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2005 Toyota Corolla Problems and Repair Histories

2005 Toyota Corolla repairs by problem area

Engine (50%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (12%)

Suspension and Steering (8%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (15%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (4%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 129 repairs.

2005 Toyota Corolla repair cost distribution

$2500+ (2%)

$1000 - $2499 (20%)

$500 - $999 (16%)

$100 - $499 (56%)

< $100 (6%)

Chart based on 64 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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2005 Toyota Corolla

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Toyota Corolla in Iceland
Nov 2008 - Mar 2010
Dec 2008

62000 mi
Both headlight broken and the  

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2005 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 1.8L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Toyota Corolla in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2009 - Mar 2010
Mar 2009

83000 mi

US $100
Bad thermostat replaced at 84,000 miles, first noticed at 83,000 miles with check engine light. Bad thermostat stuck open, drivibility unaffected. 
Toyota Corolla in Minnesota, United States
Jul 2008 - Mar 2010
Aug 2008

39000 mi
Serpentine belt and tensioner replaced per a TSB 
Toyota Corolla in Georgia, United States
Jul 2008 - Jan 2015
Aug 2008

58000 mi

US $500
Cooling pump failure - plastic vanes of pump impeller failed. Mechanic recommended a thermostat replacement since an overheat had occurred. 
Dec 2009

76000 mi

US $250
Check Engine Light. Was a bad O2 sensor. 
Toyota Corolla in Alberta, Canada
Feb 2010 - May 2015
Jan 2013

80600 mi

C $165
Replaced serpentine belt 

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2005 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Toyota Corolla in California, United States
Apr 2015 - Mar 2016
May 2015

172000 mi

US $1000
Worn out manual clutch. It was replaced. 
Toyota Corolla in South Carolina, United States
Jan 2009 - May 2016
Sep 2010

114000 mi

US $300
Check engine light showed code P0171. I was told to replace oxygen sensor, which did no good, then I researched and found Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor was to blame. Replaced it, engine light off now. 
Dec 2010

119000 mi

US $11
During cold weather (15 F) engine revved (hunted) @ startup. Check engine light on, code said "engine running lean). From internet research, replaced intake manifold gasket. $10 part, 1.5 hours labor. 
Feb 2015

194000 mi

US $1175
Clutch had been slipping intermittently for about a year - mainly starting up steep grades. Recently started slipping in 2nd gear also. Took back to dealership for clutch replacement - about 24hour turnaround. 
May 2016

213000 mi

US $246
Went to start car - it just clicked. Tested battery - it was below 12 volts. Replaced battery and starter. Luckily -was at home. 
Toyota Corolla in Georgia, United States
Mar 2011 - Mar 2016
Sep 2012

87000 mi

US $250
The check engine light came on the car was idling really rough. There was a recall on the ECM unit. They replaced that and cleaned the throttle body. 
Toyota Corolla in New York, United States
Jan 2011 - Apr 2016
Sep 2011

87000 mi

US $23
Intermittent PO456, Slow Evap Leak. Replaced Gas Cap. 
Aug 2013

116000 mi
Escalating 5spd Manual Transmission noise.Car being used only for short local travel until owner can pull transmission for rebuild. 
Apr 2014

118000 mi
Increasingly noisey 5spd man transmission. Failed. Not repaired at this time. 
Jul 2015

118500 mi

US $2516
Transmission bearing failure. Replaced with a used 08 trans with 61K on it, turned flywheel, replaced clutch and TOB. 
Aug 2015

119000 mi

US $599
P2238, replace B1S1 sensor. Heat shield and tank strap replaced for corrosion. 
Mar 2016

121000 mi
Windshield wipers. Intermittent to final full failure to Park and operate in Intermittent mode. Cold solder joint on WW switch circuit board. Re-soldered. 
Apr 2016

121000 mi

US $246
Exhaust pipe sheared at rear flange (muffler). Installed resonator pipe kit. 
Toyota Corolla in British Columbia, Canada
Aug 2013 - Mar 2016
Nov 2014

96700 mi

C $275
1. Resonator pipe separated from the muffler pipe. Required new resonator pipe. 2. Heat shield between exhaust and gas tank came loose. New bracket was installed. 
Toyota Corolla in Florida, United States
Feb 2012 - Nov 2014
Aug 2012

69000 mi

US $485
Car very noisy. I thought it might be the tires. Shop said passenger side wheel bearing so I replaced both front wheel bearings. 
Toyota Corolla in Kansas, United States
Nov 2009 - Apr 2016
May 2015

178000 mi

US $150
Replaced the oxygen sensor 
Apr 2016

195000 mi

US $200
Replaced the oxygen sensors 
Toyota Corolla in New York, United States
- Nov 2009
Nov 2009

80600 mi

US $22
Replace intake manifold gasket with a new one. Did it myself in under an hour. Old gasket was worn and caused a vacuum leak. 
Toyota Corolla in Washington, United States
- Feb 2007
Aug 2004 Bought the car. Had paint chip one day 1, repaired right away by dealer 
Oct 2004

2000 mi
Backseat's seam was pulled up, repaired under warranty 
Nov 2006

20000 mi
Light was on saying door was open, but it was a missing part from the door. Check Engine light came on because gas cap was defective. Mechanic noticed a fluid leak which was repaired. All under warranty. 
Feb 2007

25000 mi
Sold car back to dealer and replaced with 2007 Prius. 

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2005 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Corolla in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2011 - May 2015
Aug 2013

118000 mi

US $350
rear wheel bearing was making noise and needed to be replaced. 
Jan 2014

122300 mi

US $540
Check engine light was coming on. Fuel System evaporative cannister was replaced 
Feb 2014

122700 mi

US $274
Intake manifold replaced 
May 2015

130000 mi

US $400
Routine brake pads and rotors. 
Toyota Corolla in Quebec, Canada
Sep 2007 - Aug 2010
Sep 2007

28662 mi
Reprogram computer (diffic. to start when warm). Change transmission cooler hose. 
Feb 2009

43090 mi

C $350
Change belt tensionner 
Toyota Corolla in Florida, United States
Mar 2011 - Dec 2015
Nov 2012

90000 mi

US $400
Tensioner pulley replacement. 
Feb 2014

97700 mi

US $350
Intake manifold gasket leak triggering check engine light. 
Sep 2014

101000 mi

US $650
Drivers side window fell down and wouldn't roll up. 
Toyota Corolla in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2011 - Jul 2015
Jun 2012

88660 mi

C $400
problems with undercarriage-front underside trim and also a plate underneath 
May 2015

136820 mi

C $1300
Full brake job Alternator replaced after battery could not seem to keep a charge. 
Toyota Corolla in California, United States
Feb 2012 - Feb 2012
Feb 2012

98000 mi

US $510
Drums were warped due to previous owner driving with e-brake on. Replaces drums, shoes, resurfaced rotors, lubed suspension because of some cracking, and oil change. 
Toyota Corolla in Quebec, Canada
Apr 2013 - Mar 2016
Nov 2013

71880 mi
battery 
Aug 2014

80600 mi

C $340
Broken middle part muffler. 
Apr 2015

86360 mi

C $200
Clock display was on/off all the time Plastic box were broken in the middle 
Sep 2015

91140 mi
Piece of exterior handles were rusted. I changed it to prevent rust dripping on paint. 
Toyota Corolla in Illinois, United States
Apr 2009 - Mar 2016
Feb 2014

159000 mi

US $1300
Rear drum shoes worn out. 
Toyota Corolla in North Carolina, United States
Nov 2014 - Mar 2016
Mar 2016

133000 mi

US $400
Oil Pan Reseal 
Toyota Corolla in North Carolina, United States
Jul 2015 - Mar 2016
Jan 2016

151500 mi

US $923
Replace timing chain tensioner and O-Ring 
Toyota Corolla in Ontario, Canada
- Jun 2006
Jun 2006

25 mi
windshield moulding had to be replaced due to whinning noise 
Toyota Corolla in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2014 - Mar 2016
Mar 2015

237000 mi

US $1479
Replace front steel transmission lines Replace both front struts rear brake shoes adjusted 
Toyota Corolla in British Columbia, Canada
Aug 2015 - Mar 2016
Oct 2015

107260 mi

C $690
Front brake pad replacement 
Toyota Corolla in California, United States
Jun 2013 - Dec 2014
May 2014

109000 mi
battery is dead. 
Toyota Corolla in New Brunswick, Canada
Feb 2010 - Mar 2016
Dec 2013

163060 mi

C $400
Rear passenger rocker panel rusted through. Area was cut out and patched with metal, body filled to smooth it all out, painted and rock guarded. 
Dec 2014

180420 mi
Transmission lines to radiator (for cooling) were leaking. The mechanic fashioned new lines and installed. This was identified during the cars annual MVI. 
Toyota Corolla in South Africa
Mar 2011 - Mar 2016
Nov 2011

37200 mi

R 300
Car was taken in for annual serivce. During this service it was discovered that the water pump needed replacing. The part was ordered but did not arrive the same day - it was then installed on the next day. 
Toyota Corolla in Quebec, Canada
Jun 2009 - Jul 2015
May 2010

88380 mi
CEL on. MAF sensor had to be cleaned. 
Sep 2011

111600 mi
Went in for general checkup but the engine light was on for several weeks. Manifold 'donut' seal leaking.  Oil leaking from Crank or Torque, tranny side. Will live with it. Engine light on. Caused by Gas Cap defect. Gas Cap replaced. Pain: Costs 40$ to put the car on the computer to discover causes of Witness Lights. Tire problem light on dash is on AGAIN. I will try adding air to tires. But the reset isn't easy for a non-mechanic to do. These witness lights on the dash oblige the consumer to make a trip to the garage, sometimes multiple times. 
Oct 2011

113500 mi

C $1500
Bought a 200,000k / 7 year extended warranty in 2005 at the Dealers. Errors on paperwork after the original contract lead to Warranty expiring after 120,000k. Haven't had a MAJOR REPAIR but if and when I will challenge Toyota. 
Sep 2012

133920 mi

C $700
Complete brake job. Drums turned. New Discs. Calipers were NOT jammed, which was good news. Motor is running well, transmission seems good. I am still please with my Corolla LE 2005. 
Nov 2013

147300 mi

C $25
No brake lights, not able to take car out of park. Replaced a fuse Under dash at the base of the brake pedal assembly. 
Sep 2014

152520 mi

C $300
Regular brake job on four wheels. 
Jan 2015

161400 mi

C $225
Wiper assembly linkage defective. Passenger wiper no longer functional. 
Jun 2015

162440 mi

C $65
Clean brakes 
Toyota Corolla in British Columbia, Canada
Apr 2010 - Sep 2011
Jun 2010

93000 mi

C $500
Remove and install new computer-major problem with Corollas 2000-2010 
Toyota Corolla in Minnesota, United States
Nov 2008 - Dec 2011
Sep 2010

98000 mi

US $498
Replace water pump, drain, flush, fill cooling system including heater core - serpentine belt, new plugs Small leak on pump - other items 100K PM. 
Toyota Corolla in Nebraska, United States
Feb 2007 - Dec 2012
Dec 2010

106000 mi

US $10
Replaced intake manifold gasket due to low idle condition, related to TSB.  
Toyota Corolla in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2008 - Mar 2011
Apr 2010

73780 mi

C $530
Replaced all 4 brake pads, and both front rotors, brought in due to metal-on-metal sound 
May 2010

74400 mi

C $120000
ECU bad, diagnose dunder warenty ECU replaced under warenty 
Toyota Corolla in Florida, United States
Aug 2007 - Dec 2012
Sep 2009

60000 mi

US $280
Replace front pads, turned rotors, flush refill brake fluid. Turn rear drums, adjust. Replace serpentine belt. 
Nov 2011

83000 mi

US $1475
Fuel pump failed on busy highway. Fuel pump replaced. Confidence in Toyota products greatly reduced. 
Toyota Corolla in Connecticut, United States
Feb 2007 - Jun 2015
May 2008

59000 mi
Fuel pump died. The above doesn't seem to have a choice for fuel system issues and I dont know if it was electrical for mechanical. The dealer covered it for free under a "TSB" for issues with the Corolla fuel pumps. 
Jan 2012

112300 mi

US $280
Code 0171...intake gasket was replaced...a TSB was released for it. 
Toyota Corolla in New York, United States
May 2008 - Dec 2015
Jul 2008

47000 mi

US $500
canister evap system..svs valves 
Jun 2009

64000 mi

US $1800
computer replaced transmission mods or valves 
Sep 2014

179000 mi

US $600
Rotors and pads and 1 wheel bearing replaced 
Dec 2014

182000 mi

US $256
Starter motor 
Mar 2015

186000 mi
Bearing wheel 
Nov 2015

198300 mi

US $400
Vacuum leak Rear brakes and drums 
Toyota Corolla in Washington, United States
Jul 2008 - Mar 2012
Aug 2008

57000 mi

US $500
Rear left wheel bearing was dried up (grease had leaked out unknowingly). There was a humming noise while driving around 35 mph. 
Toyota Corolla in New York, United States
Oct 2008 - May 2015
Nov 2008

44000 mi
The ecm went bad, could not drive it, had to be towed. Integrated relay went bad. Was in the shop for 3-5 days due to problem. Was very inconvenient for me to travel. Dealer didn't put me in rental. 
Sep 2009

56000 mi

US $127
mechanic noticed coolant hoses swelling and coolant not flowing properly. replaced upper and lower hoses. 
Mar 2010

64400 mi

US $1200
brake calipers went bad causing unsafe driving condition. brake calipers,pads,rotors replaced. brought car to shop due to vibration and pulsing at 60mph.shop checked brakes and front end. found bad front struts and brake calipers.had to replace calipers,rotors and pads. pads were 6 months old. shop covered pads. had to pay for rotors,calipers. 
May 2010

66100 mi

US $110
Motor mounts going bad. but not broken yet so mechanic could not replace. front and rear mounts. 
Sep 2010

71000 mi

US $1000
took car to Pep boys who said I needed alternator and replaced 2 times and could not fix. lost 419.00 because they could not put good alternator in car. towed car to Toyota dealer who fixed car for 700.00 under extended warranty. 
Jul 2011

79000 mi

US $1000
rear strut leaking replaced strut. replaced serpentine tensioner. 
Jan 2012

82000 mi

US $1262
Fix horn Engine and tranny mounts no good. 
Mar 2013

86000 mi

US $1600
transmission pan gasket leaking. timing chain tensioner exhaust from engine to cat converter starter went bad 
Jul 2013

87000 mi

US $300
belt tensr 
Jan 2015

90300 mi

US $1500
cooling system - replaced water pump,thermostat,both hoses. yr 2013 and hoses in 2015' suspension - control arms bushing went bad with inner and outer tie rods. yr 2013. 
Toyota Corolla in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2009 - Jun 2011
Oct 2010

123000 mi

US $300
Transmission coolant line. 
Toyota Corolla in Illinois, United States
Nov 2010 - Jun 2011
Dec 2010

79000 mi
Solenoid emissions 
Toyota Corolla in Illinois, United States
Mar 2007 - Jun 2013
Aug 2011

104700 mi

US $1600
replaced shocks and struts New starter 
Toyota Corolla in Iowa, United States
Feb 2007 - Jul 2009
Apr 2008

30000 mi
Intermittent squeaking. Problem has been seen in other Corollas. Replaced belt and idler. 3 weeks out of warranty, but Toyota authorized full coverage. 
Toyota Corolla in Massachusetts, United States
Jan 2010 - Jul 2015
Nov 2011

94300 mi

US $80
Squealing from the engine while driving, especially in the morning. The belt was wearing and needed replacement. 
Aug 2014

120000 mi

US $1300
Tubing carrying transmission fluid had a leak, caused a part below it to rust and need replacement as well. Catalytic converter rusted away causing loud noise when driving. 
Toyota Corolla in Massachusetts, United States
Dec 2011 - Nov 2012
Jan 2012

75700 mi
Brought the car in because of a warning light. A rubber gasket on the intake manifold was warn out or defective, requiring replacement of gasket. 
Nov 2012

90000 mi
Scraping noise from driver side front wheel well when turning steering wheel sharply. Dealer said this was a common Corolla problem and "adjusted" something for free. It is still not 100% fixed 
Toyota Corolla in Ohio, United States
Apr 2011 - Nov 2011
May 2011

93000 mi

US $100
The car squealed moderately loudly for about 10 minutes after first starting up the car in the mornings. The noise would go away for the rest of the day, but I went ahead and had the timing belt replaced. Now, no noise and no problem. 
Nov 2011

101000 mi

US $120
Minor oil leak near engine; gasket replacement solved the issue. Washer-fluid pump not working; ordered new motor, waiting for installation. 
Toyota Corolla in Mississippi, United States
Aug 2009 - Mar 2016
Mar 2011

90000 mi

US $217
Had to replace molding on the Back Windshield, because when hot outside it would make a continuous rubbing noise. 
Toyota Corolla in Michigan, United States
Aug 2007 - Sep 2013
Feb 2011

72000 mi

US $225
Intake valve was replaced. Also ECM was discovered to be bad. This item was replaced for free under a recall. 
Toyota Corolla in Minnesota, United States
Sep 2009 - Oct 2015
Mar 2011

69000 mi

US $200
Replaced leaking water pump. Rebuilt calipers during brake work. 
Sep 2011

69000 mi

US $120
AC noise, shop refilled freon but could not isolate noise. 
Toyota Corolla in Idaho, United States
Nov 2009 - Jul 2012
Mar 2011

110000 mi

US $300
Timing belt tensioner was "leaking", discovered at time of recall repair work, had it fixed 
Aug 2011

116000 mi

US $350
Also had serpentine belt and tensioner pulley changed to fix a small oil leak. 
Toyota Corolla in Tennessee, United States
Feb 2007 - Oct 2015
Apr 2012

100000 mi

US $20
Check engine light for evaporative emissions purge....needed new gas cap 
May 2013

105000 mi

US $385
Needed new half-shafts, inner CV joints worn out 

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