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2008 Toyota Corolla repairs by problem area

Engine (51%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (6%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (17%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (6%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 63 repairs.
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2008 Toyota Corolla repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (2%)

$500 - $999 (13%)

$100 - $499 (30%)

< $100 (52%)

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Chart based on 54 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2008 Toyota Corolla

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Toyota Corolla in Georgia, United States
Dec 2010 - Jan 2011
Jan 2011 Idler Pull and belt fail. This failed again at 50K miles but was not covered this time. Car now sold 
Toyota Corolla 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 Egypt
Apr 2015 - Mar 2016
Apr 2015

34100 mi

Car shuts down completely 
Oct 2015

35640 mi
Fluctuation in the RPM in the N mode and going below 600rpm in case of operation 0f the FAN 

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2008 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan

126-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Toyota Corolla in New Brunswick, Canada
- Sep 2008
Sep 2008

36208 mi
Car goes in to get the sunroof to get fixed for the third time. Sunroof rattles when you close it. They said they put in almost 3 000$CAD of parts to fix it. 
Toyota Corolla in New York, United States
Jun 2014 - Jul 2017
Jul 2014

134200 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

143300 mi

US $120
Had to replace the washer motor. Mechanic suspects this was caused by using Rain-X fluid (FYI). 
Dec 2016

172000 mi

US $300
Replace serpentine drive belt and battery. 
Toyota Corolla in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2014 - Mar 2015
Dec 2014

49600 mi

C $80
Battery needed to be replaced 
Toyota Corolla in Ontario, Canada
- Jun 2009
Jun 2009

21080 mi
no repairs, though there is an issue with the front brakes. After changing direction and braking, the brakes make banging noises. The service rep said it was OK - due to larger calipers. I let it go, but the next time I'll have them fix it. 
Toyota Corolla in Quebec, Canada
May 2016 - Dec 2016
May 2016

102300 mi

C $200
Oil leaking on the front side of the panel. Dealer replaced an oil seal and the front panel of the oil carter. Problem fixed. Dealer also put new oil as part of the process. This car is a frickin' rock.. 
Toyota Corolla in South Australia, Australia
Jan 2012 - Jun 2018
Feb 2016

50220 mi

A $180
Number 2 ignition coil failed 
Toyota Corolla in Washington, United States
Jun 2014 - Jun 2018
Apr 2016

111300 mi

US $260
Driver side rear wheel bearing needed replacement. Replaced serpentine belt 
Jun 2018

132685 mi

US $750
Air conditioning hasn't worked in two years. Compressor replaced. 
Toyota Corolla in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2010 - Feb 2019
Dec 2011

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

48860 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

51860 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

67160 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. 
Jan 2018

112840 mi

C $5
Timing chain tensioner leaking oil (very common problem). Easy DIY. 
Toyota Corolla in Wyoming, United States
Feb 2009 - Apr 2011
Aug 2009

29000 mi
Dealer replaced entire gas tank and fuel pump assembly 
Toyota Corolla in Michigan, United States
Nov 2010 - Dec 2011
Jul 2010

35900 mi
Both rear door seals were shrinking away from the car's body as if the rubber compound they were made of had been formulated wrong chemically. Serpentine belt tensioner replaced under warranty. Wheel balance to correct steering wheel vibe. 
Aug 2011

49000 mi
Serpentine belt tensioner had been replaced under warranty at 36000 miles. Now at 49000 miles, the tensioner is again not putting correct tension on belt. This is a very common problem with the 1zz-FE engine in 2003-2008 corollas. 
Dec 2011

59500 mi
This car has had a steering wheel vibration since purchased new. Have had wheels balanced 4 times by 3 different shops. New tires were tried. 4 wheel allignment was done. Vibration is independant of gear, engine RPM, and braking. 
Toyota Corolla in Colorado, United States
Jan 2012 - Jun 2012
Feb 2012

66500 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. 

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2008 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan

126-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Corolla in South Dakota, United States
Apr 2016 - Jun 2018
Dec 2017

76250 mi

US $98
Replace battery. One cell was dead on old one. 
Toyota Corolla in California, United States
Nov 2015 - Mar 2016
Feb 2016

137400 mi

US $600
Cracked exhaust manifold 
Toyota Corolla in Hawaii, United States
Jan 2016 - Jul 2016
Feb 2016

54500 mi

US $250
The horn didn't work. A wire had come loose. 
Jul 2016

57000 mi
Blown head gasket. Don't know if top or bottom. Traded into dealer as is and bought new car. 
Toyota Corolla in Texas, United States
May 2016 - Jul 2018
Sep 2016

137000 mi

US $40
Valve cover gasket had a minor leak. I replaced it myself. 
Toyota Corolla in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2014 - Jun 2015
Nov 2014

121000 mi

US $450
Need new front brake pads, rotors, and new calipers. The caliper froze and was wearing out the breaks. 
Apr 2015

122200 mi

US $289
Oil pan gasket needed to be replace. Mechanic said much better to replace whole pan. 
Toyota Corolla in California, United States
Apr 2012 - Sep 2016
May 2014

77100 mi
Replaced battery 
Oct 2014

80200 mi

US $450
Replaced exhaust manifold 
Toyota Corolla in California, United States
Jul 2011 - Jun 2018
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 
Jun 2018

79000 mi

US $600
Engine management unit (computer) replaced. EMU was only a few years old since it had been replaced by a recall. 
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 Queensland, Australia
Oct 2014 - Mar 2015
Nov 2014

66960 mi
waterpump and belt tensioner replaced 
Toyota Corolla in Maryland, United States
May 2012 - Dec 2016
Aug 2014

79500 mi

US $69
The engine splash shield lost some bolts and was dragging on the ground. I found a shop (Mr. Tire) that wasn't busy and they replaced the bolts in about half an hour. $69. If I had a lift or ramps I could have probably done it myself. 
Aug 2016

101000 mi

US $39
The heat shield covering the bottom of the engine lost a bolt and made a LOUD rattle. They replaced the bolt and it's fine now. Only took a few minutes. 
Dec 2016

104000 mi

US $987
Had fluid leaking from transmission.  Also oil leaking. Also power steering fluid leaking. They also said the serpentine belt needed replacing. 
Toyota Corolla in New York, United States
Jun 2012 - Jul 2018
Jan 2015

72800 mi

US $850
Steering was tight and car bounced excessively on rough road. Changed all four struts, front sway links and had wheels re-aligned. 
Toyota Corolla in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2014 - Jun 2018
Feb 2015

66960 mi

C $145
Replace intake manifold gasket 
Nov 2017

94240 mi

C $500
front brake pads and rotors and right caliper 
Toyota Corolla in New York, United States
Mar 2010 - Jun 2018
Aug 2012

37200 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 
Jul 2014

52500 mi

US $60
change tires in end of may, tpms sensor light came on had to buy 2 sensors for replacement 
May 2015

60700 mi

US $15
One wheel stud broke off and one was about to break. Replaced 2 studs and 1 nut 
Feb 2016

68000 mi

US $80
dead battery toyota true start 84 only lasted 29 months radiator leak 

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2008 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan

Toyota Corolla in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2011 - Mar 2017
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 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

Toyota Corolla in Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Nov 2012 - Dec 2017
Dec 2017

124000 mi

A $25
Two blown globes in rear, blew again as soon as new fitted. Found possible short and repaired (didnt think it would make a difference, but it did!) 

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