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There are some 9th gen Corollas with bearing problems. Some owners on 9thgencorolla forum boards are on their 2nd or 3rd transaxles - others have gone 100s K miles with zero issues. Most cry manufacturing defect, as they have not found the root cause of the bearing failure. Similar issues seem to plague the 6 speed transaxles in the XRS models.
I agree, a more aggressive maintenance schedule can address many of these concerns. A bearing will not fail unless it doesn't have clean lubrication or correct lube (some owners turning to non-approved "magic" gear mixtures to cure excessive noise and improve shifter feel) or loaded incorrectly.
2002 Toyota Corolla S, 1.8L 1ZZ-FE VVT-i
2003 Toyota Matrix XRS, 1.8L 2ZZ-GE, VVTL-i (RIP)
2009 Toyota Matrix XRS, 2.4L 2AZ-FE VVT-i
2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited, 2.5L 2AR-FE Dual VVT-i