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 6 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 (126 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 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

"Seals around doors and windows loosen and pull away"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"front spoilers both required replacement at around $500 each"

Dale J., FL (2008 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"loose molding"

Leo V., IL (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"During the winter, Ice buildup would make the trim come loose"

Kilda M., VT (2008 Toyota Corolla 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"the spoiler is a separate piece from the trunk and has become loose and flops around when the trunk is opened and closed."

Theres B., VA (2008 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Within two years after buying my car, the paint began to crack and peel off. Many of the other cars from the same model version with the same paint color that I see on the road are experiencing the same problem"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"On the roof and the hood the paint started turning white and chipping off. The car is not garaged and I live in a very hot area"

Justine K., CA (2008 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Left rear fender area, paint is chalking Also problems with paint on trunk lid"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"peeling clearcoat"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat peeling"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The decorative stripes on the sides of the car are cracking and peeling"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Corolla 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"paint on front bumper has faded"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Peeling paint in several areas Also, a few areas of paint blisters"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Bumpers paint faded"

Alejandro H., FL (2008 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The first time I put the car through a car wash, it emerged with scratches . The car gets more scratches every time I do a car wash"

Kilda M., VT (2008 Toyota Corolla 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Storm damage to the roof. 4 small Dents"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint on the hood and the roof started peeling off and in some spots it has started to rust"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Its a beautiful shade of blue, however, the paint on the top of the car and the paint on the top of the trunk has faded and is no longer shiny either."

Dana W., TX (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint covering the outside Driver side backup mirror. We complained to Toyota. They said it was not possible. We disagreed. They brought in a regional guy from Boston, who met with them first. Then, he came out and said it was not possible. The paint actually came down to the metal. They said we must have scraped it. They disbelieved us. It was a direct insult to us. We took it to a paint shop which did as best as they could to replace the paint and they believed us that the paint job from Toyota was defective. We said we would never go back to that dealer again as we were insulted for what some would consider a relatively minor item."

Donald G., RI (2008 Toyota Corolla 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Rust beginning to form in front of both rear wheels at bottom at rocker"

Marc S., OH (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rusting on rear fenders"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rusting thru the body on both sides just behind and at the bottom of both back doors. I have seen the same rust patterns on other corolla's the same age"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I have rust by the driver rear time and quarter panel. The rust will turn into holes shortly. Rust started about 2 years ago. Cost to much to repair based on the cars age."

Paul C., OH (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 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

Antilock system (ABS)

"Front left ABS sensor fail due to excessive dirt accumulation on ABS gear; dirt rub the sensor and sensor fail. Lack of maintenance"

Mario P., QC (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"The original caliper failed causing the breaks to lock on the front driver side. Replacement of the caliper was performed DIY and the problem was resolved."

Jimmy S., MD (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"normal brake wear"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Corolla 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake job performed due to wear on brakes"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced pads/shoes and one rear cylinder that was leaking. Turned rear drums"

Stephen K., OH (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes need replacing"

Andrew H., NC (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes needed to be replaced due to usual wear"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"was fixed but soon sound came back"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Pads & disks had to be replaced."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Corolla 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"at inspection needed new front brakes"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"Parking brakes have been bad on every Tooth we've owned except the Prius. This Corolla is par for the curse. We pay to have it adjusted, and it's loose within a few months"

David D., MD (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"This is my wife's 2nd Corolla, and the parking brake would be a joke if it weren't a serious matter. A design flaw of major proportions. I'd hate to think of this car in a brake failure when the parking brake is your best hope to get stopped!"

David D., MD (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"This car goes through brakes like cheap tennis shoes. We've had them replaced by a dealer, by private mechanics, & the expenses just keep on coming. Dealershipbotched one brake job thoroughly by telling us everything was fine in April -- we had to replace dads, motors, & rear brakes in September"

David D., MD (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to have the brake pad on my rear tires changed within about a year even though I put less than a 3,000 miles on my car per year."

Anonymous, OR (2008 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"Replaced brake pads and rotors due to normal wear"

John B., MA (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"The rotors warped"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors were warped/had uneven wear"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to buy new parts, none were repairable."

Mart M., UT (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"brake pads seems to be warn up every 30K miles"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"only when stopping makes a small sound"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Back trunk deck rattles and front crowling rattles"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"We have had the squeaking problem with the brakes since it was still under warranty. After multiple times being fixed, it still has the problem"

Anonymous, SC (2008 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 pump replacement"

C L., PA (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"water pump possible leak but replaced with no real diagnostic"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"radiator leak"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Once in a while, water leaks from the drivers side roof liner where the plastic meets the liner. When we took it to the dealership for repair, they said it would require intensive work to find and then fix the problem which would be rather expensive so we declined the repair but was then charged for them to just look at it. They said they would have to remove the liner and that the problem was probably in the body itself."

Dana W., TX (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Problems with door seals staying in place"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Door seals/weatherstripping are pulling away from car frame on all 4 doors"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The rubber trim that runs across the roof came partially off during driving against a high wind. The rubber blew upward about 24 inches. It was glued at a local garage. It still whistles in moderate to high wind. Also have an squeak in a back seat"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"rear door seals came off"

Ronald D., NV (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"weather stripping and interior molding on both rear doors are pulling away from the body of the car"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Sun/moon roof began leaking after las t really heavy rains leaks"

Glenn L., IA (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Weather stripping coming loose around all the doors."

Anonymous, VT (2008 Toyota Corolla 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Some minor rattles started after about 4 years into owning it"

Anonymous, RI (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Noisy serpentine belt"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"noise in the dash like a rattle usually when the heat is on. Sometimes at other points also"

Michael B., GA (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"There's a persistent noise in the passenger compartment that cannot be diagnosed and fixed by the dealer"

Arthur T., VA (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Corolla does make some noise, but not too bad for a car with 112,000 miles on it."

David D., MD (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"doors do not seal tight enough due to lousy door seals"

Ronald D., NV (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"When the car goes above 100 kph, if there is a wind making the airspe about 120 or so, there may be (and usually is) a high-pitched continuous whine. The dealer can't do anything because it would require driving above most of the speed limits. So thi"

Robert R., ON (2008 Toyota Corolla 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"wind noise from front windshield. Since 2008 still have the problem when driving at speeds of 65-70 mph and 20+ wind."

Paul C., OH (2008 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 repairs are so expensive that we opted to just keep refilling the power steering fluid that leaks out. it is messy and a constant maintenance"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"leaking"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"We tried to avoid the costly repair by just adding fluid for about two years. but, we then decided to go ahead and get the repair done at precision Toyota. they did a fine job"

Kathy K., AZ (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"One front passanger side leaked and needed to be replaced I replaced both front sides"

Judith C., NY (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"our corolla is a rough ride when new. but, as it ages the repair costs prohibit repairs and the ride is rougher"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"normal wear"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Corolla 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"we live on a rough road and the ride in the corolla is rough. we had strut repair this year and the ride is improved. the ride in the corolla has never been smooth."

Kathy K., AZ (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Although my vehicle is 10 years old, I only have about 50,000 miles on the car and I had to have my struts replaced because they were worn out."

Anonymous, OR (2008 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Normal maintenance"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rack and pinion required a replacement"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"recall"

Thomas S., FL (2008 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"The front driver's side wheel bearing went bad and was replaced under warranty"

Daniel J., OH (2008 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Had to be replaced. Required replacing pipes on both sides as well"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Corolla 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

"Manifold leak discovered during ervicing"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I was on the highway when this happened. Wasnt sure if I can reach the garage which was next to my previous job. It was very noisy."

Anonymous, QC (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"On a recent trip we stopped to change drivers and because there was s strong breeze, we heard a continuing rattle for which the rough exit road could not account. (The force of the air at Interstate speed must have kept the heat shield from rattling much until we pulled off.) We called AAA and since it was not safe to drive any further with a loose heat shield we had to be towed to a service station that could wire it in place, and we were very fortunate to find good help that day, but the inc"

Bill D., VA (2008 Toyota Corolla 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Got a slight rattle there. Negligible really. Again 212000 miles on the car"

William S., NJ (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"Not a real problem but needed a new muffler assembly due to it rotting out a bit...lots of noise. :-) The car does have over 212000 miles on it so I'm not complaining"

William S., NJ (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"warning light problem was found to be from a short related to a spring coil in the steering column. We were told that the airbag(s) would not deploy so long as the light was on. When we were able to get the repair done, the cost was around $660."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Corolla 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"Original exhaust system just got old and rusty."

Anonymous, (2008 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)

"Check engine light comes on and $400.00 later the problem is fixed"

Donald V., MO (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

"The check engine light will come on after a period of wet weather. I have been told by the mechanic it has something to do with the emissions system relating to the gas cap"

Anonymous, RI (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I gues the fuel cap wasnt closing secure enough. I did replace it and the problem was solved"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel gauge/sender

"theres something wrong with the gas gauge on the dash. sometimes it'll read empty if it's full"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"I began to experience difficulty starting the car when it had been sitting for a few hours. It still started well when cold or soon after being recently driven"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Upon purchasing the vehicle the O2 sensors needed addressed"

Anonymous, IN (2008 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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"The old battery needed replacement. But we also had to install a battery tender because the car gets run so seldom that the electronics in the car (computers, key fob sensors, etc.) ran the battery down far enough that it would not start"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Battery cables

"Negative cable was eaten through where wire connects to negative post. I replaced the post clamp"

Douglas H., NC (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Coil

"Constant stuttering of engine. Dealership could not diagnose the problem because no code would appear even though they experienced the same problems during test drives. So they just kept replacing things and trying things. Took it to another mechanic who immediately diagnosed the issue as the ignition coils."

Fred P., SC (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"spark plugs worn out"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"Starter worked in the morning then failed when trying to get home. Had to get BCAA to jimmy the starter to get us going"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"We used the car earlier in the day, and it was back home. When we went to use it again, it would not turn over at all. Being a manual transmission and a small car, we pushed it about 10 feet and popped the clutch and it started. Drove it up to the Toyota dealer for repair. They found the starter was shot and also found a leak in the water pump. both were replaced. The total cost (We needed inspection) was over $700. The headlights also needed a $50 treatment to clear up the lenses. This has been the most expensive bill to date. While under Warranty a wheel bearing failed, but it was covered under warranty. No other issues with this vehicle"

Steven D., VT (2008 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

"Failed-in general"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Filter had to be changed due to smell."

Richard S., MA (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Air conditioner stopped cooling. Mechanic fixed blower fan motor and it started working again."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Corolla 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"I think this is the part that was compromised by the loss of coolant while we continued to drive with the AC on"

Bryson B., AB (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"A/C was simply low on Freon. Refrigerant was added and system seems to work fine"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a small hole in the radiator that vented all the coolant during a long drive"

Bryson B., AB (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"The sunroof leaked and the water shorted out the alarm system and electrical system"

Anthony K., DC (2008 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Rear running lights and interior dash lights stopped working at the same time, not a fuse"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"It was the braking light. It turned out that there was a short in the circuit"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"The interior lights are related to the problem with the rear lights"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"I took the car back several times to get the gauge fixed. Once they set the pressure so it would not go off. The dealship was so bad I will never go there again"

Larry J., TN (2008 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

Accessory belts or pulleys

"water pump died and the serpentine belt came off driving down the freeway"

Pauline R., WA (2008 Toyota Corolla 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"Ping and Knock on lock-up (automatique transmission) while Under load (hill climb) and low RPM. No check engine light on. Push on for specialist investigation. Results = burned valve cylinder #4; engine must be replace. Still run for 15000km after diagnotic, trade-inn at a dealer for a new Corolla 2018 LE Eco and still no check engine light on (ie the 2008). Overall not so bad even with his end of life problem (this car has 315000km). Still making between 38 to 44 mpg even in winter. Unbelivable ! Bought brand new in february 2008 and in service until april 2018. Honestly, not a trouble making car. Very reliable overall. I forgive him since Nothing last forever, unfortunately. By the way, the use of supreme gas (only while pinging problem start) help reduce 85% of pinging versus regular gas."

Mario P., QC (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Engine mounts

"engine noise and vibration"

Charles M., PA (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"The car was blowing oil pass the rings. The motor had a lot of sludge from lack of maintenance from previous owner. We were loosing about one quart a week when first purchased. I have been using synthetic oil for past two years and oil consumption has sharply decreased over the last 6 months. I have not had to add oil the past 3 months"

Douglas H., NC (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Valve cove seals leaking."

Jose R., FL (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

"car overheated and antifreeze gushed out and covered engine had to replace spark plugs head gasket wires etc. total cost of 1200 dollars"

Anthony C., NJ (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Water pump

"When in for a checkup, mechanic said there was white precipitate around the water pump so we replaced it"

Vicki C., WY (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"At a regular full service oil change our trustworthy mechanic reported that the water pump had a leak and that the worn serpentine belt needed replacement. We had them fix both problems"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"leaking water pump replaced also replaced belt tensioning device that failed causing loud noise"

Anonymous, ID (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"This was found leaking and replaced at the time the starter failed."

Steven D., VT (2008 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

"The CD/radio somehow caused a battery failure. Had to have it unplugged at the dealer. A used replacement is $500. A new replacement is $1200 ! I'll miss having music in the car"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Radio stopped working because of an antenna issue"

Richard S., MA (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"took my corrola three times in the past 18 months to fix the radio.Still have problems"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio stopped working. Probably antenna connection -- much too difficult to fix without removing entire dashboard. Don't listen to radio anyway."

Richard S., MA (2008 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

"Just wear and tear - clutch should be replaced but not a big enough problem to address as yet"

David C., ON (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"Transmission fluid lines rusted out -- likely due to road salt from winter driving"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Can't have other fluid leaking in to the transmission, otherwise it will mess up the transmission and that is very expensive to replace."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Corolla S 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

Seat belts

"Two of three rear seat belts just quit being able to fasten"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"Front windows became noisy, had to replace the window regulators on both front windows"

Michael M., NC (2008 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

Electrical failure

"Car would start ok but would die soon after start. When attempted to restart nothing would happen. Happened several times resulting in car being towed. Dealer could not find problem the first time. Car restarted when they tried. They were able to dup"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Starter had to be changed. Garagist told me this never happens but my car did. Had to get my car towed to the garage."

Anonymous, QC (2008 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.

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