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#24 of 33 1998 Corolla LE opinions
Mar 19, 2009 (1:40 am)
I am considering buying a 1998 Corolla CE and was wondering what opinions people have of this car?
I have heard that it tends to consume a lot of oil like a quart/month, particularly when it reaches the 110-120K mileage mark. It this true? And is this a major problem?
#25 of 33 Re: 1998 Corolla LE opinions [lhy]
Mar 19, 2009 (4:02 am)
Depends on how good the maintenance was. My '99 LE has 108K miles, and does not consume any oil. I have read that both the '98 and '99 can have this problem, so I have been watching mine carefully, and I can say that I am not concerned anymore. From what I've read, many people report that the excessive oil consumption starts long before 100K miles. I have changed the oil every 4 months or 3,500 miles since new. I'd let it go to 4,000, but this car has many short trips, so I am a little aggressive with the oil changes. Besides, I do it myself, so it's not costing me a lot of money.
Excessive oil consumption can turn into a problem because the cat. converter gets fouled, or the O2 sensors will trigger a check engine light, or if you don't check the oil often, the oil level could get too low, then you'd have a HUGE problem (no more engine!). Of the people that report oil consumption, most just fill it with oil often and keep driving it. If it gets too bad, the compression could be decreased - then, you'd need a rebuild or just scrap the car.
Bottom line - have it checked out, and most of all, verify the maintenance records. If burning a lot of oil, the end of the exhaust pipe would be oily and the plugs would be very dirty.
#26 of 33 Re: 1998 Corolla LE opinions [lhy]
Mar 19, 2009 (5:38 am)
Had three Corollas so far and never heard of this generalization. I certainly never had this problem with my older Corolla.
#27 of 33 Re: 1998 Corolla LE opinions [lhy]
Mar 19, 2009 (6:45 am)
My aunt is finally retiring her 98 Corolla CE after an amazing 270,000 miles. No major problems to speak of. Oil consumption was getting higher near the end, but no complaints. I hope my 05 lasts as long.
#29 of 33 Re: 1998 Corolla LE opinions [hoopitup2000]
Nov 29, 2011 (10:24 am)
The problem is that some of the 1988- 2003's got the IZZ FE engine with the small pistons. These are the oil monsters and the ones Toyota refuses to do anything about claiming no one had complained. Call 1-800-331-4331 PST time zone and file a complaint.
#30 of 33 Re: 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla [pat]
Nov 29, 2011 (10:26 am)
Do NOT buy a 1998 -2003 Toyota. Small pistons - big oil burner after 30,000 miles. I am going to Honda.
#31 of 33 Re: 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla [matrixcorolla]
Nov 29, 2011 (2:23 pm)
Hmm. I had a 1999 that I had until 130,000 miles - NO issues with oil consumption. It used same amount of oil at 130,000 miles as when it was new. I used Castrol GTX 5W-30 dino oil, changed at 4,000 miles or 6 months. Awesome car, never replaced anything except VERY routine maintenance. Original rear brakes when I sold it, put on new front pads and turned rotors around 70,000 miles. I just changed all the fluids a little sooner than the factory advised (and I changed brake fluid because it had ABS).
#32 of 33 Re: 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla [matrixcorolla]
Dec 09, 2011 (12:44 pm)
It wasn't because the pistons were too small.
The drainback holes behind and below the oil rings were too few and too small.
Under the right conditions they could clog with coked oil.
#33 of 33 Re: 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla [circuitsmith]
Dec 09, 2011 (3:44 pm)
Which is why I had ZERO issues with my '99. I changed my oil frequently, NEVER went over 5,000 miles or 6 months, so mine did not use oil.
So I will say that the car did not have enough tolerance for neglect.