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2009 Toyota Corolla



  • Hi Everyone,

    For a little less than a week I have been the owner of a slightly used '09 Corolla LE. I wasn't really in the market for a new car but only 1500 miles after the extended warranty on my '04 Dodge Intrepid ran out, the transmission started acting up. Repairs would have been $900 and probably would have continued on and on. So I decided to get rid of it. I knew I didn't want another Chrysler product... or GM for that matter. I briefly considered a Ford but than, thinking about the amount of miles I drive, I came to my senses and started looking at Toyota's and Honda's.

    My wife owned a '87 Corolla when she was in college and she loved it so she wanted to get another one. We found a silver '09 LE with 6000 miles on it for $15999. It was a dealer car and was driven by an employee.

    So far I love the car, the only things that take a little getting used to are the 4-cylinder engine and the horn, which I absolutely hate but other than that I love the car.

    Now, here's the thing though. When we were test driving the car I asked if it had keyless entry and I was told that it did. When we decided to buy it I was given three keys (two black and one gray). I asked if they had the remote for the car, which they said they'd be looking for. The sales guy came back and told me he couldn't find the remote and that they are sometimes lost. I would have the option of having a new one made at a cost of $200 to $300 though. The same thing had happened with my Intrepid. Knowing that it had keyless entry and that I would be able to get a remote later, I didn't worry about it too much.

    After we purchased the car and went home I started worrying a little bit and got mad at myself because I feel I should have insisted on getting the remote or at least have them meet me somewhere in the middle for a new one. So I contacted them again to tell them I'd really appreciate it if they would help me getting the remote for the car. The guy who sold the car to us insisted that he checked everywhere and that the remote is not there. So I asked him which steps I would need to take to obtain another remote. He told me to bring the car in and that service could help me out, so I agreed. Not five minutes later he calls back and tells me that he checked with the service department and the car might not have keyless entry. WTF?

    This option is not the most important thing to me and if I had to I could live without it but the fact that I was told that it did have keyless entry and now it doesn't, really ticks me off. Is there any way I can check to see if it has keyless entry? I also read something about it being configured for keyless entry? If it does not have that option installed, is there a possibility to have an OEM keyless entry system installed or is the only other option a third party system?

    I did a search and found some information but none that matched my situation.

    I'd appreciate if anyone has any information regarding this issue.


  • lls57lls57 Posts: 57
    My 2009 LE has keyless entry, and the remote is part of the key. If the remote is not part of the key, my guess is you don't have keyless entry, and if you bought from a Toyota dealer, they were lying to you all along about the car having the remote. I have no idea if it can be added.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    Keyless entry is not standard on the LE but can be added as stated below. Keyless entry can be added with the addition of the Toyota VIP Security system #RS3200 for $359.00. This system has a glass breakage sensor, engine disabler, alarm and two keyless remotes. If keyless entry alone, was purchased as an option with the 2009 it cost $209.00 at the Toyota dealer. I don't believe this includes the security system though.
  • Hello . I have a 06 toy corolla with factory keyless entry. Both front doors have stopped responding to keyless controller. Rear doors still unlock and lock. I have reprogrammed transmitter but does not help. (occassionally one of the front doors will work) Any ideas on parts, etc that will repair issue??
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    I'll second that, it's a sure bet for an economy car.
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    LOL, bashing only, right?
  • I have a 2009 Corolla that has extremely wrinkled front seats on the sides of the cushion bottom. The passenger seat has almost the same amount of wrinkles and it has not been used more that 10 times since I purchased the car new. I was told that the process is to take to upholstery shop the dealer works with, they examine and a warranty repair is done. I took the car myself to the shop that the dealer uses and they said definitely that it is bad piece of ill fitting foam underneath and it needs to be redone.

    I went to the dealer, told them that, when they did some other work. When I picked it up the service tech said that they had contacted the Toyota area service rep who would look at the car and make a decision. The impression they gave is that they, the dealer, believes that it is normal wear and tear. They are very tight lipped about it.

    My question, what do I do now, if the dealership will not support my claim? I was told by another dealer that Toyota would not. I have not met with Toyota yet as I am wary of going through another waiting at the dealership, being given the runaround when it is probably a no go.

    Any ideas? What is the next step if Toyota says no?
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    As I asked in post #3629 of "Maintenance and Repair", why do you think it's going to be denied when even the upholsterer that your Toyota dealer uses even concurred with about the defect? It sounds like a legitamet defect. If they give you a hard time contact the Toyota rep. yourself and push the issue.
  • One year ago car sat in a cold garage because of heavy snow. I went to start next day and all I got was a click. Warranty covered tow and they fixed(Something about computer told it was flooded) 27Dec2010 Car sat one day in cold garage. Tow truck just left with my car again. Car would crank, but not turn over. Tow truck driver asked me where I get gas. NOT!! Car has 26,000 miles. I can"t talk up a Toyota ever again. PS, I told them to take care of floormat recall while at it. 3recalls 2tows 1 drive in (something loose in exhaust)
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    I take it your not buying the "bad gas" bit huh?
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,042
    I've never had a vehicle fail to turn over because of bad gas. Usually, when there's been a fuel or fuel delivery issue, my vehicles will turn over initially, then almost immediately sputter and die. Or, it'll start and then sputter & putt-putt - Usually putting some Heet in helps (seems it's water in the gas lines).

    Failing to turn over at all could be due to any one of several issues, bad gas being the least likely.


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  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    I gotta agree with you. I just picked up a classic "91" Miata for my wife for Christmas from a 65 year old guy who hardly drove it. It just sat most of the year. It had very low mileage and was in great shape but it sputtered pretty badly at times. I filled up the tank and added some "Heet" and it now purrs like a kitten. Needless to say my wife can't wait to go "top down" this summer in her new toy.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,042
    How fun! I hope she enjoys that car a lot.

    Yeah, we have a '98 pickup that sits in the driveway, and doesn't get used much. It also doesn't like the cold (though we have a block heater for extreme weather). Seems to pick up a little moisture in the tank from time to time, and Heet (or similar product) makes a world of difference.

    Hope the starting problem on the Corolla is as simple a fix. It probably doesn't hurt to try.


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  • Dealer added Toyota Gas Additive. Starts no problem. I'm going to keep some HEET around just in case. Dealer actually told me two newer non-starts were brought in that day and one was same year,model as mine. Also, reshaped my gas pedal, put something underneath my carpet, and put some kind of vacume on brakes for a cold weather problem(Recalls)
  • gm33gm33 Posts: 2
    Hello all!

    Sorry for the nebie-ish question. I have 33k on my 09 Corolla Standard. I need 4 new tires (down to 3/32 on the OEMs, yikes!). With cost not an issue, what do you all recommend? (I'm not looking for snow tires, as that is not an option for me at this time due to cost/storage, etc). I feel so overwhelmed looking at all the choices!

    Here is some info on my driving habits:

    --My overall concern is something is is great in the snow (again, looking for something to keep on year-round, not snow tires.)
    --I live in the hills of Massachusetts, so in the snow season, there is snow on local roads but there is quite a bit of rain in the summer, too.
    --I drive about 15k miles a year
    --Daily commute is about 15 miles of 30mph and 20 miles of 65 mph round trip
    --As you can see from above, I don't speed around, so a "race" type tire isn't a factor.
    --Aside from that, spend a lot of time driving at 65 mph+ on the weekends/holidays.
    --I suppose I care more about traction than with noise/comfort.
    --I'm assuming I'm looking for something that has a great UTGQ rating (AAs or As)
    --Would like something that has a proven track record for being a great tire.

    My toyota dealer recommended firestone ..I think Grand Tourings or Affinatys for $560 with balancing and alignment.

    Thank you in advance for your help!
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  • Do not get it at the dealer. Go to a Hogan tire or something. Your dealer recommended Firestone, because that is what they sell.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    Actually Sam's Club has an excellent selection of name brand tires with great pricing and warranty/installation. They are very knowledgable and will help you pick out a good tire. Another good source just for your own research before you buy, would be Just punch in you car year, make and model and see what's out there before you buy. I second the previous poster who states to avoid the dealer for tire purchases.
  • I smell a new recall! I have brought my 2009 Toyota Corolla into the dealership over 5 times to have one little issue resolved.... an obnoxious "clunking/grinding" noise when I turn my steering wheel in the cold winter weather. While my car was in the shop the other week, I was given a loan car (also a 2009 Toyota Corolla) with the EXACT SAME PROBLEM. The issue has still not been resolved, but there is talk that some grease in the CV Boot freezes when the weather is under 15 degrees. I'm wondering if anyone else has noticed this issue? I was told by the dealership that they cannot continue repairs until they get the OK from national headquarters... which is a little silly since its now the ending of the winter cold (hopefully) and there will be no way to promise the issue has been fixed until next winter. Has anyone else had this problem and had success in a repair?
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    I have a 2009 Corolla and have had no noises whatsoever on our coldest day of 5 degrees F. I doubt a recall would be issued for such an isolated problem. Average freezing temp. of grease is minus 100 to minus 400 degrees F.
  • I just started experiencing the same thing (2010 Corolla). My dealership is having difficulty, because by the time I get it over there, it stops making the noise. Hopefully this will all get worked out- this is such an irritating (and might I say embarrassing) sound for a new car!
  • circuitsmithcircuitsmith Posts: 117
    I know this is a late reply and the symptoms have gone away by now.

    Does it make the sound if the car is standing still and you turn the steering wheel?
    If so it's not likely the CV joints or any other non-steering part.

    You need a helper (child or spouse?) to listen under the hood at a cold start to tell where the sound is coming from.
    Power steering pump is my first guess.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,680
    Starting with 2009 model year, they do not have a power steering pump.
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  • We bought our new 2009 Corolla last February. I noticed that the engine tends to idle-hunt coupled with a "woh woh woh" :mad: sound during cold starts (lasting about 15 seconds) but thought nothing of it because I thought the engine was brand new and just breaking in.
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