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5.6

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,716 miles

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1998 Toyota Camry suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #33

Jun 182009

Camry 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles

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

Car bottomed out over any uneven surface evan after I replaced shocks and mounts for over 850 dollars on front end. Fiinally replaced front and rear springs and struts for 2000 dollars and car still bottoms out and is unsafe to drive. Contact Toyota about problem but no dealer would admit to suspension design flaw in 1998 Camry suspension. Other faults with acceleration and serious injuries due to gas pedals we're a natural progression in Camry that followed.

- Nutley, NJ, USA

problem #32

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 #31

Oct 102010

Camry 4-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
I notice the same issue with my Camry the noise is constant it makes a rattling noise in the front and then it also squeaks in the front. I bought it to pep boys 6 times and they can't find the problem it is a horrible noise that is very loud.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #30

Mar 212008

Camry

  • 110,000 miles

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

1. front spring retainer collapsed into tire and shredded tire in motion, lost control, replaced shock absorber assy' 2. rear stabilizer bar split in half, rear wheel wobbled uncontrollably condition, temporary weld, must be replaced, part available.

- Staten Island, NC, USA

problem #29

Feb 282008

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
I have a '98 Toyota Camry le with a front-end rattling noise emanating from the suspension. When I drive off in the morning (cold) over a moderately bumpy road, its sounds like my front end was going to fall off. This rattle is definitely temperature dependent and driving me crazy. Looking at the web found the same problem also on Camry and avalons from '97-'99.

- Auburn University, AL, USA

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problem #28

Nov 202006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Blue smoke come from tail pipe after car sit for a few days and the front right strut or something on that side rattle. The date is when I first heard the noise but the previous owner heard the noise a year or two after purchase, she had the struts changed and the noise is still there.

- Lagrange Ga, GA, USA

problem #27

Nov 142003

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

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

Front suspension makes excessive noise over bumps. The mechanics I sent it to don't know what's causing the noise. I had all the struts and springs changed but the noise persists. All the parts were from the dealer. I would like to know what I can do and if this is a safety hazard. Thank you for your help.

- South Richmond Hill, NY, USA

problem #26

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 #25

Feb 012001

Camry 1-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The suspension of my 1998 Camry le has been having noises when pass the speed humps for two years. I went to the dealer and they said they have heard some complaints about this problem, but there is no recall yet. It make me very concerned.

- Lilburn, GA, USA

problem #24

Dec 211999

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,604 miles
Just before 30,000 miles my right font suspension began to rattle occasionally. The car now has 93,000 miles and the rattle is still heard now and then. Numerous trips to the shop have not turned up any cause.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #23

Oct 152002

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

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

Front suspension, noise when driving over bumps, uneven pavement. Sounds like something is loose. Dealer suggests trying different parts but none seems to correct the problem. Its getting expensive and the problem is still there. The service tech stated his wife has the same car and it has the same problems and was not sure how to correct it. He also stated the Toyota Solara was having the same problems.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #22

Jan 012002

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31 miles
Front suspention sounds loose when going over bumps in rapid concession. Getting louder every day and can't pinpoint the problem

- Ludlow, KY, USA

problem #21

Jan 192003

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
Front supension makes clunking and banging noise when driving over even small pot holes. Noise gets much worse with larger pot holes. Noise started around 25K miles.suspect front struts and strut mounts.

- Bayville, NJ, USA

problem #20

May 192002

(reported on)

Camry

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- East Palo Alto, CA, USA

problem #19

Feb 122002

Camry

  • miles
Recurrnet noise from front end since day one, especially going over rough pavement. Dealers serviced once for free, but noise continued. Now that warranty has expired, I am advised that the strut mounts have failed and ned to be replced. Replaced both front strut mounts at cost of $416.58. Service adviser admits Toyota has had a problem with this but will not do anything about it. I believe this a potential safety problem that the manufacturer should repair for all owners of Camry.

- East Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #18

Nov 012001

Camry

  • miles
When vehicle is cold and driver turns hitting or a bumping there's a grinding noise. Took vehicle to dealer, dealer stated that it was strut towers.

- Bremerton, WA, USA

problem #17

Feb 011998

Camry

  • miles
While traveling at high speeds there was vibration in vehicle, and it was difficult to control. Dealership has examined vehicle, and could not determine a cause to the problem. Please provide any additional information / attachments.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #16

Dec 012000

Camry

  • miles
Front suspension started rattling at around 40,000 miles. Took to dealer. Dealer acknowledged technical service bulletins have been issued regarding the problem and repaired the defective components at a cost to me of $342. Toyota refused to cover under warranty. I know from NHTSA complaints and consumer reports data that this is a very common problem. However, Toyota refuses to cover as I am over the 36,000 mile warranty limit.

- Windham, NH, USA

problem #15

Mar 272001

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Whenever vehicle ran over a bump/pothole, etc., it caused hard banging noise under front of vehicle. Dealer notified, and informed consumer that vehicle out of its warranty, and not covered under a recall. Consumer states that dealer says strut parts are on back order due to the problem being nationwide.

- Roadhouse, IL, USA

problem #14

Dec 142000

(reported on)

Camry

  • miles
Both front tires experienced abnormal tread wear on the inside, the worst of the two front tires was worn to the casing and was discarded when it developed a leak, possibly related to the tires or the front end suspension system. Nlm

- San Rafael, CA, USA

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