Toyota Corolla Verso (2004–2009)

What's good

5 Star NCAP occupant safety rating and 2 Stars for pedestrian safety.

Number one among compact MPVs in the 2007 J.D. Power and Associates UK customer satisfaction survey.

What to watch out for

No MMT with diesel versions. MMT not universally liked by drivers, many of whom cannot get used to the electronic cushioning effect on upchanges.

VVT-i engines can start to use up to a litre of oil every 600 miles after 40,000 miles. Must be ckecked regularly of you may run out and wreck the engine. That seems to be the only complaint.

Actuator problem can leave MMTs with no usable gears. Toyota is aware and has extended the warranty on these models, though for how long remains to be seen.

2006: Official safety recall for problem of passenger airbags going off when ignition switched off: affected 2004 - 2006 build.

Have been some manual transmission failures on 1.8VVT-is at areound 5 years old.

On 2.0 belt cam D-4Ds reports of "turbos failing and destroying engines at 80k - 100k miles". Probably what is meant is that the swirl flaps in the inlet manifold break off and are ingested into the engine. Report of one turbo failing at just 9 months old.

Have been reports of head gasket failures on 2.0 litre D-4Ds and of cylinder head problems on 2.2 diesels.

2.2 chain cam diesels are gaining a reputation as moderate oil burners, consuming around 1 litre of oil every 5,000 miles with this considered "normal" by Toyota.

One report of diesel injector failure of T180 spiking cat converter.

19-9-2012: Strange report that last year Toyota recalled a 2006/56 Verso 2.2D to replace the engine. No explanation given, the motor had not caused problems. The new engine came with a 12 month warranty. Engine problems arose Summer 2012, apparently related to the new engine. A visit to the dealer revealed an injector out of tolerance – a non-warranty item. Toyota had changed the design of the injectors and now they have to be replaced as a set, at a cost of just under £2,000. Toyota GB rejected a goodwill claim.

13-7-2013: On belt-cam 2.0 litre diesel engines the waterpump must be replaced at the same time as the timing belt. They are prone to breaking up and when they do they throw the belt off.

9-10-2013: On 1.8i, jerky drive may be due to failed crankshaft position sensor.

13-10-2013: Reader with 2008 2.2 D-4D quoted £2,000 to replace the 'catalytic converter' (must mean the DPF).

28-9-2015: Report of warning lights for VSC and TRC on 2006/56 Toyota Vewrso 1.8 petrol. Might be the same brake pressure sensor issue with ther ABS/ESC module as on many other cars. Check with

19-3-2016: Long history of problems with EGR of Toyota Verso 2.21 T180 diesel. Problems first occurred in April 2008 showing EGR valve error code meaning the car would not drive over 25mph. The EGR was cleaned and new software downloaded. Problem recurred between then and 2010 when EGR valve replaced. Due to ongoing problems with EGR valve the engine was replaced 2011 - out of warranty but Toyota agreed to repair as ongoing problem. Car has been serviced every 12 months. Low ash oil always used. All clear until 60,000 miles in March 2016: EGR fault again - error code P0400 Now informed the EGR needs replacing and the manifold needs cleaning at £452.65 but this may not resolve the problem and will probably need an engine de-coke at £2,100.

3-10-2017: Report of MMT transmission of intermittently serviced 2008 Toyota Verso 1.8 VVTi T3 suffering problems at 37,683 miles, mostly local use. Engine doesn’t cut out, continues to run. It is in gear, but won’t engage. Foot on accelerator, engine revs but remains stationery. To get it started: Cut engine off and remove key. Usually it needs a short rest period before starting up and then is ok. Sometimes several start-ups are required. This happens periodically. Most days it is fine. Some days several times. Am only doing short local journeys and am avoiding heavy traffic roundabouts. Occurs, not when car is moving at a reasonable speed. Only when going slowly i.e. behind a queue of cars moving slowly and or coming to a standstill; pausing for whatever reason. Toyota dealer has costed worst case scenario: replacement clutch at £206.87, replacement clutch release bearing at £54.42, replacement actuator at £854.19 and replacement ECU at £758.47 and replacement ECU: total cost £2,845 including 6 hours labour.

4-9-2018: Report and a tip about the fuel fillers of 2004-2009 Toyota Corolla Versos: At the point where the filler pipe goes into the tank there is a plastic flap the job if which is to to stop surge/anti theft/seal the tank in a car roll over. However, in hot weather when the ingoing fuel is very frothy it will combine with air in the tank and close the flap. The result is the pump keeps shutting off. Remove it and you can refuel quickly. Removal takes around 20 mins, either by you on your back or the local mechanic.


May 2006: Toyota Service Bulletin issued concerning oil consumption problem of 1.8 VVT-I engines built up to July 2005. Affected models are Corolla Verso ZNR11, ZZE120

This guide is wriiten to hopefully answer most of the often asked questions about the 2AD 2.2 Diesel engine and its problems. The Symptoms. Owners complain of excessive oil consumption, coolant Water being blown out of the expansion tank and the colour sometimes turning darker in colour. Excessive Fuel consumption. Blocked or heavily sooted EGR valves. And of course cars going into limp mode or displaying fault codes relating to this engines issues. Toyota's Answer. Toyota really stepped up to the plate and offered an extended warranty which can be found in the following text taken from the TSB (Technical Service Bulletin). The coverage and processes are: Conditions Covered 1) Oil consumption worse than 0.5 litre per 621 miles (1,000 km). 2) Overheating & Head Gasket failure due to carbon deposits on the pistons. For all other out of warranty conditions related to AD engine problems, where the customer complaint can be directly linked to a “carbon clogging” concern, i.e. EGR Valve, DPNR, 5th Injector, EGR Cooler, blocked manifold, etc., we would accept this as being linked to an oil consumption condition. Vehicles Covered Verso with 2AD (Prod. Date: Apr 2005 to Nov 2008). These guidelines cover vehicles up to 7 years old and 111,846 miles (180,000 km), whichever the sooner. This is conditional on there being a retail customer complaint and the vehicle having been reasonably maintained". What do I do if my car is displaying the above faults? You should take Your car for inspection to your nearest Toyota Dealers. They will check your oil level and carry out all or any checks required by Toyota and read any stored fault codes. You will then be asked to take the car back to the dealer after approximately 1000 miles and the oil will be checked again to determine if its oil consumption is to great as in the TSB above. What happens next? If it is deemed You engine is burning too much oil, is sooting the EGR valve or displaying any of the above related faults your engine will be replaced under the extended warranty. What will be replaced? The engine assembly in Toyota terms is a ¾ engine which is basically the whole engine from the sump up to the rocker cover. Up until mid 2011 engines were rebuilt by the Dealer but after this proved too time consuming and sometimes unsuccessful, engines were replaced as a ¾ assembly for economic reasons. Sometimes these replacement engines are reworked or remanufactured engines rebuilt in Japan. Sometimes the engines are brand new.

10-10-2012: Notification of RAV-4, Yaris, Auris and Corolla Recall for possible fault in electric window switch affecting 138,000 vehicles build between September 2006 and December 2008. On Wednesday 10 October 2012 Toyota GB registered a recall on RAV4, Yaris, Auris and Corolla models with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA). The recall affects 138,000 vehicles in the UK and will be carried out in accordance with the VOSA Code of Practice.

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