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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
148,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. change contacts in starter (1 reports)
1999 Toyota Corolla electrical problems

electrical problem

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1999 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 182012

Corolla CE 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 148,000 miles


My car would just make a clicking sound when trying to start, eventually after a few try's it would turn the engine. First thought it's the battery and after replacing it, it was OK for a few days...but later got worse! Two times the starter got even stuck and kept spinning even after the key was removed...only way to stop it was to disconnect the battery. Replaced the contacts and plunger in the starter solenoid and it cranks like a brand new starter! It's a pain in the back to get the starter out...though after he 2nd time it was pretty fast. Cheap fix!

- , Sylmar, CA, USA

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