2002 Toyota Corolla Toyota Corolla 2002

We are 108,000+ car owners sharing real-world car information.

Join Us

2002 Toyota Corolla repairs by problem area

Engine (55%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (3%)

Brakes and Traction Control (2%)

Suspension and Steering (8%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (20%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (5%)

Other (7%)

Chart based on 60 repairs.
See TSBs and recalls for the 2002 Toyota Corolla.

2002 Toyota Corolla engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (4%)

$100 - $499 (29%)

< $100 (61%)

Chart based on 28 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2002 Toyota Corolla

Engine not specified

110980 mi Engine threw a rod. Complete write-off. Oil changes regularly - last one five weeks prior to breakdown. No oil in engine at time of failure. No oil on driveway, no blue smoke, no low oil pressure warning light prior to rod being thrown. 

Return to top

2002 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan

125-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

205000 mi

US $1800
catalytic converter failed, replaced Muffler replaced 
124000 mi

C $50
Replacement of pre-catalyser oxygen sensor. 
79000 mi

US $360
Emissions valve malfunctioned, triggering CEL and requiring replacement of the valve. Belt squeak for a few minutes when cold starting during cool or wet weather 
98000 mi

US $20
Muffler support bolt broke due to rust. 
108000 mi

US $469
1 of 2 exhaust gaskets replaced. 2nd not replaced due to stuck O2 sensor bolt. Timing chain tensioner O-ring replaced for leak 
126000 mi

US $460
Exhaust pipe at engine broke, due to both age and a minor muffler strike on a curb when backing into a parking space. 
124000 mi Compression low in cylinder 2. Rebuild required. No repair made. 
164300 mi

C $60
Rod Bearing Blown. Estimated $2500-$4500 for engine replacement. 

Return to top

2002 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan

125-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

38000 mi

US $115
Diagnostic charge ($85) for first DTC observed for the vehicle. Related to EVAP system malfunction - dealer quoted $360 for repair, repaired it myself for $30 for the part. Dealer indicated that part would not be covered under emissions warranty. 
39680 mi Water pump leak-replaced with new under warranty 
C $300 engine light on-dealer said is CAT converter, turns out to be O2 sensor-replaced myself 
227540 mi

C $1700
Oil leak from Timing Chain Cover Gasket, Replaced Timing Chain, Front Brake Cilinders  
86180 mi

C $90
Front pipe exhaust noise, they had to replace front pipe gasket and bolts. Still making a little noise but acceptable. 
141000 mi Bottom part of the shielding that protects the catalytic converter had rusted and fallen off. Mechanic said that the upper part of the shielding was still in place and it would be fine as long as I didn't drive in tall grass. 
102000 mi

US $137
In addition to routine maintenance, mass air sensor 1 
106000 mi

US $88
Check engine light, mass o2 sensor, possible cc; leaking oil 
107000 mi Possible mass oxygen sensor or catalytic convertor issues, engine drinking oil by the quart every 1000 miles. Opted not to repair. 
116000 mi P0420 code - catalytic convertor bank 1 imminent failure 
77100 mi

US $85
Oil Leak across engine compartment.Problem was determined to be bad PCV valve. Also completed oil change. 
151000 mi The check engine light had been on for about two years. The repair shop said it needed a new catalytic converter. Really, I think all it needed was a new O2 sensor - it passes the emissions test with flying colors. 
65000 mi

US $100
timing chain tensioner was "spitting" oil - the mechanic noticed that while performing the NC state inspection. changed the drive belt at the same time (+100 bucks) 

Return to top

2002 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan

125-horsepower 1.8L I4 3-speed automatic FWD

104160 mi

C $147
Timing chain tensioner was replaced as it was leaking oil. Had to replace front crankshaft oil seal as was leaking oil. 
130200 mi

C $50
It was time to replace the serpentine belt as small crack could be seen at 205K... 
132000 mi

US $10
Clean fuel injectors - a Seafom bottle did the trick. It was turning on the Engine Light with code P172 - Mix to lean. 
140000 mi

US $15
Engine light came on; it was lean gas mix. I pour a bottle of sea foam drive it a couple miles and gone. It might need to clean the injectors. The same as before; I am believing the problem is relate to a particular gas station. Check engine light came on; gas mix too lean; added a Seafoam bottle, drove a couple miles issue resolved. 
145600 mi

US $700
failed charcoal issue. 

Return to top

See TrueDelta's information for all Sedans and Hatchbacks.
See TrueDelta's information for all Toyota models.

2002 Toyota Corolla Engine Problems

See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently 2002 Toyota Corolla problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.