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2008 Toyota Corolla repairs by problem area

Engine (48%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (14%)

Suspension and Steering (5%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (11%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (7%)

Other (9%)

Chart based on 44 repairs.

2008 Toyota Corolla repair cost distribution

$2500+ (6%)

$1000 - $2499 (6%)

$500 - $999 (11%)

$100 - $499 (67%)

< $100 (11%)

Chart based on 18 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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2008 Toyota Corolla

Engine not specified

Toyota in Alberta, Canada
Jun 2010 - Jun 2011
Jul 2010

47740 mi

C $1000
The car kept shutting off on me when I would brake or slow down. They said it was the computer that needed to be replaced. 
Toyota Corolla in Georgia, United States
Dec 2010 - Jan 2011
Jan 2011

50000 mi
Idler Pull and belt fail. This failed again at 50K miles but was not covered this time. Car now sold 
Toyota Corolla in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2011 - Jan 2012
Mar 2011

14880 mi
clunk being experienced when first braking; issue is a slight gap between pad/caliper. no change required except new pads recommend after 15000km. Gear shift a bit sticky; links lubed and issue disappeared. 

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2008 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan

126-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Toyota Corolla in Colorado, United States
Jan 2012 - Jun 2012
Feb 2012

67500 mi

US $5282
Engine threw a rod at 66,130 while on freeway. Vehicle had been maintained by Toyota specifications. A 2 inch X 3 inch hole was knocked out of the engine block. 
Toyota Corolla in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2010 - Sep 2015
Dec 2011

44020 mi
Intake Manifold gasket replaced (still under warranty) 
Jul 2012

49360 mi
The clutch started squeaking. The noise seemed to come from clutch release cylinder, but dealer deemed that the noise is coming from clutch release fork. 
Oct 2012

52260 mi
Clutch release fork has to be lubricated again. The Don Valley North Toyota dealer is one of the worst, they lubricated the fork in June and the job need to be done again after few months. Went to different dealer. 
Mar 2014

66960 mi
Water pump failled. Replaces with new one. 
Apr 2014

67360 mi
The gas tank shield got dismounted making a loud banging noise under the car. Fixed with new screw -pretty easy procedure but need to go under the car very uncomfortable without proper lifting. 
Toyota Corolla in New York, United States
Jun 2014 - Sep 2015
Jul 2014

133700 mi

US $98
Plastic cover came loose under the car and rubbed against brakes. 
Nov 2014

140000 mi

US $700
2 bad coils replaced, fuel system cleaned. 
Feb 2015

143700 mi

US $120
Had to replace the washer motor. Mechanic suspects this was caused by using Rain-X fluid (FYI). 
Mar 2015

145000 mi

US $250
Pads dragging, released... 

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2008 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan

126-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Corolla in Nova Scotia, Canada
Apr 2013 - Jan 2014
May 2013

49600 mi

C $300
brake pads and rotors replaced. 
Toyota Corolla in California, United States
Jul 2011 - Sep 2015
Aug 2011

62000 mi

US $250
Replace serpentine belt idler. Well-known Corolla problem. Timing belt tensioner leaking oil. Well-known Corolla problem. 
Jul 2014

69000 mi

US $100
Gas tank heat shield mount point broke, very loud rattle. Known Corolla design defect, subject of a Tech Service Bulletin 
Toyota Corolla in Tennessee, United States
Sep 2010 - May 2011
Jan 2011

68000 mi
Common repair for 2003-2008 Corollas. Replace Computer which fixed rough idling and poor auto. shifting. 
Mar 2011

71000 mi

US $450
Front left brake caliper locked up. Replaced it along with all four worn brakes. 
May 2011

71000 mi
had Toyota check on a rattle, did not find source  
Toyota Corolla in New York, United States
Mar 2010 - Sep 2015
Aug 2012

37000 mi
Spring or bolt from the heatshield under the gas tank fell off causing the heatshield to land on the muffler tubes map light does not stay on. dealer stated that there was corrosion on the wires. 
Sep 2013

43000 mi

US $150
Battery was totally drained. Vehicle was not used for 2 months. 
Apr 2014

49000 mi
noise under engine/ transmission engine moves/twitchwhen putting in reverse or on gear 
May 2015

61000 mi

US $15
One wheel stud broke off and one was about to break. Replaced 2 studs and 1 nut 

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2008 Toyota Corolla Repair Histories

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