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1994 Toyota Corolla

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1994 Toyota Corolla Problems

Engine -- Verified

The engine mount on the passenger side of the car can wear out on cars with high mileage. This will put extra stress on the other mounts and the faulty mount will need to be replaced.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

If the engine will not crank over, the most common problem is the starter. These will tend to go out at about 100,00-125,000 miles. Sometimes it is only the starter solenoid, but often the complete starter (including solenoid) needs to be replaced.

Drive Train -- Verified

At higher mileages, (125,000-150,000) the automatic transmission may not shift correctly. This can be caused by the throttle position sensor being out of adjustment or a shift solenoid needing to be replaced. Typically the transmission does not need to be completely overhauled.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The EGR System tends to get restricted or blocked with carbon after 100,000- 125,000 miles which will cause an emissions test failure for NOX. If the EGR system is equipped with an EGR temperature sensor it will trigger a Check Engine Light for improper EGR flow. The repair is to clean out the EGR passages and the EGR Temperature sensor. Our technicians tell this repair is pretty straight forward and takes about 1-1.5 hours. It is al...

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

The power steering pump and power steering hoses tend to develop leaks and require replacement.

1994 Toyota Corolla Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., May 8, 1996

Summary: IF LIQUID IS SPILLED IN THE CONSOLE BOX AREA, THE AIR BAG WARNING LIGHT CAN ILLUMINATE AND STAY "ON" DURING NORMAL DRIVING CONDITIONS.

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Body, Interior & Misc., August 5, 1994

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Toyota is recalling 1994 Corolla models because the anchor straps installed in the seat belt assemblies were improperly heat treated. This may cause them to break and not sufficiently restrain occupants in the event of a sudden stop or crash. Toyota will replace the safety belt anchor straps.

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Electrical & Lights, December 5, 1994

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Toyota is recalling 1993-1994 Corolla models because an unused harness connector for power windows, power door locks, and sunroof was improperly routed under the floor carpet in the left kick panel. In cold weather areas where road salt is used, the water from a driver's foot can penetrate the carpet, drop onto the connector, and form a salt bridge between the terminals. This can cause an electrical short, which may result in a fire. Dealers will remove the unused harness connector.

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1994 Toyota Corolla Questions and Answers

geoops0105, 1994 Toyota Corolla, Jefferson City, MO

i put new battery and a starter,but the car will not crank only a click in the engine compartment.

Courtney_1, 1994 Toyota Corolla, Indianapolis, IN

When the temperature gets warm outside, the car is fine, but when it is cold or damp outside my car will kick the check engine light on and my car will jerk. If my car is in park, the engine light ...

Anita_1, 1994 Toyota Corolla, Parksville, KY

My car seemed to be fine until recentley.
You can be driving along and all at once it acts like the transmission is slipping. The overdrive button does not work due to my car being hit in the rea...

Courtney_1, 1994 Toyota Corolla, Indianapolis, IN

I also forgot to add that my car had the codes pulled from computer and a distributor code came up, I replaced the distributor with a brand new one and my car is still doing this.

Courtney_1, 1994 Toyota Corolla, Indianapolis, IN

im not sure about the spark plugs and wires maybe i should check that. im not sure what the number was....do you know of any codes off hand, maybe one will sound familiar.

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1994 Toyota Corolla Reviews

I bought my 94 Corolla new and by far is the best car I have ever owned. I have 210K miles and only replaced motor mounts, cvc joint and timing belt. The dome light has been replaced many times, not sure why that is. The air conditioner still works great. I do take excellent care of the car. It's always been garaged so the paint and upholstery is in like new condition except for some rock chips.

I bought my 1994 Toyota Corolla with 16 miles on it. It is the best little car I have ever owned! The paint faded but originally it was silver (What can I expect for a car I only paid 17,000.00). It is a manual transmission so I can get it to go even though the automatics in this time frame don't have the get-up-and-go power. It has 284,000 miles and has had no major repairs. Only the regular maintenance. Went to a Toyota dealership recently to look at what is available right now and the salesman was very interested in having me trade in my car. Said that during the timeframe of my car, Toyota realized that they were making them too well! I love my car eventhough it doesn't have all the bells and whistles!

I purchased this 1994 Toyota Corolla DX in 1996. It gets oil changes every 3 months. Never failed to get me where ever I had to go, hurricanes or blizzards. I just drove from Fla. to NH with no problems as usual. I did have the struts replaced 2012 as my Grandson used it in and out ofrough road construction jobs. Always a faithful car. It has 145,000mi and gets
35mpg city and 48mpg hwy. Finally had a tune up in 2012 . Runs like a new car. I did have belts replaced, new battery 2012. AC has not worked since 2009. Everything else in this car works great. Needs a paint job from being hit .by hurricane waves as I crossed bridges in the Fla. keys. Salt water kills the paint

this is the first car i bought new. with 100k on the odometer it has proven to be, overall, a reliable car. BUT: i have had many quality issues with it. the body started rusting 1 year after purchase and toyota called it acceptable rust. the body has continued to rust despite my "rust proofing". the defrost is anemia...always foggy windows when it rains. after less than 1yr of driving, the passanger side under car plastic covering blew off at 65mph on a clear dry interstate. toyota said i hit something and refused to pay for repairs. the the interior dome light has been burning out since new at an alarmingly frequent rate. the air conditioning stopped blowing cold last year. the brakes are barely adequate. warping rotors are common.-all oem parts btw... MANY brake and fuel lines have ruptured throughout it's life. am replacing a ruptured fuel filter now. PIA! no troubles with the motor. runs as new. toyotas are very good reliable cars providing you replace them often. i repair my own vehicles so the cost of repairs were moderate but if i had to rely on a dealer or local shop.... i'd be much poorer.
rusty in new york

Loved this as my first car! I bought it in 2006 already 12 years old and nothing really major needed to be done. She's been a great car, and at 225,000kms I am confident she'll run for a further 100,000! Great on gas, comfort and personality. Not the greatest on power but that's what you get when you buy a 1.8L from 1994. Nowadays the 1.8 carries 130-150 horsepower!

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