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2002 Toyota Corolla

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2002 Toyota Corolla Problems

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

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.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

There are occasional reports of daytime running light problems.

2002 Toyota Corolla Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., April 11, 2013

RepairPal Expert Overview:

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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2002 Toyota Corolla Questions and Answers

help me, 2002 Toyota Corolla, Overland Park, KS

I have not had any problems with this car. The service indicator light just came on. My mileage is 22,800. The owner's manual says check maintenance but does not say what maintenance. Pleas...

Jkurly10, 2002 Toyota Corolla, Rogers, AR

I know that I need to losen the the tensioner pulley to change my drive belt, but where is it? What does it look like? A diagram would be awesome!

1pilot, 2002 Toyota Corolla, Wildomar, CA

The oil leaks around the front cover where it meets the cylinder head and runs down from there.Only a few drops a day.Looking for any common problems so I know where the source might be.Too low for...

toyotacorolla31, 2002 Toyota Corolla, Auburn, CA

2002 Toyota Corolla bought used from dealership with 28K now has 56K over 2years. Some evaporation from engine checked fluids all fine. Two weeks later engine overheats, blows a head gasket and sh...

Skib1, 2002 Toyota Corolla, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Ormond Beach, FL

I need to know how I can get into where the parking break lever is and retrieve all the stuff that has falling down into it. I am trying to prevent the lever not working correctly because the kids ...

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2002 Toyota Corolla Reviews

I bought my 2002 corolla brand new 9/01. After 83,000 miles my check engine light has came on every year or it may skip a year and come on the next year. I have bought 3 catalytic convertor 3 02 sensor. My check engine light just came back ( a month before my birthday) I don't know what the problem is at the moment. I replaced the door handles interior and exterior, also the door window motor went out. I can't lock the doors because the original key doesn't really work on the doors. Sometimes takes me about 30-45min to get the doors unlocked so I just don't lock them. I can say it get me from A to B, but will not buy another one if I can help it.

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I bought one brand new and now it has 156,000 miles. The interior is a basic quality of an economic car and is falling apart. The brakes are designed to stop the car but won't impress you. The transmission is amazingly realible. 11 years and the only lights i've replaced are the rear tail lamp side markers. The only problem with the engine is the seals will eventually fall apart (like every car) but other than that it is great. I drive 300 miles a week and spend $40 to do it, not bad for 11 years old. At the 10 year marker the catalytic convertor WILL give out, but thats the only issue with it. The heater will boil you and the a/c will freeze you, no issues. The suspension is loose (because it isn't a sports car) and the steering is also very soft which is great for long drives. This car is designed to get you from point A to point B with comfort and realibility, it does both very well considering it costs only a couple grand.

Just a heads up to all those folks out there who think Toyota Corollas are such "Great Cars"
Toyota Corolla really should be Total Crap , at least where the interior comes in among other things.
When you go to buy a used Toyota Corolla watch out for:
1) The door handles (interior and exterior) ALWAYS break and are CRAP.
2) The rear view mirror fulcrum breaks so the mirror has a tendency to "bounce" more CRAP
3) The door panels are made of a material similar to peanut brittle and will crack EASILY , more CRAP
4) Interior dome light won't come on (door switch is $20 and fails) more CRAP
5) The molding around the doors is cheap veneer plastic over other cheap plastic , more CRAP
6) The dashboard is cheap plastic and the "color" can easily come out - like if you wanted to clean it with solvent more CRAP.

And that really is only the beginning , in 1998 they came out with a motor that is all - aluminum with a steel cylinder sleeve -more CRAP!
This engine is notorious for "mystery" oil consumption and you MUST use 5W30 SYNTHETIC and have it changed EVERY 3,000 MILES if you want the odometer to even come close to 150,000 without blowing out the connecting rod or main bearings.

You can go here to see the Technical Bulletin written by Toyota themselves!

Don't believe me? Go on the internet and look , or better yet , when you look at a used "TC" ,Toyota Corolla (Total Crap) Car see with your own eyes everything I just said is TRUE

I bought an LE new in Dec 2001 (12 miles). I have 96K miles on it now. I’ve replace the struts this year. The drivers side door handle needs replaced. Other maintance: oil change every 3K miles, just flushed the power steering, radiator, brake fluid, replaced the serpentine belt, and a new battery last year.
The gas mileage has started to drop I get about 34 miles per gal highway and 26 mpg in town.
The car does OK in the snow I have gotten stuck before. I do feel the wind often as drive (live in a windy part of the state) but that is to be expected as it is a small car. The first 100K miles have gone pretty good so far. I’ll see how the second 100K treats me. I don’t have the oil burning issue that people below seem to be having, but maybe due to the low mileage in comparison.

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