1998 Toyota Corolla Reviews from North America

1998 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 miles
Most recent distance185000 miles

Summary:

I hate it but respect it. More reliable than your body's organs!

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

I hate how it looks, how it drives, how it steers, and how it handles. It is the ugliest, most boring car brand in current production, but do I care about all that? No, I wanted a $1800 workhorse, and got rid of it as soon as I no longer needed it.

The low power band means you can shift at 2500 or less, so it's quiet and smooth. The suspension is very smooth; you won't expect that from a small cheap car. Get on the highway, and that soft suspension transmits every single road irregularity and it becomes miserable. Also, mine had a shake after 60 mph that didn't go with alignment or balancing, and the car isn't crashed. Don't speed, tight maneuver, or take corners fast with that econobox; it body-rolls like a freakin' boat. Newer Corollas are stiffer for stability purposes, and have a smoother highway ride.

30 MPG pure city driving. Never made a trip in it, but with long gear ratios, doing 60 at a low 2000 RPM, that thing can do more than 40 MPG.

It's a great first car and emergency car that will never let you, and if for some reason you can stand sitting in this thing and looking at it, then it's perfect.

Civics perform better ("ricers made it a shame car") and are reliable in stock condition, but nothing beats a Corolla that you can literally not change the oil and it will keep running. A guy on a Toyota forum said he blew a Corolla engine after 90k miles of not changing the oil! I don't recommend this at all, but it proves how reliable that thing is; many have passed 1 million miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st March, 2013

21st Mar 2013, 06:51

If you're still running on the original suspension, it'll definitely be tired.

When I got mine, I replaced the springs, shocks and bushes, and it drove like a dream and was tight enough to have a bit of fun with.

When I got it, the tired components made it roll around and float.

Suspension lasts about perhaps 10-15 years before it needs to be replaced, unless you want to float about.

1998 Toyota Corolla LE 2.0

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 kilometres
Most recent distance137000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Corolla's are the most reliable cars ever!

Faults:

Seatbelt sensor at 135K KMS.

Other than that, nothing except some small maintenance things such as a brake light needing a new bulb, and a fuse going.

General Comments:

Pure awesomeness.

This is my second Corolla (previous was a 1996).

Bought it for the A/C.

The anti-lock brakes work wonderfully. Gas is okay, I get about 425KM's per tank.

The cup holders could be in a better location, but it's not a big deal.

In terms of reliability, this car is incredibly reliable, and I would buy another Corolla any day.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2011

27th Jun 2011, 13:31

The 90's Corollas were good cars for the most part. However before basing the purchase of a NEW one on your experience with a '98 model, I think I'd do a bit of research. My best friend is trying to sell his 2009 Corolla at the moment. He has encountered a lot of problems. The rear suspension has sagged from the weight of the car, and can no longer be aligned without special shims. We just replaced the brakes on it, and the A/C is not blowing as cold as it should. Lots of issues for a 2-year-old car.

In two recent comparisons, the new 2011 Corolla either came in dead last or wasn't even considered for the test at all (the Hyundai Elantra took the top spot in both tests). Toyota quality is slowly coming back up due to consumer pressure to build better cars, however I'd wait a while before buying one at this point. Sales were down for Toyota in May, and are projected to stay pretty flat in coming months due to lack of demand for new cars, higher prices, and much stiffer competition from Korea and the U.S. At present the company having the greatest increase in overall U.S. sales is Hyundai/Kia.

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 25 reviews