• Oct 18, 2010


"Limited Service Campaign" may sound like a euphemism for "quiet recall," but the real meaning is related to the small amount of 2010 Corolla and Matrix models Toyota is calling in for repair. According to Reuters, a total of nearly 11,000 vehicles are affected; about 9,400 Corollas and 1,350 Matrix models equipped with the 2ZR-FE 1.8-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine and assembled in North America during February and March 2010.
The problem apparently lies in the serpentine belt that drives the air conditioning compressor, alternator and water pump. The belt could potentially deteriorate and come loose or detach entirely, which would result in a loss of cooling. Overheated engines could result, and Toyota is expecting to find half of the belts in need of replacement. Owners have started being notified by mail, and the fix takes about 30 minutes.
[Source: Reuters]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota has been making bullet-proof cars for how long? And now new belts could randomly deteriorate? Cost-cutting leads to big problems, and Toyota is learning the hard way.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Low bid supplier? Or just a bad batch? 11k vehicles suggests a bad batch, but if this expands later on, then it's the cost-cutting that's biting them back.
        • 4 Years Ago
        11K? Sounds like a recall to me, though it's a small one. Come on, Toyota, man-up! Don't use weasel phrases like "service campaign". Call it what it is.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @narf:
        Actually, the issue probably has nothing to do with the belt. Most likely, there's a component misalignment issue. Usually an idler pulley or something similar. The dealer will most likely be correcting the misalignment issue and replacing the belt if it shows signs of abnormal wear.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ah least they didn't do like Ford and call it a "Customer Satisfaction Program"
      • 4 Years Ago
      @Abuzar1
      i can afford neither. but i'd like to do either of those options.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey U.S. consumers, Toyota is at best----pure garbage!
      • 4 Years Ago
      @longbowmkII
      Well when your car is burning oil at a quart/250 miles and is jet black by 2k miles what do you do sir?
        • 4 Years Ago
        You get a new engine... or car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @Narf
      I drive a corolla and I do most of my own maintenance (synthetic oil 2k intervals toyota filter, washable filter etc) I take it somewhat offensive when someone says corolla owners get in their cars and go. I and a few other people I know that drive rollas are very picky about our cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        youre wasting your money changing your oil that often.
      • 4 Years Ago
      PROOF TOYOTA IS THE MOST UNRELIABLE AUTO MAKER !!!

      SINCE THE BEGINING THEY WERE PRAISED..WHY ?

      60-80'S CARS ALWAYS STALLED,BAD CARBS,SLOW,BAD RIDE,ENGINE ISSUES,BAD WATERPUMPS,HEADGASKETS,TRANSMISSIONS..

      90'S BAD TRANSMISSIONS AND OIL SLUDGE,HEAD GASKET PROBLEMS...

      00'S- NOW,ENGINE SLUDGE,ENGINES BLOW UP,BAD CAMSHAFTS,FAULTY STEERING,SHATTERING SIDE GLASS(ON ITS OWN),CRACKING TAILGATES,WELDS COME UNDONE ON MINIVANS,LEXUS ENGINES SELF DESTRUCT,RUSTING FRAMES,UNCONTROLLABLE WOBBLE AT HIGHWAY SPEED (TUNDRA) AND MANY MANY MORE !!!

      WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE !!

      OBVIUOSLY BRAINWASHED TOYOTA FANS,THEY LOVE UNRELIABLE CRAPMOBILES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
      • 4 Years Ago
      All these great cars from Toyota who always gets Consumer Reports blessing are sure a problem. I know I had one 3 years ago with serious problems and never again! Never again will I also buy Consumer Reports!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Are these cars equipped with functional coolant temperature gauges?

      A failed belt is an annoyance. A toasted engine after the needle has been sitting in the red for a few minutes is a driver that shouldn't have been on the road anyway.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You'd be surprised.

        As for service reminders ... the dealers do. Which is how one of my co-workers is reminded that it's time for her to bring the car in.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @narf

        I have a co-worker who is the same way.

        The post cards don't work for me though, since they always come five thousand miles after I've already done the maintenance! =P
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're forgetting the audience that drives Corollas. Get in, turn the key, and go. Refill gas when needed, and that's it. Maintenance? It's done when the postcard comes in to remind them to do so. The car is treated like an appliance ... and gauges and warning lights are often looked upon with as much scrutiny as that squeak in the dryer after it's been turned on for 5 minutes. In other words, probably ignored until something catastrophic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        narf:

        I agree, that's probably most often the driver of these cars. Probably thanks to that fact there really have been some ruined engines related to this problem. But ignorance being common doesn't make ignorance right or safe. Even idiot drivers manage to read the fuel level gauge or at least notice the light when it's almost empty. The gauge and light for coolant temp are probably right next to those.

        And off topic here but related to your comment: Does Toyota really send postcards to Corolla owners to remind them of periodic maintenance?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ugh.
      Juan
      • 4 Years Ago
      Everyone talks about how great toyota is , so I bought one , I also own a Cadillac.....I've had lots of trouble with the toyota,engine mostly.....Caddy has been flawless...Beginning to think this thing with toyota is just emotional hype....I'm going to cut my losses and trade in on a F-150...
      • 4 Years Ago
      you mean there are still people buying these death traps? do you also bring the toaster in the tub with you?
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