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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,645 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Toyota Camry engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #5

May 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles


I experienced a text book case of what I have learned is the Toyota sludge problem. I wanted to bring it in to my closest Toyota dealer but was told that if I did not have proof of oil change every 3000 miles (manual suggests 7500) not to bother because had no leg to stand on and was basically screwed.

- Scottdale, GA, USA

problem #4

Jan 082004

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine check light came on while driving. Dealership indicated that vehicle needed an air fuel reservoir sensor to correct the problem. Potential of problem not yet identified. Also, dealership indicated " this is was a common problem with these vehicles.

- Wantagh, NY, USA

problem #3

Dec 302003


  • miles
While driving 70 mph the driver heard a loud noise which came from underneath the hood and smoke began to come inside the vehicle through the vents. The driver was able to pull over to the shoulder before the vehicle exploded. The driver did not sustain any injuries during this incident. The vehicle was totaled.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 202003


  • 190,480 miles
The vehicle started smoking under the hood and then caught on fire. The vehicle was totaled.

- Petal, MS, USA

problem #1

Dec 302002

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer called complaining about having problem with intermittently check engine light. (module sensor) dealer has inspected since 1998 and problem could no duplicate or correct the problem.

- Capistrano Beach, CA, USA

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