2003 Toyota Corolla Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Toyota Corolla

2003 Toyota Corolla Problems

The Check Engine Light may illuminate due to an evaporative emission (EVAP) system fault. Our technicians tell us these EVAP system faults can be difficult to diagnose but it is not uncommon to find a failed charcoal canister or a loose or worn gas cap.

The mass air flow sensor on higher mileage cars occasionally needs to be cleaned or replaced if sluggish acceleration is experienced or the Check Engine Light is illuminated with a mass air flow meter sensor fault code stored.

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.

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2003 Toyota Corolla Questions

Hello, I live in the Bronx, and to my horror with no prior problems my 2003 toyota corolla S turned off with some smoke from the engine on the expressway on my way to Suffolk County for a visit. Me not knowing LOng Island, raining and still not close to my destination I had to call a tow truck, i...

Out of the blue the front driver side wheel had a grinding sound when braking.

I've changed the pads and it still grinds. The grinding stops after releasing the brake and driving up to speed. Thenthe grinding returns at the next stopping action.

Is I the caliper or rotor, or even somet...

Inner tread bald to wavy (almost bald) pattern? Tires will be replaced & alignment lined up too! Just want to make sure I'm not missing anything.


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2003 Toyota Corolla Recalls

This limited regional recall is for vehicles currently registered or first sold in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and equipped with Takata-brand air bag inflators. Upon deployment the driver and/or passenger airbag inflator could rupture, increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will replace the affected airbag inflator modules to correct this concern.

When deployed, excessive pressure can build in the passenger front airbag. This could cause the inflator to rupture, increasing the risk of personal injury to vehicle occupants. This recall affects both originally installed passenger front airbags as well as those that were installed as replacement service parts. Toyota and General Motors will replace the passenger front airbag inflator on their respective vehicles involved in this recall.

Airbags use a chemical reaction contained in an inflator module to create the pressure necessary to inflate the bags when deployment is required. These vehicles are being recalled because the front passenger airbag inflator may produce excessive internal pressure when deployed. As a result, the inflator module could rupture, causing metal fragments to strike vehicle occupants. Dealers will inspect and replace any defective passenger front airbag inflator module found.


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2003 Toyota Corolla Reviews

Bought brand new, now at 140,000 mi. I have had to replace the right rear hub assembly, and I need new struts all around now, and my a/c compressor just went out. The glove box and one of the center console doors wont stay closed anymore. The little coin holder to the left of the steering wheel fell off after a year. I guess I should be thankful. My previous car, a 99 Ford Escort, blew a piston...

Bought a 2003 CE Corolla with 50K on the clock in 2005; it has 222K on it now. Diagnosing why it's using a bit more oil than normal, but 6 sets of tires, 2 front brake jobs, and 1 (yes, changed at 199K) rear brake job (total rebuild), plus 3 rear hubs, radiator, and both control link arms, she still gets me 38-42 MPG on interstate trips at an average of 80 MPH (3K RPM) and 32-36 in the city wh...

we bought our '03 in '05 with 30,000 miles on it. we now have 285,000+. overall it has been an EXTREMELY reliable car. it now burns about a qt of oil a month but still runs well. we've had an issue with the rotars. car was shaking when braking and at highway speeds. replaced rotars problem went away - for about 6 months. same problem again. had to replace one of the ignition coil packs recently...

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