8th Generation (1996—2000) Corolla Problems

This generations ranks 51st out of 86 Toyota generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (68%), transmission (5%), and the fuel system (4%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Engine Uses Excessive Oil 39 complaints at an average of 104,366 miles in the 2000 Toyota Corolla.
  2. Engine Failure 4 complaints at an average of 102,867 miles in the 1996 Toyota Corolla.
  3. Transmission Failure 1 complaints at an average of 100,000 miles in the 1999 Toyota Corolla.

What Corolla Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Toyota model years.

Watch out for the 2000 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2000 66 5 48 12.82
1999 23 4 55 3.35
1998 22 4 60 6.09
1997 4 6 33 0.93
1996 7 6 29 2.76

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