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:
50,000 miles

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1998 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 102008

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


When ever I put my cruise control on, the car will stay at the speed that I set it at for just a short while. It then starts to speed up by 2 mph and now im cruising at what I set it at +2, then it will speed up again by 2 mph, and then im cruising at what I set it at + 4 mph. I had this happen to me once where the cruise control raised my speed by 8 mph once with out me trying to raise my own speed. I believe this could be a safety issue in the winter time snow and ice, also if I didn't pay attention to the speed in which I was traveling I could of gotten a spending ticket - (blame it on the cruise control) yeah right.

- Mankato, MN, USA

problem #1

Jul 152003

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I bought a 1998 Toyota Corolla le in July. I found that the cruise control would downshift the automatic transmission nicely when climbing slight hills at highway speed. Unfortunately, it will not shift back up to fourth gear for a long period of time even going downhill. I checked out the NHTSA site and found a tsb for the problem. I contacted Toyota thinking they would repair this admitted defect but they repeatedly refused. This is a safety issue as it is very distracting to have to disengage the cruise control, and then re-engage it every time this happens. There are a number of hills in my daily commute. This should be a recall not a tsb.

- Berthoud, CO, USA

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