1998 Toyota Camry LE 2.2L I4 from North America


A generally mediocre effort by modern standards of reliability


The suspension system on the Camry is very poorly designed and wears quickly. In the past year, I have rebuilt almost the entire front end of the car (CV joints, struts, mounts, jounce bumpers, tie rods, etc).

Engine and transmission are good, but very expensive on scheduled maintenance.

General Comments:

Not a bad choice, but seriously over-hyped. My 1997 Taurus has cost $200 in repairs over 10 years and still runs well. To keep the 1998 Camry in the same shape has cost almost $2500 in repairs and extra scheduled maintenance (timing belt) over the past two years alone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd January, 2007

6th Jan 2007, 16:23

Thanks for an HONEST Toyota review!! As someone whose family has put over 300,000 trouble-free miles on Fords I appreciate your sharing the truth about the Toyota myth with us. We owned one Toyota (a Celica) and it was not all that bad, but as in your case, the maintenance costs far exceeded that of any of our Ford, GM or Chrysler products.

28th Mar 2012, 20:55

I owned four Camrys. Domestic cars never even come close in reliability.

1998 Toyota Camry LE not sure from North America


Great for a family, or for a college student


Not one thing wrong with the car.

General Comments:

I had gotten this car off of my grandmom who recently went into a nursing home, and could no longer drive it. I am currently attending Temple University's Law School. When the motor caught fire on my 1993 Tercel, I was very upset, so I called my grandmom at the time, and she was about to sell the Camry. However, when she heard that the motor on y Tercel caught fire, she decided to give the car to me for free because I needed a car to go to college in. When I found out that she was about to into the nursing home, that's when I knew that I hit a home run by getting the car at the right time.

My parents drive much nicer cars than the Camry, but I needed a car really quickly. This Camry is white with a grey interior. It has the 4 cylinder motor in it for great gas mileage. I love the car cause it is very roomy inside so that I can take my friends out to wherever they want to go. The trunk is nice and roomy. Most importantly, it runs like it did when my grandmom bought it new at Champion Toyota in Philadelphia Pennsylvania back in January of 1998.

When you think of a Toyota Camry, you think of quality, durability, safety, roominess, and long lasting. That is why I will never, ever get rid of this one. In fact, my boyfriend owns a 2002 Camry with 51000 miles on it, and he got his new.

So you know that we are loyal fans of the Toyota Camry. If you are in the market for a Camry, there are tons of them out there. This one has very low miles on it, but I will keep it forever.

Look for a Camry that was very well taken care of and garage kept like this one was, and you never, ever want to get rid of it. I love it, and so does my boyfriend.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2006

1998 Toyota Camry LX 4 cylinder from North America


Good, basic transportation at a good price


Fuel pump went at 90,000 miles. Other than that, no problems.

General Comments:

This car has been reliable and reasonably comfortable.

The fuel pump was the only major mechanical problem, and the interior fit and finish was OK, except for some cup holder damage, which may have been caused by wild youngsters for all I know.

I did routine maintenance, like oil every 3-5 thousand miles, and trans fluid, so I have no complaints.

I would buy this again, but if you are looking for a smoother ride, try the Avalon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd September, 2006