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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,500 miles

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1998 Toyota Camry body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 082010

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles


Dear sir or madam, I have 1998 Camry le and the front suspension makes clunking and banging noise when I drive over any uneven surface or small hole, but noise gets much worse when I drive over bumps or humps. I hope you will take action to my complaint and thank you advance for taking care for us as a consumer safety.

- Hayward, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 142010


  • 139,000 miles
1998 Toyota Camry (139K miles) rear driver side tie rod break while driving. Purchased two rear tires and car alignment mid October. Two weeks later while driving on a city road, felt a problem with wheels, pulled off road, called tow truck. Tie rod had broken into two equal sized pieces. Tie rod was very rusted and corroded and missing the sleeve that covers over both ends. Part was either defective from the beginning or somehow lost the sleeve. It was impossible to align the car. However the tire place charged me for an alignment when I bought the tires. More annoying was the fact that they never informed me the tie rod was damaged/rusted and liable to break. I had no indication the tie rod was defective and have since learned that a break like that is rare. Fortunately I was driving slowly and no damage to the car or injury. Lastly I have tires rotated twice a year at local Toyota place and was never informed the tie rod was defective/ rusted and missing the sleeve

- New Haven, CT, USA

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