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 a few engine related issues for the 1999, these are about as dependable a car as you’ll find. And remember most of these cars have 200k miles on them by now. 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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
193,542 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace starter (1 reports)
1999 Toyota Corolla engine problems

engine problem

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1999 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 012015

Corolla VE 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 165,000 miles


I've had this problem off and on for the past 4 years! It's like my Corolla has a mind of its own and only starts when it wants too. No specific time of day or temp. Its becoming a very unreliable car unlike what everyone says about corollas. I went to get everything tested electronically at Autozone, advanced auto parts and O'reily Auto Parts and they all say everything is fine. Obviously something is wrong... So here i am, getting rides from other people just to get to work when all of the sudden my POS Corolla doesn't start.

- , Oxford, OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 092014

Corolla 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 222,085 miles

The starter had been going bad....would click several times before starting. I bought a starter to fix it. However, one day going to work I lost complete power and the car was smoking...electrical burning smell..smoke from alternater. Had it towed. Starter didnt disengage. We had several days of 7-10 degree days warming up to the 60's then back down. Must have been hard on the car.

Fix was a new starter and a new battery. Plus a tow bill. yet to pay that????

- , Pleasant Valley, NY, USA

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