1998 Toyota Camry LE 2.2 four cylinder from North America
A pleasant, quiet cruiser with some suspension problems
The brakes started squeaking at 63,000 miles; I thought maybe the pads were dirty because I drove through a big rainstorm and the squeaking stopped. But at 64,000 miles, the brakes began moaning and shuddering; the pads were shot and I had a jammed caliper that needed replacing. I went to Midas, they did a good job, all fixed up within 4 hours, plus a good warranty, but the cost was almost $600! I think I could have gone to an independent brake shop and gotten away a lot cheaper.
My Camry is getting on in years, now seven years old with 64,000 miles on it; the brakes incident is the only major post-warranty problem I've had; it's still a smooth-riding, quality car overall except for the suspension, I had it worked on (struts support) twice, and it never stopped squeaking; I understand other late 90's Toyotas based on the Camry chassis (Avalons, Sienna minivans) also had the suspension issues; one of Toyota's few weak spots at the time I guess!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th November, 2005
Brakes are designed to squeal when they need replacing! The pads must be replaced when squealing starts. Otherwise you will end up with no pad and metal on metal.. and a hefty repair/machining job like the one you had. You would expect to have to replace your pads at the 60k mile mark, or well before. I don't think this was a problem with Camry, but operator error. Better luck next time.