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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 251998

(reported on)


  • miles


Vehicle was manufactured without a stabilizer bar. It was available as an option if custom ordered.

- O Fallon, IL, USA

problem #4

Jan 051999


  • miles
Five days after purchase, while driving 55-60mph on freeway, vehicle spun out of control during a lane change. Car ended up facing oncoming traffic. Dealer denied problem. The importance of having a front stabilizer bar was never mentioned during sale or after spin out. I am suffering from severe whiplash and emotional distress and am lucky to be alive. Dealer will not return money. I refuse to drive unsafe car and car has remained at dealer since day of spin out. I learned of need for stabilizer bar from April 98 issue of consumer reports (which states 98 ce models do not handle well, and fared poorly on emergency handling tests). Stabilizer bars were made standard in all models as of April 1998. The Corolla was redesigned in 98, so all ve and ce models built and sold prior to April 98 lack this crucial safety feature. I believe a defect/recall investigation is needed.

- Palms, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 011998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 50 to 60 mph vehicle becomes very difficult to handle due to lack of front stabilizer bar. Vehicle has been taken to dealer.

- Delight, AR, USA

problem #2

Apr 231998

(reported on)


  • miles
Vehicle was manufactured without a stabilizer bar. Therefore could lose control of vehicle, resulting in a possible accident. Manufacturer has been notified.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #1

Apr 021998

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While drivng vehicle at highway speeds vehicle lurches left to right. Owner has taken vehicle to dealers and they are unable to correct problem. Owner is very concerned for safety.

- Vernon Rockville, CT, USA

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