4th Generation (1997—2001) Camry Problems

Camry owners with a 1997—2001 model year have the most problems with the engine (36%), body (8%), and the electrical (7%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Engine Failure 5 complaints at an average of 90,640 miles in the 1997 Toyota Camry.
  2. Check Engine Light Is On 3 complaints at an average of 84,000 miles in the 2001 Toyota Camry.
  3. Engine Seized 6 complaints at an average of 125,964 miles in the 1999 Toyota Camry.

What Camry Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Toyota model years.

Watch out for the 2001 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2001 38 4 87 15.01
2000 27 4 76 10.39
1999 60 2 100 7.89
1998 50 3 111 9.34
1997 21 4 114 10.7

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