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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,910 miles

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1998 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #20

Dec 112006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,199 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

- the contact states that in December of 2001 3 out of her 4 door handles failed. The only one that didn't fail was the passenger side door handle, since it was rarely used. Then on December 11 of 2006 the passenger rear door handle failed. The contact is concern because on 12/06/06 the front passenger door handle that she got repaired in December of 2001 failed, as well as the rear left handle door seems to be on the verge of breaking. The contact also states that once the door handle fails there isn't a way to get out the vehicle and that is definitely a safety concern for her. The contact can provide pictures, the failed door handle and or, invoices if needed.

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #19

Jun 262002

Camry

  • miles
Apparently some part or parts have failed within the door handle assembly, resulting in the inability to open doors. Often this failure results in not being able to open a door from either the inside or the outside of the vehicle. Simultaneous failures could result in being trapped inside the car.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #18

Aug 032000

Camry

  • miles
Dealer wants 80$ to tell us if gas tank purge valve is under warrenty or not. Also dealer states that door handle clip breaking is a common problem.

- Joshua, TX, USA

problem #17

Aug 032000

Camry

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Dealer wants 80$ to tell us if gas tank purge valve is under warrenty or not. Also dealer states that door handle clip breaking is a common problem.

- Joshua, TX, USA

problem #16

Jan 012000

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
A clip within the door handle assembly broke, making it impossible for driver and passenger to open doors.

- Apple Valley, CA, USA

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problem #15

Sep 131999

Camry

  • miles
Battery was replaced by Toyota (no cost to me ) because it was defective. But the following problem still exists since day one: Electric shock when touching door on the way out after turning engine off. When turning engine off.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #14

Sep 241999

Camry

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Right rear door handle difficult to open.

- Elmhurst, NY, USA

problem #13

Jun 101998

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Electric locks failed.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #12

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Power door lock failed.

- Dana Point, CA, USA

problem #11

Sep 081999

(reported on)

Camry

  • miles
Driver's side door handle doesn't work from inside the car.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #10

Apr 011998

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Left side interior panel does not fit tightly.

- Palm Desert, CA, USA

problem #9

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The driver side door has no padding or rubber gasket, as a result forehead of consumer gashed.

- Simi Valle, CA, USA

problem #8

Aug 181999

Camry

  • miles
Electric door locks fail at random. If you enter the car, close the door, and lock the car using the electric door lock on the drivers side, you cannot unlock the car doors unless the key is in the ignition and turned to the "on" position. This is clearly

- Hanover, NH, USA

problem #7

Aug 141999

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When consumer attempts to exit the vehicle, there is a sharp corner of the door that when closing hits and injures her leg.

- Skokie, IL, USA

problem #6

Jun 011999

(reported on)

Camry

  • miles
Power door locks are designed to only lock when all four doors are slammed shut, failure of lock system when one door not closed with excessive force. Mjs

- Chauncey, OH, USA

problem #5

Feb 161999

(reported on)

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Lock design allows for consumers to be temporarly locked in vehicle.

- Valparaiso, IN, USA

problem #4

Nov 181998

Camry

  • miles
When someone gets out of the passenger or driver side front or back of vehicle and locks the door behind them, if anyone is left inside vehicle, he could not get out from the inside, door locks, they would need keys or the transmitter.

- Valparaiso, IN, USA

problem #3

Jan 011998

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Doors will not close completely unless they are slammed shut. Dealer contacted and is aware of the problem, states the design of the vehicle, cannot duplicate the problem. Problem still exists.

- San Marcos, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 281998

(reported on)

Camry

  • miles
Power door locks fail intermittently.

- Englewood, CO, USA

problem #1

Dec 021997

Camry

  • miles
Power door locks indicated that it is not locked when infact it is, locking passengers inside. After restarting engine and manipulating lock several times locks will release.

- Mundelein, IL, USA

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