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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,800 miles

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1998 Toyota Camry drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 072016


  • 128,000 miles


The automatic transmission shift cable broke. The end that attaches to the transmission is plastic. This leaves the vehicle unable to shift.

- Hudson, OH, USA

problem #3

Sep 242012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 3,200 miles
This is the 2nd transmission that has been replaced in my 2012 Hyundai genesis coup due to a manufacturing defect. The first one was grinding going into 5th gear. The second one is grinding going into 2nd and 3rd gear and leaking fluid from the main seals. The car only has 3200 miles on it purchased April 27, 2012.

- Hogansville, GA, USA

problem #2

May 152001


  • miles
All three of the rear seatbelts will not retract. I tried to put a child resraint seat in the left rear seat, I pulled the belt all the way out as my Toyota manuel says to do in order to lock the child seat into place and the belt would not feed back into the retracter. I then took the seat out and put it in the right side and the same exact thing happened. That was in May 2001. A few days ago the middle seat belt did the same thing, leaving my child with no seat belt in the back and my only option is to put him in the front seat which is not safe either. I have contacted the dealer and the manufaturer of Toyota and have been told that my car is no longer under warranty and it will cost about $190 per seat belt to get them replaced. I do not have that kind of money and feel that I should not have seat belt problems in a car that is only three years old. I have a high amount of miles on my vehicle but most of those miles did not even have anyone using the rear seat or seatbelts so they should not have malfunctioned. I have had many cars some of which I had for 10 years and longer. Never have I had a problem with the seat belts.

- Otis Orchards, WA, USA

problem #1

Jul 071998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Speedometer experiencing failure.

- Los Angele, CA, USA

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