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2009 Toyota Corolla



  • i just bought a Corolla and the first road trip 4hours each way was not pleasant. the steering is over responsive. just as you describe the car drifts or hunts what ever you want to call it. i work with mechanical things every day and i'm not opposed to improvements but driving this car is not fun like a new car should be. i have been to the dealer, of course the car is in perfect alignment and tire pressure is correct. The car is performing as designed. The best the dealer can do is let me trade it back with a 1000 miles. i'm sure thats not going to be pretty. :(
  • mnfmnf Posts: 404
    There was a small adjustment on the feel at first but after 6500 miles no issues here you may want to give it some more time. I do have to ask did you not test drive it a couple of times to see any issue. Good luck hope it turns out for you

  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    I was very hesitant about buying a 2009 Corolla because of what I have read about the electronic steering also, but this steering issue has turned out to be non-exixtant for me.
  • bimmer4mebimmer4me Posts: 266
    I have over 3000 miles and have no issue with the steering. Great mpg!
  • Seriously...don't have buyer's remorse over the elantra. My boyfriend has the 2008 elantra and I have the corolla 2009. He really wishes he had the corolla instead. He has 15,000 miles on his car and it has been in the shop twice...he had a squeaking noise coming from his front tire and needed a strut adjusted ANd he was leaking fluid which had to be fixed. He also had his trunk release from his keyless entry fixed as that stopped working.
    NOW I will admit I actually like the interior of his car much feels less "cheap" and has a nice design (a great improvement compared to my previous 2000 elantra). However, I will take reliability anyday of the week. My life is too busy to be running to the repair shop.
    Plus I want something that is going to last for a 2000 elantra's transmission went at 105,000 miles and had numerous other issues which really made me want to NOT buy another hyundai!! With the cost of cars nowadays I really don't want something that dies on me soon after it is paid off!!
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    How's your paint holding up? Others are having some serious paint chipping on their new 2009 Corollas.
  • I find it hard to believe that there are people who dont have any issues with the EPS. I sold my 09 S due to the steering, purchased a Mazda 3 and couldnt be happier.
  • jilliewjilliew Posts: 48
    Over 4k and never a problem. Steers just fine. Different than my Subaru Outback and took a couple of days to adjust to it, but that would pertain to any new car.
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    EPS and DBW are both the future of all vehicles. They're simpler, lighter, more reliable and easier to fix.

    But they are different.

    One of the benefits to debuting such technology in this market is that it is so very HUGE. Your perception of the EPS may be very valid and may apply to all car/driving enthusiasts. However 10 times as many drivers may not care one single whit about the EPS 'feel'. As long as it performs and gets from A to B and doesn't cost a dime to maintain and fix then it's a winner for that group of buyers.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    Your perception of the EPS may be very valid and may apply to all car/driving enthusiasts. However 10 times as many drivers may not care one single whit about the EPS 'feel'

    Hehehe, so IOW Toyota is dumbing down its vehicles until it gets down to the level of dumbness of the typical American car buyer, or what? LOL :-P

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • 09-17-08 Brought vehicle in because the check engine light had illuminated the previous day. Also complained about an annoying thump with loss of power around 1200-1500 RPM. Dealer wrote, "P2757 Torque converter clutch. Checked bulletins and cleared code. Test drove." 09-22-08 I wrote this for clarity to service tech: "2009 Corolla Engine Power Interruptions.
    The engine quits momentarily in the RPM range 1200 - 1600. Very annoying. The tachometer may drop as much as 200 RPM or drop just a bit and then go over the steady state RPM when the engine catches. At some steady state RPMs (say 1200 rpm at 25 to 35 mph) the engine may cut in a series of thumps.
    This is the second time that I’ve complained about this."
    This service visit resulted in cleaning the P2757 Torque converter clutch pressure control solenoid.
    10-02-08 Same problem. Third visit. Dealer replaced transmission and torque converter. OK.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    I don't get the joke! Responsive, easy to use steering, what's so "dumb" about that?
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Believe it dude! Love the EPsteering. Never a factor. But Mazda III is a very nice car also. Test drove one but tires too expensive and not roomy enough for me. Enjoy your III.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    I was responding specifically to the wording of kdh's post, and in a humorous vein I might add. However, I will add that if many people who drive the car find the steering SO numb that they can't keep the car straight without constant steering corrections, that might eventually affect sales....

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    Actually in terms of service, maintenance, durability and reliability you might not be far off. Dumbing down the vehicle to the level of ownership makes it an attractive vehicle to own for the huge masses of drivers for whom the auto is a mystery, a PITA, an extra sinkhole in the family budget.

    For these drivers which likely outnumber the auto enthusiasts herein by a 10/1 margin having something that's as durable and reliable and cost effective as say a Maytag washer is a big selling point.

    This IMO is where Toyota's marketing diverges from the rest. It appeals NOT to Joe the Plumber who might be mechanically inclined, it appeals to Jane the Cashier and Bill the Sales Guy who have no idea how a vehicle works, no mechanical ability whatsoever and no interest to learn. Turn it on, drive it, turn it off, park it, fuggeddaboutit.

    Gone are the 3000 mi services; it's 5000 miles now
    Gone are the 30000 mi tune ups; new plugs now only at 120,000 intervals
    Gone are the 60000 mi timing belt services; timing chains are expected to last for life
    Gone is the hydraulic system for steering; EPS is lighter and simpler an needs no service - ever
    Gone is the transsmission fluid check; it's a sealed system
    Everything else is a 'wear' issue dependent on the driver; brakes, wipers, air filters, tires.

    The hybrids need even less maintenance, excepting the HH.
  • I think I am having this same problem. Now I have a 'test case' to try it out and see if I can replicate it.

    Did you get this issue fixed?
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Did my first oil change on my 2009 Corolla XLE at 1000 miles. I was a little hesitant to get involved with the new "paper filter and case" thing but it was a piece of cake. I used genuine Toyota 0-20 full synthetic oil as recommended by Toyota and the genuine Toyota paper filter. The filter comes with a new O ring for the filter case and a new paper gasket for the drain plug, although I didn't use either.
  • How did you get to the filter?
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    The oil filter is enclosed in the bottom of the block next to the oil pan. It's capped with a black plastic lid that has 14 flutes or sides on it. You will need an oil filter wrench available from Toyota dealer, $6.48, model# 04152-YZZA6 or from Advanced Auto Parts, $4.98, model: Ampro 65mm 14 Flutes (cup type). Both of these wrenches use a 3/8 rachet extension that connects to the bottom. Don't overtighten the black cap when reattaching it. As soon as it makes solid contact turn it about another half turn.
  • What other oils can be used besides Toyota that are good. Also my yellow light came on 700 miles ago while I was on a trip. What kind of maintenance will this involve.

    Thanks in advance.
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