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1998 Toyota Corolla

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1998 Toyota Corolla Problems

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The Check Engine Light may illuminate due to an evaporative emission (EVAP) system fault. Our technicians tell us these EVAP system faults can be difficult to diagnose but it is not uncommon to find a failed charcoal canister or a loose or worn gas cap.

Engine -- Verified

The mass air flow sensor on higher mileage cars occasionally needs to be cleaned or replaced if sluggish acceleration is experienced or the Check Engine Light is illuminated with a mass air flow meter sensor fault code stored.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The Evaporative system may have problems with the vapor canister releasing charcoal pellets that plug the vent valve. Typically a Code P0441, P0442 and P0446 will be set. The key code is the P0446 which is a vent valve electrical failure. The proper repair is to replace the entire canister with all the valves as a unit. This is located on top of the fuel tank and is expensive. Our Technicians tell us that for awhile Toyota was covering th...

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The Check Engine Light may illuminate due to an evaporative emission (EVAP) system fault. Our technicians tell us these EVAP system faults can be difficult to diagnose but it is not uncommon to find a failed charcoal canister or a loose or worn gas cap.

1998 Toyota Corolla Questions and Answers

rishi_ken, 1998 Toyota Corolla, Dalton, GA

In winter I do warm up the car once in a day usually mornings. However it is restarted after couple of hours but in temp of 30-35 degrees, its pick up and running is so that slow I just drive at...

trulv, 1998 Toyota Corolla, Grain Valley, MO

My tail lights suddenly went out. The fuse pops when I replace it. How do I find the short? Could it be from cargo in the trunk?

fireballmike, 1998 Toyota Corolla, Belen, NM

what causes a "slip" in the transmission during excelleration? (especially during rapid excelleration)this occured suddenly at an intersection and has continued.

dlosh, 1998 Toyota Corolla, Pekin, IL

How do I access the in dash light bulbs? They are burnt out. The gear shift one is too but I guess that is expensive to replace.

My interior molding (trim) fell off. Near the windshield, above the...

randy1st, 1998 Toyota Corolla, Madison, WI

Ih ave the seat belt not buckled flashing when buckled and know the air bag is also flashing but no code stored. Ant ideas?

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1998 Toyota Corolla Reviews

Just a heads up to all those folks out there who think Toyota Corollas are such "Great Cars"
Toyota Corolla really should be Total Crap , at least where the interior comes in among other things.
When you go to buy a used Toyota Corolla watch out for:
1) The door handles (interior and exterior) ALWAYS break and are CRAP.
2) The rear view mirror fulcrum breaks so the mirror has a tendency to "bounce" more CRAP
3) The door panels are made of a material similar to peanut brittle and will crack EASILY , more CRAP
4) Interior dome light won't come on (door switch is $20 and fails) more CRAP
5) The molding around the doors is cheap veneer plastic over other cheap plastic , more CRAP
6) The dashboard is cheap plastic and the "color" can easily come out - like if you wanted to clean it with solvent more CRAP.

And that really is only the beginning , in 1998 they came out with a motor that is all - aluminum with a steel cylinder sleeve -more CRAP!
This engine is notorious for "mystery" oil consumption and you MUST use 5W30 SYNTHETIC and have it changed EVERY 3,000 MILES if you want the odometer to even come close to 150,000 without blowing out the connecting rod or main bearings.

You can go here to see the Technical Bulletin written by Toyota themselves!
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B0TEXaT-W88kNWY0OGQwNmYtM2NmNi00MWNmLWFhNmYtNDk0YmYyNjBiMDYx/edit?amp;hl=en&pli=1

Don't believe me? Go on the internet and look , or better yet , when you look at a used "TC" ,Toyota Corolla (Total Crap) Car see with your own eyes everything I just said is TRUE

Great car exellent milage. Car drove very nice, handled great. Never really had many problems with the car. I put 135k miles on it and still would be driving it if it only had a deer deflector sheild.

Hi, I'm Alberto, live and own a 98 Corolla in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

I bought this car back in 1996 from a previous owner, the car was in great conditions, now I keep it (after 4 years) in very good shape, I must say that I use this car every single day, even for a short ride, might stop 2-3 days when on my yearly vacations. This said, I assure this is a great car that works with no problem at all, in my case the engine is as stable as always, altough it burns oil pretty quicky, specially when I do a 160 miles trip from my city to another, really annoying because you can't count with the regular time before changing oil, you have to keep completeing it like every 2 weeks, this is why the engine got 3 out of 5 stars in this review; if you can bear with it, just as myself, you've got yourself a great car, otherwise, avoid the 98-02 corolas, get your self a 2003 or later, which is my next goal after my wife and I finish constructing our house here in Dominican Rep.

Have a nice ride!

Alberto Severino
www.aseverino.com

Love this car. Few repairs. Do regular maintenance. Would buy another Corolla no problem..

My 1998 Toyota Corolla is the best car I've ever owned. In 11 years I've had rear shocks and front stabilizer connectors replaced plus an Oxygen sensor and recently a starter. Brake pads last 80k while rear shoes go 115k or more. I change oil and filter at 3.5-5k which depends on having a nice enough day to do it. The exhaust system is original as is most everything else. I am still getting 40 mpg on my 100 mile a day highway commutes. No electrical problems and most bulbs are still originals! I hope the new Corollas are as good.

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