Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: There must have been something in the water at the plant where they built the eighth generation Corollas, especially the 1998 and 1999 model years.

Outside of airbag problems being reported to NHTSA, this is about as dependable a car as you’ll find. But good luck finding one; owners say they want a new car, but can’t justify trading in their Corolla because the darn thing just keeps rolling.


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1998 Toyota Corolla brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

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October 1999 - brakes light came on immediately called for insp. - service depart. Said my brakes needed cleaned and adjusted - topped off master cylinder - now it passed state insp. On 1/11/00. 2/29/00 brought back for noise coming from brakes - said there was no problem brakes needed cleaned & adjusted when I left service dept. Problem was still occuring - called set up another appt - 3/8/00 service dept found rear drums rusted - rear shoes cracked - a rent a car was given 3/7/00 returned it on 3/8/00 - they replaced rear brake drums and shoes - now could this happen in a few days on 2/29 you said no problem" 4/11/00 brought car back for insp due to same noise but now worse had service mgr now do a test run with me - service dept found front brake pads cracking and rotors scored left front axle shaft internal defect - front bearing internal problem - both front hubs need replaced - rent a car was given to me again. Now 6/00 noise is back on 7/14/00 took car for another under carrage insp, oil- filter change, 4 wheel alignment, etc.. they said no problem its just brake dust. The noise is still current as of today 7/23/00. I now have to call them & they already treat me with ignorance, I'm looking into filing for the lemon law I need some satisfaction - how could all of these problems be overlooked? - I feel my life is in the hands of Toyota's service dept - and I don't feel safe at all. They gave me an extended warranty of 6 year or $100,000 miles after I asked for it. I stated now that I have my reconstructed vehicle back would Toyota grant me an extended warranty and stand behind there parts. They did but the stress and loss of work due to many service appts is so aggravating. Maybe my problem could be of use to you. If I could assist in any further questions please call - I still have to make another appt for my vehicle -I mean is it really brake dust this time or is the car going to fall apart at a high rate of speed with me in it" thank you.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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