repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (6%)

$500 - $999 (12%)

$100 - $499 (66%)

< $100 (11%)

Chart based on 97 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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2003 Toyota Corolla

Engine not specified

Toyota Corolla in Texas, United States
Mar 2009 - Mar 2010
Apr 2009

119000 mi

US $526
The alternator and starter went out at same time. Both were replaced. 

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2003 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Toyota Corolla in New York, United States
Feb 2008 - Jun 2015
Mar 2009

180000 mi

US $3000
Car was driven to store and then wouldn't go into reverse. It was towed to a shop. It was the original clutch so that was repaired. After repair it still wouldn't go into reverse and was not running correctly. It was diagnosed with transmission trouble. A used transmissions was ordered and should be delivered next week. It will be installed and hopefully the problem will be over. I called Toyota and reported the problem in case they ever decide there is a problem.Manual transmissions seldom go bad. 
Dec 2010

205000 mi

US $800
Jul 2012

219000 mi
Took in for a/c recharge. After recharge A/C was turning on and off at will. Replaced battery. After battery was replaced there were two instances of car not starting. 
Nov 2014

238700 mi
The engine light won't go out. Possible major repairs. Not fixing because of cost at this time. The engine light has been a problem over the years but often was cleared and passed inspection, Hoping this will happen again. 
Toyota Corolla in Quebec, Canada
Feb 2006 - Mar 2010
Feb 2006

104923 mi

C $191
Front left wheel bearing replacement 
Jul 2007

110896 mi

C $1209
Transmission bearing replacement Clutch replacement 
Apr 2008

122955 mi

C $214
clip door handle replacement (rust leaking) oil pressure switch replacement (oil leaking) 55 points inspection 
Sep 2008

123524 mi

C $646
front shock replacement alignment 
May 2009

138920 mi

C $149
Front right wheel bearing replacement 

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2003 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Corolla in Ohio, United States
Jan 2008 - Jun 2011
Aug 2009

141000 mi

US $520
Catalytic Converter needed to be replaced. Check engine light provided the code that pointed to the replacement. Oxygen Sensor needed to be replaced. Check engine light provided the code that pointed to the replacement. 
Sep 2009

142000 mi

US $450
Replaced Rear Oxygen Sensor. Replaced Catalytic Converter. 
Toyota Corolla in Texas, United States
Jun 2008 - Mar 2011
Apr 2009

75000 mi

US $406
Brake pads, normal wear and tear. Transmission gasket leaking. 
May 2009

76000 mi

US $98
Timing chain tensioner oil ring leaking 
Jul 2010

89000 mi

US $450
Brake pads good, but rotors were shot. New Rotors, pads, system flush, and drum adjustments. 
Toyota Corolla in British Columbia, Canada
Jan 2009 - Aug 2009
Feb 2009

117180 mi

C $480
Front strut mount bearing replaced - did the strut as well. 
Toyota Corolla in Quebec, Canada
Nov 2008 - Mar 2010
Jan 2009

32240 mi

C $260
Toyota Corolla in Florida, United States
Jan 2009 - Dec 2014
Feb 2009

74000 mi

US $1100
Airbag light has been coming on. I took it in for them to look at it. They said there was a bad seat belt assembly and that the airbag sensor needed to be replaced. The total came to $1100, but too much to be replaced. 
Jun 2010

100000 mi

US $50
a/c quit working, took to shop for diaginostic, but they said it was something else. I paid $49 for them to look at it. Went to several parts stores before someone said "have you tried you relay?" so, I bought it and it worked....$7!!! 
Jan 2011

116000 mi

US $300
fuel pump and module need to be replaced 
Feb 2011

118000 mi

US $600
Wheel bearing assembly replaced on rear, both sides.  
Apr 2011

123000 mi

US $325
Noisy when stopping. Caused from ruptured wheel cylinder on right rear. Both cylinders and shoes replaced.  
Oct 2013

181300 mi

US $400
starter quit 
Toyota Corolla in Illinois, United States
Jan 2004 - Apr 2011
May 2004

65000 mi

US $5000
Dealership stated my transmission was failing and needed to be replaced. 
Nov 2008

175000 mi

US $280
Intake manifold gasket was bad. Replaced. 
Feb 2009

183000 mi

US $600
Calipers needed replacing. Air conditioning not blowing cold air. 
Sep 2009

197000 mi

US $300
The hood would rattle at idle, mechanic replaced some rubber mounts/dampers and solved the problem. I took it in for a CEL scan and left it overnight. When I went back the next day the mechanic said that the car's computer doesn't remember codes and that something is wrong with the ECU. 

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2003 Toyota Corolla 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

Toyota Corolla in California, United States
Feb 2008 - Aug 2008
Aug 2008

45000 mi

US $150
Splash guard under engine had become unattached at one corner, broken clips replaced. 

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2003 Toyota Corolla Repair Histories

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