Toyota Corolla 2019 Sedan - Only one reverse light

Hi there,

First time poster and was really desperate to see if anyone else has come across this issue.

My dad recently purchased a new 2019 Toyota Corolla Sedan in Feb, all was good until we went in for our first complimentary service where all the hiccups began.

Went into first service, came back with engine light on so we had to go back to dealer.
Came back round two, engine light was still on and was only fixed after the 3rd time we brought it into the store!!

Now we noticed by chance, but only one reverse light comes on at the back.

I looked and there's only one globe on the left hand side of the car. Called up and they said this is normal across European models, all their yarris, camry and corolla makes are only fitted with one reverse light.

Sounds stupid to me and just looks like one light is out now whenever I reverse.

There's no official link and not sure where else I can find confirmation without sounding like an idiot.

Thanks Ozzies!! Hoping someone has the answers.

Edit:

Thanks everyone! Seems like a normal thing.

Comments

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    The hatch only has one reverse light because the other side is reserved for a rear foglight. Might be true for the sedan version too? Is the other side red inside?

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    Yeah, this is really common.

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    That's why you always buy Toyotas built in Japan otherwise you end up with dumb European qwerks.

    I have a phobia of getting into vehicles that aren't Japanese.

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      Have you tried a French car? I've heard that they are the best…

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        Yeah, the f’ing best if you like waiting 2-6 months for stupidly expensive parts to arrive at the only ripoff specialist mechanic in town.

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      The Corolla is still built in Japan though?

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      All new model Corolla hatch and sedan are made in Japan

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        Good to know

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        Same as Camry, and that's why it finally looks good.

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          It finally looks good because the head of Toyota believes in the cars having some passion, and not just about strong reliability. First was 86 and CHR, then came Camry, Corolla, RAV4, Supra. Nothing to do with Aus vs Japanese made. Japan still had to sign off on the Aussie built Camry.

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            @Spackbace: My theory is that Toyota has more reverence over in Japan than in AUS. The president rolls around in a custom crown majesta, all the taxis' are respected, clean and immaculate (and Toyota's). I think there is a level of respect for the brand that shows in the flagship lines offered on the mainland that we are now enjoying. Just google Toyota Alphard if you don't know what I'm talking about.

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    If it's the new shape Corolla Hatch, my wife has the same car and it only has one reverse light. It's a pretty common thing to only have one reverse light.

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    Had this on a Subaru Impreza we had a number of years back. The other side was fitted with a rear fog light.

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    RECALL on some Corollas because of reverse light and other issues,. lolol

    https://www.carsguide.com.au/car-news/recall-hundreds-of-new...

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    It is/was pretty common on cars, my first subaru had a single reverse light which at first was weird but it's not a fault by any means

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    Generally it's a cost-cutting thing, if a vehicle sold here is also sold in Europe, it'll get the one reverse light/one rear fog light treatment across the board regardless of whatever country it's sold in. VeeDud and Toyota are notorious for it.

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      Our 2017 Golf has two reverse lights and was built in Germany. Are you saying they don’t sell Golfs in Europe?

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        Are you saying they don’t sell Golfs in Europe?

        No, of course not. I guess with the MK7 they've reverted to 2, but the MK5 and MK6 always had one.

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    I had the same experience when a friend mentioned there being only 1 reverse light, on in my new Corolla hatch.

    Took it in to the dealership and queried this with the service manager. He asked the head mechanic to come out and take a look, and that's when we were both told of there only being 1 reverse light on the new model.

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    Wth? That's weird! Does that mean there's a missing globe (and you can fix it by putting a new globe in) or all the spots are taken up and it's just one reverse light and one rear fog on the other side?

    Sounds like such a stupid cost cutting measure!

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    Will you also be asking next why the headlight beam is not evenly spread, the car doesn't drive straight on the road and needs a wheel alignment. Just saying. Anyway your dad is a true OZB.

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    lol… had the same experience with a hyundai. If you're seeing one light for the first time, you freak out a little. Perfectly normal for some cars.

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    Oh what a feeling, when you realise Toyota quality and longevity is the same as other brands and you could have had something nicer.

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      What I don’t get is the resale value on Hilux and Landcruisers… They are good vehicles, but not really that much better than say a Ranger or a Triton…

      I was watching Pickles auctions the last few days and seeing 2010~12 Hilux twin cab utes, 200,000+km With scratched up, dented and rusted bodies going for $25,000+, while near new, almost spotless 2017 Rangers with under 100,000km were going for $19~20,000. It was pure madness… there was a 2008 Hilux with 258,000km “not running” that sold for $19,800 (+buyer fees)

      But I agree, for the price these busted arse 10yo Hilux were selling for, you could have bought a near new, very low km something else…

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        What could also be at play was the long-running 2.8 DPF issue (which has finally been sorted). This makes the older gen Hilux (with the 3.0) more appealing.

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          Yeah, I thought that, but $25k + fees for these busted arse shit box vehicles? It just seemed ridiculous…

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      "Oh what a feeling", touche, I see what you did there.

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    My Toyota only has 1 reverse light, it's not that unusual although I sometimes get told by friends/randoms that one of my lights doesn't work.

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    Quite normal
    OP should take more notice of other cars reversing

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    There is no registration requirement for 2 lights. And it’s placement is not mandatory at any height. It is a non necessary light and doesn’t matter for registration purposes.