Roomy inside without feeling large outside, the Toyota Corolla is also impressively quiet. Corolla also has excellent fuel economy, while still posting good acceleration times, handling competently and providing a comfortable ride. The one drawback -- some of our drivers were not comfortable with the driving position. Overall, though, the Corolla is a fine choice.
Alerts
There are 13 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags available, standard from 2009. Head protection air bags available from 2005, standard from 2009. ESC available from 2005, standard from 2010. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking standard from 2017.
Road Test

Roomy inside without feeling large outside, the Toyota Corolla is also impressively quiet. Corolla also has excellent fuel economy, while still posting good acceleration times, handling competently and providing a comfortable ride. The one drawback -- some of our drivers were not comfortable with the driving position. Overall, though, the Corolla is a fine choice. We recommend finding one with the optional head-protection airbags, since the Corolla rated Poor in the IIHS side-crash test without them.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 (130 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2003 Toyota Corolla owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“replaced at 58000 miles,”

Steve B., AL (2003 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Check Engine light comes on intermittently. Fault indicates problems with the catalytic converter. Have not yet had the problem repaired”

Anonymous, VA (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The front pipe with the converter has a hole in it”

James B., MI (2003 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“2 years ago the converter rusted out, the dealer said a new one cost $1500 but I managed to get one for $170”

Alex H., NB (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“check engine light, code showed converter issue”

Marc M., WI (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Catalytic converter went our while driving cross-country. Had to have it replaced in a town while on the road”

Anonymous, ID (2003 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“At high mileage, anything can fail. When I got a check engine light and emissions code, had to replace the catalytic converter. Engine had been idling slightly rough for quite some time, runs better now”

Michael M., MI (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON AND IT WAS VERY EXPENSIVE TO FIX”

Anonymous, PA (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Check engine light was on. Had the dealer check it out they indicate catalytic converter was problem. Got a 2nd opinion from neighborhood repair shop. Same result. Had a new converter installed by repair shop for $650 vs dealer estimate of $1,700”

Anonymous, KY (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“engine light remained on. had to replace the catalytic converter”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Needs replacing for state inspection”

Charles C., PA (2003 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Catalytic converter failed, had to replace”

Anonymous, MO (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Did not notice any problem. Check engine light went on indicating problem with catalytic converter, which was replaced as recommended”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Just plain went bad”

Anonymous, IL (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“total failure resulting in replacement”

Anonymous, MD (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Rotted out. Replaced the catalytic converter and all pipes, gaskets and hangers from manifold back to the muffler. Left the muffler and tailpipe intact as they appeared in good condition”

Mark G., ON (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The dual catalytic converter makes for an expensive fix when they go bad”

Anonymous, MD (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“It stopped working properly and was replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“replaced”

Anonymous, QC (2003 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“see previous comment, should have been able to replace manifold without having to replace converter and everything else”

M M., MA (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Getting alarm on instrument panel. Had to dianostic and got it reset”

Philip N., AB (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“front pipe is leaking, spent over C$1,300 to replace it. If not replacing it, carbon monoxide will go into cabin when heat is turned on during winter”

Kam Y., ON (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Leak at exhaust manifold to exhaust pipe”

Anonymous, OR (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The system has a number of non-detectable leaks that add up to enough of a total leak to trigger the check engine light. It hasn't been a functional issue”

Michael O., OH (2003 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“replaced parts due to fumes,ended up total problem was a crack in the converter,finally found after numerous trips and part replacement”

Anonymous, IL (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“hole in pipe”

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“flange joint near the axle weld joint broke off”

Anonymous, ON (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“one of the pipes needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, AB (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“had to replace entire assembly - manifold, converter, muffler and associated pipes at a cost of over $1,000”

M M., MA (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“rust in the resonator”

Herb L., ON (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“loud noises and smell from under car”

Martin W., MA (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“where heat shield was bolted it rusted and then fell out”

Anonymous, ON (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

“The flange that bolts the muffler to the rest of the system rusted out and made the muffler fall off”

James B., MI (2003 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

“Needed to replace one of the exhaust pipes”

H W., NJ (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace an exhaust pipe”

Anonymous, ON (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust due to age!”

Anonymous, ON (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“one of the pipes needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, AB (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“pipe rusted and couldn't pass MA tests”

Anonymous, MA (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“resonator rusted out”

Herb L., ON (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

“vorn out”

Alex H., NB (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealer failure to change brake fluid b/c it is not on scheduled maintenance caused failure of a new brake job. Repeated failures of after market calipers installed by dealer to rectify problem were ultimately replaced by Toyota parts. Lost time, ex”

Anonymous, MD (2003 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“wouldn't let go. Needed to be replaced. Mimics brake problems. They should have a warning about it because when it goes it can be worse”

A A., NY (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“drivers side calliper was sticking”

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“the calipers stuck and cause shaking and extream heating of the wheels and tires cost $512 to fix”

Kenneth W., OH (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

“Needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, MN (2003 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“master cylinder would stick and brakes were applied when driving”

Anonymous, MI (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

“The rotors wore out and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, KY (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Maybe my fault for not getting brakes fixed immediately”

Anonymous, MN (2003 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“they were below the minimum thickness so I changed them myself at 270,000 miles”

Paul S., CT (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Both rotors warped on the inside - pads and rotors replaced More wear on the right side than left”

Oliver C., ON (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“I have had mysterious problems with the brakes ever since I bought the car. Dealer was unable/unwilling to fix effectively. Eventually replaced on warranty, but bakes seem to be a weak spot in the system”

Anonymous, PA (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“one rotor cracked with only normal use”

Anonymous, IN (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Rotors needed to be filed ? . Car had only 26,500 when I bought it in 2014”

Lynn L., PA (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“I had to get them cut again after getting the cut when I changed the breaks”

Anonymous, FL (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

“Related to the brake wear, this was resolved with replacement of rotors”

Anonymous, KY (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Application of brakes caused squeaking - inspection resulted in replacement”

Oliver C., ON (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Front brakes squeaked at slower speeds. Some brake wear evident, but also was driving in dry, dusty location for 3 weeks”

Anonymous, AB (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The breaks are fine, three years old and less then 8 K miles. The right front break "clicks" when slowing down. Dealership through it might be a rock stuck in the system but could not figure it out. Problem persists”

James M., IL (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes squeaked since I got car. Had new pads & rotor filing. Still squeaking, not sure why”

Lynn L., PA (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“I went to a get a brake change at a mechanic shop and had to take it twice for squeaking noises”

Anonymous, FL (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Antilock system (ABS)

“The rear Brake system had to be changed at 155000 KM”

Alex H., NB (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

“Over the years have had break linings replaced a few times”

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced rear brake drums and shoes. First time in about 170000 miles”

Anonymous, MI (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Break lines rusted out”

Anonymous, IL (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace front brakes. the only time they've had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Front brake pads wearing thin. Replaced before state inspection. This was the second time the front brake pads were replaced. Normal wear, no other problem”

Dennis W., VA (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

“premature brake wear resulted in having one of the the rotors replaced”

Anonymous, VA (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Catalytic converter wore out and needed to be replaced. In a car with such high mileage, this did not surprise me”

Anonymous, MN (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“catalytic converter had short life span”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Air leak in gas tank emission control”

Anonymous, MI (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Catalytic converter stopped working”

Anonymous, TX (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Catalytic converter failed. Had been replaced about 10,000 miles ago. Replaced under warranty by service center that installed it”

Anonymous, WI (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“two bad purge valves under the hood for the charcoal canister at the fuel tank”

Jay B., OH (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“check engine light came on due to leaks in EVAP system and gas cap. New EVAP canister ($350) and gas cap ($24.50) were required for repair”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“I keep on getting a 0420 engine error code. Only happens after 40 min, on the highway”

Anonymous, KS (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ILLUMINATES STILL AFTER CHANGING MANY ITEMS FOR THE SYSTEM”

Anonymous, ON (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

“Cap and rectangle rusted”

Anonymous, ON (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The "check-engine" light frequently lights up because of a defective guage, not a serious problem but engendering concern”

Albert R., QC (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Fuel ca shatterer. Bought a new one”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Check engine light came on, ran rougher, replaced cap, runs fine”

Anonymous, MI (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The downstream O2 sensor was actually not working correctly and was setting off a 0420 engine code check light after I drove the car for more than 30 minutes. Replaced this sensor and have not had the 0420 engine code come back”

Anonymous, KS (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Exhaust sensor tripping check engine light”

Anonymous, TX (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Looks awful. Paint fading and peeling”

Jason E., SD (2003 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Clear coat over paint is peeling in several areas of the car”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint fading on rooftop began in last year”

Kenneth B., AL (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“paint is fading on plastic front grill”

Martin W., MA (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“paint is coming off- we maintain our vehicles well”

Anonymous, LA (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“I was rear ended and after the repair the paint didn't stick to the new trunk lid. I had it painted twice and it is still peeling”

Joseph R., OH (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Clear coat is peeling”

Michael S., CA (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“the clear coating is gone, just flat paint left”

Anonymous, CT (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint is peeling and the whole car will need to be re-painted”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“in the last two years, several major rust spots emerged”

Anonymous, ON (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Rocker panels (below doors) have rusted so badly that I use colour coordinated duct tape to cover them”

Anonymous, ON (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“I had to replace the heat shield between the gas tank and muffler, the straps holding up the gas tank and I chose to replace the muffler system with a Walker advantage muffler system. I did not have to replace the muffler system this year but it loo”

Ronald G., ON (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Front brake shields & rear fender wheel well, drivers side”

Anonymous, MA (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“I had to replace the driver's and passenger's side floors - due to rust. (front only)”

Anonymous, PE (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The body is rusted every where: hood, door locks, truck door. The truck failed to close few times a year”

Anonymous, ON (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“Rain water comes in from a corner of the drivers side window closer to the sun visor then the window itself”

Henry W., NJ (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“cooling system water pump leak - pump replaced at about $Can550 plus tax note total cost given below is $Can”

Anonymous, ON (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“wheel well shields came loose”

Steve B., AL (2003 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Left Rear Door Weather Seal”

Anonymous, OR (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“I had to replace weather-stripping around windows 4 years ago. Started to leak again. Slightly noisy at high speed”

Jerome S., FL (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver-side door leaks when it rains. Dealer has failed to repair”

J W., MO (2003 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Sway bar linkage and right rear wheel bearings replaced by local shop for $355.00 after dealer mis-diagnosed problem of rear brakes and front struts. Local shop saved me about $1200.00 by properly diagnosing and repairing problem which is described in first sentenced”

Anonymous, FL (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“A broken muffler, and a worn wheel bearing”

Albert R., QC (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Drive belt squeeking. Drivebelt was replaced; removed & replaced serpentine belt”

Anonymous, WI (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Rattling noises after extensive maintenance - tune-up, new brakes, oil change, and other fluids at Sears. Took to dealer for correction at additional cost. Rattle is gone but occasionally squeaks”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“rear wheel bearing had to be changed”

Francois Q., QC (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Squeaks when tapping brakes or turning at slow speeds”

Dave-Anne C., MN (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“engine mount needs replacing. / Minor oil leak on seal - replaced”

Anonymous, NC (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

“I believe the wind noise is coming from the driver's side door. It is so loud that sometimes I can't hear the radio”

Anonymous, ID (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Interior lights

“Light failed on console indicating which gear selected”

Anonymous, MA (2003 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Lights in central column blink out intermittently and the connections have been inspected by techs on (3) three occasions with no resolution”

Anonymous, MD (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“It no longer is operating”

Anonymous, ME (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

“Just a fuse I replaced myself!”

Deirdre P., NY (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

“Lights have gone out to some of the gages so it may be difficult to see at night”

Anonymous, TX (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“There is a engine light that stays on constantly (orange in color)”

Anonymous, MI (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Headlight switch module turned itself on in cold weather draining battery. Required replacing headlight switch module and running lights relay $700”

James V., CO (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The headlight covers/lens are very cloudy and make the headlights significantly less powerful.. Could be due to road salt? They should be made from a material that can withstand that”

Anonymous, MD (2003 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Stock headlights give poor visibility”

Michael G., PA (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Both low beam bulbs had to be replaced (approximately two months apart)”

Anonymous, VA (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Passenger side low beam required multiple visits to dealer to repair a wiring failure”

John C., AL (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“One headlight bulb had to be changed”

Alex H., NB (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“I've had to change a bulb on my Corolla twice in the past 2 years. 1 time the socket was bad and needed to be replaced. The other time the bulb died. This hasn't happened at all on my Honda Accord in the same period of time”

Anonymous, MA (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“rear tail lights/dashboard lights flickered off and on when going over bumps. believe it was a bad ground connection corrected by disconnecting and reconnecting the wire harness at the control module. (oxidation?)”

Jay B., OH (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“Tire wear was very uneven on rear tires...losing 50% of tread on new tires in 6 mos. Turns out REAR suspension was badly off. Paid about $400 to have it realigned, then transmission self-destructed. Junking the car after alignment and new tires...r”

David W., MI (2003 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Slight pull to the right,noticeable tire wear”

Michael P., AZ (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Ball joints

“Have not had it fixed yet”

Robert G., LA (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Bushings & suspension needed major repair”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The car made a clunking noise when backing up; the bushings needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, MI (2003 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Struts leaks caused some noise”

Anonymous, ON (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Passenger front strut was leaking. Both front struts were replaced”

Jim S., ON (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“even after replacing all those items its hard to keep the alignment, tires wear easily”

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

“Had to replace a front wheel bearing”

Anonymous, FL (2003 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Wheel bearing needed replacement after only 2 years since it was replaced the first time. Driver front bearing is original. Both rear wheel bearings were replaced in 2009”

Anonymous, SK (2003 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“Power steering pump had to be replaced”

Jim S., ON (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“after 10 years of normal driving, we had to replace the entire front end, tie rods linkages shocks etc”

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Original rack / pinion changed 2 yrs ago. Last fall, rack & pinoion had to be changed again”

Anonymous, QC (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel balance

“Car has had a suspension vibration at speed. Wheel balancing has not resolved this. Dealer can find no problems”

Anonymous, FL (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“mechanic said noise is likely compressor bearing or pulley. since AC. still functions, , I've not yet gotten a repair estimate. recent mechanical inspection indicated no other issues w car! My third Toyota..all wonderfully reliable”

Catherine N., OH (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“After 14 years of use, the compressor died. Seems good to me”

Charles W., NC (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“started working intermittently, then fully. changed out compressor and checked for leaks. the same thing 1 year later. I got lucky this time as it was an "inexpensive" relay only. naturally these occur when it is hot and not cold, right?”

Mark D., CT (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced AC relay, AC was not working”

Anonymous, FL (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“A/C compressor relay blown. Replacement from dealer is $120”

Dwayne T., NL (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The air conditioning just stopped working. It wouldn't even blow hot air anymore”

Joseph M., WA (2003 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“doesnt work”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

“AC issues”

Shelley H., TX (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

“leaking”

Anonymous, TN (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

“I spent about $800 on replacing several hoses that finally resolved the leak. Repairs were done at Toyota”

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The radiator developed a leak which required replacing the radiator”

Patrick F., MN (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“Leaves oil on the ground beneath the engine. Not sure where in the engine the leak is coming from”

Anonymous, ID (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Consistent oil leak”

Shelley H., TX (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“oil leak - oil pan resealed at about $Can350 plus tax”

Anonymous, ON (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“You could see the oil leak on the rear exhaust pipe”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Very very very slow burning oil leak”

Anonymous, MI (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Repair of oil line was necessary”

Dave-Anne C., MN (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Some leaking of oil onto my garage floor. I just make sure I check the oil and refill”

Anonymous, MI (2003 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil pan gasket leaks heavily”

Anonymous, OH (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Engine computer

“engine idle too low. Replace sensor”

Robert N., FL (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The check engine light has flashed on and hasn't been repaired, since it may require expensive repair the inspection sticker has expired so the other auto has been used until ready to spend the money to fix”

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel leaks

“Fuel tank developed a hole”

Anonymous, NS (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“Without any warning or incident, the transmission spline and clutch were destroyed requiring $3800 repair, which is more than the blue book, so I am junking the car (after new tires & $300 rear alighment) for $550!”

David W., MI (2003 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Felt slipping and stiffness in clutch. Clutch plate / disc worn out. Replaced assembly”

Mark G., ON (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“full clutch replacement - flywheel, clutch, pressure plate and bearings”

Anonymous, WI (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“chronic fifth gear problem apparently in many Toyota 2003 manual drives”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission failed, was replaced by a rebuilt transmission at an AAA approved garage”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“lost 3rd gear and installed a rebuilt manual transmission”

Anonymous, MD (2003 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Started making a rattling sound at high RPM. Sounded like some parts were loose. We were told it was a problem with a lot of Corollas from that year. Had to have the transmission rebuilt”

Curtis B., VA (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission had to be rebuilt”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Barings in manual transmission failed and transmission was replaced. Appears to be a common problem for this year corolla and Matrix with 5 spd manual transmission”

Anonymous, AB (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Bearing Faiure”

Anonymous, QC (2003 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Windows

“Drivers window has been a problem for several years. There was a recall to fix automatic windows - repair has not been successful”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver side window manual crank became impossible to move. Some part or parts had to be replaced”

Thomas K., CT (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Interior fabric has come apart and windows do not roll down easily..shoddy interior doors”

Anonymous, MD (2003 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear windows do not operate (might need lubrication)”

Michael S., CA (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Doors or sliding doors

“the rust”

Anonymous, ON (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust”

Anonymous, ON (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Truck doors failed to close few times a year. We had to slap the door few times until we get the lock”

Anonymous, ON (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Locks freeze in cold weather on driver's side mostly”

Anonymous, MD (2003 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“trunk latch broke”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

“Brushes wear out every 5 years”

Anonymous, LA (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Starter replaced at 180000 miles. Not bad”

Michael G., PA (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to install a new starter on the car”

Frederick M., CA (2003 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Starter failed at 209,605 miles and had to be replaced at a cost of $252.81”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Coil

“An ignition coil failed. Car ran poorly”

Leonard J., CO (2003 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“An electronic sensor responsible for sending electricity to the cylinders stopped working and the engine just stalled. Was repaired in less than an hour for less than 100$”

Francois Q., QC (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

“finally the rings are letting gasses into the oil side of the engine. (blow by)”

Martin V., MI (2003 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

“I had to replace it”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“I suspected wheel bearing with vibration and noise coming from driveline. After rotating tires, shop thought it was transmission, referred to trans repair shop, they found right rear wheel bearing bad and replaced”

Anonymous, MI (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Water pump

“Seems to go bad every 5 years of so”

Anonymous, LA (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

“CD player failed. Replaced”

Douglas K., CA (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

“A poorly designed plastic grommet (maximum 25 cents) caused a $500 transmission repair plus towing fee which shd have not been needed. Older (1999) Toyota Avalon with many more miles never had this problem”

Robert B., FL (2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
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