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2009 Toyota Corolla repairs by problem area

Engine (34%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (4%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (23%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (14%)

Other (11%)

Chart based on 146 repairs.

2009 Toyota Corolla repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (11%)

$100 - $499 (63%)

< $100 (19%)

Chart based on 27 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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2009 Toyota Corolla

Engine not specified

Toyota Corolla in Colombia
May 2011 - Jul 2011
Jun 2011

19840 mi

$500
Problem with the accessories V Belt and Tensor 
Toyota Corolla in Oklahoma, United States
Apr 2012 - May 2012
May 2012

37000 mi
The locks(where you insert key) were not turning very well. It was hard to unlock car 
Toyota Corolla in Alberta, Canada
Mar 2011 - Dec 2012
Aug 2012

48540 mi
Water pump replaced under warranty 
Toyota Corolla in Nova Scotia, Canada
Nov 2008 - Jun 2010
Dec 2008

4960 mi
Front door seals do not seem to be that airthight. Some road noise and wind seems to be heard in the cabin. The dealer says there are no issues. 
Sep 2009

12400 mi
They had to refinish the alloy wheels due to some pitting. 
Toyota Corolla in Virginia, United States
Mar 2014 - Apr 2015
Apr 2015

60000 mi
check engine light, and got P0354 code from OBD scanner. (ignition coil D). I guessed that it was the 4th from the left. replaced the coil, and all 4 spark plugs. 2 days went by, check engine light and now it's P0351 and P0354 (A and D) . 

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2009 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan

158-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Toyota Corolla in Alberta, Canada
Mar 2008 - Jan 2016
Aug 2008

4340 mi
Apron on under-side of moonroof came loose and would not stay when pushed back into place. A very minor issue. 
Oct 2012

40480 mi
The coating is bubbling up off all the wheel rims. Toyota is not accepting any responsibility on the basis that the warranty had expired (it had been >3 yrs). Problem was noticed at 58,000 km (60,000 km being the other warranty limitation). 
Jun 2014

52080 mi

C $1000
All wheel rims had rusted to the point where tires had a slow (2 week) leak in them. I notified Toyota of the problem at 62,000 km (2,000 km + 1 year past warranty) but they refused to help in any way. This will be my last Toyota! 
Toyota Corolla in California, United States
Apr 2010 - Sep 2011
Jan 2010

8000 mi
Diagnostic test and road test performed. Throttle surged up and down in icy road conditions. Problem could not be traced or repeated. 
Sep 2011

28000 mi
Glue leaked through headliner fabric. Headliner replaced. 
Toyota Corolla in Illinois, United States
May 2014 - Jun 2016
Sep 2015

28000 mi
Exhaust shield broke 

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2009 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan

132-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Toyota Corolla in Texas, United States
Aug 2013 - May 2015
Jul 2013

27299 mi
Water Pump Replaced 
May 2015

34000 mi
Axle popping from time to time. Dealership could not duplicate. 
Toyota Corolla in Kentucky, United States
Mar 2008 - Mar 2016
Feb 2010

35000 mi
Ticking noise in windshield. Toyota has issued a TSB for the problem. Parts ordered. Clutch pedal makes a clicking noise. Dealer says noisy clutch pedal is normal. Engine rattles on warm restarts after being driven and sitting for about an hour. Dealer could not reproduce. Ticking noises in windshield continued after repair specified in TSB. TSB specifies work for upper and lower part of windshield. I suspect dealer only did one or the other and not both. 
May 2010

37300 mi
Rattle on warm engine startup. 
Jun 2010

38000 mi
Appealed diagnosis of engine noise to regional office and they ordered a repair. Parts ordered, but no follow-up from dealer. 
Oct 2010

48000 mi
Replaced camshaft gear assembly under a manufacturer TSB. Intermittent engine knock/rattle on warm starts continues. 
Dec 2012

88000 mi
Squeaky linkage. 
Mar 2013

93000 mi
Squeaky linkage and clutch. Nothing done. 
Toyota Corolla in Quebec, Canada
Jun 2009 - Sep 2011
Jul 2010

16120 mi
Rattle in the roof light. 
Apr 2011

27280 mi
Defective wiper control arm so the wipers won't turn on when sub-zero temperature, but afer heating the cabin the controls were caming back. Replaced the control arm and controls seem OK for now. 
Toyota Corolla in Washington, United States
Apr 2008 - Mar 2010
Nov 2009

21000 mi
During the hot summer months, the radio would start ejecting all the cds and if you tried to go to a new station it would turn off. This happened nearly every time we would start the car. 
Toyota Corolla in New York, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2015
Sep 2013

82000 mi
Transmission makes a clicking noise noticeable at low speeds that goes away when clutch is engaged. Common problem on corolla forums. Dealer could not replicate so they did not repair under extended warranty. 
Jan 2014

87500 mi

US $500
My throw out bearing started squeaking (a known issue on this corolla) and its replacement was covered under my extended warranty. While they were in there I had them replace the clutch which I paid for out of pocket. 
Apr 2014

95700 mi
So my radio stops working when it gets cold out. Once the car warms up it starts working again. I took it to the dealer and they were unable to replicate so I have to wait for next winter! 
Toyota Corolla in Oregon, United States
Dec 2008 - Oct 2013
Oct 2009

37000 mi
Ck Engine Light came on. Smelled H2S at tailpipe. Dealer updated computer. I have noticed no change in performance. First and only problem in 37k of highway commuting. Getting 38 mpg highway 

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2009 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan

132-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Corolla in Virginia, United States
Feb 2009 - Mar 2016
Aug 2014

65000 mi

US $120
Replaced leaking water pump. 
Toyota Corolla in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2012 - Apr 2016
Apr 2014

68040 mi

C $200
On a rainy day the Alternator gave away. 
Toyota Corolla in North Carolina, United States
Dec 2012 - Mar 2016
Aug 2014

73000 mi

US $335
Trunk lid latch failed, replacement part installed by dealer. Still working out if covered by extended warranty or not. 
Toyota Corolla in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2010 - Aug 2014
Jul 2013

90700 mi

US $100
battery failed to keep charge 
Oct 2013

96000 mi
Weird cranking, grinding noise at start, T-SB-0087-09. Replaced camshaft timing gear assembly. 
Jan 2014

99426 mi

US $661
Replaced starter motor 
Toyota Corolla in New York, United States
Mar 2008 - Feb 2015
Jul 2013

53300 mi

US $144
Loud noise from sepentine belt area (passenger side of engine). Had dealer identify the cause as a defective water pump. I purchased an OEM water pump on line and replaced it myself. 
Sep 2013

56000 mi

US $220
Battery light illuminated constantly. I replaced alternator with Autozone 110Amp unit. Old alternatod was totally dead. No Output. 
Toyota Corolla in Massachusetts, United States
Jan 2012 - Jul 2013
Feb 2013

65000 mi

US $674
Cooling system; water pump leaking; replaced with recommended Toyota upgraded water pump; system flush/coolant replacement 
Jul 2013

68000 mi

US $410
Normal brake service/front; replaced pads and rotors; pads were worn tp 2-3mm 
Toyota Corolla in California, United States
May 2012 - May 2015
Jan 2012

50000 mi

US $481
replaced free under extended warranty 
Toyota Corolla in Illinois, United States
Jan 2013 - Mar 2016
Jun 2013

105000 mi

US $210
Replaced water pump after it began to leak. It wasn't leaking a lot, just weeping some fluid and it was being thrown on the underside of the hood. 
Toyota Corolla in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2010 - Dec 2010
Dec 2010 Brought it 3 times to dealer could not repair rattles and squeaks 
Toyota Corolla in South Carolina, United States
Oct 2013 - Jul 2015
Nov 2013

97500 mi

US $167
Front brake replaced 
Toyota Corolla in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2014 - Mar 2016
Jan 2015

86000 mi
Battery purchase at COSTCO not fully chargeable 
Toyota Corolla in Kentucky, United States
Jun 2014 - Jun 2015
Jun 2015

122000 mi

US $120
Replaced roaters and brake pads. 
Toyota Corolla in North Carolina, United States
Oct 2012 - Mar 2016
May 2015

46000 mi

US $20
Drain was clogged and needed to be cleaned out. 
Toyota Corolla in Texas, United States
May 2015 - Aug 2015
Aug 2015

100000 mi
Poping noise driver side. Most likely outer CV joint needs replacement 
Toyota Corolla in Nova Scotia, Canada
Sep 2015 - Mar 2016
Sep 2015

113460 mi

C $250
Replaced front rotors and pads. Cleaned and greased rear brakes. 
Toyota Corolla in Florida, United States
Jun 2015 - Sep 2015
Sep 2015

66000 mi

US $300
Alternator 
Toyota Corolla in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2014 - Mar 2016
May 2015

52700 mi

C $100
Replaced noisy water pump with new updated design. 
Toyota Corolla in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2015 - Apr 2015
Apr 2015

229400 mi

C $60
alternator broke 
Toyota Corolla in Minnesota, United States
Apr 2014 - Mar 2016
Aug 2014

109700 mi

US $400
water pump completely broke down 
Toyota Corolla in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2014 - Oct 2014
Oct 2014

61000 mi
would not start. towed to dealer for required computer repair 
Toyota Corolla in Texas, United States
Sep 2015 - Jan 2016
Oct 2015

59700 mi

US $456
Alternator is dead, my previous 1995 Corolla had the same issue in 2005. 
Toyota Corolla in Ohio, United States
Dec 2014 - Jun 2015
Mar 2015

62000 mi

US $500
CV boot replacement 
Toyota Corolla in Nova Scotia, Canada
Dec 2012 - Sep 2013
Jan 2013

61340 mi

C $163
A quarter of a strip of my rear defroster burned out 
Mar 2013

63860 mi
A short but loud squeel everytime I started my car. Sounded like a drive belt. After many attempts over more than a year to identify the problem it was finally figured out that it was the timing belt and pulleys that needed changing. It is fixed now... 
Jul 2013

71520 mi
Trunk lid hinge replaced 
Aug 2013

74220 mi

C $400
I have been complaining about my breaks being to soft or the past year with a reply of "there is no problem with them" Then the front breaks finally went. Had to replace everything. Not cool when they keep passing the buck. 
Toyota Corolla in South Carolina, United States
Aug 2012 - Mar 2016
Sep 2014

53000 mi

US $300
water pump failure 
Toyota Corolla in New Jersey, United States
Mar 2011 - Dec 2015
Jun 2012

81000 mi

US $390
The water pump went bad. It was replaced with a new water pump. 
Jun 2015

172000 mi

US $1300
Worn brakes and tires. This repair included ceramic brakes and 4 new tires. Front struts were worn out, one of them leaking. Had both front struts replaced. 
Jul 2015

174300 mi

US $900
Problem: Sudden, extremely loud shrieking noise from the front of the engine. Resolution: Alternator replaced. Problem: Alternator went bad (repaired same trip). Resolution: Serpentine belt replaced. 
Dec 2015

184000 mi

US $332
Check engine light went on, checked my AAA SmartTrek email notification for immediate replacement of: P0352 - Ignition Coil "B" Primary Control Circuit/Open 
Toyota Corolla in Florida, United States
Jan 2008 - Apr 2012
Nov 2008

10000 mi
I had the radio replaced under warranty because the display went dead sporadically. They replaced the radio under warranty and the new one has pulled the same crap a few times. I have a friend that had a 2009 Corolla that had the same problem. 
May 2010

40500 mi

US $100
The bearing in the alternator failed. Toyota dealer quoted $720. Bought salvaged part on ebay for $65 and replaced it myself. Not covered under power train warranty! 
Sep 2010

49000 mi
Automatic Transmission made high pitch whine. Dealer said that it was an internal failure and replaced it under the power train warranty. Also gave me a free rental on a Camry for the day. 
Oct 2010

50000 mi
Brief Engine Knock/Rattle Noise at Cold Startup. T-SB-007-09. 2009 Toyota Corolla made horrible noise when started. Dealer replaced the camshaft timing gear and associated gaskets. 
Jan 2011

58000 mi
When idling in drive, the RPM's drop from a normal level at about 900 down to 600 and then back up again, independent of the a/c being on or off. Car shake when its at 600 RPM. Dealer "Cleaned the injectors" but it did not help. 
Apr 2012

82000 mi
Still had uneven idle and terrible noise when first starte when sold. Rust was starting in 3 spots right above the windshield. Bubbling up, not from a chip in the paint. Also light rust around the trunk opening, like the paint was not thick enough.  
Toyota Corolla in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2008 - Mar 2016
Nov 2009

11400 mi
Rear speaker rattle. Bolts tightened. 
Dec 2010

24800 mi
Left rear door could not be opened from inside. Dealer fixed it. 
Mar 2011

27280 mi

C $79
The oil filter cap assembly ( plastic!) had welded itself to the aluminum housing and had to be broken to remove. Toyota dealer service mgr.admitted this is not an unusual problem due to proximity of the cap to heat from the engine. 
Nov 2014

68660 mi
Trunk lid spring made stiffer to keep up. 
Toyota Corolla in West Virginia, United States
Feb 2009 - Jun 2011
Jan 2010

51000 mi

US $100
ABS, Traction control and VSC lights came on. Diagnosed as faulty wiring harness. Harness replaced but problem persisted. Wheel hub assembly replaced due to faulty wheel speed sensor. 
Toyota Corolla in North Carolina, United States
Mar 2009 - Jun 2011
Apr 2009

18000 mi
Engine burning 1 quart of oil very 2000 miles. Toyotas fix is reprogramming computer to change timing. Now engine has less power, lower gas mileage and still burns oil. 
May 2010

36800 mi
Engine uses over a quart of oil between oil changes even after reprogramming which caused fuel mileage and power to decrease. Engine shakes violently and has loud metal on metal noise when started after two to three days without running. Also has loud tappet noise when started after idle for two or more hours. 
Oct 2010

43000 mi

US $96
Problem with AC odor noticed when new but told it was normal. Searched on line and saw there is a TSB for odor but car was out of warranty then. Was made to pay part of bill to correct. 
Toyota Corolla in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2008 - Jul 2010
Mar 2010

17980 mi
replaced wheel bearing 
May 2010

22320 mi
replaced computer 
Toyota Corolla in Quebec, Canada
Feb 2009 - Jun 2015
Aug 2009

2480 mi
Vaccum line to brake booster could freeze, connection to hose changed out ( TSB) 
Sep 2009

6820 mi
The engine was noisy at start up when cold for a few seconds, kind of grinding noise, there is a TSB related to that problem, they replaced the variable valve timing drive pinion 
Mar 2011

26660 mi
driver window not coming down correctly jamming in track 
Dec 2011

33480 mi
Speaker vibrating badly in driver door  
Mar 2013

61380 mi
water pump leaking 
Sep 2013

66340 mi
Recall for trunk lid retaining spring (torsion bar). Previously the lid was always falling on our head. 
Toyota Corolla in Michigan, United States
Oct 2008 - Apr 2011
Oct 2008

81 mi
The very first day I owned the car, it began having intermittent issues with the passenger air bag and seat belt. The seat belt sensor on the passenger seat was bad, and was replaced. Took the dealership 5 days to diagnose (didn't take complete info). 
Sep 2009

10000 mi
When coming to a stop in cool/cold weather, car shudders/idles rough. Has not stalled. Gas door won't stay open. Dealer states this is normal, but door stays open on other cars on lot. Dealer states those are "corroded." Salesperson who sold me the car says it's not normal and the hinge needs to be replaced. 
Mar 2010

16000 mi
Car idles very rough, especially in cold weather. Was told that the idle is controlled by the computer, and that the computer reports nothing wrong. "They all do that." Gas door hinge allows gas door to flop freely. Dealer stated that the only way to replace is to replace entire gas door, and the paint won't match. Decided to just leave it the way it is so it doesn't look horrible. 
Oct 2010

22700 mi
Display on car stereo turned completely black. Dealership ordered new stereo - states will arrive in approximately 1 week. 
Dec 2010

24000 mi

US $25
Brakes shimmy when slowing from highway speeds. Reported the problem, but nothing was mentioned about it on the paperwork when I got the car back, and it still does it. Hope my brakes don't fail! 
Mar 2011

27000 mi
Took the car to a car wash. Trunk full of water after leaving. "Can't find anything wrong with it." 
Toyota Corolla in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2008 - Jun 2011
Feb 2009

12400 mi
Lower glovebox would not close. Cabin air filter cover behind glovebox had come off jamming glove box open. Fixed in 10 minutes no charge. 
Toyota Corolla in Missouri, United States
Jul 2008 - Mar 2016
Sep 2008 Exhaust shield rattle. Dealer repaired under warranty in about half an hour. 
Dec 2009

3400 mi

US $52
oil fluid/filter change 
Toyota Corolla in Texas, United States
Jan 2009 - Mar 2010
Feb 2009

US $1000
Steering Wheel Problem - The car tries to veer left or right while trying to drive forward. It's as a kid turning handle bars backwards while riding a bike. 
Toyota Corolla in Arizona, United States
Mar 2009 - Dec 2014
Apr 2009

11000 mi
LCD display on radio would fade when cold. Radio replaced. However, replacement radio only has ONE band of 6 presets, while the old one had THREE bands of 6 presets. 
Jul 2009

14000 mi
Malfunctioning CD changer replaced. 
Oct 2012

52300 mi

US $200
Terminal corroded completely off. 
Toyota Corolla in Georgia, United States
Jun 2008 - Feb 2010
Jun 2008

3001 mi
Both front seats off track. Replaced both seat tracks. 
Jul 2008

3200 mi
FP panel rattles. Replaced the whole panel 
Aug 2008

4001 mi
Dashboard Rattles 
Jul 2009

11000 mi
Rattles from Dashboard. Dealer refuses to fix and States that rattles is normal in Corolla. Rattles from both seatbelts. They tried to fix but rattles still exist. 
Aug 2009

12000 mi
Coolant leak around the radiator cap 
Sep 2009

12000 mi
sometimes it won't start. ECU reflashed 
Oct 2009

13000 mi
Car can't start. Reflashed ECU again 
Dec 2009

14000 mi
A/C Smelly. Replaced Sub-Evap.  Seat track. Problem still exists and they told me other Corollas are the same which the seat would move slightly until you push the seat real hard. hard. Brake booster fault. Replaced. 
Toyota Corolla in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2013 - Mar 2013
Mar 2013

27900 mi

C $415
Battery ran out of power and could not be jump-started; had to be replaced. System also had to be reset because security "feature" rendered electronic keys useless after battery was drained. 
Toyota Corolla in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2009 - Mar 2011
Jul 2010

38440 mi
 
Toyota Corolla in Florida, United States
Nov 2009 - Jun 2011
Sep 2010

28000 mi
Windshield wipers were hitting the body of the car. The dealer adjusted. The battery had died the day before and had to be jumped. Dealer replaced with new battery. 
Toyota Corolla in Wisconsin, United States
May 2012 - Mar 2013
Jun 2012

58000 mi

US $400
Right front strut was leaking oil and needed to be replaced. Caused tire to "chatter" and a rough ride 
Toyota Corolla in British Columbia, Canada
Aug 2008 - Mar 2016
Aug 2012

38440 mi
Pink Rad fluid sprayed around engine bay, Dealer replaced water pump under warranty 
Toyota Corolla in Texas, United States
Apr 2008 - Dec 2012
Feb 2012

48700 mi
water pump had a small leak 
Toyota Corolla in Sonora, Mexico
Jan 2013 - Mar 2016
Feb 2013

53000 mi

$60
change brake pads myself, i bought the brake pads at the dealer for $800 pesos, about 60 dollars. 
May 2014

61380 mi

$100
changed motor mount 
Toyota Corolla in Texas, United States
Dec 2008 - Feb 2012
Jan 2012

100000 mi
Battery change 
Toyota Corolla in Texas, United States
Jul 2009 - Dec 2013
Aug 2011

43000 mi

US $50
Alternator bearing out. Replace alternator. 
Toyota Corolla in West Virginia, United States
Aug 2010 - Mar 2016
Oct 2010

17300 mi

US $6
Excessive rust on engine sub frame at rearmost lower A arm attachment points, both sides. Applied rust remover solution, sanded, and applied Krylon rust preventative paint. Reported to Toyota. No reply. 
Nov 2011

25300 mi
3 instances of hard shifting, months apart. diagnosis revealed no problems. Feel 'adaptive' trans gets confused, resulting in hard shifts. Was told electronics was likely culprit, but no known problems exist. Info logged into dlr database. 
Toyota Corolla in Maryland, United States
Jun 2008 - Dec 2011
Sep 2010

55000 mi
Front right wheel bearing. 
Oct 2011

90000 mi
Right CV joint went bad. Warranty repair, using extended warranty. 
Nov 2011

90000 mi
valve cover gasket leaking. Repaired under Toyota extened warranry. Repair would have been $900 

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2009 Toyota Corolla 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

Toyota in Florida, United States
Apr 2008 - Mar 2010
May 2008

1000 mi
Driver's rear door would not open from inside. 

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2009 Toyota Corolla 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Toyota in North Carolina, United States
Apr 2008 - Jul 2008
May 2008 small rattle in dash that was never fixed by dealer 
Toyota Corolla in Virginia, United States
Nov 2011 - Jun 2015
Dec 2011

71000 mi

US $600
replace water pump 
Oct 2013

116000 mi
Fuse kept blowing and car would not go into gear, no brake lights. Replaced fuse multiply times. Kept blowing. N shop now, trying to find cause of problem 
Sep 2014

135000 mi

US $365
ignition. car would not start. 

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2008.5 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan

132-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Corolla in South Africa
Mar 2008 - Nov 2010
Sep 2010

14880 mi
Pushbutton start repaired, was confused and had to be re programmed (needed it for the whole day) 

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