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#236 of 287 Re: 2011 Toyota Corolla Paint Problem [terceltom]
Jun 30, 2012 (10:05 pm)
I do not think I am the only unlucky one with the paint issue. Toyota just do not admit how serious the problem is. Most of the complaints come from Camry owners. Maybe because it is more expensive car ... I tried to have the problem fixed through another dealership but no results. They assured me I won't get rust soon. And guess what, today after washing the car and wiping it I noticed a rust spot. And guess where, not outside the car but inside. The rust is showing between the rim and the hinge of driver's side door. For now the screws look rust free. I took it to the body shop of the dealership and they took a photo. We wil see what will happen. I am afraid that it may turn out to be the Tundra rust problem. The car is now only 7-8 months old, a little more than 7000 miles on it. I am extremely detailed person and maybe that's why I am catching the issues at the very early stage. That's why I am saying it may turn out to be the Tundra problem.
#237 of 287 Re: 2011 Toyota Corolla Paint Problem [zlatina]
Jul 01, 2012 (7:04 am)
The Tacomas and Tundras had frame issues, that company no longer makes frames for Toyota. Not saying your the "ONLY" unlucky one with some paint defects, but I am saying there is no wide spread paint problems with Toyotas right now. Your paint problem could happen in production to any new car manufactured today. Cars are painted by machines and even machines make an error occasionally.
#238 of 287 Re: 2011 Toyota Corolla Paint Problem [terceltom]
Jul 01, 2012 (7:25 am)
Thanks for the quick response. To some extend you calmed me down explaining to me that not all Toyota frames are manufactured by the same manufacturer and that even the frames for Tundras are no longer manufactured by the one who caused all the rust frame problems. This means that in my case it is not the whole frame that is defective and the rust spot I caught can be easily corrected.
But mine was not painted individually, correct? I am not sure what their process is but the way I explain it to myself is that the cars are manufactured in batches and painted in batches by colors. For example, mine is magnetic gray and shoud be painted together with other Corollas of the same color. I know the painting is computer done. Maybe something went wrong in the computer settings for that batch? Yes, machines also make errors.
#239 of 287 Re: 2011 Toyota Corolla Paint Problem [zlatina]
Jul 01, 2012 (7:42 am)
Call Toyota US Corp HQ in Los Angeles and file a complaint and have them assign it to a regional person. You can find the toll free number on the website or in your owners manual.
But, in your case I would not deal w/ dealers right now. I would escalate it to Corp HQ. Get them involved.
And I agree that luck has nothing to do with it. It is a fully automated process. It is also the most time intensive part of the manufacturing process as well. So, if a company were looking to cut corners (aka reduce costs) then this would probably be at the top of the list IMO.
#240 of 287 Re: 2011 Toyota Corolla Paint Problem [zlatina]
Aug 13, 2012 (8:56 am)
i bought a 2012 corolla magnetic grey with 5000 miles i found tiny orange spots in the paint around the lower part of the car the field rep is going to look at it next week but the paint an body man at toytota said that shes probably going to say its something i drove over to get on the paint my arguement is how did it actually get through the paint and clear coat i will never buy a toytota again and im speading the word another company that doesnt back there product
#241 of 287 Re: 2011 Toyota Corolla Paint Problem [artfemus]
Aug 13, 2012 (9:41 am)
Sounds like you have a good argument. I simple test would be to try to scrape it off with a fingernail, if it comes off it's indeed something you drove over, if not and it's under the clear coat then it's on Toyota.
My question to you is why would you not buy another Toyota? Do you think another car manufacturer would have just automatically given you a new car or repaint yours without even looking at it?
#242 of 287 Re: 2011 Toyota Corolla Paint Problem [artfemus]
Aug 14, 2012 (3:44 pm)
Mine is getting worse and worse. Now as the wax is washing out (it was waxed in May), I can see such dirt trapped in the paint on other places which I did not see before: beneath one of the mirrors, a bubble in the paint close to the mirror, a bubble on the other side of the trunk, close to the number plate where I got the missing spot of paint, and many other imperfections. And because you mentioned something orange in the paint, mine too has a reddish spot under the door but I was told it is not rust because it is plastic. I had a representative look at mine but have not heard back yet. We will see if Toyota stands behind the warranty.
#243 of 287 Re: Toyota Corolla Paint Problems [greasemonkey48]
Sep 15, 2012 (12:05 pm)
I also have a 2004 Toyota Corolla , the pait is comming off on the hood, the trunk, etc.., I wiil not buy another one, will Toyota do anything about this?
#244 of 287 Re: Toyota Corolla Paint Problems [klaplace]
Sep 15, 2012 (7:04 pm)
I don't know but I DO know this was the last car that I am going to afford to purchase and bought it because my last Toyota was awesome !!!!! If you find out anything please let me know as now the paint is coming off my entire car and it looks like it belongs in the Ghetto !!!
#245 of 287 Re: Toyota Corolla Paint Problems [jalt1952]
Sep 26, 2012 (7:52 pm)
Both commiserating and passing along information. I have been driving Toyotas for as long as I have been driving and have always been happy with them. My latest car is a 2004 Corolla. I purchased it used in 2007 with 18,000 miles on it. Since that time it has had no major engine problems outside normal wear and tear.
However, I am having major issues with exterior paint (a deep blue) and the dashboard (a beautiful burled material - probably plastic). Soon after I purchased the car, a door of one of the dashboard's storage bins came loose (it was not loose before I purchased it). I had been keeping CD's in it and it was not overloaded. About a year later, another storage door came off. Then in January (the car had approximately 60,000 miles on it), in quick succession the exterior paint became noticeably faded, rust appeared on the roof, the clock in the dashboard "died," the electric windows in the back seat began working erratically and a third storage door became loose and began popping open when the car hit a bump - all in one month! I have taken excellent care of the car and feel that this is unreasonable.
I inquired about replacing the first broken door and was told that it would cost over $500 to repair as the entire dashboard had to be replaced. Of course fixing the rust and the paint would cost approximately $2000. Frustrated, I never inquired about replacing the clock; maybe it is an easy fix. So, I will be either shelling out $2,500 for a car with 65,000 miles on non-engine repairs or replacing the car. I guess Toyota wins either way. Are these design flaws or planned obsolescence?
Toyota's advertising is aimed at reliability and running over 100,000 miles. That is true, it is a very reliable car and may very well run 200,000 miles, but the sad condition of the paint and interior are quite embarrassing. So, I guess it is good bye to Toyota. We had a good run but it is no longer worth my money.