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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,333 miles

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1998 Toyota Corolla body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 042000

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles


Molding along all four doors is falling off. It looks like molding shrunk and glue did not hold. Once molding started coming off it became brittle and fell apart. Almost every '98 Corolla we have seen has had this problem, including ones being sold on Toyota dealerships.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 012003

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
After the long hard rain we had in cincinnati yesterday labor day Sept 1, here was approximately 1-2 inches of rain setting in the drivers side floor of my car. The sides of the floor were not damp as if it came from below but I am not sure.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #1

Apr 011997


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Sunvisor failed.

- Temple Cit, CA, USA

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