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:
101,500 miles

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1998 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 132001


  • 118,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Toyota Corolla. While driving at night, the headlights were very dim and hindered the contact's visibility. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign numbers: 09E012000 (exterior lighting), 08E050000 (exterior lighting), 06E065000 (exterior lighting), and 06E026000 (exterior lighting); however, the VIN was not included. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 118,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 152008


  • 85,000 miles
Headlamps on 1998 Toyota Corolla have fogged completely over. The fogging is on the external lens surface, not due to moisture on the inside of the headlamp assembly. Attempts to clean the surface ar temporary, with the fogging returning after a few days. The fogged lenses are a hazard as the light is greatly diminished over a clear lens.

- Kokomo, IN, USA

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