Looking to buy a reliable car? This car must be on your list. Find a decent one and buy it. My 20 yr old Camry will shame most cars half its age. They just don't make them like this anymore. Even newer Toyotas can't match the 2nd Gen's. reliability. But if you want "Lust, Passion, Soul" ..go else where, and bring your wallet. Proof that you can fall in love with a "boring" car. I would buy another one in a heart beat. My car is at 200,000 and betting it will go 10 more years and rack up over 300,000 miles easy. I just hope they'll still make parts when I do get to that milestone. A perfect car for low budget, student, first car, commuter. Excellent Value.
Seat comfort. Wagon is so practical. Ground clearance. Cheap repair costs (so far) timing belt, valve cover gasket, oil pump seal all for less than $400. wow . Great in the snow with all-weather tires, snow tires not needed. The confidence I have in my Camry to get me there again and again.
Rust on wheel well. It's just dated, nothing you can do about that. Cup holder in way of radio, if you spill it, there goes the radio. Hill climbing power not good, had a line of angry skiers behind me up my a**.
The car is great for 2600 bucks. I
reccomend anyone buy a used one of
these, rather than a brand new piece of
poop. e.g. kia, hyundai
V6 power will push you ahead of
everyone else, and toyota quality is
always great. Love my car, but don't
like the modern era Camrys. Maybe when
I get some grey hair, I'll get a grey,
more pickup without having to press
in "power" button
I had my 1990 Camry Deluxe for 11 years after buying it used with 42k miles. First 100k no problems, but after that it was a different story. Body cladding rotted, rust on rear wheel wells (common problem with that model), leaking in trunk whenever it rained, fuel injector sensor went bad, electrical circuits to rear lights and dashboard failed repeatedly, multiple front end problems, 2 clutch replacements, synchros went back--had them replaced--failed again a year later. Repair bills totaled over $10k. I loved it like an old friend but let it go at 232k when motor quit. Found it in a parking lot 2 years later with a new owner and 260k on odometer. Still, I question Toyota's reliability.
Great gas mileage with inline-4 and manny tranny, comfortable ride for a small car, ample room for 5 people, nice traction with Aqua-tread tires.
Too late now for that model, as it expired in 1991. I suspect many of those problems have since been addressed but I still believe Toyota's reputation for reliability is over-rated, as recent recalls in year 2010 seem to confirm.
1990 stick shift with 140K miles. Car
doesn't like third gear (clutch, gas,
count to '2', shift - easy does it-
GRIND - ouch - clutch, gas). AC just
went out last week, but it was really
cold until then. Have an oil leak, had
it repaired once but might be coming
back. Hate the location of the oil
filter, when you take it off oil runs
down the front of the engine. I get
about 29 mpg. Dropped about $2500 in
repairs in 2001 and with the oil leak
and AC going would guess I will have to
pony up about another 2K or finally get
a new car.
Always starts, if battery is ok (we
burn up batteries really bad where I
Put oil filter on bottom of engine for
The toyota Camry is the worst car i
have ever owned. Ever since we bought
it brand new from the dealership, it
has been nothing but problems. At 40k
miles the engine seized on us. After
the repacled engine at 60k the
transmission failed. After getting the
transmission fixed, it failed again at
80k. We have put more money into the
car than it is worth. There is rust on
every quarter panel. While the gas
mileage is great, reliablity on the V-6
automatics is horrible. Overall a
disaster car made by toyota. As a used
car buyer I would not buy over 100k.
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