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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,278 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Toyota Camry exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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1998 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 092004

Camry 4-cyl

  • 81,446 miles


Egr valve broken and vacuum switching valve not working. Engine dies (sometimes totally dies and sometimes dies and starts after a moment) after taking exit from highways and sometimes on highways at 65 M/hr. Steering gets locked (cannot turn) because engine dies out. Fortunately didn't involve in major accidents because of this. However there were minor accidents with no damage to any property including my vehicle. Problem resolved after replacing egr & vsv assemblies. Very fortunate I didn't involve in any serious accidents as several times my vehicle stopped all of a sudden on highways at around 60 M/hr.

- West Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #6

Sep 042005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,500 miles
A problem with white smoke coming from exhaust when starting the car for the first time each day. Burns off quickly but should not be doing this at all. Dealer says the problem may be a valve lifter, but that this car is too new for that. Car has 80,000 miles on it. Concerned about smoke and fire or emissions problem. This car is rated for ca emissions and was made in Japan.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #5

Feb 052003

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles
I am experiencing a white smoke upon start up of vehicle, only in the morning coming out of the exaust pipe. I only have 79,000 miles on vehicle.

- Rialto, CA, USA

problem #4

May 192000


  • miles


No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Enfield, CT, USA

problem #3

May 191999


  • miles
Fume smell inside vehicle, unable to identify failure. Mjs

- San Jose, CA, USA

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problem #2

Oct 151999


  • miles
Steering colunm pulls to right and vibrates at 70mph fumes from engine go through vents into car cause headaches and upset stomach. Brakes squeak when stopping lound noise.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #1

May 301999

(reported on)


  • miles
With the squeaks and cracking noises that comes from the suspension make you wonder. I have had a number of lube jobs on the front suspension. I have had the drivers seat track replaced because of to much movement... a rocking chair. The dealer finally supported me on the squeaky brakes with the unbearing feeling of that grind. The repair kit works. The Camry has a great feel when driving a speed limit under 45mph, anything over that speed the car suspension doesn't handle well. My car pulls to the right most of the time. I thought it was the tires. I have had them rotated and balanced according the the maintenance schedules. The Goodyear integerity's has to be replaced. All I got out of them is 32,000 miles. Fuel is another thing I brought up at my last service. Putting a lower grade 83 oxctain makes the car exhaust smell really bad. This started around 18,000 miles or so. Now just not to get that smell, I'm using the highest grade possible 93 oxctain. Other then that the car has been really go to me. My service advisor has worked really hard in getting my trust. He hasn't fail me yet. Thanks, spencer

- Lithia Springs, GA, USA

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