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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,333 miles

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1998 Toyota Corolla body / paint problems

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1998 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 222008


  • 94,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the ceiling inside the passenger compartment was falling down. The failure worsens by the day. The manufacturer stated that nothing could be done. The dealer refuses to make any repairs. The failure mileage was 94,000.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 102004

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The cd door on the interior of the car fell off for no reason. Safety hazard.

- Pekin, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 012001

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles
The sun visor flipped in the opposite direction, which caused the sun to shine inside the vehicle.

- Knapp, WI, USA

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