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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Toyota Corolla steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 232004


  • 84,000 miles


When turning the steering wheel towards the left consumer heard a knocking noise coming from the steering column. Consumer contacted dealership, and mechanic determinedthat the tie rod assembly needed to be replaced.

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #2

Oct 181999


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Tie rod failed.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 251999


  • miles
On August 26, 1999 outer tie rod needed replacement, and left cam bolt also needed notified.

- Tempo City, CA, USA

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