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Toyota Corolla Electric-Assist Power Steering (EPS)

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  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Ya think the EPS is taking them down? See the sales figures and facts on post #131 ! Love the EPS !
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    EPS taking down Toyota? Nah. Not yet. New technology taking down Toyota? Well, I'd be interested in seeing how 'yota's sales turn out after the whole "pedal" mess. Personally, I think the media has made a bigger deal out of this than it really is, although when lives are at stake, who is to say how much coverage is too much?

    I'm tired of Toyota in the news.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    What I see is some people really having issues, whether they be steering, acceleration or braking. But what I also see is a lot of paranoid people just jumping on the bandwagon.
  • Tom you would say that.
  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    has toyota been resting on their laurels for too long i ask?? i think toyota has fooled many people by building a much more inferior product knowing that people will still purchase the cars based on the toyota name and past reputations they used to have about their cars. they have gotten away with building cars with substandard quality knowing that the people will still come to toyota based on the past.the reality is that now the percentages have cought up with toyota and now they are in deep doo doo.i believe that hyundai will take advantage of toyota's problems and that their new 2011 sonata will sway people from toyota to the hyundai sonata but that's for another discussion..
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Why wouldn't I, this is the place to express our oppinions, even if they differ from yours. This isn't just a Toyota bashing forum is it?
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    edited February 2010
    No it's not just a Toyota bashing forum, of course, but it's not an other-poster bashing forum either, Let's be careful about such things as name-calling and labeling please.
  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    i wasn't aware that the steering issues were happening with the 08 corolla i thought it was just limited to the 09's and 10's.....
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    No, the 2008's didn't have EPS, the EPS was first introduced in 2009. Hence my post # 138
  • mnfmnf Posts: 404
    There must be a issue with your 08 i dont lift heavy weights but do work out weekly. I drive with a thumb and a finger on the freeway without a issue. Maybe tires or alignment ??.
  • I have the same car 2010 toyota corolla s the car wanders on highway any speed over 40mph as you go faster it gets worse. My wife and child will not get in this car as it is unsafe for them to be in at all. I have been to the local dealer here in ocean county NJ toyota world in lakewood NJ they gave my gas pedal there bs fix for now but my main concern was my steering the eps system that toyota changed in this car starting in the 2009 corolla. It is very hard to drive as you are constantly fighting the steering wheel to keep it in your lane an god forbid you hit a bump it will send you off the road if your not paying attension with 2 hands on the steering wheel. Toyota service dept said that they see and fell what im saying but there is no open recall or bulletins to the fix. Toyota needs to recall these unsafe cars ASAP or give the customers who thought they were buying a quality toyota there money back. I should have bought the Nissan Sentra SR-R which has no open recalls. What pissed me off more is toyota now is giving 0% finance up to 60 mths free maintence and more and im stuck with a junk my wife will not drive with our son in this car. I have owned 5 other toyotas before and i drive 30,000 to 40,000 miles per year and never in the 23 years of driving have i ever drove a car that drove as bad as this car ever. My emial is clancy027@hotmail.com :lemon:
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Sorry to hear you got one of these supposed "wanderers". It's been mentioned here by others that some of the 2009/2010 Corollas are subject to this wandering phenominum. If I'm not mistaken, I believe Toyota and the NHTSA are currently investigating these complaints they received concerning the EPS on some cars. I hope your car gets straightened out (literally) ASAP for you. It really is a shame that your family won't drive in the new car you purchased. I can understand your frustration in this matter, but rest assured your new car is not "junk". Your much better off in your Toyota then you would have been in the Nissan.
  • pekelvrpekelvr Posts: 61
    It is the EPS! I have been to the dealership and the guy told me that "Toyota is working on a fix for this" yeah!!!!!

    ok in the mean time....the car has a sensor that while you drive it is reads the road. So if there's any type of grading or dips or ridges, it readjusts itself automatically. Like other posters I too would say this is something you have to get used to. It kind of feels like ice skating. When you drive you just need to pay attention to the road grading and any ruts. IF your in a lane the has any of the above then move to a better lane. Believe me it is weird and something to get used to but for now I pray for you and your family!
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Well as much as I like Toyotas even they can't "read the road". It's funtionality is actually based on the speed your traveling and not the road characteristics.
  • These toyotas have a black box in every car to record whatever the car does from how fast your driving to when you braked, rpm, temp, oil preasure and more. The funny thing is that toyota is the only one who can read these black boxes as they are they only one that can read what was recorded. It gets better they only have 1 laptop that has the software to read these black boxes. The Nhsta needs to look into this it will tell them everything they need to know. Toyota can't be trusted anymore there greed has taken over there quality as they pump out more and more cars that are unsafe with bad technology. The big three will profit more as our safety regulators let more of there bad quality pass through to more loved ones. Its a shame on Toyota they should be halting all sales of there cars and trucks ASAP.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Yea, I read that yesterday too. However, those black boxes were not mandated for or by the NHTSA, they were for Toyota's own research. If Toyota really wanted to show some concern for safety over profits they would fully cooperate with the ongoing recalls and reports of trouble with their cars by offering this information they have collected. Yes, it's been reported how already the sales figures for two of the big three automakers have ballooned over Toyotas decline due to recalls and reported problems.
  • I also found that Toyota; Has frequently refused to provide key information sought by crash victims and survivors. Uses proprietary software in its EDRs. Until this week there was only a single lap-top in the U.S. containing the software needed to read the data following a crash. In some lawsuits , when pressed to provide recorder information, Toyota either settled or provided printouts with the key columns blank. This company will be investigated and no stones unturned to prove there hiding something.
  • spikejr1spikejr1 Posts: 13
    edited March 2010
    ***Update*** I just received a phone call yesterday from Toyota asking if I had filed a complaint with the NHTSA about this issue. "Why yes, I did file a complaint about 6 MONTHS AGO"...So now Toyota spent about 5 minutes asking various questions about the condition that we are experiencing. At the end of the phone call, the Toyota rep said that a Regional Toyota rep would be contacting me in "about a month" to schedule an appointment for me to bring the vehicle into the dealer for "inspection only". The rep emphasized the "inspection only" point several times...

    So, if you want action on your vehicle, I highly recommend that you file a complaint with the NHTSA. Seems that is the only way you will get their attention...Will let you know what they say after the appointment...

    M
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Well I guess that's a good starting point anyway, for those of you experiencing this problem. I'm comfortably sure Toyota will rectify your problems sooner or later. Hopefully sooner!
  • amg1099amg1099 Posts: 14
    I received a call too. And yes, the rep continually mentioned the "for inspection only" and that it could take up to 3 hours long for the inspection. HUH!!! I'm not sure really what they will do to rectify this problem..Yes, I said it..it's a problem for us having to deal with bring our cars to the dealership for these types of recalls. Such a nuisance. It seems like there's a Toyota recall every month. If they took actions right away when customers complain about a certain issue, Toyota wouldn't have been in the hot seat, where they are right now. I hope that they fix this problem soon.
  • ovyboxovybox Posts: 21
    Interesting enough I have the same problem on a Nissan Sentra 2008: the car will just not drive straight. As I correct it, it keeps following in the last heading. Not too bad but annoying anyways. Seem to me like all car makers went down this road...
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Actually, as I understand it, the Sentra's EPS has there own little quirk, it actually goes out and stops working. I've been told that there is a TSB out for this problem and Nissan is fixing it. The fix actually requires the steering box and column replaced at a part cost of $2800.00
  • zikzakzikzak Posts: 8
    My daughter took her Corolla S (2009) to the dealership yesterday for an appointment (Friday 3-12-10) in reference to her steering problems. When the service tech drove the car on interstate 95, he later said the front end was out of alignment. WRONG, my daughter showed him where we had the alignment completed twice in the last few months...to try and fix the problem. The last alignment was completed at the same dealership and the spec were right on...plus there was no wear on the tires. After the tech learned of all we had done, he could only acknowledge the steering sucked on her car. We made sure all the information was properly documented too. Just wanted to keep everyone informed that Toyota has not yet acknowledged (officially) the 2009/2010 Corolla has an EPS problem. I suspect they will have no choice as the problems and complaints mount. Thanks
  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    edited March 2010
    zak,i test drove a 2010 corolla before decideing on the kia forte.all of the steering issues that people are complaining about were confirmed on my test drive with the corolla..first off,you basically have to have both hands on the steering wheel or else the car will drift into other lanes.another thing that i noticed was that on the highway the corolla got blown all over the place by even the slightest gust of wind or by even another car passing by.i found this issue coupled with the other steering issues down right dangerous and did not purchase the corolla.on the other hand,the kia forte that i purchased blew away the corolla as far as standard features and ride were concerned.on the highway,the kia forte was rock solid and stable and was uneffected by any winds unlike the corolla..thank god for test drives.
  • bimmer4mebimmer4me Posts: 266
    You've been playing this same song regarding the Corolla over and over. It's begining to sound like a broken record. I for one and many others haven't experienced any of your negative remarks. The Kia Forte appears to be a decent car. Would I buy one...NO.
  • mnfmnf Posts: 404
    edited March 2010
    2009 Corolla 27,000 miles no steering issues in fact i drive mine with one hand ( Thumb and finger) most of the time with no issues at all. Your Kia i test drove with a friend a month ago i thought was nice car. The only complaint i had was engine noise was a bit to loud for me. Kia has done a good job and came a long way but its still a KIA.
    My freind she purchased a Civic
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    "Toyota has not yet acknowledged (officially) the 2009/2010 Corolla has an EPS problem"

    Might be a small amount of Corollas with this problem, but definitely not an overall issue. Love my 2009 Corolla and yes, I love the feel and the ease of driving with the new EPS feature.
  • pekelvrpekelvr Posts: 61
    Please make sure you and anyone else with Toyota floods the NHTSA complain dept. I have sent thema complaint about my steering issues at least twice a week. I pray to GOD they finally start looking at this before one of blows off a cliff!!! :lemon:
  • pekelvrpekelvr Posts: 61
    Please make sure you and anyone else with Toyota floods the NHTSA complain dept. I have sent thema complaint about my steering issues at least twice a week. I pray to GOD they finally start looking at this before one of blows off a cliff!!! :lemon:
  • pekelvrpekelvr Posts: 61
    Toyota hasnt but the feds have.....go check out the feds NHTSA checking into and I quote steering issues. ITs not a handful either unless you think something 200 drivers have reported they have the problem a handful. :(
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