I bought this car used almost 4 years
ago and it has been a dream to own.
Reliable, fun to drive, economical. I
have not had to put a penny into this
car, except for regular maintenance,
tires, brakes, oil change, battery.I
will own this car until it has 500,000
miles on it!
This collector's edition is just like
the Lexus in paint and body style.
None - just wish I could roll back the
miles so I could enjoy it longer!
This is one of the best cars ever made,
period. The engine is bulletproof,
quite, and pretty responsive for being
as economical as it is. I averaged 35
on the highway! It has the perfect
amount of interior room, the way it is
laid out is perfect, and it has a very
roomy trunk. I was very surprised at
how great the factory speakers sounded
when I swapped out the original
cassette player for an Aiwa CD player.
I sold this car with just over 160,000
miles on it, and it still ran and drove
just as well, if not better than most
newer cars I have driven. I only sold
it because I wanted stick. I wish I
hadn't sold it!
Fuel economy, interior, great stock
Even on new Camrys the ride is a bit
mushy for my taste, but it does make
these cars ride very smoothly. Needs a
stick shift available on cars that are
decently equipped, not just the base
We have owned this car since 1998.
Bought it with 26K miles and now have
133K in Oct 2004. My wife put it into
a ditch 9-11-01 by accident and dented
the compressor and radiator...it has
been to the shop for this accident ZERO
times! I recently ran over a concrete
barrier avoiding a crossing SUV...ZERO
The sound of the doors closing is still
solid as the day we bought it. I had
to replace the thermostat at 125K. We
had the water pump go out at 40K and it
was replaced under warranty. Brakes
were replaced around 115K.
Great vehicle that is used solely as a
daily commuter for a round trip of 40
miles...and still gets ~29mpg!!!
Durability, reliability, lights
automatically turn off, cant lock the
doors with keys in ignition.
The car now has 151,000 miles on it
and the thing runs like new. I've
changed fluids and plugs and timing
belt, the brakes went until 130,000
miles before I had to change them!
I've also changed the shocks and
that's it. The car looks like new in
and out! It has never been to the
dealer for anything besides the belt!
I have driven the new (2004) camry and
they are not even close to the build
quality of the 96? The brakes suck and
the 2004 had more wind noise and
rattles than my 96? This was a 2004
car with 2,400 miles vs a 96 with
151,000! The highlander is my next
purchase. I'm keeping my camry
forever, it might last that long!!!!