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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,786 miles

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1998 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #8

Feb 242014


  • 172,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Toyota Corolla equipped with Michelin radial xdt tires, size P185/65/R14. The contact stated that all of the tires were wearing prematurely. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician stated that all four tires needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The tires were replaced. The dot number and the VIN number were unavailable. The tire failure mileage was 58,000. The failure and current mileage of the vehicle was 172,000.

- Los Osos, CA, USA

problem #7

Jan 052009


  • 75,583 miles
Two years ago I replaced all the tires on my 1998 Toyota Corolla with a set of new kumho touring A/S 795 (175/65sr14). The tires are now about 15,000 miles old. The warranty states they should last 70,000. On 01/05/2009 I got the first flat tire. It has been diagnosed by auto service as caused by a "bad valve stem". on 07/03/2009 I got a second flat tire. It occurred with a different tire than the first incident above. It has also been diagnosed by the auto service as caused by the valve stem. Today 08/08/2009 I got the third flat tire while driving on highway. I have not got yet to the chance to go to the auto service but it seems these tires are not very reliable.

- Cranston, RI, USA

problem #6

Jul 142008


  • 135,730 miles
Bfgoodrich 175/65/R14 tires purchased at sears without "road hazard" on 4/22/2007. Tires claim to have a 60,000 mile manufacture warranty. Tires have blown out on the highway on 3 separate incidents. The first time, service tech's were not able to determine cause- no road hazards. Purchased another brand tire. Second incident again on the highway. Car was taken in and service tech's again could not determine cause. Manager at sears sold me another tire (same model) at half off. Third incident occurred on the highway again. This time same manager at sears did not resolve issue, claimed it was a valve stem and because I did not purchase road hazard said it was not covered. I insisted that he check if it was a tire defect and he responded that he could not determine that. Left sears riding on my spare tire. Nothing was offered by the manager. All 4 tires have blown out now and I don't know who to turn to.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #5

May 072008


  • 62,977 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that all four tires and valve stems failed over the course of one month. The dealer stated that the valve stems failed, which inevitably caused the tires to flatten and fail. All four tires and valve stems were replaced. The contact has a copy of the invoices and is in the process of notifying the manufacturer in reference to NHTSA campaign id number 08T018000 (tires:valve). He does not know the information pertaining to the equipment. The VIN, serial number, and part number were unknown. The failure mileage was 62,977 and current mileage was 64,500.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 022002


  • miles
On September 2, 2002, at about 10:00am we were driving South on interstate 5 about 40 miles North of eugene Oregon when we had a blowout on our rear passenger-side tire. The weather was clear and warm and the roadway was dry. We were traveling about 60 mph and did not hit any object, bump, or depression prior to the blowout. There was no warning prior to the blowout. We were driving a 1998 Toyota Corolla.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

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problem #3

Nov 072000


  • miles
Tire collapsed while in movement.

- Belmont, MA, USA

problem #2

Jan 081999


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Tire blew out two weeks after buying the car. (Firestone P175/65R14)

- Holtville, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 011999

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Goodyear tire failed. Nlm (size P175/65R14 - dotm88sc90A347)

- Hemet, CA, USA

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