As a car guy I never thought I would buy a normal commuter car,
but this car rocks,
I bought it at 150,000 last year and have put 50k on it so far,
at about 190,000 the original shocks finally gave out.
for what it is (4cyl manual trans) its actually quite peppy,
handles well enough to not be boring,
and still gets 31mpg combined city / highway,
and only uses about 1/2 quart of oil between oil changes.
the only problems I have had with it are the prior mentioned shocks,
and the actuator that selects where the air should go inside the car has stopped working.
I will run this thing until the wheels fall off then buy another one,
hopefully a convertible.
manual transmission, manual transmission, manual transmission.....
Love that stick shift! lol
tuck the exhaust pipe up under the car better,
it scrapes on everything....
We inherited this car from my great aunt a few months ago. It only have 62K miles and hardly driven. After some new tires and brake pads it was fit for a king. It's a CE addiction so it has no bells and whistles. Not even cruise control, but it works great four new and young drivers alike. I love the car for it's easy to drive, handles like a dream, and is quieter then my van. - It may be a CE and my mother's car, but as a new driver I find this the perfect vehicle to start out in for its all I need - and I find it to be simplistic elegance.
The seats and interior are very ergonomic and comfortable. It is quiet and I do not mind the fact it hasn't cruise control - take off is quick and smooth.
It's a typical cookie cutter car from Japan and has the appeal as, 'a warm bucket of wall paper paste'
The car runs great! I replaced the struts, brakes and timing belt at 60k, and have redone the brakes at 90K, continued with the scheduled oil changes and what a quality car. I purchased my first Camry in 1990 new and have not bought an American car since. Everything works on my 97 and I plan to keep it for 10 more years. A top quality vehicle.
Had the Camry for about 7 years and it ran well the whole time. I did have to replace the brakes two times in 4 years. Also the alignment was always getting out of whack. First gear was a little tricky too, but that could have just been my car. Another thing to think about is the gas mileage - not as good as you would think. Spent a lot more on gas than I should have. All that aside it was a very reliable car, and the only real work I had to put into it was the brakes.
My 1st was an '85 4-cyl and I still
have it... 270,000 and going. Not as
comfortable anymore, but very
reliable. I drive about 3,000 miles a
month so I need a car that will get me
there. Every Camry I've seen meets
that description. I chose the 4-cyl 5-
speed stick because I love to shift and
they get the best mileage. The '97 CE
is smooooth! In Texas there are lots
of open roads and hills where I'm at.
This car is just plain fun to drive! I
got it with 122,000 miles and it rides
almost like new. Still getting nearly
31mpg and purrs like a kitten.
The comfortable suspension, the
mileage, and the reliability. Great!
For what I want, the CE model has it.
Basic with comfort and economy. I have
less things to worry about going wrong
for the long term. Shooting for 300K
with this one!