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.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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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 2004 Toyota Corolla owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"front left spoiler clip broke, trim came loose on freeway and was damaged beyond repair"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"lower plastic molding comes off"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Wheel well covering, as well as undercarriage cover, are made out if plastic and are fragile. When it fell off, snow got impacted in the undercarriage, damaging wiring and hosing"

Anonymous, QC (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"The interior door trim simply started peeling loose around the door frames. It appears the fixative was at fault since there was no evidence that actual trim was damaged,"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The clear coating on the Impulse Red paint is peeling off. I am not having it repainted due to cost and age of car."

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"trunk lift paint peeling."

Anonymous, ON (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Car is not garage kept. Car is red paint and the clear coating is failing on the roof and base paint is failing in general."

L B., KY (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat has failed on hoot and roof. I will have to have the car repainted."

Erik B., CA (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"This is a hot sunny climate and the paint on the roof, front has burnt off over time. Looks terrible. A full repaint job would be needed to fix it. Most cars here do not this."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Corolla 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"shiny protective coat began disappearing on one small spot on rear passenger door. Now 2 years later, it has spread to most of the door. I think it wore down in that one spot and has been spreading ever since. However, I love and only own Toyota's and always will. This care is 13 years old, and has not had one mechanical failure other than normal wear & tear items. Incredible,"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"paint on hood is developing spots and deterioration"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint was peeling and rust appeared underneath. I had the car repainted"

D B., CA (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to have new soundtrack job due to badly fading paint"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint was faded in some areas when I purchased it in June 2013 but the paint had worn off in more areas since then. It may have started from being left in the hot Houston sun nearly continuously"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is peeling"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The hood is pock marked with tiny chips out of the paint and some rust. The front bumper and the roof are peeling clear coat. The headlights are foggy"

Anonymous, ID (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Painting is fading away roof of the car"

David F., CA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"On the roof and on the hood the paint is gone and the body is rursted"

D B., CA (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Many swirling/scratch type marks on the paint surface. Seems to have very thin layer of paint"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Peeling of paint on the hood and left fender"

Anonymous, NV (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"paint pealing and fading on roof"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"hood paint chipping"

O N., TX (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat deterioration on roof and hood. Will have to be repainted"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint needs retouching probably from other car's doors hitting my car"

Elizabeth J., MA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Top coat was peeling off and damaged the paint ,which caused it to fade"

Peter P., CA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I think problems with the paint is due to my car sitting outside in the sun for 15 years has caused the peeling problem."

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Hood paint peeled in patches. I had it repainted"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The general paint has mostly held up, but the paint on the spoiler started to crack and peel within about 8 years."

Linda B., NV (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"So much of the body is rusted that the car didn't pass the Maine State safety inspection. The main areas of rust were the rocker panels and on the roof next to the front windshield over the driver, which allowed rain to leak in."

Anonymous, ME (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a rust spot in front of both rear tires. I think it was because of poor drainage"

Steven L., NC (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Some forethought by designer./engineers would have eliminated body areas which would trap dirt and debris which would retain moisture and lead to rust."

Russ B., NH (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rusting out in rear before wheel wells. Rusting on the hood in a spot and a shock tower under the hood."

L B., KY (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I created the problem, because I scratched the paint."

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Lower rear wheel wells"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Great car ??. If I had undercoated and waxed more, it would have held up better"

Mike D., PE (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rusted area in the driver's side rear wheelwell was exposed after a routine car wash. The rust was underneath the surface painting and I was unaware of it until the car wash fractured through the surface that was intact. Rusted out area is fist size"

Dave O., MN (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The body shows rust"

D B., CA (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 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)

"Engine check light came on. Had it checked and OBD scanner indicated the O2 sensor was bad. Had the O2 sensor replaced. Engine check light came on again. Again, OBD scanner indicated the O2 sensor was bad. Had a second O2 sensor installed. Engine check light came on again. Was told my Engine Control Unit (ECU) had gone bad. I personally swapped out the ECU with a known functional ECU. Engine control light came on again. I took it to a dealer and told them I suspected it was a wiring pr"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"O2 sensor Evap Contro;l Canister"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"We had to replace the fuel cap and area around it due to rust. We have to replace (but cannot afford to) the charcoal filter on emissions"

Matthew C., PA (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Catalytic converter replacement"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The fuel evaporator needed to be replaced due to age as well as the fuel tank that appears to have a very minor air leak on top of the tank"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

"Check engine light on. Vehicle fault codes found gas tank bypass VSV poor fit and seal on gas cap to filler poor fit. Replaced Bypass valve , Gas cap assembly, and Valve for vacuuum switch Bill was higher than I expected - Parts $345 and labor $36"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"the 2 oxygen sensors needed to be replaced for car to pass MD state emissions test, and for engine to run properly."

David S., MD (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"check engine light stays on, module says its the oxygen sensor."

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Both O2 sensors wore out."

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Got OBD Diag error code that was false and was being caused by extreme cold spell we had in jan/feb and car was parked ouside. It did get self corrected when the weather warmed up."

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The sensors finally wore out, so the car drops to 500 rpm at idle once in a while. There was also a leak in the oil pan, so we replaced the pan."

Anonymous, CO (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Seems to have corrected itself, but I now need to use Super"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine ran poorly at low speed and engine light came on. I knew it was an O2 sensor. Scan showed faulty bank 1 sensor"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I had the check engine light come on twice and it was the o2 or oxygen sensor both times. Luckily, the repair shop did not charge me for the second one"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Toyota Corolla 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Check Engine has come on indicating an issue with the O2 Sensors or the catalytic converter. Tests have the catalytic converter being likely ok, but an oil leak is the likely cause of the light. To fix the oil consumption issue requires replacing the piston rings. It is too costly to attempt the fix to find out for sure if that is the cause of the check engine light"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light due to emission problems. Traced to oxygen sensor. It's a must fix because vehicle won't pass inspection with check engine light on"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine light came on. Replacing O2 sensors cleared it up. Repairer warned may need new catalytic converter"

Angus M., GA (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"O2 sensor failed causing Check Engine Light to come on"

D A., WA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced ck engine light indicator"

Jana R., TX (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The O2 sensor had gone bad causing the check engine light to come on. I was told this was most unusual at the mileage I had on the car(about 65,000)"

Anonymous, TN (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Sensor replaced. However now have intermettant problem with engine light coming on. Told this is due to faulty gas filler tube. Toyota replaced these when car was new but now will cost $500.00"

Mavis F., ON (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The check engine light comes on and it says that the oxygen sensor is the problem even with a new sensor"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"needed replacing for safety check"

Robert W., ON (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"vapor control valve solinoid"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Due to the age of the car the sensors needing replacing"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Took two tries by good mechanic to diagnose which sensor was causing check engine light. Found problem and fixed."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"two sensors had to be replaced in order to pass emissions test; one failed and had to be replaced again (toyota warranty covered part but not labor cost of installing again)."

Anonymous, MD (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine came on due to 02 sensor failure. Cost was over $600 just for sensors. Catalytic coverrter eventually leaked and had to be replaced, over $1000 more."

Anonymous, MI (2004 Toyota Corolla S 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

"Right front caliper was sticking and dealer had to replace. After market replacement failed causing loss of brake fluid"

Tom C., OH (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Reason for a clunk I kept hearing. Had to be re-filed"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Kept sticking, creating excessive heat and wearing out brakes. After two failed attempts to correct the problem, Toyota dealer replaced caliper with rebuilt one"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"right front caliper was seizing up"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"Leaking. Needed to add brake fluid almost weekly. Major overhaul of entire braking system"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Pads had to be replaced to pass state inspection"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Routine rear drum brakes wear at or below safe operational level replaced satisfactorily at cost of parts and labor"

Merwin S., PA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced brake pads"

B R., IL (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"New brake shoes and machining rear drums"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"need repair because of wear"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"rear brake drum replacement, normal wear at this mileage"

Charles B., CA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Just needed to get the rotors smoothed out and new brake pads. Has lots of rust under the car. Mechanic was having a hard time unscrewing the bolts. Came from New York State where they have salted roads"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced pads and rotors"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Mechanic reported it was time to change the back breaks due to wear"

Anonymous, NB (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"My husband says drums and pads...??"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I got over 34000 miles on my brakes!"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Beak pads and rotors replaced"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Had to get new brakes in a year"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"The back brakes needed to be replaced. I had never had them worked on before"

Joan H., SD (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Replaced brake pads & rotors from normal wear"

David T., MI (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Both front rotor needed replaced when pads replaced"

Tom C., OH (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors were warped causing excessive shaking when breaking at high speeds and downhill. Had to replace"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The rotors warp easily, even within a few months of replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Warped, causing vibration"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Costly repairs"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Warping of brake rotors"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"noise when braking"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"random rattling noise when applying brakes, suspect it to be brake bushing and guide pins sticking."

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"The catalytic converter failed, but since I plan to keep the car for 2 more years, I paid to have them replaced. It was disappointing to learn I had to replace both catalytic converters when only one had failed (California law) so the cost was $900 instead of $450"

Laabs S., CA (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Needs to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"convertor and pipes rusted and required replacement"

Al R., NH (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine light came on - the Toyota dealer checked it out and informed me that the catalytic converter was defective and needed to be replaced. I will have to consider replacing it as the car is due for its clean air test"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to be replaced"

David F., CA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed replaced"

SUSn W., OH (2004 Toyota Corolla 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light indicated faulty cat converter. Had the cat replace via Midas muffler along with the pipe connecting to intake manifold and muffler. It’s was essentially a one piece system. The o2 sensor was replaced as a cautionary item since all else was being replaced."

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"The connection between the exhaust system and the exhaust manifold corroded away, which will cause expensive repairs."

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Definite exhaust smell inside the passenger compartment but so far unable to determine the source of the leak or how it is entering the cabin"

Robert P., CA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Hole in catalytic coverter"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

"The gasket on the manifold leaks causing it to fail emissions testing"

Douglas L., IL (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"Had problem with both Toyota O2 sensor within a year (~6000 miles) when original sensors was replaced. Toyota claimed it was due to Engine Controller firmware not uptodate. Why was it not updated when I had the original O2 sensors replaced?"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"Just deteriated after 14 years"

Debbie S., NY (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The pipe that goes over rear axel that is directly connected to the muffler had rotted out. Since this could not successfully be replaced the pipe and attached muffler had to be replaced."

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"A difficult to diagnose problem that caused an engine sensor light due to an leak in a coupling to a muffler that had been replaced 15 months previously. It took two trips to solve this - after "fixing" the suspected problem, the problem persisted"

Dave O., MN (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"It broke and horrible noise followed"

Neil W., NJ (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Sounded like something was about to fall off but I got it to the dealer before anything worse happened. Muffler was replaced."

Anonymous, ON (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"Factory recall"

David R., MN (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall"

Raymond D., NY (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Car subject of a recall."

G S., NY (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"They rust out much quicker than expected."

G S., NY (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace muffler, pipes and basically entire exhaust system due to rust. Factory parts were excessively expensive so we had to get non-factory parts. It was rather expensive"

Matthew C., PA (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"ran over object in road. because pipes bent, entire exhaust system had to be replaced as it is constructed as one unit"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Hole in exhaust pipe between catalytic converter and muffler. Replaced that section of pipe with new pipe."

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The mechanic was able to replace/weld a piece of new pipe to solve the problem."

Anonymous, NJ (2004 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

Power steering leaks

"The steering column required replacement due to old age and the fact that I wouldn't be able to pass the NYS inspection without replacing it. After the repair, the replacement itself failed, so I needed to have it replaced again."

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"struts are noisy at times"

Roger V., MI (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Struts were worn and needed to be replaced, as the car had nearly 200,000 miles"

Anonymous, NE (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to replace rear struts"

Kelli T., CO (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"bouncing up and down on highway dips"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Due to very poor quality road surfaces in Nova Scotia, struts have had to be replaced both front and rear twelve months apart and within three years of arriving here from BC. Never had such destructive experiences on the west coast"

Anonymous, NS (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"One of the struts was leaking, so I replaced both struts and associated hardware. There was no noticeable problem with ride, steering, handling, just a small leak"

John H., NC (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Struts failing and had to replace last fall"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"car is high mileage but I thought they would last more like 150000 miles which caused me to think about else might need replacing"

Dave O., AZ (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rubber " boots" deterioration"

Suzanne K., MI (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Adjustments needed to stabilize front drive handling!"

Suzanne K., MI (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"The 10 plastic joints had to be replaced"

Anonymous, AL (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Car made a terrible noise when driving over 30 mph. It also emitted a hot smell the last time I drove it before repair. Bearings and seats were replaced. New tires were added at the same time."

Michael B., MI (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Three out of four bearing have gone bad. (The fourth was replaced two years ago.) Car just went over 100K miles. Cost me over $1,000 to be fixed"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"2 wheel bearings had to be repacked Very expensive servicing"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"August 2014 - Left front wheel bearings replaced after I noticed a whiny noise at 40-50 mph when driving on smooth pavement. Right front wheel cheked out ok but service person said to expect and watch for failure on the right wheel"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Wheel bearings need to be replaced on all four wheels"

Anonymous, IN (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"After 15 years and over 200,000 miles, the rear wheel bearings (hub assemblies) wore out. They were replaced at a cost of approximately $200. Aside from tires, oil changes, filters, and gas, that was the only maintenance cost for the past two years."

Cheryl B., FL (2004 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

Air or water leaks

"Moon roof water leak"

Bruce M., NY (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Windshield! I keep plugging a hole and suddenly a new one pops up. To be fair the previous owner might have replaced windshield, but I have no way of knowing"

Richard H., OH (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"sun roof leaks during heavy rains"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"This car has a weird leak that lets water collect in the trunk after heavy rains. It seems to be intermittant and hasn't caused a problem in the last 6 months or so"

Robin G., GA (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Weather stripping came off around driver's side window"

Anonymous, IN (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"More road noise audible in car than when new"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The seals on the weather stripping around the door either didn't originally fit or shrunk. They were too small to fit around the door frame so I cut them, reattached them, and filled in the areas with no coverage. Did improve road noise"

Richard H., OH (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"leaking windshield causes water to come inside, move along trim and drop into your lap"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Rattle was the result of the driver hitting something in the road."

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Under the hood noise that repair shop is unable to identify and fix. Possible loss bolt????"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Excess vibration. Car is aligned properly and all axles/hubs are straight . Lost one radiator mount on long trip due to this. Also has caused battery cables to come loose a few times. Replaced battery and cables in worse case"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeeks from wheels or drivetrain. Perfomance not bothered, but Toyota has tried various solutions but none that have completely solved the noise"

Wayne S., SK (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 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

"AC stopped blowing cold air, the compressor had cracked and lost a large piece of the bottom"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The compressor failed and had to be replaced."

Anthony S., MB (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The unit would not work consistently. Sometimes it would work and other times not. Servicer deemed that the compressor and belt had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower fan stopped working and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The blower just stop working and had to be replaced"

D B., CA (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"the switch for fan motor sticks on after turning off car, which drains the battery. I know it has a lot of miles, and am thankful it is this minor and solved by simply detaching battery cable"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"AC stopped working. I checked online and found many people had the same problem and was able to replace the broken relay myself with a cheap part I bought online"

Andrew M., NY (2004 Toyota Corolla 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Air conditioning did not cool as well as before. Shop added refrigerant, and problem was solved. No leaks could be found, but mechanic said slight leakage is normal throughout the life of a car this old"

John H., NC (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I had the refrigerant recharged last year and now this year it is not cooling well again. I will have to get it recharged again"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Toyota Corolla 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"leaks out in about 5 months. Last fill I used stop leak. Will see how that works"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced thermometer winter 2015 air conditioner not cooling spring 2015 and required top up"

Anonymous, SK (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Not shifting properly....."

Nesta M., ME (2004 Toyota Corolla 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"clutch was slipping so it needed replacement"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch worn out, and started slipping, so was necessary to replace.First time it was replaced"

Dave F., ON (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I am happy with how long the cluth lasted. It has not been rebuild in a way that has been satisfactory. I had it rebuilt again with all new parts and am still not happy with how it is preforming."

Linda B., NV (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Torque converter

"Have a constant trouble code. Toyota TBS indicates it could be the Torque Converter, or ECM or Transmission"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"main bearing shot, replaced all bearings and installed new clutch disc. gears were OK. did not need replacing. Clutch still looked good but decided to replace disc and throw out bearing as transmission was off"

Lynne D., NY (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to clean transmission, replace synchros and replace bearing next to 5th gear. Bearing had blown"

Gale G., OR (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"While driving across the country I heard a grinding noise while turning right. I drove on listening and had the transmission replaced while driving down to Florida. 3 1/2 days at the dealer: 1 to diagnose the problem and 1 day to get the part $3,700"

Dewey C., CA (2004 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

Clock

"LED CLOCK NO LONGER VISIBLE"

Al R., NH (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The clock digital display does not work consistently any more (that is, the time is not visible)."

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"Gas tank gage never registered remaining fuel left. This presents the danger of running out of fuel while driving. I compensate by using my #2 odometer to register the# of miles between fill ups to the gas tank fill brim"

E M., NY (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"The socket that the bulb plugged into went bad"

Bill M., MN (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Plastic headlight lenses become hazy. Lensesd should be made from glass."

John S., NJ (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Expensive headlights burn out in less than 1 year"

E M., NY (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"When I driving sometimes, one or more doors spontaneously unlocks. It's usually just the driver side door. But sometimes it could be other doors in addition to the driver door. After the car is parked, sometimes it takes multiple attempts to lock the driver door. Sometimes after I shut the door or pull on the exterior door handle, the door will unlock. Eventually I manage to manually lock the door or use the remote lock/unlock"

Anonymous, CA (2004 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

Coolers and lines

"transmission fluid leakage from an exterior line resulted in shifting hesitation. No leakage on garage floor"

P M., ON (2004 Toyota Corolla 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"OIL LINE WAS TO TRANSMISSION WAS LEAKING"

Sylvain G., QC (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"shifting became difficult."

Nesta M., ME (2004 Toyota Corolla 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The slipping transmission is a result of hard use with lots of stops and starts on step hills. This problem is probably reflect use rather than product liability"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"This has been an on going transaxel leak due to transaxel bearing alignment. My mechanic suggested refilling the transaxel fluid and letting it go until the clutch needed replacement. I have been able to deal with this problem with maintenance. N"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"The AC dashboard switch failed causing the engine computer to give a high engine air reading. The Air sensor on the intake manifold also failed at the same time further confusing the issue with the engine light being on"

Russell B., NH (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"They re-sealed a leaking oil pan gasket. This problem was discovered at the dealership when I took it in for routine maintenance. I was not aware that there was problem. It cost $400 to fix"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"By looking at an area where I usually park, I noticed a little oil on the ground. I recently went to a service center for tire service. I asked them to check for oil leaks. They said there's a leak, but they'd like more time to diagnose it. Later on, I took the car to that service center for a longer period. They concluded that a cylinder was leaking. In addition to repairing that, the service center recommended changing some other part(s). The service center said they'd need the car for"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil was leaking intothe spark plugs so I had to replace the gasket"

Douglas L., IL (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 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

Glass defects

"The windshield began pitting immediately after purchase and then after only a couple of years cracked during a very cold period. I feel the glass is not as good as it used to be. I've owned 4 Toyotas and have never had the glass deteriorate so quickl"

Anonymous, AB (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"Doors to small compartments on the dash won't stay closed. They fall constantly open. There doesn't seem to be any way to repair them that doesn't call for replacing the entire dashboard"

Anonymous, AB (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"Three is is problem with electric window motor mounts loosening causing noise on start and stop of operation."

Russ B., NH (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver's side power window makes a loud noise as it reaches the top of its travel when closing"

Russell B., NH (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 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

CV joint

"Car broke down when joint failed, had to be towed to garage for repair."

Anonymous, MD (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

"Left front wheel bearing failure repaired/replaced satisfactorily at cost of labor and parts"

Merwin S., PA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"It was something with the wheel and the axle--the wheel could have come off"

Andrea W., MI (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"relay stuck on a/c, stopped it from working"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Toyota Corolla S 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

"Stops reading the cd. Cleaning doesn't help anymore. Sometimes starts working again. Very annoying since I listen to books on tape during my 2 hr ride to & from work everyday"

Martin G., VA (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Works intermittently"

Wayne S., SK (2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Would only pick up one local station, nothing else. Replaced entire unit with aftermarket JVC unit."

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 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

Head gasket

"Leaking head gasket caused the check engine light to come on and stay on."

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Discovered a leak during routine maintenance"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Needed to replace radiator and related hoses"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Water pump

"Minor leak - replaced before it became a serious problem"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Toyota Corolla LE 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

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