1998 Toyota Camry LE 3.0L DOHC 24-Valve V6 from North America


A comfortable, reliable, affordable, classy automobile


I just got my 1998 Toyota Camry, and it needed new tires... they look like they haven't been replaced at all, but the car's at 90000 miles, so there's nothing surprising about it needing new tires.

There's some discoloration on the trim on the inside of the car around the power door locks and power window buttons and near the radio...I've seen this instance in two different models of the Toyota Camry (a 1997, and my 1998).

There is a slight clunking noise when I hit bumps...can't tell if it's coming from the front or the rear. Don't know what would be making it do that.

General Comments:

The 1998 Toyota Camry LE is a very nice car.

It is very smooth on even bumpy roads.

Has a quick/powerful engine (3.0L DOHC 24-valve V6)

Has stylish looks, and the comfort level of a luxury car (if it's not considered one itself).

Alarm system is fantastic & works very well.

The stock speakers and CD player leave something to be desired, however.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2004

1998 Toyota Camry LE 4 Cylinder from North America


Worth every penny


Car sometimes jerks after I put it into gear. There is a loud engine noise that worsens when I turn the a/c on-I'm about to take to dealer for service.

General Comments:

This is a great car! Aside from the engine noise, the car drives comparably to my M-B 190E! The ride is super smooth.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th February, 2004

1998 Toyota Camry CE 4 cylinder from North America


Would by again. Wife picked Iris as color (Not my choice) Paid $24,900 New


Front Struts @ 37,000 miles. Dealer replaced free (under warranty)

Slight smoke at start up in the morning at 90k miles. Dealer fixed free (extended warrenty).

Water pump leaking (slightly) 90k miles Dealer replaced free (extended warr)

Third battery (Arizona heat not Toyota fault)

Third set of tires and brake pads (rotors turned as needed) at 93k miles 2nd set at 37k (normal) for my driving.

Front speakers/radio replaced, normal for my listening style, all other speakers still stock.

Radio replaced due to buttons coming loose.

Door cluster coming loose at seam where one would close door.

Paint chips on hood.

Mirrors and rear bumper fading a bit.(Arizona Sun)

General Comments:

Toyota Camry:

My wife (orig owner) drives the car mostly and she still loves it after 5 years.

Alloys, Sunroof, and Rear Spoiler still make the car a joy to drive.

We drive the car from Tucson to Phoenix monthly and all enjoy the comfort (even rear passengers)

Remote entry/alarm still working 5 years later (batteries changed as needed and was dealer installed).

100k mile extended warranty just paid for itself. 93k miles and still going strong.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th February, 2004

1998 Toyota Camry CE 2.2 Liter, 4 Cylinder from North America


I love this car just wish I was rich enough to afford the high repair bills


The 2nd and 3rd gear went without warning.

The paint is chipping in the rear end.

Battery quit recharging.

There is noise from the front passenger wheelhouse, but no problem can be found.

Check engine light coming on.

Front passenger power window regulator faulty.

Air-conditioner has always smelled dusty.

Center console cup holder broke.

The rear driver side brake lights went out.

General Comments:

I have spent a fortune on this car maintaining it. I use synthetic oil and keep the oil changed every 3 months. I have already given this car 2 tune-ups, changed the brakes twice and get new tires every year. The timing belt has been changed, a new battery and a new clutch. I have had the fuel injection system treated due to the loss of power. The font end of the car has had a noise in it since the first year, yet they can't find out what is wrong with it. I drive constantly and have put a lot of wear and tear on this car. It has been dependable, but whenever something goes wrong it is a real hassle to get it fixed. For instance, my check engine light kept coming on for 3 months, finally the dealership asked me if I changed my gas cap and sure enough that was the problem. During any long distance driving, an hour or more, it can become a very uncomfortable ride. The seats are horrible. Plenty of room in the car. Engine is easy to work on, plenty of space in the engine compartment.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2004