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 10 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
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 (164 hp)
  • 1.8-liter 4 (126 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 Toyota Corolla owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

"Caliper froze on one side, creating a loud shrieking noise that led to replacement of calipers and rotors on both sides"

R T., NJ (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Callipers seized causing brakes to stay on and wore pads away so they had to be replaced earlier than they should have"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Sticking"

Kenneth K., NH (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"break pads worn down"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"120000 miles on original front brakes is decent"

Anonymous, ID (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"First front brake replacement needed during life of car"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"just routine maintainance"

Richard R., MA (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"There wasn't a problem, I just replaced the front and rear brakes because they had normal break wear"

Bruce K., NY (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced rotors and drums"

Ron H., FL (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Car is used mostly for around town driving. Rarely used on the highway"

Fred R., WI (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Breaks get a lot of abuse in Chicago. We maintain them more than average"

John D., IL (2006 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Front brakes were replaced"

Terry P., BC (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The break pad wore out"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"During routine service, the technician said the front break pads were worn to the limit and needs replacing"

Ivor C., ON (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I had a brake service at the dealer and shortly after had a grinding noise and feel from the brakes. Took it back and they did something and the problem has stopped"

Ralph Z., NY (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"In the past two years, I have had to put new brakes on my car 4 times. About every 6 months they seem to wear out"

Beth M., ON (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Replacement pads lasted only 12000 miles"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Warped Rotors"

Douglas I., CA (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors ruysted"

Steve-Jeanne F., NY (2006 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"rotors had to be turned several times and I am told they have a problem with rusting"

Aaron B., CO (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Horrible grinding sound"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"We needed to replace the front rotors. This was the first major brake service we've needed on this car"

Nancy E., VT (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"expensive to repair if you take your car to a dealership. They tried to make repairs for things that I had no problems with"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Front break Rotor needs replacing due to rust"

Ivor C., ON (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotor and pad replacement"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"replace"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Again brake squealing after brake pad change"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeking even after replacement"

Anonymous, SC (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"After driving in city traffic brakes squeak at stopping Replaced rotors, pads turned drums This reduced but did not eliminate squeaking. Makes me wonder if the computer is somehow applying the brakes inappropriately"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Worn break pads on both rear wheels. Replaced all rear break pads"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Kept having noise while breaking from rear brakes. After going to several shops it was finally determined to be a bump on rear brake drum. I had taken this car to just brakes and precision tune and think the problem arose from one of them. I had the drums replaced and no more problems"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"driver side rubber molding failed - loud wind noise now"

Scott G., CA (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Cowlings around engine have been blown off while driving. Headlight lens is VERY foggy and pitted. Dims and diffuses light. Windshield is very pitted and glares badly during night driving"

Edward S., UT (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Part of the piece which fits into the bumper keeps coming loose...clips are useless"

Kim K., NV (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Rubber door gaskets shrank and pulled loose and can not be stretched to go back in place"

Edward S., UT (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Lots of scratches and small dents from city use and tight parking. Had to replace front and rear bumpers"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint peeling off the driver's side door molding piece that runs parallel to the ground in the middle of the door"

Dallas P., KS (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Very bad cracking, fading and chalking on trunk, roof top, and hood that started in 2010 and has grown much worse each year"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"clear coat is peeling off the bumpers and off all sharp creases around the trunk opening, and along the roof edges where there are sharp bends in the metal"

Dennis T., CA (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint on roof of car, which was factory began to crack and peal off down to the metal, metal began to rust shortly after being exposed to the elements"

Joshua D., NC (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I have experienced all of the above listed issues. When I first bought, I had paint peeling on front bumper and rust on roof. Got roof repainted and bumper replaced only to have the rest of the paint on front and back end fade, chalk and crack"

John A., CA (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"We had a hail storm. The car sustained large hail damage. The areas around the dent marks are beginning to rust. Does this mean painting the entire car?"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Whole left side of car, roof, and hood clear coat and paint had failed. -3 out of 4 hubcaps have departed the vehicle on the road"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"car was in a fender mender bad paint job"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint fading, some minor rust spots but over all for the car's age the Paint seems to be holding"

Anonymous, AL (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"My car has been repainted piece by piece. Unfortunately when I bought it after the previous owner had it 4 months, it had been wrecked. Some of the pointing problems I am sure are from the repair with inferior paint. But at this age now, and in hot TX summers, the paint is fading all over"

Sarah W., TX (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Metallic finish paint on roof, trunk, rear bumper, has oxidized in several areas. I see many other vehicles on the road, same model & approximate vintage, with similar issues"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint faded to point of embarrassment being seen in vehicle. Expecting more from Toyota this is a MAJOR disappointment"

Kim K., NV (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint after 6 years star peeling an rust coming out"

Zarrail M., FL (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint has faded, and peeled with lots of chalking. Toyota would not fix it so I had have it restored and painted by a Auto Body Painting shop. (Not Toyota)"

Steve C., CA (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"some rusting on the wheel well"

Sebastian B., OH (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust forming at lower edge in back wheel well and also inside of hood where the shock it attached"

Dallas P., KS (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint on roof of car, which was factory began to crack and peal off down to the metal, metal began to rust shortly after being exposed to the elements"

Joshua D., NC (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Small area on left quarter and wheels"

William C., IA (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Neither the rust nor the exhaust problems are unusual in this climate. Some rust is beginning to appear around the back driver side door handle and the forward part of the front driver door threshold"

Anonymous, NH (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust on the body near the fender well where apparently moisture built up causing rust"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Heavy corosion on undercarrage and lower body"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"My car started rusting about 1 1/2 years ago. Someone told me that Toyota does not provide good car paining and when the warranty expiries, you are stuck with having to get a paint job done by a separate company from Toyota"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 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

"Water leaks on the passenger side. From the roof pillar also water leaks into the back floor board passenger side"

George G., FL (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"drain from windshield wipers drains through the passenger cabin and the rubber hose that carries the water came loose. flooded the entire passenger cabin floor before the loose hose was found"

Kay M., TN (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rainwater came in through an area where 2 panels were welded together. We had about 2 or more inches of water inside the car"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a random piece of rubber clogging the moon roof drain tube causing water to leak into the cabin floor area"

Eugene B., OR (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Not sure if water is coming from front and rear window gaskets?"

George G., FL (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Sun roof drain became clogged and had to be cleaned out to stop water from leaking into the interior"

Richard S., OH (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Weather stripping around doors is contracting/peeling away in very cold weather"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"water pump seal had small leak gasket was replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Door seals are coming loose causing wind noise at higher speeds"

Anonymous, KS (2006 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"driver side window squeaks in cold weather when it is lowered"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"heat shield came loose"

Richard R., MA (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"It occasionally sounds like a hunk of aluminum is being dragged under the car. Technicians can not find the source of this noise"

Margaret S., NY (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Upon start up a belt whistling noise mostly on damp or rainy days"

Ed A., NY (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"When driving down the road at a high rate of speed (50 to 65 mph), my car sounds like a noisy, noisy engine. I took it in. They told me they couldn't understand what I was talking about. I bought new tires as it was indicated that perhaps my tires"

Anonymous, IA (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"noise w/ driving...the car of plastic squeaks"

Anonymous, ME (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeaks in the dash and behind the rear seat"

Stephen J., ON (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Cabin air blower fan bearings seem to be shot"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"It is like driving an airplane, you can barely think it is so noises"

Pandora W., ID (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes have been squealing for years - I've taken it to the dealership many times, and every time it keeps coming back (I've probably spend around $500 at this point). About a year or two ago, the dealership told me that my model year has issues with"

Alexandra W., VA (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle in front driver & passenger doors. In window system. Have to lower and raise hard on window crank to stop temporarily the rattle"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I think this is just poor workmanship. I have had other small cars and have never noticed the noise like this one"

Pandora W., ID (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"bought car 3 months ago with 41000 miles on it"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Seems to be wind noise coming from passenger side window"

Anonymous, VA (2006 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

Body control module

"Needed a new computer module which controlled the RPM gauge and temp gauge and check engine light. $667 total cost"

Ian B., ON (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The clock actually works, but the light for it only intermittently lights up (problem started 2 years ago), so I never know if I'll be able to see the time or not. My mechanic says this is an electrical problem that's expensive to fix"

Jane H., OH (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Does not light up"

John D., IL (2006 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Clock fades out for long periods, I think the circuit board is warped because the dashboard lights for the heater control don't work either"

Charl P., CA (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The clock works but I cannot read it because it lights up infrequently and not for very long when it does"

Robert H., SC (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"RPM and temp gauges are both controlled by main computer (ECM) which all stopped working when computer suddenly died"

Ian B., ON (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Pigtail wire connectors to headlight failed and was causing headlights to burnout or not work"

Anonymous, NH (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"My mechanic found an issue with relays that prevented my headlights and taillights from performing (i.e., turning on)"

Anonymous, NV (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"My mechanic found an relay issue that prevented my taillights from turning on when I pressed the brakes"

Anonymous, NV (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Backup lightbulb repalced"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"The dashboard lights went out behind the temperature controls (heat/AC). I thought it was a bulb out - but it wasn't. $120 to repair electronics"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The dome light is usually off but if you push on the fixture, it comes back on sometimes. Probably a loose connection somewhere"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Bad switch in dome light; lights for A/C, heat etc. don't work unless you hit them"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Clock lights up intermittently, all 3 a/c controls work well but they don't light up until I hit alongside them. Roof light is also sporadic in working"

Robert H., SC (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The totyota dealership did not seem to investigate thoroughly the problem I was having with interior lights not working intermittently. They said I had to come back to them when the problem occurred so that they could look at the problem while it was going on. I found this to be very inconvenient and indicated to me that they didn't want to bother with researching and solving this problem. My lights on the gear goes out at different times, but it is especially difficult when this happens at nig"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"My remote stopped working to lock/unlock doors. I had the driver's and passenger side locks fixed (at a cost of $600) but chose not to repair the back doors - too expensive!"

Jane H., OH (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Tire pressure monitor doesn't seem very accurate. It goes off and then I check all tires and they are to the correct pressure"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"My tire and seat weight lights come on for no reason and have to be manually turned off. Not a big deal, but annoying"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"driver-side airbag warning sensor replaced"

Michael H., MA (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Seat and key buzzer on ECM and does not chime anymore"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Toyota Corolla S 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

Alignment

"Replace front sway bars and end links, steering wheel to center of left, completed alignment after replacing struts"

Kirby S., CT (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed alignment twice"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear wheel alignment is out and requires installing rear wheel shims to correct $300-400"

Steven P., UT (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"Power steering unit has a small leak"

Douglas I., CA (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"first time replacing them, at 270000 miles"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Improve ride quality replace front struts, no obvious failure"

Kirby S., CT (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"all four struts went out and ate all four tires"

Taylor A., WI (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"LEAKING SHOCK"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"strut boots were dry rotted, so I replaced them"

Gary S., MD (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced front and rear shocks and shims were required"

Anonymous, OK (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"had to replace rack and pinion steering because of a boot leak. Cost was over $3300, which was extremely excessive"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"inspection showed bent tie rods. no idea how it happened. not in an accidient. could be wear and tear and winter. toyota fixed the problem"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"rear struts went first"

Taylor A., WI (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"We had a front wheel bearing replaced under warranty when the car was new. This past year (after 100,000+ miles) we needed to replace the same bearing again"

Nancy E., VT (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Noticed vibration in driving car. Thought it was one problem, turned out to be a bad bearing. Expensive repair"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Bearings wore out, made vehicle noisy to drive - esp when turning"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"New tires required rebalancing when purchased"

Anonymous, OK (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

"The exhaust pipe rusted through. Toyota replaced it and the catalytic converter (welded unit) under warranty. This actually occurred mid-2013 but I don't think that I reported it in the prior survey"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Some of the pins holding the heat shield rusted out and could not breplaced with the same method so tie wraps were used"

Anthony C., ON (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"heat shield came loose. It didn't have many places where it attached to car. rather than getting a new retainer clip, it was wired into place"

Peter B., CA (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Muffler failed and was replaced at 103000 miles"

Mark M., OH (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"pipe corroded"

Steve-Jeanne F., NY (2006 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"flange broke at muffler on pipe"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"exhaust pipe rusted off the catalytic converter. The pipe was replaced, the converter was left in place"

Michael Y., IL (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Connection from muffler to the pipe going to the engine rusted completely through"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Tail pipe broke between resonator and muffler which is a one piece stainless steel welded system. Factory replacement cost for parts only was in excess of $600.00. Non stainless patch (limited lifespan) was approx $50 including labour"

Anonymous, BC (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"manifold pipe went just out of warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Where two exhaust pipes connect near the rear axle one is inserted into the other. The two are clamped there. The insert rusted requiring replacement of that pipe"

Anonymous, NH (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Catalytic converter

"Engine light has been on over a year. Was told it is likely catalytic converter but we did not have that repair since it is so expensive"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"This is the best vehicle,of the 19 I have owned in my life time. The exhaust is the first major repair I have had, however, it is over eleven yrs old and expected"

Dennis M., NS (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

"exhaust manifold had to be replaced, dealership included 2 year warranty on repairs"

Anonymous, BC (2006 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

"Compressor needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"air would not cool"

Joseph C., VA (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"blower fan quit and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

"Leaked - had it replaced along with expansion valve"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"Heater system stopped working due to a plug and is showing signs of leaking, which would cost over $1000 to fix due to a poor design of the system"

R T., NJ (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Heater ducts leak and raise the temperature in the control panel causing dash lights to malfunction as well as CD player"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"pin-hole leak in condenser, probably caused by projectile or an accident during routine servicing"

Anonymous, ID (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"There's a slow undetectable leak"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Began leaking in Aug 2014 -- had system tested -- revealed leaking evaporator which was replaced in May 2015 Had several recharges of refrigerant before replacement"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I thought that the car was not cooling very well for the past 4 years. It just got worse. I took it in and the mechanics put coolant in it and I thought that I had moved to "Siberia". But, that lasted just one year . This season, it was hot again an"

Anonymous, IA (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C system was plugged up and had to have cleaned out. Dealer put die in A/C to locate possible leaks. To date none have been found"

Anonymous, AL (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"looses coollant"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

"Main serpentine belt made noise when car was brand new but dealers said noise was considered "typical and standard for this make and model" . Then when the warranty expired, they recommended to replace the belt because of the "excessive noise caused"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Belt sweaking, needed replacement"

Anonymous, BC (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced drive belt tensioner and drive belt multiple times due to failure"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"belt tensioner was leaking and had to be replaced"

Matthew S., TX (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"engine drive belt was worn and cracked, needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Engine computer

"Airflow sensor replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"oxygen sensor"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel leaks

"had to replace gaskets intake valve"

Michael G., SD (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"oil change at dealer 1st told was a leak in the (timing) tensioner; later said it was someone else's car (1 day left on warranty for work already done) Another time said leak in oil pan. Had clutch repair (shop) found tensioner leak; no oil pan leak"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"main seal seeping oil. seep is very slow and does not impact the drivability of the car. approx. 1/2 pint every six months"

Kay M., TN (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"135538: Oil pan gasket change, oil pressure switch, 146208: Replaced Front Crankshaft seal and Timing chain tensioner o-ring"

Rae C., ME (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"Routine maintenance , replace spark plugs, pcp valve, replace coolant. Not knocking or pinging"

Anonymous, MD (2006 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)

"The pump in the charcoal canister failed. A new canister with labor was ~$600"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Mass air flow meter failed + needed replacement"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall"

James J., NM (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"check engine light. had to replace both o2 sensors. this was the first time replacing them since owning the car, at 270,000 miles"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Sensor light came on. Called dealer, scheduled repair, ordered part, had sensor replaced. Costly (approx. $500) for part and labor. Satisfied with service received"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light would come on. Nothing seemed to be the matter. Finally, after three times, took it to Toyota dealership who determined it was the O2 sensor. Matter was fixed and no more check engine light coming on"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The check engine light is always on. Different mechanics have been unable to fix it. They can get the light to go off by replacing sensors but it comes back on in a few hours after I bring car home"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Sensor Warning Light kept coming on -- they changed the sensor -- problem fixed"

John B., ON (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Clutch replaced due to normal wear"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace clutch twice in this car probably due to multiple drivers"

Anonymous, NS (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"normal wear out experience over 200,000 miles"

Cheryl B., WV (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch was not shifting, had evaluated, was worn out, had replaced"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Had over 180000 miles on the clutch. It was worn out"

Kenneth W., UT (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Torque converter

"The check engine light came on because of the silinoid on the transmission. Mechanic said something related to toque converter"

Tim B., CA (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"failed bearings"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"3rd gear synchro went out. Discovered this is not "repairable" on this transmission. Replacement is the only option as advised by SEVERAL transmission shops. Soi, continued to drive for 1 year, 20,000 miles waiting for something else to break. Nothing did, so replaced the transmission"

Cheryl B., WV (2006 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

"stopped working"

Avi V., PA (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"CD player quit working"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"Clock goes blank"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"The radio and CD player no longer work, evidently due to a short. Display is lit but no sound. Don't know if it is in the radio/CD player or in the speakers as I haven't had it repaired yet"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Died and not fuses"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Reception fades on and off"

Jim B., CA (2006 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

Doors or sliding doors

"Power window went off track, had to replace"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

"Sometimes sunroof won't close"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"molding failure"

Scott G., CA (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Seat controls - movement

"Brackets that hold the drivers seat are rusted out"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 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

Rough shifting

"I use the clutch a lot for down shifting compression braking etc. i.e. I put it through its paces. Clutch durability strength or what ever it is, isn't great. Have replaced it once already"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Third gear syncronizer appeared to be going bad; gear grinds when shifted (mainly when engine is cold)"

Robert T., VA (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"Check engine light came on. Had to replace silonoid on transmission"

Tim B., CA (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"Leak in transaxel seal on right side where axle goes into transmission. $320 to fix it"

Genia A., OK (2006 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

What Owners Say

"died, a couple of years old"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Coil

"See previous item, I'm not sure if this is a separate part"

Jamie M., VA (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"In Feb then again in April, I started the Corolla and drove less than a mile when the car began shaking. In Feb I drove directly to Goodyear and they replaced ignition coil #1 free as it was still under warranty. When it happened again, the car was towed to Goodyear. They paid for the tow and replaced Ignition coils #2,3 & 4 for free. I did pay for throttle cleaning and fuel induction kit"

Jamie M., VA (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

"had to replace leaking water pump"

Michael G., SD (2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Thermostat

"Past few years thermostat seems to not fully close when cold. In cold winter periods takes much longer to reach normal operating temperature"

Anonymous, MD (2006 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

"Known engine problem, our Mechanic only able to get information on redrilling engine mounts & repair tool from Toyota directly"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 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

Driveshaft or axle

"Cold weather axle broke had to be replaced This was the first repair other than brakes and oil"

Bruce K., BC (2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
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