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2003 Toyota Corolla repairs by problem area

Engine (37%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

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 188 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 Idaho, United States
May 2010 - Dec 2015
Jun 2010

90000 mi

US $65
Wheel bearing. 
Oct 2010

94000 mi

US $25
Check engine light for catalytic converter, mpg down, replaced 02 sensor both problems fixed 
Aug 2014

125000 mi
Car would not start, replaced starter and solenoid component and problem fixed 
Toyota Corolla in Ontario, Canada
May 2014 - Jul 2014
Jul 2014

119660 mi

C $650
leaking oil pressure sensor 
Toyota Corolla in British Columbia, Canada
Sep 2011 - Apr 2012
Dec 2011

150660 mi

C $120
The serpentine belt was starting to show wear (cracks) 
Toyota Corolla in Saskatchewan, Canada
Mar 2010 - Jul 2012
Nov 2010

55800 mi

C $1100
oil leak. in midst of re-repair. replaced oil sending unit, oil pan seal, serpentine belt, swapped out wheels for winters. 
Toyota Corolla in Ontario, Canada
May 2011 - Sep 2011
Jun 2011

89900 mi
 
Jul 2011

111600 mi

C $250
Resonator replaced. 
Toyota Corolla in Wisconsin, United States
Mar 2010 - Dec 2015
Jun 2011

159000 mi

US $178
Replace right rear hub to replace sealed bearing that was starting to make humming noises. 
Oct 2011

165500 mi

US $200
Rattle in front suspension. Tried replacing upper strut mounts, but rattle same after repair. Will try Toyota TSB for this problem next. 
Jul 2012

190700 mi

US $120
Replaced sway bar links and eliminated clunking noise in front suspension. 
Jun 2014

245000 mi

US $240
Replaced RF wheel bearing 
Aug 2014

252000 mi

US $270
Starter solenoid contacts and cable corroding (lots of salt damage). Replaced starter, too lazy to take it apart and clean all of it. 
Feb 2015

259000 mi

US $170
Replaced front discs and pads.  One caliper slide was tight and I'll replace that soon too. 
May 2015

259000 mi

US $50
Replaced caliper bracket and slide pins 
Sep 2015

260000 mi

US $85
Ignition coil on cylinder 3 died, possibly from oil leaking into spark plug tube. 
Toyota Corolla in Manitoba, Canada
Dec 2010 - Feb 2015
Jan 2011

59520 mi

C $220
oil leaks, crank seal and oil sending unit. 
Feb 2015

100440 mi
engine threw a P0420 code for the cat converter. $1000 repair, couples with the clutch it was to costly to repair becuse of the cars worth. 
Toyota Corolla in South Dakota, United States
Sep 2009 - Dec 2015
Feb 2010

112420 mi

US $230
Replace Transaxle seal 
Oct 2010

124000 mi

US $278
R&R Rear Bearing & Hub Assembly, passenger side 
Dec 2010

126000 mi
Check Engine Light (CEL) triggered code P0171, System Too Lean, Bank 1. Cleaned Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor which was dirty. CEL has not reappeared. 
Dec 2011

134000 mi
Mass Air Flow Sensor dirty. P0171 check engine code. Cleaned sensor, reset code. Same problem happened 1 year ago. 
Jan 2013

145000 mi
Check Engine Light, P0171 code - cleaned MAF sensor with MAF Sensor cleaner. Get this code every year in the desert. Easy fix. 
Feb 2014

155000 mi

US $3
Check Engine Code P0171 (Mass Air Flow Sensor reqs. cleaning). Cleaned sensor with MAF Sensor cleaner from Walmart. 15 minute repair. 
Toyota Corolla in Bulgaria
Nov 2009 - Jun 2011
Dec 2009

71920 mi

$600
worn front rotors and brake pads 
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
Brakes 
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 Wisconsin, United States
Nov 2011 - Oct 2013
Feb 2012

148300 mi

US $1900
Manual transmission completely seized. Bearings failed. 
Oct 2012

161700 mi

US $500
Replaced front struts and stabilizer links. 
Jan 2013

166000 mi

US $250
Replaced worn rear struts 
Toyota Corolla in Quebec, Canada
Jun 2012 - Dec 2015
Feb 2013

60140 mi

C $310
water pump replaced Part #6003610 was replaced [variable solenoid] but i dont have the exact name and what it does. It has to do with valve timing I believe. 
Jul 2014

71760 mi

C $1008
replace front stab.bar [link kit and bushing] ,replace 2 front shocks, also includes oil change and cabin air filter replacement 
Mar 2015

83700 mi

C $200
Replaced some kind of electronic or electrical part [resistance?]for car heater. Had no heat in car. Replaced oil pressure "sensor." 
Aug 2015

98780 mi

C $167
Exhaust system repair 
Sep 2015

100440 mi

C $422
Right rear wheel bearing replaced left front rotor disc replaced for the second time under warrantee by the independant repair shop. No charge. 
Dec 2015

102920 mi

C $2000
Rebuilt the manual transmission and replaced the clutch 
Toyota Corolla in Quebec, Canada
Feb 2013 - Oct 2015
Mar 2013

193440 mi

C $250
Front wheel bearing worn out and replaced. 
Feb 2015

244440 mi

C $100
For what I know only the one faulty sensor was changed. It had to do with electric circuits to the cylinders so when it failed the engine simply stopped right there and then. 
Oct 2015

257920 mi

C $550
Manifold leak 
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 
Toyota Corolla in Manitoba, Canada
Dec 2008 - Dec 2015
Oct 2012

128580 mi

C $500
replace struts 
Jun 2015

193440 mi

C $50
Odometer wouldn't go past 299999. Manufacturer replaced no charge other than labour. 

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2003 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Corolla in Georgia, United States
May 2013 - Dec 2015
Nov 2013

143500 mi

US $700
Replaced intake manifold gasket, replaced VSV Replaced serpentine belt Cracked Timing chain tensioner O-ring; replaced O-ring 
Toyota Corolla in Nova Scotia, Canada
Jul 2014 - Dec 2014
Jul 2014

168020 mi
parking brake lines needed to be replaced 
Toyota Corolla in Arizona, United States
Nov 2009 - Dec 2015
Jul 2013

127700 mi

US $1100
Replaced all 4 struts as a couple of them were leaking fluid. 
Toyota Corolla in New Jersey, United States
Dec 2013 - Dec 2015
Mar 2014

203000 mi

US $100
Replaced starter. CEL code PO171. Replaced intake manifold gasket. Replaced O2 sensors. 
Toyota Corolla in Pennsylvania, United States
Jan 2008 - Jun 2015
Feb 2014

164700 mi

US $120
O2 sensor had to be replaced. 
Jun 2014

169000 mi

US $800
Radiator had a leak in it. Repaired the entire radiator. 
Toyota Corolla in California, United States
Jan 2010 - Dec 2015
Sep 2014

83000 mi

US $100
Dead starter - Replaced with rebuilt. 
Dec 2014

84000 mi

US $361
Coil pack gone bad. Coil pack and spark plugs replaced. 
Toyota Corolla in Manitoba, Canada
Nov 2003 - Mar 2014
Dec 2003

620 mi
windows seals replaced on all doors they appeared to shrink and could visibly see they didn't fit. 
Dec 2004

6200 mi
intermittent Chirp noise at idle after changing three belts they changed the exhaust donut. 
Dec 2005

18600 mi
replaced right front strut due to clunking noises 
Dec 2009

55800 mi

C $220
crank oil seal leak . 
Sep 2011

68200 mi

C $250
occasional engine light and rough running on cold days. Replaced intake manifold gasket. replaced both front stuts and mounts due to clunking noises in front end. 
Mar 2013

81840 mi

C $60
4liters of oil leaked out of the oil pressure transducer 
Apr 2013

83240 mi

C $300
Leaking exhaust manifold gasket causing squeezing sounds on idle when car wet 
Mar 2014

99200 mi

C $250
Oil leak from main crank pulley oil seal 
Toyota Corolla in Alabama, United States
Sep 2014 - Dec 2015
Dec 2014

111000 mi

US $100
The headlight bulb connector (sometimes called a "pigtail" became freed/burned. It was causing the bulb to flicker and wear prematurely. I had it replaced. 
Toyota Corolla in Michigan, United States
Feb 2004 - Mar 2010
Jan 2004

30000 mi
transmission slipping. dealer stated low on fluid. contacted Toyota. filled fluid. no explanation by either for problem. no issues since. 
Toyota Corolla in Illinois, United States
Aug 2013 - Dec 2015
Jul 2015

138700 mi

US $125
Replaced alternator, bad bearing 
Aug 2015

139300 mi

US $125
Failed radiator 
Toyota Corolla in California, United States
Aug 2007 - Jun 2011
Dec 2007

90000 mi

US $150
Replaced hydraulic tensioner and serpentine belt. 
Nov 2009

133000 mi

US $7
Replace brake lamp 
Toyota Corolla in West Virginia, United States
- Jun 2007
Jun 2007

45000 mi

US $150
belt tensioner 
Toyota Corolla in New York, United States
Mar 2008 - Jun 2011
May 2008

49000 mi

US $900
New brake pads and rotors Parking brake lube and drum brake adjustment Transmission fluid flush Fuel injector clean Cracked belt replacement Oil change Tire rotation NYS Inspection 
Feb 2009

56000 mi

US $20
Oil change Interior panel repair 
Toyota Corolla in New Jersey, United States
Jul 2015 - Jul 2015
Jul 2015

193000 mi

US $343
Replaced serpentine belt tensioner and serpentine belt 
Toyota Corolla in Arizona, United States
Sep 2013 - Dec 2015
Jun 2015

52000 mi

US $100
Replace Shrader valves on AC unit. 
Toyota Corolla in Florida, United States
Sep 2011 - Aug 2015
Oct 2013

101000 mi
One of the headlights were burnt out. Old headlight were Sylvania Silverstar. I retrofitted Philips HIR2 bulbs to fit the headlights. Now I have much brighter lights. I paid $60 for two. Little pricier than the Silverstar but longer lasting. 
Jan 2014

104000 mi

US $50
Check engine light turned on after a fill up at the gas station. Went to dealership and was told code was P0442 indicating a fuel vapor leak. I was told it would cost $500 but I really didn't need to get it fixed. Dealership cleared light. 
Aug 2015

116000 mi
Noticed three weeks prior that A/C was intermittently not cooling. Four days ago, A/C stopped cooling totally. Blower worked, but only hot. Went to three machinics, who told me Evaporator core clogged. It would be around $1400 to fix. 
Toyota Corolla in India
Mar 2014 - Jun 2015
Dec 2014

60760 mi

$4000
RPM rising wn I crank engine on N & P,but whenI put it on D RPM reduce from 2000 to 800,I didn't rectify so far..plz recommend from where I. Start 
Toyota Corolla in Manitoba, Canada
May 2011 - Dec 2015
Feb 2015

218240 mi

C $35
Oil pressure sender sprang a leak. Quick fix while getting oil change. 
Toyota Corolla in Indiana, United States
Oct 2013 - Dec 2015
Jun 2015

275000 mi

US $100
Starter 
Dec 2015

276000 mi

US $35
Rear drum brake replacement, pads and springs. 
Toyota Corolla in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2014 - Sep 2014
Sep 2014

186000 mi

C $700
two front bearings replaced 
Toyota Corolla in New York, United States
Mar 2012 - Mar 2014
Jul 2012

139000 mi

US $350
New struts -front- new strut mounts- new shocks rear' 
Jan 2014

158500 mi

US $75
front rotors out of round . Replaced front rotors and brake pads. 
Mar 2014

159000 mi

US $25
intake manifold gasket replaced. hood latch release cable broken. 
Toyota Corolla in Illinois, United States
Feb 2008 - 2015
Nov 2008

55598 mi

US $4942
Engine, and engine computer replaced. 
Oct 2009

32000 mi

US $2900
Broken rod in engine. The car broke a rod when I was driving home from work. noticed the problem five minutes after leaving. 
Feb 2010

45000 mi

US $2400
problems with the car starting and stopping with foot off gas pedal. The car died in the middle of the intersection. 
Jul 2015

131300 mi

US $3700
Multiple things went out at once with this car in between the summer and now. ignition coils, headers, manifold all needed to be replaced in one month. 
Aug 2015

132700 mi
Then the computer the next. This car is no longer running. 
Toyota Corolla in Maryland, United States
Aug 2008 - Jun 2013
Mar 2010

111000 mi

US $140
a/c was not cooling. shop checked a/c for leaks. NO leaks found. Refrigerant was low, so additional refrigerant was added. Stuck Driver's Side Caliper which created pulsations and burning smell.  Recharged the A/C and performed compression test for leaks 
Apr 2010

112900 mi

US $296
Replaced front left Caliper 
Aug 2010

119000 mi

US $150
Replaced both front rotors and pads. 
Apr 2011

130000 mi

US $52
Check Engine Light with P0420 error code.rnReplaced Downstream Oxygen Sensor. 
Toyota Corolla in Alabama, United States
Mar 2010 - Dec 2013
May 2010

69500 mi

US $50
Central airbag sensor assembly replaced 
Jan 2011

73000 mi
MAF cleaned. 
May 2011

74000 mi

US $50
freezing coil sensor replaced 
Jun 2011

76000 mi
piston soak to help with oil consumption, successful 
Oct 2011

79300 mi
One headlight heavily fogged from inside. Removed bulbs and dried using hair dryer. 
Feb 2013

87500 mi

US $10
Intake gasket leak. Known issue per TSB. 
Jul 2013

90000 mi

US $55
Defective headlights switch replaced. 
Toyota Corolla in Nova Scotia, Canada
Aug 2009 - Sep 2013
Jun 2010

97960 mi

C $250
Bearings on front driver side replaced. 
Jul 2010

98580 mi

C $260
Front brakes, rotor & pads replaced. 
Aug 2010

99200 mi

C $120
Rear brake drums rusted they were replaced. 
Sep 2010

99820 mi

C $215
Left front brake caliper replaced and system bled. 
Feb 2011

103540 mi

C $250
Right front wheel bearing replaced 
Sep 2011

110360 mi

C $380
Rear brakes shoes replaced catalytic converter replaced 
Nov 2012

122500 mi

C $230
Front bank oxygen sensors replaced 
Aug 2013

127100 mi

C $2500
complete front brakes disk and pads and complete rear brakes, drums, shoes, and hardware front struts 
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 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 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 Texas, United States
Apr 2011 - Dec 2015
Jul 2013

118000 mi

US $371
The engine would not turn over when the ignition was turned. The problem was related to the switch/cable in the gearshift assembly. The car was not registering that the trans. was in park. The transmission shift cable had to be replaced. 
Jan 2014

121000 mi

US $16
Items broken, but not worth the cost of repair: the driver's foot rest came loose from the mount, the passenger's sun shade mounting bracket broke, the center console storage door broke, and the passenger's door guard has come loose. Replaced car antenna 
Sep 2014

121000 mi

US $38
Removed and replaced blower motor which was working intermittently. 
Oct 2015

124500 mi

US $352
Replaced cracked read brake drums and flushed brake fluid. 
Toyota Corolla in New York, United States
Aug 2010 - Jan 2015
Oct 2010

145000 mi

US $275
I ordered a new catalytic convertor and resonator. I have yet to replace it. 
Jul 2012

161500 mi

US $89
Replaced left rear wheel bearing. The back plate to the hub is made of metal and rusted through. The replacement hub fixed the issue with plastic to prevent failure due to corrosion. 
Aug 2012

162000 mi

US $240
The left front wheel bearing was replaced 
Apr 2013

168000 mi
Check Engine light is on for P046 for VSV Evap system. I have not diagnosed or repaired it yet 
Oct 2014

177700 mi

US $400
Muffler had a hole in it. Replaced the muffler Replaced the left front wheel bearing 
Toyota Corolla in Maryland, United States
Dec 2011 - Dec 2015
Aug 2012

149000 mi

US $235
Replace relay for air conditioner and recharge A/C system. 
Jan 2014

162300 mi

US $32
Check engine light came on with low fuel, did not clear by filling tank and tightening gas cap. I replaced gas cap, which was probably original. Light went out and stayed out. 
Apr 2014

163300 mi
Replaced both rear wheel bearings and hubs, due to roaring/rubbing noise from rear. Noise gone. 
Jul 2014

164700 mi

US $435
Car failed to start at all, after a few incidents of intermittent failure. No cranking, battery seemed OK. Car towed in, mechanic replaced alternator. 
Dec 2014

167000 mi

US $544
Broken exhaust pipe at rear flange, not due to collision. Re welded. Replace timing chain tensioner o-ring. 
Toyota Corolla in California, United States
May 2011 - Jan 2013
Jul 2012

115700 mi

US $300
Replace brake pads and machine rotors. 
Toyota Corolla in Georgia, United States
Nov 2010 - Dec 2013
Jan 2013

119000 mi

US $400
Worn driver side front stub axle bearing causing mild grinding noise when loading driver side of car during cornering. Bearing seized on stub axle from rust, so stub axle replaced with bearing. 
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. 
Toyota Corolla in Illinois, United States
Feb 2012 - May 2012
May 2012

87000 mi

US $150
Oil leaking from timing chain tensioner; tensioner replaced. 
Toyota Corolla in Alberta, Canada
Nov 2009 - Oct 2012
Nov 2011

114700 mi

C $490
EVAP Canister or Solenoid failure. Replaced unit as whole at cost of 350.00 CDN Front drivers brake caliper seized while braking. 
Toyota Corolla in New Jersey, United States
Mar 2010 - Oct 2015
Nov 2010

162000 mi

US $300
Low beams stopped working, only high beams were functional. 
Toyota Corolla in British Columbia, Canada
Mar 2011 - Mar 2013
Jan 2012

137820 mi

C $158
This vehicle is used daily for work requiring alot of stopping/starting in the city as well as on the highway. This is the reason for the brake pad and rotor replacement. 
Jul 2012

161200 mi

C $150
Brakes grabbing, had to replace front calipers. problem solved. 
Dec 2012

186000 mi

C $300
The problem is with TOYOTA! Odmeters on these cars STOP at 299,000 km's and Toyota will not replace. They made me pay for the new odometer myself. NOT HAPPY. Obviously it had to be replaced to have some sort of record of my car. 
Toyota Corolla in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2011 - Jun 2012
Apr 2012

119200 mi
clicking sound, engine light on took to toyota said there was nothing wrong in the initial diagnostic and said they "fixed" clicking however continued on to the next day took it back to the dealer and they finally fixed the problem 

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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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