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:
51,890 miles

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1998 Toyota Corolla engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,890 miles


My car '98 Corolla that has been regularly maintained as per manufacturers recommendations blew its engine while driving on the highway. I was in the fast lane and had to dangerously veer the vehicle to the shoulder. The car had done only 50,000 miles. The engine breakdown was caused by sludging and excessive engine wear and tear that developed in the car when it had done just 36,000 miles. This was brought to my attention by Suburban Toyota of troy, mi. I have been regular with oil change and preventive maintenance and have receipts to prove that and this is a cleary a case of manufacturing fault of the car. I finally paid $4500 for full engine replacement and sent the receipts and maintenance records to Toyota. Toyota has refused to reimburse this amount.

- Wayzata, MN, USA

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