Help! My car is rotting: How Toyota failed me


10/11/2014 I am getting more and more comments and I continue to see these cars everywhere I go. Please LIKE this Facebook page I created and perhaps we can finally get this the attention it deserves!

Nov. 7, 2013 – 6 p.m.

Let me start off by saying that I should’ve written this more than a year ago…

My car: 2006 Blue Toyota Corolla

Mileage: Just hit 70,000 miles

Past issues: None – I’ve never missed a service.

I just got off the phone with Toyota. Again. Every single time I get off of the phone with them I’m left with the same story: “We’re sorry Ms. Forman, but your vehicle falls outside of the 3-year, 36,000 mile warranty. There is nothing we can do for you at this time.”

The problem I have with that statement, is that the issue I’m having didn’t start until long after the warranty ended.

See, a little over a year ago, I noticed an odd discoloration on the roof of my car. First it was just a patch. And then it was two patches. And then it spread. Like a disease. My car looks like it has a disease. Don’t believe me? See for yourself. Note: I took these photos about an hour ago…




The disease is spreading…

So what do you do when you have a problem? You Google it. And when you google this problem, a plethora of results emerge:

Check it out:

  4. Look at poor Judy! (hers is a 2010) 
  5. And so on and so forth…

Naturally, I took my car in to my trusted dealership, Toyota of Tampa Bay, and they gave me a repair estimate of $1,200 (this was before it spread). I was told this wasn’t just a regular paint job and that they would need my car for up to four days. “Would this be something you would like to do?” they asked me.

I’m sorry. But at the time, I had final exams and obviously did not have an extra grand lying around that I could use to fix something that wasn’t even close to being my fault in the first place.

Several estimates and auto mechanics later, I’m being told the same thing: the paint on your vehicle was applied incorrectly. But Toyota doesn’t want to hear any of that.

The mechanic I saw in June (and just got off of the phone with) told me that I should just trade my car in. “At this point, just get rid of it,” he told me.

Really, Toyota? That’s it? Oh yeah, because I’m sure I’m going to get a lot of $$ for my trade-in with it looking like that. Even though, otherwise, my car is in better-than-great condition.

I know this site does not get a ton of views, and to Toyota, I’m just one person, with one car. But I know I’m not alone. I’ve walked up to strangers, probably 15+ as a matter of fact, who have the same problem with their Toyota. I saw one this very afternoon.

I know the easy thing to do is to just give up. Get a new car. Because that’s just so easy (my car is paid off and I like not having the expense of a monthly car payment).

So please. If you’re reading this, and have the same problem, or know someone who does…please leave a comment. Share this even. I’d like to not completely lose my faith in customer service.


106 thoughts on “Help! My car is rotting: How Toyota failed me

    • Nan says:

      Hi Rebecca,
      I am experiencing paint peeling off my 2012 Toyota Scion IQ. It is in the shop right now (May 2017) being painted, and the problem began 6 months ago. I bought the car new at the end of 2012, and in less than 4 years (I had about 18,000 miles on it) the paint began to peel. The entire roof peeled off in 3-5″ strips over the last 6 months. I spoke with 2 paint specialists (not at Toyota) who told me that it was a factory fault, and that they had not primed my car correctly, which is why it is peeling. Toyota, however, refused to repaint it, so I am paying for it out of pocket, since I still owe 6,000. on it. (Currently, I have 20200 miles on it). I am very disappointed in Toyota. It is obviously their faulty paint job. I paid 22,000 for the car originally. They told me their paint is only warrantied for 3 years. So wrong of that company. I will not buy Toyota again.

  1. Jen says:

    I am dealing with the same thing… I am getting repainted, but the mechanic is having issues with the rust. He is trying to be preventive and we are painting the whole care before it spreads, but we are using the paint code on the car, so if it is a paint issue I may experience it again. Additional details my car is also a 2006 dark blue toyota corolla paint code 8P4.

    Have you gotten any additional information?

      • Jen says:

        I am from NM, and I am paying it out of pocket… I didn’t start researching this until I already contracted repairs.

        It started at scratches and the clear coat looked cooked (boiled, hit with acid, something)… Then the paint began peeling and the roof started rusting.

        The mechanic also noted he was having a difficult time priming the roof without it rusting through… I think we should work on getting a recall and reimbursed!

      • Nelson says:

        Hello Rebeecca, I know I am about 3 years too late but my Corolla has the same issue. I was wondering if you found a soluton? I feel as if other cars do not want to be next to my car because of its apperance! Can you help me?
        Thank you,

      • Vickie durham says:

        I also have a 2006 corolla and the whole top of my car is rusted. It makes me sick to see what I paid for so long ruined. I don’t have the Xtra money to have it painted.

  2. Tiffany Zygmund says:

    Hello Rebecca. I have a 2004 Grey Corolla and this very thing has happened to me too. Just got an estimate for new paint ( not from Toyota) and the guy proceeded to tell me how his sister has a corolla and the same thing happened to her and he doesn’t understand why Toyota didn’t do a recall on their paint jobs :O I’m in st Petersburg, Fl, btw.

    • Rebecca Forman says:

      Thank you for the comment, Tiffany! I’m adding this to my list that is being forwarded to ABC Action News in Tampa. Really hoping to get somewhere with this in the new year! Best of luck to you!

      • Troy says:

        Hi Rebecca…I have a 2006 with the same paint issue…started about 2 years ago. I have seen same year corollas in my neighborhood with the same problem. So it’s not just certain areas. Just curious; where was your Corolla manufactured? Mine was built in Japan. My daughter had a 2003 Mitsubishi with same type of paint issues that started long after the warranty, and Mitsubishi paid certain paint shops to repaint the affected vehicles. Cannot believe Toyota won’t do the same.

    • Lisa says:

      I am in Cocoa, Fl. This very same thing happened to me. I took it to a dealership near my home, the same response, we can paint the roof only, 500.00 , 250.00 for every panel after that…Are you serious? I paid 21,000 for my car…I expect the paint to last more than 5 years. This is a huge disappointment to me. I work so hard to pay it off, never missing a single payment. As of now, Toyota has switched the brand of paint. We’ll it’s about time. Let’s share our story on the news. I have over 10 photos of the same exact year, make and model as mine, with the same color ( Indigo Ink). My email is .Respectfully, Lisa

  3. Cassandra says:

    I have a 2010 Corolla LE. Fighting to get Toyota to replace it is worse than pulling teeth. The paint rep for the area came out, looked at my issues, and told me it was ALL debris related. The trunk, the rear quarter panel, the hood, the sails, all environmental. Still fighting but running out of options.

  4. Maggie says:

    The paint on the roof of my 2009 white corolla curled off in large sheets a few weeks ago while I was in the local mall. Prior to that, a couple of areas had flaked off (about 2 inches across or less) and there was some flaking & cracking in a couple of other areas on the car, e.g. on the gas tank door. I am not the first owner, but the local dealer, where I have it serviced, has been very helpful. Everyone who looks at it is amazed and says they’ve never seen anything like it. A Toyota rep looked at it last week, and today the local guy called to tell me that Toyota will not do anything.

    (I took pics the day it all peeled back & would be happy to send one. It’s quite dramatic.When I drove away, there was a crackling sound as the rolls of peeled paint blew off the car)

    I have been told that the primer/undercoat is not uv resistant, so I should have it painted to prevent rust. No estimates yet. No money to repaint, either.

    • Robert Tepper says:

      Our 2009 Corolla had thin paint from the day we bought it. Now the trunk, roof and hood barely have any paint left. We waxed it regularly, but the thin paint, which was very obvious, easily scratched with the slightest touch, is now at the point of about to rust. We do not have the money for a paint job, and even if we did, They never look right unless the car is clear coated again. There should be recalls. I am still waiting on air bags. We were told to not have anyone sit in the passenger front side, until a fix is made. No date. That is their fix, to protect themselves and not us. I have lost faith in Toyota and plan on looking elsewhere for our next cars……

  5. Maggie says:

    I posted a comment; what happened to it?

    A few months ago, paint flaked off a couple of areas on the roof of my 2009 Corolla. Three weeks ago, I came out of the local mall and found the paint peeling off a large area of roof in large curls, exposing roughly 4 square feet of primer (Happy to send a picture; you have to see it to believe it). As I drove off. I heard a crinkling sound as these large curls of paint blew off. There is also an area of flaking on the gas cap door.

    The local dealer didn’t sell the car originally, but has been very helpful, getting a Toyota rep to look at it. Everyone agrees it is a dramatic paint failure. Toyota, however, declined to offer any help (presumably because it is out of warranty).

    I have driven nothing but Toyotas for over 30 years, putting a total of over 500,000 miles on one tercel and three corollas (my last one was a 230,000 workhorse when I finally traded it).

      • Peg Andrews says:

        One more photo added: M

        Thank you. Forum/blog posting is not something I do enough to be familiar with the process. Photos attached:

      • Liam colemsn says:

        I’m going through the same thing with 2009 Corolla here in Connecticut .Im the process of going through the Toyota customer experience center-8003314331 but it doesn’t look good .last Toyota I will buy .what a joke

  6. Alan says:

    I just came across your website and read your story and saw your pictures. I’m sorry for your loss, I purchased my now ex wife new Toyota Corolla le in 2005. The car has served well mechanically, other than the computer brain dying which is under warranty until 80,000 milesso I got off lucky there. I noticed the starting to bubble up on it and then all of a sudden as if it was dipped in acid the clear coat look like dandruff all over the car. Now, obviously I’m divorced and became very ill in which I had to go on SSDI.last year I met somebody who just as a matter of fact today I had to kick her out for cheating on me with two different guys. but my point is that the car from the roof hood and trunk all rusted at the same time. I can’t afford a car payment at this point and the car is mechanically sound so with having a girlfriend here at the timeI was able to save up some money and have the car professionally painted at the cost of 2300 dollars. the car looks new again which I don’t think I should have been responsible forbut the good thing is the shop that painted my car has been around 25 plus years and only uses DuPont high quality paint and therefore I have a lifetime warranty against anything of that nature. Again I’m sorry, but there is a lot of us like you and with all the recalls lately from Toyota and the Camry and Prius being judged so poorly and offset frontal crashes I would definitely say no 230 toToyota to again

  7. Michael Gulino says:

    Hi Rebecca,
    I am sad and frustrated to say I have the EXACT same issue on my car that you are experiencing with your Toyota Corolla. I have a black 2006 Toyota Corolla S. I purchased it brand new in Oct. of 2005. The car only had 4 miles on it when I bought it. Now of course the 3yr/36,000 mile warranty is expired. 6 months ago I started noticing cat-like scratches on my roof in all 4 corners. This eventually evolved into the entire roof paint lifting up and rusting just like yours did. This is embarrassing and should be more embarrassing for Toyota than for us. I took my car into the dealership last week to speak with them about what is clearly a paint defect or the paint being applied improperly from the factory. They agreed to document and take pictures, which they did. They said they would send everything to Toyota Corporate office. 1 week later they called me back and said they could do nothing for me because my car was out of warranty. Of course it is! That doesn’t change the fact that this is clearly a defective paint job from the factory. This is just more wrong doing on Toyota’s part. They need to issue ANOTHER recall for their vehicles and have this paint issue taken care of for all of us. If not we need to contact an attorney who will file a class-action lawsuit against Toyota. I knew I wasn’t the only one who could be experiencing this issue! Makes me #%$&ing mad! Anyways my name is Mike and I live in San Diego, CA. Please contact me back and let me know if you have gotten any further with Toyota on your paint issue. I would be interested in hearing more information on your case and any others who are experiencing this problem. I will try and send you some pictures via email. Thanks for posting this on your website. I hope we can accomplish something positive for the consumer.

    • Gary Stonelake says:

      Hi, I have an ’05 Toyota Tacoma, dark blue, and the roof is starting to rust and it’s spreading fast. Just tonight I walked out of a store and there was a Corolla, same color as my Tacoma and the roof looked like an old rusted piece of sheet metal. It was completely rusted while the rest of the car’s paint looked excellent. This and the other comments being posted clearly point to a manufacturing defect. I wish a class action lawsuit would occur. I guess I’m lucky cause my rust just started and my truck is 10 years old but I’ve read of other people having problems less than a year after purchasing the New vehicle.

  8. Lescaart (@lescaart) says:

    My wife and I own a green 1998 Honda Civic and a blue 2006 Toyota Corolla. The Honda paint job looks 100% times better than the Toyota. There is definitely something wrong with the paint quality Toyota used. The trunk is showing white, and I suspect the it will start to rust. I bought a toyota thinking it would be a better car than the Honda. Boy, was I wrong. Back to the rusty roof. The roof of our Toyota looks exactly like yours. My neighbors walk by and ask, “what’s wrong with your car” I tell them it has cancer. Rust is like cancer, it spreads quickly. It spreads much faster than what it took to save to purchase the vehicle. I am not sure how much it will cost to repaint the roof, but I would love it if Toyota would take some responsibility for their crappy car paint quality. I have noticed many other Toyota Corolla owners with the same rusty roof problem. I’m Ok with Toyota not paying for the entire paying job, I think 50% would be nice. I’m not Bank of America. Like you, our car is paid for and I don’t want to buy or trade, besides, the car runs fine, why should I sell or trade my car because of Toyota’s crappy paint quality. I was thinking of buying a Prius, but I don’t think I can trust Toyota anymore. Karma is a b***h.

  9. Anonymous says:

    My son bought a 2006 Toyota Corolla in 2006…brand new. The same thing is happening with the paint on the roof. It is rusted same as the pics you showed and looks like cat scratches and continues to spread. This is so frustrating! We are contacting Toyota. It doesn’t sound like they are taking responsibility for the horrific paint job, but we will try and see what they can or will do.

  10. SEAN STEPHENS says:

    I own a 2006 Black Corolla myself and noticed a month ago that the top of my car started to rust. Now I have to take my car in to fix Toyota’s mistake and it’s only 81k in mileage and never miss a service. So frustrating that this could happen. I even had a Toyota truck awhile back that had over 200k in mileage and not one piece of rust.

  11. Kristie says:

    Same thing is happening to my car, blk 2006 corolla s, started off as little spots, then like cat scratches n now paint peeling and rust. If it’s happening to a lot of people, everywhere in the country it’s clearly a toyota problem. They need to make this a recall, I’m very disappointed

  12. Carey Zambrano says:

    We also have a 2006 Corolla (Black), or should I say it used to be black……Same EXACT thing. Its been like that for a while. Just like all of you, it runs great, but the outside looks like it’s 30 years old! Rust everywhere. We never bothered to take it in because it seems to look beyond repair. We had been talking about researching if there had been a recall on the paint because now it seems every Corolla we see like ours has the same issue. Weird. We own another Toyota as well. Chances are when we shop for a new car next time it won’t be a Toyota!

  13. Ronnie Roach says:

    My mother in law also has the same problem with a 2006 Toyota corrolla s. Its dark blue and the entire roof is starting to rust. I haven contacted a dealer yet….. Has anyone had anyluck with that.

  14. Lisa R says:

    Having the same issue. Bought my daughter a 2005 Blue Corolla S and noticed at first a grey spot on top of the roof near the back antenna about 6 months ago. Just today I looked at it again and there is a huge rust spot now next to it. It seems like that happened overnight. I also saw another Corolla in our area (Los Angeles suburbs) and their roof from front to back was rusted pretty bad. I thought that maybe someone had tried to mess with her car but now I see that this is an ongoing problem for everyone here. I am going to take it to a body shop to see what they say. If anyone has more details and if Toyota is taking any responsibility for this please post.

  15. Nou Vang says:

    Hello, I too own a 2006 Toyota Corrolla S. About a few months ago I noticed the roof of my car had this rusty peel like someone had put some acid all over it. And like you guys have mentioned it spread quickly and now the whole roof is infected. I originally thought it was an isolated issue, but I am so glad I came across this post. Has anyone got an update to see if Toyota can rectified this known issue?

    • Jeff says:

      Yep same thing with my car. Starting to
      Rust in the roof and it is getting worst every day. Any news from what toyota is going to do. I also have 2005 Toyota Corolla. Glad to see it is not just me. My next car will not be a toyota.

    • Steve guerra says:

      Our daughter has a 2007 Toyota Corolla as well. The paint looks terrible! She took very good care of it, always parking it under our car port. This did not help. The paint is peeling and also has rust.

  16. Erica Nicole says:

    Omg literally the same thing is happening to my car. I have a 2006 Blue Toyota Corolla as well and my cars top is now COMPLETELY rusted. It is chipping and peeling. I also notice the hood doing the same thing. My car is paid off and I don’t want the expense if something new either. I’ve had mechanics tell me the most ridiculous things. The last one said someone poured something on my car in an effort to vandalize it. If that were the case I’m sure it would not be limited to the too of the car. This is very frustrating. I will never buy another Toyota.

  17. Allison says:

    I am having the same problems with my 2006 black Corolla. It started about a year and a half ago and just spread from there. Only the roof is rusted, and the hood is discolored. I spoke with a friend who works from Toyota, and he said they won’t do anything because it’s rusting from the outside.

  18. Melissa Arechiga says:

    I have a 2005 blue toyota corolla. I purchased it at the toyota town in stockton california, it is paid off and has approximately $85,000. I have taken very good care of my car but you wouldn’t know it by looking at it first glance. It has only been in california driven to & from work (less than a mile away) & usually parked in a garage or carport. It looks exactly like your pictures posted. My top is completely rusted and it is now spreading to the hood and trunk. I have received an estimate for $1400 for the hood only, however; I dont see why I should have to pay for this issue to be fixed when it is clearly a manufacturer defect. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

  19. courtosmodernlife says:

    I have this exact issue (right down to the spotting on the hood), and it’s happening on my trunk too, with the top coat of sealant peeling off completely in certain areas. It looks awful, and I’m ashamed that it looks this way despite running great. I’ve always taken good care of it, and it’s interesting to know that I’m not the only one with these issues. Is this something we can get in on a class action lawsuit for? I’m not sure how that all works, but it’s worth considering!

  20. Tim says:

    Hello, I have a 2006 Corolla doing the same thing as well. I have contacted the local news station who helps with consumer issues. So maybe they will have some incite or can help. I have always bought Toyota’s and loved them. So my hope is that they do something about this, so that I will continue to want to purchase their vehicles. Live in Central Florida.

  21. Janee says:

    Have exact same problem – 2006 Corolla S – color, black. Started with roof about 1.5 years ago. Now roof looks like hell and hood is starting to go. Dealer says can do nothing. I purchased the car new. Never again.

  22. Karen Strutman says:

    2006 Black Corolla S – Same issue – paint is bubbling up on roof – fading to gray of the hood. I have always taken good care of my Corolla. Had it detailed several times and polished it myself. Very upsetting, my car looks terrible. 😦

  23. Brandi says:

    I have the paint peeling problem on my 2010 Corolla. Toyota has agreed to pay for half of the cost for repainting my hood and fenders. I wish everyone luck.

  24. Adina says:

    I am having the same problem as well. I have a black 2005 Toyota Corolla. It’s been bad for a few months now but I am finally trying to get this fixed and thought I would look online first.

  25. Alvin Garnett says:

    I have the SAME problem, so much so I felt compelled to search a reason why this is happening… I’ve seen ONLY THIS COLOR CORROLLA WITH THIS PROBLEM which is why I searched… Sounds like Toyota has their system of getting over on their consumers down to a science… Outside that 3year warranty window smh. I guess all we can do is place our disapproval… Other than this I HAVE NO PROBLEM W/ TOYOTA… I guess it could be worse

  26. Jennifer barber says:

    Same here. My husband has a 2006 blue Toyota Corolla and it started with just a spot as you described then it became terrible. The whole roof is rusting looks like. We went to a few paint shops and they said it would be out of pocket, no recalls yet. So disappointed in Toyota. Love their engines but this makes their quality and name brand go downhill in my eyes and everyone who sees these vehicles while driving around. If I could post a picture here I would just so you could see who identical to yours it looks.

  27. Janis Frasier says:

    I have a silver 1999 Camry that has been developing this problem for a while. It is now missing roughly half the clear coat from the roof and these spots are beginning to rust—as noted in other posts, it does bring to mind a cancer spread.) I have seen many other Toyotas that have developed the same problem; just have to look around any parking lot to see them.
    Please add my name to any future class action law suits. I have owned this car since it was new and I have not done anything to cause the paint to peel off.
    In the meantime—does anyone know how to stop the spread without spending the $$ to have it painted at a shop?

  28. Samantha says:


    I have a white 2009 Corolla and I’m experiencing the same roof issues as a few other users on here. It’s peeling in a circular shape, about a foot across now, and as I pulled into work today I see two large peeled flaps that will surely be gone after my 45 minute commute home later this afternoon.

    The paint is peeling right down to the metal body as there appears to be no primer or anything of that nature below this paint. It’s also chipping off the inner strips of the rear windows, again leaving the grey metal showing beneath it. I don’t know how to stop this from happening…before I know it my whole roof will be metal!

    This is absolutely terrible that Toyota isn’t willing to remedy these issues. I’m about to buy a carfax report that I’m optimistically hoping with reveal the past owner painted the vehicle thus making it something I can take up with the dealership, but I know that chance is slim to none.

    I’m happy to send along photos, as some other said–you have to see it to believe it!

  29. Lynn Bracy says:

    Isn’t there something we can do? Toyota should recall these cars and do the proper paint job. I was going to buy a new Toyota, but have decided not to now.

  30. Andreana Lopez says:

    I have a 2005 Toyota Corolla. The pictures you have look exactly like my car! I am so ashamed and embarrassed by my car. I hate driving it! I too see many car just like mine. I would love to start a petition and find a way to make Toyota pay for this poor workmanship! I am not sure how to start a class action lawsuit, but I fear this might be the only way to get our cars repaired! Are you still getting comments? We’re you able to get anywhere with Toyota?

  31. jeff says:

    I am so glad to have found this page, same problem and description as listed countless times above. 2005 Camry SE, dark blue. car runs great but looks like crap. what’s the status on a collective class action?

  32. shinra27 says:

    I own a 2005 Carolla s. About two years ago this same thing happens to my car. The red rust is so bad. I have had it repainted but the rust came through again within two months. It’s so depressing because I have taken great care of the car. I covered it when not in use. I don’t understand why this happened.

  33. Sam Plottel says:

    I have a 2005 Camry with the exact same issue, though the rust hasn’t come through yet.
    Has anyone taken a dealer to small claims court?
    What about a Class Action lawsuit?

  34. rebecca hernandez says:

    I have a 2005 black toyota corolla. The paint peeled off roof and hood. The car is in excellent condition otherwise. This is insane!! I do not have the money to have it repainted and do not want a new car payment. The problem seem to start at about 90,000 miles. I am located in california and the car was manufactured in freemont california

  35. pete xiong says:

    I have a 2006 super white corolla and I too have these paint problems. Chipping on my hood with my roof starting to go. The color is now a dull super white w/ rust spots here and there.

    Anyone else notice that the paint on the alloy wheels bubble up too? I thought it was just corollas but I also saw it on a Tundra which makes me think twice about buying another Toyota.

    So much for the new Rav4, even though i think it looks great.

  36. Caitlin says:

    I have a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. I purchased it new and have always kept the maintenance up at my local Toyota dealership. My truck is black and in the last year the hood began having chucks of paint fall off. My roof is a horrible and ridiculous mess of rust. You would think I had never cared for my truck (it was my first new vehicle and trust me I have taken care of it.) Ironically a few years ago my air bag light came on. I took it to Toyota and they told me it would cost me over $500 to repair. I did not have the money so I put that off. Within 6 months I received a recall notice that it was a defect. There has to be something we can do as a group since we are all having the same issue and our vehicles are close in years.

  37. Liz W says:

    Same with my 2008 Blue Toyota Corolla. Top of car looks hideous, like cruddy rust, and the color on the hood is starting to fade. Any idea what our next steps should be?

    • Robert Thaxton says:

      I’m having the same problem. We need to all come together because when I contacted Toyota customer service in CA they said they were aware of no problems with paint pealing and rusting. Feel free to contact me at I am NOT letting this go.

  38. Jessica K Snell says:

    I have the same problem with my 2003 Blue Toyota Corolla but it has not spread to the body of the car. It is only the roof. Very rusty.

    • Robert Thaxton says:

      It will. If we all get together and complain at once maybe they will listen. They told me at Toyota customer service in CA they had no complaints of this or any similar problem. Contact me via email and lets see if we can get something done.

  39. John G says:

    I am experiencing the exact same problems as everyone here has also described. I have a 2005 Black Corolla and the roof has completely rusted over. It started as a small spot near the antenna on the roof where it looked like the paint started to splinter as if someone had run it over with a razor blade. The small spot spread over the past year as more and more paint started to chip away and now has completely covered the entire roof. The hood has also recently started to chip away paint and I am very afraid of it suffering the same fate. It is COMPLETELY ridiculous that Toyota fails to acknowledge this problem with so many cases of the same thing out there. Something has to be done.

  40. Jana says:

    My husband has a 2004 black Corolla and we have had the same exact problem. He bought it new from St. Petersburg where he is originally from. Same EXACT problem and many of the pictures here look like they could be his car. It really is sad because the car is otherwise even now still in great mechanical condition.

    • Robert Thaxton says:

      I have a 2006 blue Corolla and the exact same thing is happening to it. It began on the roof, it looked like someone dumped acid on it then the paint chipped and rusted. It has spread to the hood and trunk. I’m afraid the roof will rust thru soon not to mention its embarrassing as hell. We need to do something about this and hold Toyota accountable.

      • terry harrold says:

        I know I am late with this my car is doing the same thing and it’s a blue corolla if you still have your call file with me to sue or or call 1-800-888-1234

  41. Robert Thaxton says:

    I have a 2006 blue corolla ‘ce with the exact identical problem. At the rate its going there will be nothing left in a year. The car has 80,000 mi on it and is in fantastic condition other than the paint. It started on the roof and is spreading to the hood and trunk. I bought the car new and kept it garages and took good care of it now it looks horrible. What can we do?

  42. Robert Thaxton says:

    I have a 2006 dark blue Toyota Corolla also with the exact same problem as Rebecca and the rest of you. My roof looks horrible and its spread to my hood and trunk lid. I doubt if I will have a roof left next year. Its very frustrating because it has only 80,000 miles on it. I bought it new in June of 2006 and has been maintenanced regularly and garage kept. I even had a car cover on it when I had to leave it outside while at work. This is my third Toyota all of which I purchased new, heck this Corolla had 5 mikes on the odometer when I drove it off the lot but unfortunately if Toyota does not stand behind this obvious factory defect this will be my last Toyota,

  43. Chelsie says:

    I am having the same problem with my 2005 blue toyota corolla!! In fact every single blue corolla that I see is having the exact same problem. When I took it to the dealership they said there is nothing they could do. My car looks horrible and is spreading as well!!! I will never purchase another blue corolla ever!!!!

    • Robert Thaxton says:

      I contacted Toyota customer service in CA and they said they have never heard of this problem and until they received other complaints there was nothing they could do, obviously a lie. Feel free to email me at maybe if we all do something…

  44. Dee says:

    2006 black Corolla – same exact problem. Little cat scratch looking lines on roof (I’ve been blaming my cat until I read all these comments!) and now peeling back to expose rust over half the roof. Peeling like cheap nail polish.

    • Robert Thaxton says:

      I contacted Toyota customer service in CA and they informed me there was no other complaints like this and there was nothing they could do until they received others, no doubt a straight out lie. We should all get together and go after them. Feel free to email me at

  45. Robert Thaxton says:

    My 2006 Blue Corolla is doing the same thing, Identical in fact. Contacted Toyota and they said they had no other complaints like this told me it was environmental, Bought new in 2006 from Toyota of Tampa Bay. Mechanically its great, I’m embarrassed to drive it. Working with a consumer advocate now.

  46. IrmaB says:

    I also own a 2010 Toyota Corolla, Barcellona Red, that is bubbling and peeling like crazy. The hood looks like it has a fungus on it. I took it to Toyota and I’m still waiting for the manager to contact me and that was two weeks ago. Toyota was quick to give me $899 estimate for repainting the hood, front hood and two side mirrors. How insulting! They should be giving me an appointment date for repainting my car instead. I have another friend with the same model, year, and color who is having the same issues. I’m beginning to think the only way to do something about it is through a class action suit. I’m game for sure. As a teacher I can’t afford to pay that kind of money for a company’s mistake.

  47. Ritesh Soni says:

    My 2005 blue Corolla with 110k miles had similar problem. Half the roof was rusted, trunk got discolored, and lot of spots on the hood. I got the roof painted at Econo paint (cheap national chain), and after about 6 months I see minute bubbles on the roof. Car is mechanically sound but I am confused if I should keep the car because of the rust problem. I am from central Texas.

    I hope the rust problem on your car got sorted out.

    • Alan says:

      I have the same problem with my 05 Corolla red. Mechanically it’s great but the paint went bad quickly. Actually, the car was new when I bought it for my now ex-wife so I’ve had it since the beginning to see what happened. I have lived in South East Florida near Fort Lauderdale so I thought originally maybe it had to do with the sun until I saw this forum. I didn’t realize what a problem this was until right after I had it repainted in 2013. I inherited the car in my divorce while she took Nissan Altima LOL. I didn’t have the finances to buy a shiny new car so I decided since it was mechanically sound to have it professionally painted and they did a better job than the original manufacturer did.

  48. Connie Symons says:

    I don’t drive down gravel roads but do with my Mazda 3 2007 and it has NO paint chips. Leasing RAV4 Toyota 2014 23,000 km. Big paint chips!

  49. Diana Bustillo says:

    My car has rust spots on the hood…My kids joke that it lookslike I shot my car with a bee bee gun. Mechanically, its a great car. No issues. Had to replace the a/c compressor recently. After owning it for 12 years I can’t complain.

  50. Ronnie says:

    Going through the same thing with my 2005 Toyota Corolla! Looks like they recalled on Lexus, but not Toyota. We paid ours off and cannot afford to repair or replace at the moment. Hope we can get Toyota to set this as a recall!

  51. Pat says:

    I have a 2008 Toyota Tacoma Indigo Blue. Yes blue like many others here. The roof looks like your car’s.
    I reported it toToyota, BBB and my dealership where I purchased my truck. It is not environmental but a defect that Toyota needs to address. Everyone here needs to report if and send your pictures. Still no resolution.
    Good Luck.

  52. Nadia says:

    Mine is a 2009 and besides that my car is completely fine. It’s really sad. I took mine in once and the guy admitted that it was a defect in production or some sort because he’s gotten so many come in about it.

    • Jennifer Barber says:

      I finally gave up waiting for them to do some kind of recall for paint…. had it professionally painted… looks much better now! Just bummed I had to pay so much for something they did wrong.

      In San Antonio Texas.

      • terry harrold says:

        Jennifer if you still have your corolla go on or or call 1-800-888-1234 I got sick watching my car rotting in front of my eyes

  53. Sandradavis says:

    Had 2006 Corolla. The paint started cracking want to Toyota they didn’t want to stand behind it I have lived in Florida for 40 years I have never had a car cracked paint on me ever.Took lost on trade in,but I bought a real car this time 2017 Volkswagen Jetta.Never go back to Toyota ever,never

  54. Misty says:

    2009 toyota corolla, white. Not a slow process for me…had a little snow 3 days ago, left work yesterday for lunch and over half of paint on top of car had rolled off like sheets of paper and fell in parking lots….looks like crap. So many recalls with this automobile as well. I have several toyotas but this will be my last.

  55. Lorna says:

    Omg!!!! I am dealing with paint issues myself. As a matter of fact I just came back from Toyota dealership here in Daly City and after sitting there for a good 10-15 minutes once of the advisor (younger man) immediately said it’s not something that can be covered under the warranty. I would have to call my insurance and deal with them. Basically just passing on the bucks. So I contacted my insurance guy and had explained everything….. And he said being in the insurance for 20 years he hasn’t heard anything like this before. You’d Toyota dealership would at least consider contacting the manufacturer and try to help their customer. Very unhelpful!!!

    • terry harrold says:

      my corolla is a 2008, this paint job is a joke and toyota needs to take care of this, my roof is going to riot before my motor goes out, call this number 1-800-735-5596 and make sure you have your I.V.N. number

  56. Monique B Lara says:

    2008 Corolla, navy blue. Exact same issue, it started out slow but in the past couple of months the paint has just vanished from the roof, hood, and the top of the trunk. I’m joining the FB page and I’ll post some pictures. I bought the car in Gainesville Florida, I’m not sure where it was manufactured. The car runs great but I’m starting to get embarrassed when I park it at work. It makes me not want to drive my car, I’ll never buy another Toyota.

  57. Rhonda Laffey says:

    2010 Toyota Corolla, silver/gray, trunk and roof have similar rust issues. This car doesn’t even have 30,000 miles on it, and it’s kept in a driveway between an older Dodge pickup and an older VW Jetta, neither of which have ever had paint issues. No overhanging trees, no way this is just environmental…totally disgusted.

  58. Art Kirsch says:

    2009 Coralla Sport, 40,000 miles, all Toyata mechanical service until about a year ago now do oil and filter change at less expensive mechanic. Car is mechanically excellent but paint is fading down to raw on roof and now starting on trunk lid. Told by toyota that I was out of warranty BUT they knew they had a defective process for a dozen years that doesn’t show up until 4th year and beyond. Purely unethical. #toyotapaintsucks Will never buy another Toyota product and will recommend to friends not to do so either.

  59. Bree says:

    2008 corolla , I’m in Australia, car is apparently graphite -a very dark grey metallic, says so in the book, on the touch up paint tin they gave me, seems though that the code for graphite is a much much darker paint than my car , after first wash notices the whole car had swirl marks. Was told I must have done it. Had NOTHING but problems with toyota dealer her had to actually go through industrial relations consumer affairs to get issues fixed. Including the alloy wheels that someone else mentioned- they rusted after 3 yrs, toyotas fix? The spray painted them with that pot belly black paint!!! Any how my car roof has this disease now too , I am sick of dealing with them any one else in Australia with this problem pls get in touch, it’s about time they are held accountable. Their cars are shit! So cheaply manufactured out of plastic the interior trim constantly pops out of place. The rear windows are able to be slid down about 1 inch by pushing down on the glass from outside -apparently part of the design.?? In the 8 years I’ve had it the front brake calipper needs to be recoated in thick grease every 3-6 months or every time you apply brakes you GeT a god almighty ‘CLACK’ ppl turn in the street at the noise. Apparently all the techs at toyota are deaf, none of them could hear it. The one that could, got fired.

  60. KVC says:

    2006 Black Toyota Corolla. Same issue. It’s so crazy when I see other cars driving around and they’re rusted. Sure enough, they are Corollas. I love Toyota, in fact, my last 6 cars have been Toyota so please, please, please help us out TOYOTA!!

  61. terry harrold says:

    call this number to try to start a class action suit 1-800-735-5596 make sure you have your I.V.N. number it could be found on your registration, door or on windshield on drivers side at the bottom

    • terry harrold says:

      went on 2 more websites that might help people with their problems with their blue or call 1-800-888-1234 or

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