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1998 Toyota Corolla

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 24/Hwy 30/Comb 26 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 1.8 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: United States

1998 Toyota Corolla Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 591 Ratings for the 1998 - 2002 models.

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  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    7.8/10

most reliable vehicle.243000 mi and going strong

By on Thursday, May 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 243,107

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "reliable, cheap to run"

Cons: "doesn't ride like the wifes camry"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car in 2010 with 149000 miles and use it to drive 28 miles to work . I work for the water dept. and am building stone walls at home , so, i'll put 2(?) wheelbarrows of large rock in the trunk and down the road i go. I drive about 6mi. to the interstate, and at 60mph I get 43mpg w/ non ethanol and 38 mpg w/ethanol. I now have 243000mi. on the car and have replaced struts only. I don't burn any oil between changes (6000 mi), and have never gotten stuck in the snow (Call in at 2 am or whenever, doesn,t matter). I am going to clean the vvti filter today because it hesitates/stumbles on takeoff and flat spots going through the gears, otherwise great commuter."

9 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Avoid if buying used over 100k miles

By on Saturday, May 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 148,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "safe, reliable, economic, gas mileage"

Cons: "engine flaw, rust, cheap plastic parts, cup holder"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I bought my 2002 Toyota Corolla new off the lot in 2003. For several years I have not had any problems out of this car. I gave it routine maintenance, and that's all it needed. It has only been in the past year that I've had a problem with the engine. This was around 140k miles. The engine consumes a completely abnormal amount of oil, and it's burning off through the tail pipe. You can put your finger in the pipe and it will be pitch black like a diesel engine. Come to find out, this is the only model that has an engine flaw with the pistons and rings causing engine oil consumption and eventual engine failure. Other years of Corollas don't have as bad of an issue as the 2002. The only two solutions is to rebuild the engine with the modified pistons and rings from Toyota, or replace the engine. Both will set you back around $3k, easily. If you're out shopping for a used car, avoid the 2002 Corolla like the plague. Go for a different year. Rust has been a nightmare for this car, too. The clear coat started peeling off years ago, and rust has overtaken the top of the car. The driver's side power window stopped working in 2012. The interior plastic molding has cracked away significantly around the doors. The dash is fine. The cup holders are broken. The trunk lock refuses any key that was cut from the original, which is long gone now. Also, if the key wears down, the ignition will not accept the key. Maybe that's true for all cars, but it has happened more than a few times with this car. With all of the negative stuff being said, I have to be fair and admit that this car had never left me stranded, save for the occasional blown tire, and once when the engine drank all the oil and shut itself down, which is how I found out about the excessive oil consumption issue. I have treated this car very badly, and it has still held up at almost 150k miles. The a/c and heat still work very well. Back in 2003, the same year I bought this car, I almost totaled it on ice on the highway. Everyone walked out unharmed despite rear ending an idling car at 50mph. The front end took the brunt. The accident didn't feel very bad, no injuries whatsoever. The airbags didn't employ, though, but I wonder if it's because the impact wasn't harsh. We fixed the car up and it was back on the road with no problems at all. Well, not until last year now that it's old. It's been a good ride, but it's time to retire."

7 people out of 15 found this review helpful

most reliable vehicle I've owned

By on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 155,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "reliable"

Cons: "a bit noisy and not the most comfortable ride"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The summary says it all. I purchased this car new. It has been used primarily as a commuter--30 to 70 miles per trip. It has never failed to start and get me to my destination. The most expensive repair it has required is replacement of the tensioner for the serpentine belt. Not bad for 150,000 plus miles."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

This is a great car,

By on Sunday, May 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 171,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great milage , fun to drive"

Cons: "some road noise"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

My Toyota

"dependable,and great on gas. This car gets close to 40 miles to the gallon gas on the highway. It's in great condition. There is some very little rust on the side and a few nicks on the hood. On the roof it has some very small dings that look like it was possibly from hail. It has new tires and recently replaced front and rear breaks. I love this little car and I'm only getting rid of it because I'm moving and no longer need it."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

My Toyota

Great car for the value

By on Friday, May 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 134,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great price, Economy, Reliablity"

Cons: "Interior size, standard radio"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I received this car from an elderly relative when he was no longer permitted to drive. There was a bad paint job put on it, but as far as reliability it is terrific. You can get upwards of 38 miles/gallon highway even when using A/C. Repairs are relatively inexpensive. There is a little rust and some interior wear, but that was largely due to the way it was cared for, not because of Toyota. If you need an inexpensive commuter car or a first car for your son/daughter you can't beat it. Standard radio with cassette is unimpressive. Maybe a little tight for a person over 6'2" but at 6"0 I have no problem."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

A very good, reliable vehicle

By on Friday, April 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Easy to drive and park."

Cons: "no rear cup holders on the door"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car new and never had any issues with it. It has been maintained on the recommended regular basis regarding oil change and maintenance at 30K and 60K at the local Toyota dealership."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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