really awful
Crashes / Fires:
18 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
10 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,917 miles

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1998 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #40

Nov 152009

Camry 4-cyl

  • 88,000 miles


Was driving my 1998 Toyota Camry. Came to a stop light. Light turned yellow. I put on the brake and the car continued to go forward. Fortunately the traffic crossing the road had not started. I pumped the brakes and it did not stop. I took the car to my mechanic and was told there were no brake problems. It was an isolated incident.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #39

Jun 152004

Camry 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Toyota Camry. The contact was driving approximately 45 mph on normal road conditions. There was an unintended increase in acceleration of 110 mph. Suddenly, the vehicle reduced speed. The driver was able to slow down. The failure occurrences were intermittent during highway driving. The identical failure occurred and the gear shifter was placed into the "park" position. The vehicle was able to slow down. There was smoke and flames coming from the hood area. The driver pulled over to the side of the road and exited the vehicle. The vehicle ignited into massive flames. The police and fire department were called to the scene. There were no personal injuries. The vehicle was towed to a collision facility. The vehicle was completely destroyed. The failure mileage was 65,000. Updated 03/19/10. Updated 09/21/10

- West Hartford , CT, USA

problem #38

Feb 242010

Camry 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
I own a 1998 Toyota Camry. Over the past 3 years, (this being year #3), I have had my gas pedal serviced because it sticks, usually after stops and while in traffic if I take my foot off the accelerator and re-engage. Toyota does not have my vehicle on the list and it should be! as of this date, my accelerator is sticking again and I will have to, again, pay for it. I think this problem goes beyond the current limitations of the existing recall list and should be investigated. Furthermore, I did not receive a letter regarding this recall NHTSA 01V012000- "vehicle speed control" and according to my VIN#, I should have.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #37

Mar 192009


  • 169,000 miles


Problem with sticky gas pedal off and on for 1 year. Have been pressing hard to get pedal to work properly. So far, no parts have been repaired or replaced on 1998 Toyota Camry. Also steering problems in 2008; took to dealer who added power steering fluid.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #36

Feb 162010


  • 102,378 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Toyota Camry le. While driving approximately 5 to 10 mph and making a right turn, the vehicle suddenly accelerated. When he applied the brakes, they did not respond until the vehicle crashed into a tree. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified when the complaint was filed. Contact the manufacturer. The failure and the current mileage were 102,378.

- Las Vegas , NV, USA

problem #35

Jan 031999


  • miles
Our 1998 Toyota Camry has what we have called a "sticky" gas pedal, but it hasn't gotten "stuck". the biggest problem in our minds was the aggravation of the "stickiness" while driving. Now I am wondering if we shouldn't have had it changed years ago. I just assumed we could pull over safely if it were to become stuck while driving. Could this be a part of the same issue they are having with the newer cars" what action should we take, if any"

- Iron Station, NC, USA

problem #34

Dec 202006

Camry 4-cyl

  • 98,388 miles


My mother's 1998 Toyota Camry experienced the gas pedal sticking on her car on a regular basis, in 2006, to the point that the car would not go after attempting to take off after a stop or after starting up the car. This was experienced over a 3 month period wherein it would take anywhere from 5-10 minutes before the gas pedal would work to take off from the stop point. This continued until 12/06 at which time the gas pedal would not accelerate at all while sitting at a red light on a busy highway in the middle of traffic. She attempted to take off from the stop point for over 30 minutes until someone phoned the police to report that she was in the middle of the highway and could not take off. The police showed up and attempted to accelerate the car with no success. The car was then pushed to an auto repair shop who repaired the gas pedal. She was charged $50 for the repair. The Toyota recall covers only the cars from 2007-2010, but this problem exists on cars prior to 2007 as this is what happened to my mother's 1998 Camry. This needs to be addressed by Toyota on models pre-2007 as there is uncertainty that the repair to my mother's gas pedal is a permanent fix.

- Sweet Water, AL, USA

problem #33

Feb 102010


  • 92,800 miles
I drive a 1998 Toyota Camry ce. The accelerator pedal sticks when trying to accelerate on a daily basis. This occurs when accelerating from an idle, low RPM, or low mph. The sticky accelerator can be cured by coming off the pedal 100% and gradually depressing it again. For some reason, the accelerator pedal does not stick the 2nd time. Please advise how I should deal with this potentially dangerous issue.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #32

Jan 022010


  • 284,000 miles
As I was driving, the tachometer would race higher as the speedometer would not register. The car would slow down and I had to rapidly press on the gas pedal for spurted acceleration not under my control. If I was using the speed control device, it would shut down. This happened many times between 2004-2007 and once again this year in January. When I took it to Toyota dealership in earlier years, they couldn't find any thing wrong and it didn't repeat itself when they drove it.

- La Mesa, CA, USA

problem #31

Aug 172006


  • 124,960 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Toyota Camry. Whenever the contact engaged the accelerator pedal she noticed that the pedal slightly became stuck and required more than normal pressure in order to press the pedal. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 124,960.

- Camden, SC, USA

problem #30

Nov 102007


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Toyota Camry le which was purchased brand new in 1997. He stated that the accelerator pedal would intermittently remain stuck in position causing the vehicle to accelerate rapidly. The failure was exhibited most frequently while accelerating from a stop sign or red light. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where he was advised that the driver's side floor mats were causing the failure; however, the failure persisted when all mats were removed from the vehicle. The dealer investigated further but could not identify a problem. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The failure became progressively worse. The failure mileage was 80,000 and current was 110,000.

- Sylvania, OH, USA

problem #29

Nov 122009


  • 149,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Toyota Camry. While exiting the drive- way at 5 mph, the vehicle accelerated without intention into the building. The vehicle was moderately damaged, but there was a hole in the building. The manufacturer had not been contacted. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The current and failure mileages were under 149,000. The vehicle identification number was unavailable.

- Pomona, CA, USA

problem #28

Jul 112007


  • 40,000 miles
My wife started up her 1998 Toyota Camry, slowly made a right turn when suddenly the automobile accelerated at a high speed, jumped the curb, knocked over a parking meter and hit the side of an apartment house. She was not hurt and the air bag did not deploy, despite the impact. Toyota, which had just serviced the car two weeks before, repaired the car (with my insurance). We insisted on a full investigation by Toyota, who determined that the floor mat jammed the accelerator. We do not buy that story in light of recent events and what happened to us. And that is why we are writing now to show this problem has existed for a while.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #27

Sep 032009


  • 23,900 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Toyota Camry xle. While driving into a parking space at very low speeds the contact applied pressure to the brakes, the vehicle accelerated, and crashed into a wall. The contact was not injured and the air bags did not deploy. The floor mat advisory is not related to the vehicle accelerating. The contact is aware of the safety risk involved. The current and failure mileages were 23,900.

- Randallstown, MD, USA

problem #26

Aug 222006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Gas pedal sticks. One day driving down the road coming from a complete stop from a red to green light the vehicle would not accelerate, so I had to push down hard on the gas pedal to make the car go. This is a known issue for 98 Camry's. this is very dangerous coming from 0 mph going to an unknown speed trying to get the vehicle to move and consumes a lot of gas when this happens. Toyota needs to look into this for a recall.

- Browns Summit, NC, USA

problem #25

Aug 112006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles
Pulling 1998 Toyota Camry into parking space. Foot on brake. Put into park. Car suddenly began accelerating. Tried reverse, didn't stop. Tried park again standing on brakes. Didn't stop. Went over curb down hill into creek. Air bags did not deploy when front of car hit bank of creek. Saw puff of smoke after hitting bank come from under car. Turned car off immediately.

- Floyds Knobs, IN, USA

problem #24

Jun 202002

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine starts and stalls. RPM's won't stay up. Have to use gas and brake together until idle stays up enough to keep car running. Idle speed control valve replaced @ 38,315 mi on 6/20/02. Replaced again @ 45,703 mi on 8/22/03. Service mgr said they have "changed manufacturers, so should be ok now". problem recurred @ 56,000 miles in mid-June. It's a progressive failure, so will return to dealer in the very near future. This amounts to 3 replaced idle speed control valves in 20,000 miles. Service will replace part, but I must pay labor.

- Vista, CA, USA

problem #23

Nov 072004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,631 miles
Vehicle speed control: Opened garage door with remote. Stepped lightly on gas pedal to enter garage. Car unexpectedly accelerated rapidly. Stepped on brakes but car did not stop. Car crashed through interior garage wall and through closet in adjoining bedroom. Couse of problem is being investigated. Repair not completed.

- Cambridge, MA, USA

problem #22

Apr 012004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
When the cruise control was engaged and the brake pedal was pressed to disengage it there was no throttle response. When the vehicle stopped and the pedal was pressed to accelerate there was no throttle response. The consumer had to push the gas pedal forward and back to obtain acceleration. The dealer recommended a throttle body cleaning and idle speed control replacement.

- West Bridgewater, MA, USA

problem #21

Oct 212003

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Recall 01V012000 concerning accelerator cable failure. While driving in cruise controlled when the brakes were pressed the cruise control cruise would be suspended. After the vehicle completely stopped, the cruise could be used again. VIN was not included.

- Rockville, MD, USA

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