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2009 Toyota Corolla repairs by problem area

Engine (33%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (4%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (22%)

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

Other (11%)

Chart based on 144 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 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. 

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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 - Sep 2015
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! 

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2009 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan

132-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

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 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 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 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 - Sep 2015
Sep 2008 Exhaust shield rattle. Dealer repaired under warranty in about half an hour. 
Dec 2009

3400 mi

US $52
oil fluid/filter change 

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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 

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2009 Toyota Corolla Repair Histories

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