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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,667 miles

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1998 Toyota Corolla fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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1998 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 152007

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


Check engine light came on. Dealership ran the diagnostic ($90). The report indicated that the car needed a new charcoal canister. Repair made a local auto shop (parts & labor $370). One month later, check engine light reappeared. Local auto shop ran diagnostic. Report indicated that the vacuum switching valve for the purge system is malfunctioning. Repair made at local auto shop (part & labor $135).

- Delavan, WI, USA

problem #2

Oct 111999


  • miles
Under normal driving conditions car caught fire under the hood. The car was a total loss. Fire officials at the scene noticed smell of gas. Their initial reaction was that either a fuel line ruptured or a fuel injector failed and sprayed fuel onto hot engine parts.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #1

Apr 231999


  • miles
The fuel line in the engine compartment ruptured or detached under normal driving conditions. An intense fire resulted. My wife, blair, escaped without injury. The car was declared a total loss.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

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