2003 Toyota Corolla Repair and Maintenance

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

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2003 Toyota Corolla
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236
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540
2003 Toyota Corolla
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670
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1,525
2003 Toyota Corolla
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802
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2,976
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287
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711
2003 Toyota Corolla
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137
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236

2003 Toyota Corolla Problems

Automatic Transmission May Not Shift Correctly at High Mileages

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.

Reports of Daytime Running Light Problems

There are occasional reports of daytime running light problems.

Sound When Driving Over Bumps May be Struts/Bearing Plates

If the vehicle develops an annoying, clunking sound when driving over bumps it is usually the struts and strut bearing plates. These may need replacing at 100,000-125,000 miles or sooner. If the noise is a more of a squeak or groan, it can be usually be eliminated by spraying a light lubricant on the suspension bushings 1-2 times per year.

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2003 Toyota Corolla Questions

Car won't start - no crank. Turn key and get a single click. Starter tested ok, battery tested ok. Its a manual, so I bypassed the switch on the clutch, still nothing. Any help would be great! (1 answer)

Car was fine, then wouldn't start one day, after driving fine a couple of minutes before. Did this a few times previously, just tried a few times then it started again. There is no cranking when I turn the key, just a click. Lights work fine, stereo etc, no dip in power when turn key. I assum...

What is the timing change tensioner? (1 answer)

I would like to get an estimate but timing change tensioner is not available in the repair list. Any suggestion would be welcome.

Driving and the car slowly died. No won't restart. Replaced fuel pump. (3 answers)

Once it died I restarted it and it idle rough but I could keep it running with a little gas but the second I tried to take off it died again. Happened 2 times then would not restart

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2003 Toyota Corolla Recalls

Seat Heater Wiring Shorts And Causes Fire

For vehicles equipped with aftermarket accessory seat heaters, the seat heater elements may short circuit when the seat cushion is compressed, and result in a fire hazard. Dealers will disconnect the seat heaters and refund the purchase price of the seat heaters free of charge to resolve the concern,

Unexpected Airbag Deployment

The airbag control module can fail prematurely due to electrical noise beyond the tolerance it was designed for. As a result the front airbags, side airbags, and/or seatbelt pretensioners could deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is being operated, increasing the risk of personal injury and/or a crash. Dealers will replace the airbag control module and front and/or side impact sensors as required to correct this concern.

Front Airbag Inflator Module

This limited regional recall is for vehicles currently registered or first sold in southern Florida, along the Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa. Upon deployment the passenger airbag inflator could rupture, increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will replace the passenger side air bag inflator to correct this concern. If a replacement inflator is not available, as an interim measure, the dealer will disable the front passenger air bag and advise the customer not to use the front passenger seat until a replacement inflator is installed.

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2003 Toyota Corolla Reviews

Bought 2003 Corolla CE that had 90K miles in 2006 for only $7600, and our family put on another 100K miles in 9 years (total 191K miles). Engine and transmission has been solid with zero issues. Basically, I did the typical maintenance (oil, trans, tires, brakes, filters, etc.) and it is such a reliable car. However, the only problem is I thought I save few bucks by changing oil every 5000 mi...
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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