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#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.
#246 of 287 Re: Toyota Corolla Paint Problems [missysnow2000]
Sep 26, 2012 (11:43 pm)
You really don't think Toyota planned for your car to only last eight years do you? There are many older Toyotas then your 2004 on the road. Perhaps the previous owner didn't take care of the car when they had it as you did. They might have even abused the paint with one of the harsh paint applications out on the market. Some of them could take the clear coat right off if not used as they should.
#247 of 287 Re: Toyota Corolla Paint Problems [terceltom]
Sep 27, 2012 (4:41 pm)
Missy actually I have a 2003 Corrolla and YES I do expect it to last as well or better than my 1991 which I had for 12 years that NEVER had a problem !!!!!
#248 of 287 Re: Toyota Corolla Paint Problems [missysnow2000]
Oct 10, 2012 (6:56 am)
I am having the same issue. I have a 2006 Toyota Corolla; its bairly 6 years old and looks about over 12. Its rediculous. Its a dark Blue pain job. and the roof looks likes its bubbling up with rust and cracks on the passenger sie back seat. And that isnt really the only place there are cracks in the pain all over the car. the bumper's color is fading in spots. It just looks emberasing. Ive been trying to figure out if there is some sort of pain recall on this brand can you please let me know
#249 of 287 Re: Toyota Corolla Paint Problems [ivat1987]
Oct 10, 2012 (8:48 am)
Anyone ever think of a Class Action Suit against Toyota ? I will research it and post my findings
#250 of 287 Re: Toyota Corolla Paint Problems [jalt1952]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Oct 11, 2012 (6:22 am)
We don't permit using the forums to organize legal action, so please don't post info like that here. Thanks.
#251 of 287 Re: Toyota Corolla Paint Problems [kirstie_h]
Oct 11, 2012 (6:52 am)
Sorry I did not realize that... thank you
#252 of 287 Re: Toyota Corolla Paint Problems [ivat1987]
Oct 14, 2012 (6:34 am)
My experience with my Toyota Corolla 2011, which is still less than an year old, taught me that probably they made these cars to last you no more than 5-6 years. Just when you pay it off, you have to buy another new one. And they expect it be Toyota again? No way, never ever again for me! I cannot cause myself another nightmare, where you spend so much time and efforts and your car stays more with the dealerships than with you! This was a good lesson for me to read more and listen more to the complaints about the different makes before making my next choice! And what I think of is to trade it in for another make much earlier before I have lost much more money on this poor quality one!
#253 of 287 Re: Toyota Corolla Paint Problems [zlatina]
Oct 14, 2012 (8:45 am)
Okay so your having a paint problem, if you have a 2011 it's understandable that you would be upset. But I believe something like that should still be covered under your warranty. But on the other hand apparently your not a previous Toyota owner. If you had been you'd understand that a Toyota is one of the most reliable, most cost efficient, built to last many years and hundreds of thousands of miles and hold it's resale value more than any other vehicles (like Honda) around.
#254 of 287 Re: Toyota Corolla Paint Problems [terceltom]
Oct 14, 2012 (9:35 am)
In case you haven't noticed, Tom.. Over the several years you've been commenting on this thread, no one finds your responses helpful. Of course, I'm sure you intend to keep commenting over and over about how wonderful Toyotas are, while ignoring the fact that people have already tried your limited suggestions.
We're glad you've had a great experience and that you love Toyota sooooo much, but it's not constructive to the problem we have. YAY for you, you haven't had to deal with this frustrating experience.
Rest assured, we are taking our cars to the dealer, but as you may have been reading, many of them don't consider this covered under warranty OR in my case, I'm getting repetitive "touch-ups" that only repair the current damage and temporarily at that. So, I keep having to bring it back. Now to the point where they're tired of hearing from me and don't want to help any longer.
Since you keep rinse and repeating your responses for years now, please tell us how you're affiliated with Toyota.