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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,600 miles

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1998 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 022004

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Check engine light illuminated prompting me to have the problem checked. The indication was an error message PO441: Purge flow fault. The local Toyota dealer diagnosed a charcoal canister failure which needs to be replaced. There are significant and consistent complaints by Toyota owners regarding emissions control systems failures in the 1998 Corolla in addition to a lawsuit in which tmc settled with the epa covering only certain models. It seems that a recall should have been issued on all 1998 models as this problem is very prevalent.

- West Hartford, CT, USA

problem #4

Nov 172004

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles
Engine light illuminated. Had it checked out to find that the charcoal canister failed - something my mechanic told me he sees all the time in these Toyota.

- Malden, MA, USA

problem #3

Oct 172002


  • miles
Check engine light on. Emissions control systems error. Likely charcoal canister problem.

- Ithaca, NY, USA

problem #2

May 212003

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
Charcoal canister assembly and vacuum switching valve failed. Gas cap also failed.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Aug 011998


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Charcoal canister assembly failed.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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