Manual Transmission Problems of Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla owners have reported 15 problems related to manual transmission (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Toyota Corolla based on all problems reported for the Corolla.

car image   Manual Transmission problem of the 2003 Toyota Corolla 1
Failure Date: 07/15/2011

Manual transmission must be rebuilt due to bearing failure (input shaft).

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car image   Manual Transmission problem of the 2003 Toyota Corolla 2
Failure Date: 06/01/2011

140 000 km on board and the manual transmission is gone on my Corolla 2003.

car image   Manual Transmission problem of the 2008 Toyota Corolla 3
Failure Date: 10/14/2010

The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Corolla. The contact was driving approximately 20 mph when he encountered a set of railroad tracks. After driving twenty feet over the tracks, the vehicle would no longer shift into any selected gear and failed to respond to the contacts attempts to accelerate. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 62,000.

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car image   Manual Transmission problem of the 2010 Toyota Corolla 4
Failure Date: 03/03/2010

I have a 2010 Toyota Corolla that is part of the accelerator pedal reinforcement bar recall/installation. I have noticed another problem that appears to also involve the accelerator. This vehicle has a 5 speed manual transmission. The problem occurs in both 3rd and 4th gear. This problem is not consistent meaning it is not always noticed every time I drive, I would maintain that it occurs at least 50% of the time however. Problem: I attempt to maintain a constant speed for instance in 3rd gear at 30 mph, the vehicle feels as if it wants to speed up, I then remove some pressure from the accelerator, the vehicle then slow by jerking, I then attempt to accelerate and the vehicle jerks again, bottom line is I can not maintain a constant speed. The road conditions do not matter, flat, hill, bumpy, smooth, wet dry, 30 mph, 31 mph, 32, mph etc. I cannot maintain a constant speed in 3rd and 4th gear. I am not sure of an approximate date, it has happened numerous times since I purchased the vehicle in August of 2009. I will just enter a random date below.

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car image   Manual Transmission problem of the 2006 Toyota Corolla 5
Failure Date: 02/15/2010

Toyota Corolla 2006 had transmission replaced at 55000km was grinding gear wile I was up shifting an also down shifting all other gears were fine now the rebuild transmission that Toyota put in the car is now at 65000km and I am having the same problem.

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car image   Manual Transmission problem of the 2003 Toyota Corolla 6
Failure Date: 12/17/2009

2003 Toyota Corolla. Consumer writes regarding filing complaint with Toyota corporation for headlights melting and entire assembly needing to be replaced the consumer stated the driver and passenger side door would not unlock when she tried to use the remote. The dealer had to dismantle the door panel and install a new lock device. The transmission had to be replaced due to faulty work on the part of Toyota. The driver and passenger headlights continued to go out, until finally, the consumer had to pay to have the entire electrical portion of the headlights replaced.

car image   Manual Transmission problem of the 2004 Toyota Corolla 7
Failure Date: 07/28/2009

I have a 2004 Toyota Corolla s 5-speed with 91,000 miles on it. While driving the other day, the transmission locked up on the interstate. I had never had a problem with the car and have maintained it well since I purchased it. I had the car towed to the local Toyota dealership and was told the clutch was bad and they gave me an estimate of $1,036 to repair it. After speaking to another mechanic and finding out that the dealership wanted $400 more than average to do the service I had the car towed to my local mechanic. After removing the transmission from the car he informed me that the clutch was fine and the transmission was bad. I bought a Toyota for its supposed reliability. . . . . . What a joke. This is going to cost thousands to repair and has effectively ruined my summer vacation plans. I know there are similar complaints concerning this transmission. . . . . I hope something gets done about it. -bryan shepler.

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car image   Manual Transmission problem of the 2001 Toyota Corolla 8
Failure Date: 01/31/2009

Unsafe rebuilt transmission, 2001 Toyota Corolla we purchased the vehicle on 7/29/2008. In January 2009, the engine dumped oil and burned out, and had to be replaced. About two days later the transmission fell apart. Our mechanic discovered that it was from a salvage yard and was being held together with epoxy. The transmission mount was bent, indicating to the mechanic that the car might have been in some kind of accident. Also I believe the mechanism for the bolt to go through (to hold the transmission in place) was missing along with the bolt. All information about the problems with the car should be verified with harry, owner of import auto, at 2583 university Ave, madison, WI 53705; phone 608-231-1221. He has been keeping the transmission for inspection by interested authorities. Harry called the transmission a "fraud. " it should have never been installed like that. The transmission was unsafe. I allow my grandson to drive this car. He is a student, age 19. He has a part-time job with pizza hut, delivering pizzas. He is also in a band. Two days before the transmission went out, he wanted to drive the car a long distance for a gig. I told him to take my other car. If he had taken the Corolla, the transmission could have come apart at high speed on freeway in the dead of winter. He and others could have been killed. My mechanic ordered another rebuilt transmission, but it too had similar problems. He is flabbergasted that these transmissions are being sold, and he told us he had never seen this before in his 40-year career. We opted to install a new transmission. Bottom line: bad, unsafe transmissions are being sold and unscrupulous mechanics or car owners are installing them. We have photos and more information.

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car image   Manual Transmission problem of the 2003 Toyota Corolla 9
Failure Date: 01/01/2009

2003 Toyota Corolla transmission went out just like several other people with this model. Toyota should be responsible for this problem. To replace it will cost over $3000. 00. I have owned 2 Toyotas previous and never had problems like this.

car image   Manual Transmission problem of the 2009 Toyota Corolla 10
Failure Date: 08/01/2008

Reference: odi number 1024 3336 cancel this complaint - dealer handled complaint 100% to my total satisfaction. Your gov. 't representative said to use this form to add further details or to cancel this complaint. Thank you. Jmv.

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car image   Manual Transmission problem of the 2004 Toyota Corolla 11
Failure Date: 07/15/2007

Summer 2007, with about 65,000 miles on my 2004 Toyota Corolla s (bought new), I started to notice an unusual sound when I shifted gears--sounded a little like a diesel engine sound but very faint. Sound slowly become more pronounced, until it became a worry. It happened when I used the clutch (it's a manual). I brought it to the dealer to have them listen to it. They didn't hear it, but recommended that I leave it for service. I did. Dealer said they found no problem. Also said they rarely work on manual transmissions any more. Concerned about potential safety issues, I brought it to a local mechanic personally known to me. He immediately identified it as a transmission bearing problem. Thought it was possibly the pilot bearing. He recommend I take it to a transmission place for a listen. The transmission shop came to the same conclusion as the local mechanic. I reported back to my mechanic who called the dealership to check whether there were any service bulletins about transmission bearing problems and they said there weren't. I contacted the dealer to report the findings of the transmission shop and they said that they didn't think there was a problem. I returned to the transmission shop to have the transmission work done and he replaced the bearings. No more unusual sound when I shift. I still have the old part, which shows wear on one of the bearings. The dealer was not helpful in resolving the problem. The manufacturer was even less helpful. The repair was very expensive, about ~1600 (I also decided to replace the clutch while we were in there).

car image   Manual Transmission problem of the 2004 Toyota Corolla 12
Failure Date: 08/23/2006

My daughter was driving her 2004 Toyota Corolla from san diego to dallas. About 60 miles east of yuma, az the manual transmission went out in this car. Had to have it towed back to yuma and a whole new transmission replaced because the transmission had ground itself to pieces and there were pieces of this in the transmission pan. We had to pay $3000 for a new transmission. We do not believe a 3 year old Toyota with a manual transmission should go out at 75,000 miles.

car image   Manual Transmission problem of the 2003 Toyota Corolla 13
Failure Date: 06/15/2005

Transmission went out, according to repair shop was defect from company. Less than 115 miles later the engine goes. According to service manager and master technician, engine looked great and could find no problem until discovered the cylinder head was warped and was a "common problem" . Engine and transimission gone within 115 miles of each other.

car image   Manual Transmission problem of the 2003 Toyota Corolla 14
Failure Date: 06/04/2002

The problem is . When I start my car I "must" press on the clutch very hard ( all the way inwards ) in order to start the car. I never had this problem with my previous manual transmission cars.

car image   Manual Transmission problem of the 2002 Toyota Corolla 15

The consumer stated that on one occasion the vehicle was unable to shift out of park.

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