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 a few engine related issues for the 1999, these are about as dependable a car as you’ll find. And remember most of these cars have 200k miles on them by now. 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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
101,862 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. always have new tires and avoid driving in bad weather (1 reports)
1999 Toyota Corolla brakes problems

brakes problem

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1999 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 082014

Corolla CE 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,862 miles


Noticed problems with the car sliding as soon as the tires started showing any type of wear.

Late summer (Goodyear tires with 85% tread) we started noticing that the brakes would completely lock up with any kind of sudden stop...sending the car into a slide. When it would go into a slide, I would swear the car gained momentum. It almost felt like you were being flung. It even happened on dry, hot pavement.

We were driving after a very light rain in slow traffic (thank goodness it was SLOW) and the truck in front of us stopped abruptly. We had MORE than enough stopping room. Nope...went into a slide and shot like a rocket right under that truck. Pumping the brakes and turning the wheel did nothing. The front of the car is totaled....crunched in like butter. I shutter to imagine what could have happened if we were going any faster.

It's our fault for not being informed enough about our car. Had I known that it wasn't equipped with anti-lock brakes, we would not have owned it. - On the other side of the dime...I've driven many cars in my time that didn't come with anti-lock brakes and I've never felt a car slide on pavement like this one did.

If you search the internet you will see that a lot of people have had front end collisions with this make and model similar to what happened to us.

- , Aurora, CO, USA

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