2020 Toyota Corolla Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Brakes, structure and powertrain issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

This article was written by Brian Jones, ASE Certified Master Tech and Lemberg Law Automotive Contributor

The 2020 Toyota Corolla celebrates the lineup that has been in America for more than fifty years. Yet, the automaker claims after all of these years that this model is “greater than ever.” Sadly, most owners can’t agree. It seems to have a defective structure, a malfunctioning powertrain and dangerous service brakes.

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Problems with the Structure

After all of these years, Toyota should know how to build a car, but this is one area that is truly lacking with the Corolla.

Listen to these complaints listed on the NHTSA website. “First day after I got the car coming out of my driveway, front of the car scraped the ground and the front fender popped off the car. This fender is plastic and was attached to the car with plastic fasteners. It is a flowingly put together piece of junk. This is a safety issue since fender would come off and hit the car behind you whenever this car hits a slight bump on a highway.”

It turns out that Toyota used the same quality of attention when constructing the back-up lights. NHTSA Campaign Number 20V205000 shows that a rear hatch wire in some models has a defective connector that can cause the back-up lights to fail. If no one knows when the car is backing up, it could lead to a serious accident. To say this model is “greater than ever” assumes that the previous Corollas were worse than these? Between the fenders falling off and lights failing completely, it’s hard to see how they could have been worse.

Problems with the Transmission

The powertrain consists of a transmission that routes power from the engine to the wheels. Yet, this is another component that just disappoints.

Read this Edmunds review. “I had high hopes for the vehicle because I had a good experience with an older Toyota Corolla model. Two days after purchasing this brand new vehicle, I noticed a weird high pitch sound while driving. Almost like a buzzing noise. About a few more days, I noticed that the gear was having a hard time changing. At one point, I spent over a minute forcing the vehicle to change from reverse to parking but it wouldn’t. After moving the gear back and forth, it eventually changed. Now a week later, the gear is stuck again. This time, it was stuck for over an hour and we had to call a towing truck. I’m writing this review out of a kind place to warn everyone considering this vehicle to be careful. I think there is a bad batch of 2020 Toyota Corolla LE made and a potential recall.”

As of now, there is no recall on the Toyota for powertrain problems. In addition, Toyota hasn’t acknowledged any concerns. Instead, the company stands by its tagline, trying to get people to believe it’s the greatest. Basically, it’s the same as trying to pull off an elaborate magic trick – consumers just have to be willing to look the other way.

Problems with the Brakes

Among all of the systems that need to work properly, the service brakes might be the most important. Yet, the Corolla proves to be a giant failure on this front as well.

Another NHTSA complaint states, “We bought the car on 7-29-19 and 8-4-19 while driving home from Maryland the car sensor lights started flashing after only 250 miles on the car. The flashing lights were for brakes and parking brake, lane departure and assist, back up and front camera, check engine, tire pressure, head lights and RSA malfunctions. Basically the entire safety system of the car malfunctioned while I was driving. This happened on five different occasions while driving it. 7-29-19, 8-2, 5, 9-19 and the car was in motion each time while on a highway. I had it to the dealer twice and they are still working on it. The first time they said the car needs to be reprogrammed and they couldn’t duplicate the problem and the second time the service manager is claiming it is a wire which I find it difficult to believe since there are multiple codes and I don’t think they all go through one wire. Our family does not feel comfortable driving the car when all of these lights are flashing and not knowing if the car is safe to drive and if the safety features in the car will operate properly.”

It should come as no surprise that Toyota has failed to address these problems as well, even though the malfunctions are scaring owners. At this point, the only way to claim that this vehicle is the best of all time is to compare it to larger lemons, such as the 1997 Plymouth Prowler.

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