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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,420 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Toyota Camry brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #9

Jul 011999

Camry

  • 5,932 miles

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

1998 Toyota Camry failed braking system the consumer stated since the vehicle was purchased, new brakes had to be installed every year and every couple of years the rotors had to be replaced.

- Lincolnwood, IL, USA

problem #8

Aug 112006

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles
Pulling 1998 Toyota Camry into parking space. Foot on brake. Put into park. Car suddenly began accelerating. Tried reverse, didn't stop. Tried park again standing on brakes. Didn't stop. Went over curb down hill into creek. Air bags did not deploy when front of car hit bank of creek. Saw puff of smoke after hitting bank come from under car. Turned car off immediately.

- Floyds Knobs, IN, USA

problem #7

Nov 072005

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My mother just had an accident this morning and from her describing that 98 Toyota Camry was out of control and break seemed not working at all. So I started looking for vehicle recalls and defects then I realized this accident my mother had could be caused by defects. If you just look, you could easily find many others complaints. She was driving at 55 mph and trying to change lane then next thing she know was car started to swerving so she tried to regain control then hit the break which did not function. I will have to look for legal advise within next couple of days and see what they say. By the way air bags were not activated. Please let me know if there was any lawsuit or compensation for this kind of fatal accident. Thank you.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #6

Feb 112004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,844 miles

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

When the consumer unlatched the seat belt, it did not retract. The consumer contacted the dealer about this issue. Both the front seat belts did not retract and there was a vibration when the vehicle was in motion and was felt more when braking.

- Westbury, NY, USA

problem #5

May 251998

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I bought my car new in May 1998. I had the brakes replaced at least 3 times the first time being 11/8/99. I have complained several times of front end noise, car drifting, and steering vibrations. Each time I was told it was either incorrect tire pressure, out of balance or alignment. Most of the time I was told the noise is normal road noise and the drifting is normal drifting. I think something needs to be done about this. My car is no longer under warranty. I bought a new car to avoid having to pay for all these expensive repairs and because I had a 7 month old baby. I now have two children and sometimes I am afraid to drive them in my car. My car still makes the noise, drifts, steering wheel vibrations. I have even reported clunking noises from the bottom of the car and was told it needed to be greased or the bolts tightened. It seems Toyota has known about this problem all along and decided to do nothing about it. Toyota should be forced to fix all the vehicles with this condition. It shouldn't take someone's death before something is done. I am a first Toyota buyer and very disappointed. I can not afford to fix a suspension system that was defective at the time of purchase, nor should I have to for a $20,000 car that is barely 5 years old with only 53,000 miles on it. I thought the mechanics were right about normal noise until I saw all the complaints about the suspension system. Please help. Thank you.

- Stanton, CA, USA

problem #4

May 022003

Camry

  • miles
The vehicle experienced problem with the rotors. It was determined that the rotors were warped and the pads did not fit correctly.

- Yucca Valley, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 011998

Camry

  • miles

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

Brakes screech.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 011999

Camry

  • miles
Brake failure. No further details given.

- Los Serran, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 251998

(reported on)

Camry

  • miles
On wet roads, the front brakes lock (in non-emergency conditions). The vehicle does not track properly and begins to slide at an angle.

- Jacksonvil, FL, USA

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