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2002 Toyota Corolla repairs by problem area

Engine (53%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (3%)

Brakes and Traction Control (2%)

Suspension and Steering (8%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (19%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (8%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 62 repairs.
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2002 Toyota Corolla repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (6%)

$500 - $999 (8%)

$100 - $499 (33%)

< $100 (53%)

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Chart based on 51 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

Toyota Corolla in Nova Scotia, Canada
Oct 2008 - May 2009
May 2009

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. 

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2002 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan

125-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Toyota Corolla in Quebec, Canada
Mar 2014 - Apr 2014
Apr 2014

124000 mi

C $50
Replacement of pre-catalyser oxygen sensor. 
Toyota Corolla in California, United States
May 2014 - Jul 2014
Jul 2014

205000 mi

US $1800
AT replaced catalytic converter failed, replaced Muffler replaced 
Toyota Corolla in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2009 - Jul 2010
Jun 2010

164300 mi

C $60
Rod Bearing Blown. Estimated $2500-$4500 for engine replacement. 
Toyota Corolla in Michigan, United States
Oct 2008 - Aug 2017
Aug 2009

79000 mi

US $360
Emissions valve malfunctioned, triggering CEL and requiring replacement of the valve. Air conditioner O-ring leaking, requires labor-intensive repair and recharge A/C Headlight bulb burned out @79k miles (note this model has daytime running lights) Belt squeak for a few minutes when cold starting during cool or wet weather 
Jun 2010

83000 mi

US $55
Air conditioning recharge 
Jun 2013

98000 mi

US $20
Muffler support bolt broke due to rust. 
Sep 2014

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 Very slow leak at condenser o-ring, not repaired due to corrosion would require condenser replacement. Advised to recharge as needed every few years. 
Jan 2015

111000 mi

US $20
Sep 2016

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. 
Apr 2017

131000 mi

US $200
clutch slave cylinder was leaking, and was replaced 
Toyota Corolla in Michigan, United States
Nov 2008 - Oct 2011
Apr 2010

113700 mi

US $120
Front passenger caliper froze up 
Toyota Corolla in Washington, United States
Oct 2010 - Jan 2013
Jan 2013 Compression low in cylinder 2. Rebuild required. No repair made. 

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2002 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan

125-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Corolla in North Carolina, United States
Apr 2012 - Apr 2013
Nov 2012

77100 mi

US $85
Oil Leak across engine compartment.Problem was determined to be bad PCV valve. Also completed oil change. 
Toyota Corolla in Virginia, United States
Nov 2003 - Sep 2015
Jul 2003

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. 
Toyota Corolla in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2003 - Apr 2012
Jun 2003

39680 mi
Water pump leak-replaced with new under warranty 
Oct 2006

133300 mi

C $500
Belt tensioner replaced,Blower making noise-replaced 
Nov 2007

161200 mi

C $2000
Car had noise, dealer said is steering pump-replaced-turns out is AC compressor-replaced 
Apr 2010

199640 mi

C $500
Fuel&Air induction system service. Sway Bar bushings replaced 
Jun 2010

199640 mi

C $300
engine light on-dealer said is CAT converter, turns out to be O2 sensor-replaced myself 
Jan 2011

227540 mi

C $1700
Oil leak from Timing Chain Cover Gasket, Replaced Timing Chain, Front Brake Cilinders  
Feb 2011

232500 mi
Everything else is regular maintanence which cost me another 10000 throughout the 10 years period 
Toyota Corolla in North Dakota, United States
Feb 2012 - Sep 2012
Mar 2012

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. 
Toyota Corolla in Quebec, Canada
Jul 2016 - Jun 2017
Jul 2016

86180 mi

C $90
Front pipe exhaust noise, they had to replace front pipe gasket and bolts. Still making a little noise but acceptable. 
Toyota Corolla in California, United States
Jan 2012 - Jun 2017
May 2012

141400 mi

US $89
battery connection was dirty and car wouldn't start 
Jul 2012

145800 mi

US $13
locks or keys seem to be wearing out 
Oct 2012

150800 mi

US $70
Windshield washer fluid reservoir deteriorated and replaced. 
Jan 2013

155200 mi

US $15
Interior & Exterior Driver's side door handles failing because of cracking plastic. Repaired before complete failure. 
May 2013

157700 mi

US $440
Replaced front struts 
Dec 2014

177000 mi

US $180
replaced alternator 
Aug 2015

192300 mi

US $3
Yet another interior door opener broke. 
Toyota Corolla in North Carolina, United States
Jan 2011 - Jul 2011
Feb 2011

65000 mi

US $100
driver side door handle broke, door panel had to be replaced hence - +90bucks in labor; labor surhcharge would have been 45USD had the door panel not needed to be removed 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) 
Toyota Corolla in North Carolina, United States
Oct 2009 - May 2011
Nov 2009

102000 mi

US $137
In addition to routine maintenance, mass air sensor 1 
Mar 2010

106000 mi

US $88
Check engine light, mass o2 sensor, possible cc; leaking oil 
Jun 2010

107000 mi
Possible mass oxygen sensor or catalytic convertor issues, engine drinking oil by the quart every 1000 miles. Opted not to repair. 
Feb 2011

114000 mi

US $100
Wiper motor out entirely. checked fuses initially, then noticed burnt plastic on the cylinder joint where the motor is attached.  Front passenger side inner door handle pull snapped clean off.  
May 2011

116000 mi
P0420 code - catalytic convertor bank 1 imminent failure 
Toyota Corolla in Newfoundland / Lab., Canada
Sep 2009 - Jun 2011
Oct 2009

182280 mi

C $550
Car not handling well. Replaced front struts. 
Toyota Corolla in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2013 - Feb 2014
Feb 2014

119660 mi
Shocks and struts were coming due for replacement 
Toyota Corolla in Virginia, United States
Feb 2009 - Jun 2009
Jun 2009

151000 mi
Air conditioner compressor started sporadically not coming on within this season. When it came on, it worked fine, but sometimes it didn't come on. The blower motor had problems throughout the life of the car. Six replaced under warranty over the years. 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. 

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2002 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan

125-horsepower 1.8L I4 3-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Corolla in Texas, United States
Mar 2018 - Apr 2019
Apr 2018

88000 mi

US $200
Replace leaking cam cover gasket Replace broken door handle. Replace sun damaged door panels. 
Toyota Corolla in British Columbia, Canada
May 2009 - Jun 2018
Mar 2011

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. 
Aug 2014

130200 mi

C $50
It was time to replace the serpentine belt as small crack could be seen at 205K... 
Toyota Corolla in New York, United States
Sep 2015 - Oct 2015
Oct 2015

80000 mi
Replacement of battery 
Toyota Corolla in Florida, United States
Mar 2015 - Jul 2016
Apr 2015

129800 mi

US $275
wheel bearings were replaced on the passenger front wheel 
Feb 2016

145600 mi

US $700
failed charcoal issue. 
Toyota Corolla in Texas, United States
May 2016 - Jun 2017
Sep 2016

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. 
Mar 2017

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. 

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