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.

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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 152003

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The automatic transmission went into neutral while the gear shifter was still in the drive gear. The dealership was unable to locate the problem.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #5

Jan 012002

Corolla

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle will pop out of 5 th gear into neutral intermittently. Vehicle is at dealership at this time. Please add further details.

- Bellows Falls, VT, USA

problem #4

Feb 101998

Corolla

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission and door problem fixed, steering wheel still noisy (I give up).

- Lafayette, IN, USA

problem #3

Oct 051999

(reported on)

Corolla

  • miles

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

High speeds car hard to control, corners horribly, pitching motion over bumps, crunching noise on uneven pavement

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #2

Sep 081999

(reported on)

Corolla

  • miles
Transmission--pressed on gas pedal and engine reved up but vehicle did not move.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 041998

Corolla

  • miles
While driving and whenever vehicle is on a upgrade or hill the vehicle would roll backwards while vehicle is set in drive. Dealer/manufacturer. Notified, and informed consumer that was considered a normal condition for that vehicle.

- Stoughton, MA, USA

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