2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8 gas from North America
I call Corolla the biggest common mistake
Fixed under warranty:
Transmission started lagging after around 16000, and finally replaced at 19800kms.
Rack and pinion replaced at 23500.
Not covered/mentioned normal by Toyota:
Rattling at dash and windows and bumper and back seat; some of them fixed by dealer, but they return sometimes!
Frame squeaks when there are four passengers or some load in the trunk.
Engine vibrates at different speeds.
Very loud wind noise at highway speeds.
The car has a very poor ride. Specially on the highway, you feel you're driving a 70's truck in the mud.
Overall, don't buy the car if you go out of downtown or drive faster than 40mph at all!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 4th April, 2010
8th Apr 2010, 20:51
What frame? The Corolla doesn't have a frame. So it can't be squeaking. Perhaps you mean suspension?
15th Apr 2011, 08:08
I am also disappointed with my 2008 Corolla; the dash squeaks, there is a lot of wind noise, especially if there is a cross wind, and the ride is not the greatest. The fuel economy is nowhere near advertised. I hope it lasts as long as my Tercel.. but somehow I doubt it.
15th Apr 2011, 11:29
Your comments sum up what a lot of people are going through with newer cars... they just can't match the old cars they have had or have... but with manufacturer's costs going through the roof... safety and smog regulations that seem to have no end and a world market that is rapidly changing... it's a miracle that they even stay in business...
15th Apr 2011, 12:38
I just took a 2009 Corolla in to have the alignment checked a couple of months ago. We were told the rear sub-frame assembly had sagged just from the weight of the car and special shims would be required to align it. Pretty poor build quality if you ask me.
6th Jun 2011, 19:58
I have a 2008 Corolla and have problems with the rear dash panel squeaking when the temperature rises. It's OK in winter but summer or high temperatures beyond say 70 degrees F brings out the squeaks.
This is my second Corolla, my 98 Corolla got better gas mileage and was of better quality. The windows on my 08 are slightly thinner glass, the doors are thinner, the seats more cheaply made.
Overall, I think the quality is cut back significantly. I usually keep my cars ten years, but I'm thinking five years max.