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A little more involved with a 1998-1999 Corolla/Prism, as those models did not have VVTi. 2000+ Corollas have the 1ZZ-FE w/VVTi.
2003-2008 Corollas (9th generation) have a revised camshaft profile (more midrange torque), composite intake manifold, different ECM. With 2005+ introduced DBW throttle bodies and the use of a AFR sensor in place of the conventional O2 sensor.
That said - you can use the short block from the newer Corollas without much issue, assuming the top end of your engine is fine.
2002 Toyota Corolla S, 1.8L 1ZZ-FE VVT-i
2003 Toyota Matrix XRS, 1.8L 2ZZ-GE, VVTL-i (RIP)
2009 Toyota Matrix XRS, 2.4L 2AZ-FE VVT-i
2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited, 2.5L 2AR-FE Dual VVT-i