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#888 of 1009 Re: 2009 Toyota Corolla Gas Millage [windgrace]
Nov 16, 2011 (7:06 am)
Regarding the obnoxious B-pillar rattle:
I bought the 2010 Corolla with 9500 miles on it last summer (original warranty intact). I have brought it to the dealership 5 times for a rattle in the driver side B-pillar. I have also complained because I found that there was a dent removed from the driver side door and I was displeased with discovering several small bumps from the tool used to remove the dent. I have a feeling that the two are related somehow. When I was shown the Carfax the report was clean (no-accident history).
My car has been at the dealership for over a week now and each time I call they say they cannot figure out the rattle. They can hear it, though.
I'm starting to get rather worried. What are my options if they claim they cannot solve the rattle? Can I demand they buy the car back, trade it in for a similar vehicle, give me a good price on a trade-in...? I need to know because this is absolute b.s. and I refuse to accept an "irreparable" 2010 Corolla with an excessive and unnatural rattle I dropped $15k on (and bought new tires for!!) just a few months ago.
#889 of 1009 Timing Chain (Hydraulics) Problem
Dec 12, 2011 (9:56 am)
While my 2009 Toyota Corolla S Model is running, there's a rattling coming from my engine that gets louder when I accelerate. Some people suspect it's my timing chain. I was told it can be adjusted, though some people say it's a hydraulic thing that should sort itself out. I've gone to mechanics, and most are afraid to even take the engine apart to tell me. If someone can tell me what I can actually do, and possibly the cheapest alternative, do lemme know.
#890 of 1009 Re: Timing Chain (Hydraulics) Problem [jburkie1077]
Dec 12, 2011 (10:30 am)
Although it is most likely the most expensive route to go , if it was my 2009, and I do have a 2009, I would only allow a Toyota Dealer to look at it.
#891 of 1009 Re: 2009 Toyota Corolla Gas Millage [windgrace]
Dec 12, 2011 (11:02 am)
So it turned out they had to replace the rear side airbag because it was faulty and was causing the rattle in the b-pillar. After the car was in the shop for 9 days I got it back and it seemed all was well...then a few days later 2 new rattles showed up. There is a loud buzzing coming from the driver side grab handle (it's a VERY similar noise to what I heard in the b-pillar and it comes out in the same circumstances) and now when I go over bumps the roof makes a very loud shaking sound and it sounds like there a constant static-y crackling sound coming from the roof. The Corolla has been back at the shop for another 6 days now and they've had to replace a few more parts. This is getting old really fast.
#892 of 1009 Re: 2009 Toyota Corolla Gas Millage [windgrace]
Dec 12, 2011 (5:40 pm)
Back to the dealer - they obviously created other problems when they did the work.
#893 of 1009 Re: Too hot in here [terceltom]
Dec 16, 2011 (8:31 am)
They replaced the water pump with no questions asked, because they had a lot of problems with water pumps in the 2009 Corolla's. This is because 2009 was the first year of the totally new Corolla!
#894 of 1009 Re: 2009 Toyota Corolla Gas Millage [mcdawgg]
Dec 16, 2011 (8:44 am)
Yeah, so I got the car back and (FINALLY!) the rattles around the driver side door (b pillar, grab handle) seem to be gone but I still am getting a bunch of weird noises in the roof. I can't pin point it...sometimes it's a rattle above my head, sometimes there's a weird sound (think rubbing hard plastics together) by the passenger vanity mirror, and a weird static sound right in front of the light fixture. They all disappear when I push up slightly on the roof with my hand. The car just spent 6 days in the shop...I guess next week I'll give the dealership a call. Weighing my options...put up with this vehicle or accept massive depreciation on a trade-in value and try to find a deal on a Civic or Hyundai. I'm not impressed with the build quality at all with this Corolla...my sister's 06 Civic has a much more solid interior and with 110k miles it's rattle free!
#895 of 1009 Re: 2009 Toyota Corolla Gas Millage [windgrace]
Dec 16, 2011 (8:56 am)
Strange - I wonder if something else happened to yours? Ours is completely rattle free, ZERO issues. Beware of the Civic - very noisy, in my opinion.
#896 of 1009 Re: 2009 Toyota Corolla Gas Millage [mcdawgg]
Dec 16, 2011 (9:30 am)
I do agree the Civic is a bit noisier and louder...issues that could probably be remedied for the most part with some good tires. Much better steering feel/response than the Corolla and better cornering, too. I don't know, in the past month I've had the roof light fixture, the driver side grab handle, the passenger side kick panel and the entire driver side curtain airbag fixture replaced because of different rattles (the last one is definitely kind of worrying, as I learned after I bought the car that a large dent had been removed poorly from the driver's door because there are several small raised bumps in the sheet metal I noticed one day in a certain light. Weird coincidence?). I'm just wondering what's going to be next. Thankfully it's under warranty...for now. After this experience with a Toyota I'm definitely rethinking my loyalties to Japanese cars!
#897 of 1009 Re: 2009 Toyota Corolla Gas Millage [mcdawgg]
Dec 16, 2011 (6:20 pm)
Funny, my Civic is so quiet and rattle free...much quieter than the Corolla and Sentra I used to own. Guess it all depends how carefully the car was put together. Mine is still tight as a drum also. I can honestly say that my '06 Civic is the quietest, most reliable & best car I've ever owned bar none!