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I am looking for a 3rd family vehicle for the kids to drive. The Corolla is on the list. Budget dictates it will be somewhere around a 2008, 2009, or 2010. Over the weekend, I saw an article that the 2009 Corolla (among other Toyotas) was part of a class action lawsuit based upon excessive oil consumption. Two questions:

1) Have there been problems with 2009 Corollas (i.e., should I not look at / buy a used one)?

2) Why do the 2010 Corollas not have a problem too since it's the same engine?
 

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The excessive oil consumption is actually on the 10th gen Corolla XRS's with the 2.4L 2AZ engine. The 1.8L engines did not have the oil consumption problems. What caused the oil consumption problem on the 2.4L engine were defective piston rings and if you had a XRS with oil burning issues, you could bring it to a Toyota dealer and they will replace the engine.

The XRS was available in the U.S. in 2009 and 2010 so buying either a 2009 XRS or 2010 XRS, you might run into the oil consumption issue. Since you want to get a family car, I'd recommend getting either a 2009 or 2010 LE or S as those have the the 1.8L engine and they are better on gas compared to the 2.4L. 2009 Corolla's had minor first year problems such as bad water pumps (an updated one was made and most 2009's by now should have them installed), startup rattle, etc. but nothing too concerning. Again, for your needs, I'd recommend looking at a 2009 or 2010 Corolla LE or S. You could also look at a L (base trim) if you want to save some money.
 

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The 2006/2007 - 2009 2.4L 2AZ-FE oil burning engines are a known issue and may be repaired if under warranty.
 

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2.4 was the motor that drank oil, my 1.8 in my 2011 hardly uses any, even after 7500 miles of highway driving, I barely used a pint of oil, which I’m totally fine with that (full synthetic also btw) a little oil usage is fine in my books


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OP Here -

Thanks very much for the great info!!! We keep cars for awhile so a little extra effort to find a "good" one is time well spent. We are also looking for a car with stability control. So, all that said, here's my hit list.

2008: 1.8 L engine - stability control optional on S & LE with automatic & ABS

2009: 1.8 L engine (i.e., no XRS) - stability control optional across line (standard on XRS but that's off the table given the oil consumption issue)

2010: 1.8 L engine (i.e., no XRS) - stability control standard

Perhaps a bit of a needle in a haystack but do-able.

Thanks again!
 

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The 10th gen is a bit slower, but better in my opinion, the 1zz in the 9th had its oil burning issues that was supposedly fixed in 03/04, but the 10th only had a very new model issues that were fixed under tsb’s from what I remember. Either motor is good for well over 300k with basic scheduled maintenance


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The excessive oil consumption is actually on the 10th gen Corolla XRS's with the 2.4L 2AZ engine. The 1.8L engines did not have the oil consumption problems. What caused the oil consumption problem on the 2.4L engine were defective piston rings and if you had a XRS with oil burning issues, you could bring it to a Toyota dealer and they will replace the engine.

The XRS was available in the U.S. in 2009 and 2010 so buying either a 2009 XRS or 2010 XRS, you might run into the oil consumption issue. Since you want to get a family car, I'd recommend getting either a 2009 or 2010 LE or S as those have the the 1.8L engine and they are better on gas compared to the 2.4L. 2009 Corolla's had minor first year problems such as bad water pumps (an updated one was made and most 2009's by now should have them installed), startup rattle, etc. but nothing too concerning. Again, for your needs, I'd recommend looking at a 2009 or 2010 Corolla LE or S. You could also look at a L (base trim) if you want to save some money.
Thats good to know! Luckily, I bought a 2012 with the 1.8L engine.:smile:
 

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2009 owner here

i bought a 09 around 1.5 years ago. You are right about the oil burning issue but it is nowhere as bad as the 07-09 camry. I experienced this issue with 0w-20 synthetic oil. Once i moved to 5w-20 conventional this issue is hard to notice. Maybe it does burn a little but i can't tell the difference on a dipstick.

I assume you are aware of other issues.

1)rattle at start problem (was frequent when i bought it but now i rarely hear it) maybe a thicker oil keeps the vvt gear lubricated.

2)water pump going out (haven't experienced since bought ie last 25k miles)

3)Electronic power steering requires constant adjustment and wanders often. Mine is becoming incresingly stiff as well.

Other than that what a great reliable car. Other than maintenance have only changed two light bulbs in the last 25k miles.
 

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Don't confuse oil usage with light fraction volatiles evaporation....be careful that the Oil you choose has a low NOAK! The lower the NOAK the better (<6% or lower if you can get it)....With a quality Full Synth you should also get minimal top end varnishing & your Oil Rings won't stick in the piston slots/grooves (ie you can prevent the resultant/ensuing Oil Drinking problems).

2009 1.8lt 2ZR-FE 20,000 to 105,000kms - Shell Helix ULTRA 5W40 Full Synth - 5,000km or 6mth oil changes, stop start city driving 8km each way DD with occasional 180km each way 110km/Hr trips. No oil usage.

2006 1.8lt 1ZZ-FE 20,000 to 240,000kms - Shell Helix ULTRA 5W40 Full Synth - 5,000km mixed driving DD mostly in 80km/Hr Zone, with occasional 180km each way 110km/Hr trips. No oil usage.
[The 2006 Wagon replaced a 2003 Wagon 1.8lt 1ZZ-FE 20,000 to 180,000kms - Shell Helix ULTRA 5W40 Full Synth - 5,000km mixed driving DD mostly in 80km/Hr Zone, with occasional 180km each way 110km/Hr trips. No oil usage.]

(Shell Helix ULTRA = Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic) NO AFFILIATION

Rob
 
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