The Check Engine Light may illuminate because a component of the oxygen sensor stops working. As a result the engine computer is unable to determine the proper ratio of air to fuel for the engine. Replacing the failed oxygen sensor should correct this concern.
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1998 Toyota Camry Problems
The power steering pump and power steering hoses tend to develop leaks, particularly in the V6 models.
One or more motor mounts may wear out on cars with high mileage. This will put extra stress on the other mounts, and the faulty mount(s) should be replaced.
At higher mileages, (125,000-150,000) the automatic transmission may not shift correctly. This can be caused by the throttle position sensor being out of adjustment or a shift solenoid needing to be replaced. Typically the transmission does not need to be completely overhauled.
Intermittent failure of a purge control valve in the evaporative emission system can cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate. A failed valve should be replaced to correct this problem.
1998 Toyota Camry Recalls (Recent)
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Toyota is recalling certain 2001 Camry models equipped with cruise control and V6 engines because the accelerator cable housing could be deformed at the cruise control actuator-to-throttle body connection. This may cause the accelerator inner-cable to wear and eventually break, allowing the throttle to return to idle or remain in its most recent position, regardless of pedal operation, which increases the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the accelerator cable.
1998 Toyota Camry Questions and Answers
How many quarts do I need to change oil.
Cannot control air flow direction from vents, air will not divert from floor to defrost or any other setting. It seems to be stuck.
Code readout say "Camshaft position sensor (CMP) "A" circuit bank 1
If this is the only problem can someone give me a repait estimate. Auto Zone part is about $80.
The front end of my cambry scrapes the curbs. Can the shocks in the front be raised by an inch or two easily. - thanks
1998 Toyota Camry Reviews
I own a Toyota Camry 1998, bought used, had 90.000 miles, currently has 250,000 and runs great, the only thing I had to change are the shock absorbers have given maintenance services. I highly recommend this vehicle, I have the intention of purchasing another Camry, a car is very reliable and it retains its value.
I've purchased my 1998 Toyota Camry this year 2012 of February with a little over 90,000 miles on it ...the only thing I've had to repair was the timing belt & water pump along with the cover gasket..it seems to burn gas but other than that its reliable so far. It's better than my gas eater 2003 Silverado Truck
I got this car from my dad with about 170k miles on it. I did the 180k mile service (equivalent of a 60k mile) and have replaced tires and other regular maintenance (including the timing belt, plugs, plug wires and water pump) since then. It has about 230k miles on it and it still runs like the day I got it. I have had zero issues that were not related to regular maintenance.
My mechanic says he regularly services three of these vehicles (same year, engine size, etc.) and mine is the one with the lowest number of miles on it. His highest mileage one has over 500k miles and it's in the same condition as mine.
There's definitely some minor issues, but nothing of concern. I restored the foggy headlights, the seatbelt isn't retracting at 100% strength (I have to help it a bit), the seats and carpets are stained from spilled coffee, etc., but there's nothing there that I would call a dealbreaker.
The summary here is: take care of your car by doing regularly scheduled maintenance and you should be fine.
BTW it's a 4-cyl. so it is a bit underpowered, but still quite peppy for a small engine sedan.
My 1998 Toyota Camry has 137,000 miles on it. It is the first car I have owned that has gotten over a 100,000 miles without breaking down on me. I haven't invested any money in this car that hasn't been routine maintenance. The manufacturers battery lasted 11 years. I live in the northeast next to the ocean and the salt has really been tough on my cars. This car has seen a lot of weather. It is 13 years old and I'm wondering if I should invest the next round of maintenance money in the vehicle??? Timing belt, spark plugs, wires, fluids it adds up. I hope the future generations of vehicles don't require as much $$$ to keep them rolling. This car has been great, highly reliable.
This 1998 V6 3L Camry is my 7th Toyota and at 100k miles is the worst car I've ever owned. Obviously all the replacement parts were needed; timing belt and extras, struts, tuneup, but also strut plates, stabilizer links, suspension bushings, brakes, rotors, wheel bearings, EGR valve, o2 sensors, fuel injectors, oil leaks, window motors (2), and now a starter. A starter. And I know I've forgotten a few things. Toyota suspensions are now weak and unreliable. My girlfriend's 1999 is almost as bad, and it's a 4cyl. Their 6cyl is a waste of space and weight. Planned obsolescence made me abandon American cars - now I'm going to try out a Honda.