1998 Toyota Corolla AE102R 1.8 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Very reliable and value in performance, best 1st car for ever!


Nothing gone wrong and cost me more.

General Comments:

A bit uncomfortable driver's seat and limited eye shot, however it is still highly remarkable for its value in performance, very reliable engine, best 1st car ever!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th October, 2008

1998 Toyota Corolla GLi 1.6L gasoline from Philippines


Practical daily ride


The car doesn't have a standard CD player.

There was a time when the wheels were miss-aligned (wheels always go to the right).

I wish it was never sold.

General Comments:

The eighth generation of Corolla is known here as the "lovelife type". It was first introduced here in 1998, and had a facelift a year later.

The car has a good performance and is reliable; that's how Toyota is.

It is a good looking car; that's why I liked it.

It's sad to see it gone, and replaced with a bigger Toyota Revo.

I should have made it my back-up car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2008

1998 Toyota Corolla XL Limited 1.3 from United Arab Emirates


Great car if modded


The compressor was screwed when I got it.

Bad dash panels.

Engine fires/chokes especially in the morning; takes quite some time to warm up.

Legroom's very limited, front and back.

General Comments:

It's run almost twice around the globe...

And it's still running.

If maintained well, you'll reach the moon (distance).

Should have gotten a more powerful engine though; 1.8 etc etc.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th April, 2008

9th Apr 2008, 15:44

Nearly half a million KM and you score only 5/10? Toyota are the best.

9th Apr 2008, 16:11

The car has already reached the moon, which is 384000 km away.

1998 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8 from North America


Doesn't rate all the hype


Bearings in tensioner pulley went; it is a known problem to Toyota, they would only cover it as a warranty issue. A new pulley assembly costs between 3 to 4 hundred bucks (managed to get aftermarket pulley for 20).

Front wheel bearings failed; I'm lucky that I can do my own mechanicals.

General Comments:

This was a low mileage old lady car; bought it due to reviews saying Toyota is the best; that's crap.

The engine is long to crank, due to poor quality injector seals, and the engine has a lot of vibration, not smooth at all, good power, noisy, (I use full synthetic and change every 5000k).

Fortunately I'm not real tall, as my 6ft. brother can't fit comfortably. The armrests are useless, the rear fold down seats only go down to 45 degrees, which totally defeats the purpose and makes this car useless to me.

Any crosswinds and this thing is all over the road; had all new rims, tires, bearings installed and a four wheel alignment, didn't help a bit.

Doesn't like the snow too much either compared to any of my previous vehicles (with same tires).

Average of 40 miles/gallon hwy. handling is average.

I'm not overly impressed by this car and can't say I'd buy another Toyota; it'll be for sale when the snows gone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th February, 2008

16th Jun 2008, 22:12

A 9 year old car with that kind of mileage on it, and judging from being owned by a little old lady, it's sat for ages and only done short trips.

For handling, look at the bushings as they're probably perished by now. A new set of sway bar bushes will do a world of good.

Vibration is a sign that the engine mounts have perished; once again normal for about a decade of use. If the vibration is when driving, look for drivetrain problems.

16th Dec 2008, 09:24

I would recommend an oil change every 3000m. Also, this car has been built for years, maybe you got not good one?

Also, as you know, people sometimes even do not know that they need to change oil... No oil change on time - seals are getting lose and some times... you know. A friend of mine was riding her car until it eventually stopped. "I did not know that oil must be changed" she said after ~1-2 years of riding it XD.