6th Generation (1988—1991) Corolla Problems

This generations ranks 27th out of 86 Toyota generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (33%), transmission (25%), and the hvac (8%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Failure 1 complaints at an average of 100,000 miles in the 1990 Toyota Corolla.
  2. Front Axle Failed 1 complaints at an average of 288 miles in the 1989 Toyota Corolla.
  3. Water Leaking Into Interior 1 complaints at an average of 65,650 miles in the 1991 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 1990 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1991 5 1 20 1.15
1990 2 1 20 1.41
1989 3 2 12 1.22
1988 2 1 12 0.26

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