2009 Toyota Corolla
There are 6 user reviews for the Base 4-Spd AT trim shown below
- Corolla spelled backwards is T-R-O-U-B-L-E
- The whole car.
Purchased As New
First the speedometer broke. Can you believe that. They refused to fix it. The tires wore out because of an alignment issue. I got just 9000 miles on a set of tires. The brakes wore out after 4000 miles. A loud noise in the rear turned out to be a bad exhaust pipe. The transmission slips all the time. Please DO NOT BUY A TOYOTA.
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- smooth ride, sporty look and descent fuel economy
- sulpher smell from exhaust, new generation corolla, plastic interior may rattle, many complaints
Purchased As New
I purchased my Corolla relying on Toyota's fame for reliability and quality (you've seen the commercials). I've owned the car for 2 years and it just reached over 15,000 miles. Initially, I had a serious issue with excessive sulphur dioxide emitting from the exhaust system and from the engine compartment through my heater vents. I took it back to the dealer and discovered they didn't want to admit or deal with the issue. I called Toyota headquarters with no results. Fustratingly, I took it to another dealer and they claimed that some Catalytic converter systems need a break in period. Since, I have noticed the smell has dissipated to some degree. But, it's still a present issue but not as noticeable from the the first 5000 miles..
I have learned this is a common issue with Toyotas as well as with other imports vehicles. If you are presently deciding to buy a Toyota, I would seriously consider this issue. The best way to detect the problem is to drive the vehicle up a hill and let it come to a stop and idle. Please make sure the heating system air recirculation switch is off. You should be able to detect anything from a mild to strong rotten egg odor emitting from the exhaust system or the heater ac vents. Also, the engine oil light came on at 4000 miles. I had to fill the engine with 3 quarts of oil to bring it to the full mark on the dipstick. I did check the oil at 1500 miles with no concerns. I have no idea why this happened or if it's possible for an engine to consume 3 quarts of oil within 4000 miles. I took it to the second dealer and they performed a service bulletin for excessive oil consumption which consisted of reflashing the ECM system (onboard computer?). Since, I had to fill 1 quart of oil at 9000 miles and less than 1/4 of quart at 14000 miles which includes the 5k 10k 15k service schedule. Needless to say, I check my oil at all gas fill-ups. Also, a Toyota saftey recall on the brake assist system was issued for all Corollas in the nothern states.. This is being issued by Toyota only, not a government agency.. I average 32 to 34 mpg mix town/highway in the summer and 26 to 28 mpg in the winter. I would say as high as 37mpg or more scrictly on the highway.. As you can see, gas milage varies depending on the season and your driving habits. Also, the heating system and cold weather seems to put a heavier load on the engine decreasing mpg performance. Plastic interior may rattle. Electric power steering is more fluid than previous models but may be less responsive while driving in a straight path.. This issue is nit picking in my opinion and I'm fine with it considering I stepped down from a Chrysler Jeep..
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- Great Fuel Mileage, Smooth Ride, Relatively Spacious Interior
- No adjustable wipers, plasticy interior
Purchased As Not Purchased
This is the company car, so it's obviusly a great value. I drove the base 97 Corolla previously which looked like a Mom car,so I was excited by the new exterior look. It appears that they spent less on the interior to upgrade the exterior. The interior went from that soft cushion and cloth to more of a hard plastic. Disappointing, but not that big of a deal.
I lost my adjustable intermittent wipers, 6 cd player, double armrest storage, and back of seat pockets. These obviously are pretty small issues, but I spend a lot of time in my car and some of them had become creature comforts. The windshield wipers are probably the biggest issue, because its nice to be able to adjust your wipers to how hard its raining, rather than just 2 preset speeds.
New things are a double glovebox and an outlet for an mp3 player. Not much, but both are great improvements. The outlet makes the multi-cd player not a problem and the storage replaces the extra storage from the old armrest.
The ride is great even if its not as quiet as the commercial makes it seem. In 6 months I already put over 25k miles on it and I haven't had any problems. Gas mileage was better when I first got it, almost 400 per tank, now its more like 360.
Overall this model is really good for the price. If I bought it, I would have probably wasted money on some upgrades that don't really need....read morehide
17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- fuel economy
- everything. fit and finish, ride, materials, power steering, brakes. paint
Purchased As New
the biggest mistake in my life. been to the dealer 6 times in one year with all the problems i had, the interior after a year everything is rattling and shaky, the materials are cheap and light. the paint is super cheap easily scratched and dented. don't buy black. horrible power steering you have to use 2 hands at all times. brakes are horrible. i regret buying it and stuck with it till its paid off. its worth 10-12k not worth 16k+. better cars for the money. your paying for "toyota". the previous generation is a million times better. there moving backward not forward....read morehide
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- Toyota Corolla is an econimic car it is good for
- It is not a luxurious car but after all it is ok
Brakes are not good and it is appearance is worse than previous models and it is normal car.
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- Fuel economy, interior room, dash layout
- plain styling, no bodyside protection, handling/steering, price, no armrest for driver, feels cheap
Tets drove a base Corolla with the old 4 speed automatic and was a bit dissapointed with the engine noise and power. Thats the price we pay for good mileage numbers. The interior offers enough space and the seats are pretty comfortable. The ride is soft as the expense of handling which can be scary at high speeds with wind gusts. Why couldn't Toyota find it in there budget to include a batter center armrest for the driver, offer bodyside molding protection for the rather flimsy feeling exterior door panals and offer keyless entry on base models? For the near 17K price i would expect these things to be standard equipment....read morehide
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