My car was a great car in all ways. unfortunately My 1994 green toyota Camry le V6 was stolen this Wednesday in Inglewood, CA. if you really want one of these cars you better install an state of the art alarm and electronic locater. I hope the police will find it.
engine, mechanic reliability.
Much better security anti-theft devices. It is a magnet to thieves.
I bought this car new and have put >223k miles on it. Form, fit and function are exceptional. The 3.0 L engine runs like a Lexus - smooth and reliable. I agree with the other reviewers about the poor low end torque, but not about the mileage. My typical city/highway mileage was 20 mpg, and I have never gotten better than 24 mpg. I have had owned Chevy and Olds, and neither is as solid an automobile as the Camry. This one's a keeper.
Smooth, quiet ride. Reliable. Very low maintenance costs. Timeless design. Good visibility. Huge trunk made larger with fold-down rear seat.
Intermittent electrical problems on instrumentation lamps (gear shift indicator, heat & ac panel, seat belt warning light). Electric antenna aerial replaced several times.
This car handled wonderfully, and drove extremely quiet. I never changed the transmission fluid, coolent, got a tune-up, or had to replace a belt...all I ever did was routinely change the oil about every 5-7k. Guess what failed? The piston rings. The oil pump conked out and destroyed the rings. Now, it is hardly worth fixing at a $2000 bill. If anything, I thought the transmission would have gone, not the thing I actually did take care of. Made it to 158,000 miles, though.
Handling. Smooth transmission. Drives 120 mph like most cars drive 80 mph. The paint held up well for 15 years before starting to fade.
A/C compressor burned out in 6 years, which cost me $500+. Plastic door locks cracked in 6-7 years. Hub caps started getting brittle at around 10 years. Expensive to fix.
Am finally moving on from this car after 16 years. Has been a great auto. Extremely reliable. This was basically the Lexus ES 300 with a different body and missing some bells and whistles. Toyota later thought this car was too good for the price and "decontented" it. I've had no major issues or repairs with it. Replaced the timing chain around 80k miles. I'm even reluctantly giving it up at this point, but there are just too many nice features on the new cars to pass up. I have the black exterior and tan interior and still think the car looks good today. A real peach.
Reliability, smooth ride, good power in V6, decent gas mileage, huge trunk.
Not much. Small negatives I've had include the power antenna motor dying, paint chipping on wheel covers, some radio control buttons cracking, and an electrical sensor going bad.
I bought this car with 30,000 miles in 1997. It now has 221,000 miles and has never failed. The car burns no oil and has no oil leaks. I keep thinking about buying a new car, but this one won't die. The only defective item was the electric antenna that died at 110,000 miles. Used replacement was expensive at $100.