anything I should know about 1998 Toyota Corolla's before I get one?
toyotas are AMAZING for reliability, and build tolerances.
Seems every vehicle has proes and cons.
It is a 15 year old car so it will have issues.
80% of Toyota's (not including Lexus) built since 1994 are still on the road. 10% of those left have been wrecked, leaving 10% of just shy of 10 million cars being junked due to mechanical failure. I don't have figures for 1988, But it is my opinion that when it comes to reliability, not a specific car but as a manufacturer. Toyota has no peers. The 1988 was the 6th generation, running from 1987 to 1991, the first generation to have front wheel drive, and I know of no issues they were known for, Sure, st TS pointed out ANY 15 year old car will have some sort of, well, issue. But there are no known recurring faults in the '88 Corolla. There was a single recall for the 1988 Corolla, a front suspension "problem" with a robot welded spot weld, that was when the 'robot' manufacturing process was still working the bugs of it own. and the recall was not even issued until 2010! After 12 years of cars on the road in use. It said "the front strut could become unattached resulting in loss of control" There was no crash ever reported because of this.
Check out: http://www.carcomplaints.com/Toyota/Corolla/1988/..it is a very empty page. Some cooling system complaints from a few owners. As you may have deduced from my little essay, I am a firm believer in the Corolla, I have one. You can expect, with proper maintenance well over 200,000 miles from that car. Probably more, much more. There are unsubstantiated claims of 500,000 miles. Toyota has a reputation of paying attention to details and close tolerance engineering, the '88 being no exception. I do not have the numbers, but I would bet the proverbial farm that the percentage of 1988 vehicles still being driven is higher that any other car in it's class, meaning a reasonably priced, get~you~where~you~want~to~go car, sure the very expensive Mercedes or Bentley or the like may have that beat. But for a 1988 there is no better, at least that can be had in the under $2,000 price range.
It's a gem
This happens more causing a Corolla to go to the junkyard more than mechanical failures
I'm getting a 1998 free, enough said thanks to all...
Free! That's a good price.
....yes, but like a gift horse with missing teeth, may be riddled with problems and you're just the man to attend these pricey items-
But once you realize that and have not gotten TOO far in to the hole by listening to me and my rants, well, you can still get a couple hundred bucks from the junkyard. Opps, I keep forgetting..AutoRecyclers. and become one of those 10%,and I know for a fact they (the junkyards) pay a little more for Toyotas since they have so few and used parts are in demand
And good morning gentlemen, and no Bob I don't feel self~righteous, I never do. I usually feel more guilt than anything
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