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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
81,550 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. Replace gas cap sensor (2 reports)
  2. no solution, the price I paid did not fix the problem (1 reports)
  3. not sure (1 reports)
  4. replace air fuel sensor (1 reports)
1998 Toyota Camry electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 152001

Camry LX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


This was an annoyance because I had just purchased the used vehicle from a Toyota dealer. I had to really complain to get the dealer to fix it.

- Ellen B., Weare, NH, US

problem #4

Aug 032007

(reported on)

Camry 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,642 miles

The check engine light came on first in July, 2005. At that time, I had 38,209 miles on my vehicle. This was fixed for $293.54. Again, in August, 2007, the check engine light comes on. I bring it to Toyota only to have them diagnose with the same exact same issue two years later. This time it cost $306.74 to replace. Even though I complained and asked the dealer if this could be a symptom of a larger issue, I was simply told no and had no choice but to replace again.

- Paula L., Milton, MA, US

problem #3

Aug 252004

(reported on)


  • 136,000 miles

Check engine light came on right after I purchased the car, so I returned to the dealer. Dealer suggested the gas cap wasn't tight enough and to tighten it till it clicks each time I fuel the car. This only helped temporarily, so I went back to the dealer, who hooked it up to diagnostic equipment. Turns out the gas cap sensor was defective. It was replaced free of charge under the dealer's 30-day used car warranty.

- teresas, Logan, OH, US

problem #2

Jul 282005

(reported on)


  • 95,000 miles

This problem absolutely sucks! Like the other person with this problem, everybody says nothing is wrong with it OR they don't understand the diagnostic. We went to take it to emissions the other day and it FAILED. We've had the light on since we bought it (about a year and a half), and there are NO problems. It's just some stupid light that won't go off, but if it doesn't PASS emissions we can't DRIVE it!!!!!! If anyone has any idea or any advice. The diagnostic number is P1410 and it reads "Manfacurer Contrl. Auxiliary emission Controls". What in the world can you do?

- tigg189074, Plainville, CT, US

problem #1

Sep 032003

(reported on)


  • 85,000 miles

I am the second owner of my 1998 Toyota Camry. I purchased it in the year of 2001. The car runs very well but I have one problem that has annoyed the heck out of me. It is the check engine light.

The light first came on about eight months after I made the purchase from a Toyota dealer. I took the car to my mechanic to get it hooked up to a machine to have it diagnosed. The results were the system was running too lean. I asked the question "what does that mean" he responded "it is really nothing" but he recommended that I use some fuel injector cleaner. I did that and bought the top of the line stuff.

Well the light went out and stayed off for about a week. When it came back on I took it to the Toyota dealer who charged me to have it diagnosed. The results came back that everything was normal and that it was an oxygen sensor causing the light to come on. I honestly thought it had something to do with the "gel engine damage" problem that Toyota owners were having around that time. Well the light was reset and it came back on.

Last month I took my car to the shop and had a major tune up done, in hopes that this will clear the problem. Well they hooked it up to the machine again and I was told there was nothing wrong with the car and the car runs great but it is very annoying to have this orange light in my face every time I decide to get in the car and go somewhere. Anyway, the sensor was reset again, and at that time I was told that it would possibly come back on.

As I was driving away I was ecstatic that the light had finally gone out and my troubles were over but the damn thing came right back on. Now I am back at square one. It is time for my car to be inspected and I am not sure if it will pass with that light on.

- Brownie B., Somewhere, TX, US

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