1998 Toyota Camry LE 2.2L from North America


Affordable, reliable, and fuel efficient car


Valve cover leak when bought with 54600 miles.

Broken coolant reservoir cap.

Camshaft seal leak at 69000 miles.

Poor ground for turn signal light (RH).

Steering wheel not centered when driving straight.

General Comments:

I had a 1992 Honda Accord before with 112000 miles when sold, and a 1994 Toyota Previa with 123000 miles, and they didn't have so many little problems like this car with only 54600 miles.

Other than that, the Camry is also very reliable. I use it on 1300 mile round trip once a month with complete confidence. I had important parts replaced such as timing belt, water pump, coolant and transmission fluid changed, all leaks fixed. Now it looks good and is in tip top condition.

Suspension is a little bit soft, but OK. Cabin is quiet at 65 mph with little wind noise and almost no engine noise. Drive is smooth, but the seat is not as comfortable as on the Accord and Previa.

Excellent fuel efficiency; I consistently get between 36 to 38 mpg on such long trips, mostly at highway speed. Amazing 2.2L.

The bottom line is this car is very reliable and fuel efficient, easy to maintain. Definitely nothing fancy, but should take you anywhere you want.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 2011

1998 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0L V6 from North America


Reliable car that takes me from Point A to Point B


Power steering leaking.

General Comments:

This is a very reliable car that I own. My '99 Lexus GS300 has higher mileage, but it's a Lexus.

I bought it used this year at 162K miles, and I've already driven more than 10,000 miles in six months. Have made two trips to San Diego from the Bay Area.

After I bought the car from the previous owner, I immediately changed rotors, brake pads, flushed A/T and of course, changed motor oil.

Small problems like sun visors' mirror fell off, clock not working, but the car still runs strong.

Some time right after I bought the car, the power steering started leaking on the driver's side. I bought two bottles of the Lucas stop leak, and it worked like a charm.

Just put a new battery in yesterday.

Other than that, I take this car for long drives due to the better mileage I get from it: I average 28-29 m/g highway and local combined! Now my Lexus has become a weekend car. I'll probably keep the Camry to 200K or 300K miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th September, 2011

1998 Toyota Camry LE 3.0 V6 from North America


Best car I've owned


Clock fell out of place in the dash since nearly the day we got it.

Driver side door latch broken at approx. 125,000 miles.

Nothing else, no major replacements of parts needed! Amazing!

General Comments:

My mom originally bought the car in 2005 with 92,000 miles on the clock. I bought the car from her in 2009, and as of a week ago at 145,000 miles, it got T-boned by a diesel truck running a stop sign.

I had really hoped that I would run this car till it died, it showed no signs of going out anytime soon. I would not be surprised if it had made to 200,000+ miles easily. It's a shame it was wrecked.

The car is not fun to drive per-se, but when needed it does have ample power to get up and go on the interstate. But what do you expect, it's a four door family car. Bland, but very reliable.

I've taken some near cross country trips with the car, and even in some of the steeper mountainous areas it does well (as long as it's on pavement). The handling can be a bit vague sometimes at higher speeds, but it still very controllable.

As far as comfort on those long trips, the seats can be a bit hard and unforgiving, and although I'm not a tall man at 5'11", it can feel a bit small. It rides very comfortably, soaking up most bumps, but the big pot holes here in Iowa can be a bit much for it. The car does well in the snow as well handling most snow drifts. It handled the heat of the Arizona desert and the cold winters of Iowa. Great in any climate.

Overall a great car, cheap to insure, fairly easy on gas, and ultra-reliable. Not much else you could ask for.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th August, 2011