Corolla owners demand recall over faulty infotainment unit

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PakWheels.com forums are exploding due to consumers criticising Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8 and 1.6 facelift for their bad infotainment systems. According to the users, the infotainment system keeps on freezing/hanging and making weird noises as well. Moreover, if one tries to use Google Maps on them, then they get stuck abruptly.

Some are also criticising the substandard cameras placed in front and at the back of the car built to make the driving experience more comfortable and easy. One Toyota Corolla Altis owner posted the following message on PakWheels.com forums;

“Dear Indus Motor Company. The infotainment unit in Altis 1.8 and Altis 1.6 facelift are not up to mark and should be recalled immediately.

They are a blot on the face of such a nice car.

In 1.8 variants, the player despite updates installed by the vendor still freezes a lot and lags. Plus the quality of front and the rear camera is also substandard as the display is full of waves and distortion and night view is very bad.

We request you to recall this unit and replace it with some latest model whose hardware is capable enough to run the latest version of android with sufficient ram.”

It is pertinent to mention here that some are also arguing that unit in the pre-facelift Corolla was much better despite running on older version of Android OS.

Another Toyota owner said;

“Agreed, I’ve the Grande FL head unit.

The HU is poor and the hardware used in it is outdated, it is running an extremely old android OS (4.4.2) and the processor used is a few years old as well (ARM Cortex-A7) with 1GB RAM (usable RAM is 833MB).

HU lags and hangs on Google maps.

Has issues with Bluetooth and would randomly stop playing music after 20-30min and would only work after turning Bluetooth on and off.

When the device is lagging, turning volume up/down from steering can take up to 30-40 seconds to take effect.

Since, it has a very old android OS, a lot of apps are not compatible with the HU.

Even their vendor admits, it is a slow device so we have to deal with it and in one instance said, these issues are in Civic turbo as well (same vendor) like that justifies the issues in grande’s HU.

I hope someone from IMC is reading this and gets the issues resolved because it looks like a dated hardware issue.”

Some people even send complains to Toyota Headquarter in Japan, which they directed back to IMC. Consumers are criticising IMC aggressively and demanding to recall the cars with the new head unit and fix it.

We will try to reach out to IMC in this regard and will post their official stance once received.

Until then stay tuned to PakWheels.com for more exciting updates.


My name is M. Ali Laghari and I love to read and write about Cars.

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