CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
197,143 miles

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1998 Toyota Corolla miscellaneous problems

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1998 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 252016

Corolla

  • 1,380,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Safety issue!!! the low mileage vehicle has a strange issue that Toyota seems unable to repair! 139000.0 miles the vehicle will intermittently refuse to start. T the key unlocks but only so far it refuses to engage the starter or allow the auto gear selector to work! strands my wife in the bad parts of town and causes distress and danger because of the stranded vehicle condition! no codes generated and twice Toyota has had for two days and no fix! corporation has case or incident report open but not fixed. So far ignition replaced but was told that the following could be issue" 1. ignition key cylinder 2. ignition electrical switch and or relay, 3. transmission interlock switch, 4. gear shift lever button? gear shift linkage adjustment to ensure car is in park properly for interlock switch to work. Each time it costs over $200 and a new $200 or more worth of parts! would this not be a safety recall issue with gearshift neutral interlock or something? my alternative is to keep driving a gas hog SUV that is at least somewhat reliable? so much for saving fuel or the environment if a car is not reliable or according to Toyota fixable without throwing cash at mechanics or don't know how to fix without jujst guessing at random parts replacements? the veicle is at rest after driving and is in park with key engaged properly with brake engaged properly to start the ignition process that intermittently engages solutions... make a new key?, replace key and cylinder or any number of other things" never a rental or loaner so lojack not an issue, no bluetooth, no gps disabler to my knowledge if one exists it is a criminal act targeting my wife or myself.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #6

Jul 102000

(reported on)

Corolla

  • miles
This car has visited at the dealer's service station for almost a total of 3 weeks combined since I bought it April 2000. Gas leaked when putting gas in tank and the car smelled of gas on the inside. The tank was supposedly replaced but just recently started leaking again. The check engine light has been on a total of 3 times. Plus the right front and rear wheels make noise. I just want the car fixed because Corolla's are good cars but the constant visits to the dealership for one thing or another is really starting to annoy me and has become a huge inconvenience.

- Spartanburg, SC, USA

problem #5

Jul 102000

(reported on)

Corolla

  • miles
This car has visited at the dealer's service station for almost a total of 3 weeks combined since I bought it April 2000. Gas leaked when putting gas in tank and the car smelled of gas on the inside. The tank was supposedly replaced but just recently started leaking again. The check engine light has been on a total of 3 times. Plus the right front and rear wheels make noise. I just want the car fixed because Corolla's are good cars but the constant visits to the dealership for one thing or another is really starting to annoy me and has become a huge inconvenience.

- Spartanburg, SC, USA

problem #4

Apr 011998

Corolla

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Dashboard--air bag light.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Corolla

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Clock failed.

- Corona, CA, USA

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problem #2

Aug 131998

Corolla

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Check engine light came on and nothing was wrong.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 071998

Corolla

  • miles
The other vehicle was traveling at a speed of approx. 35 mph, hit the door on the driver's side, and the air bag did not deploy.

- Hamburg, AR, USA

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