1997 Toyota Camry 2.2L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic Consumer Reviews
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1997 Toyota Camry - Consumer Reviews

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6 Total Reviews

XLE Sedan (2.2L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

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Old trusty
By Dixie on 10/17/10 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Toyota Camry XLE 4dr Sedan


Review

This car has been in the family since it was new. I have had it for the last eight years. Honestly, I neglect the poor thing mechanically. All I really do for it is change the oil. It has had a couple of $600.00+ repairs but is super-reliable even when neglected. Mine is over 160,000 right now and the engine is strong (even though some seals are a bit leaky). Kudos to Toyota for this model!
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Years and years of trouble-free driving
By Pat on 08/26/07 05:49 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Toyota Camry XLE 4dr Sedan


Review

Brakes, tires, gas and oil are all this car has needed for 10 years/150k miles. It just keeps going, so my only complaint is boredom. The car is the most dependable I have owned and gets you from point A to point B, without much excitement along the way. I eventually had some front-end and suspension work done so that I can keep it as a second car. It feels like it still has several more years in it.
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Read this before you purchase a Camry
By rickaroo1122 on 10/26/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Toyota Camry XLE 4dr Sedan


Review

I had purchased this car from my mother who had bought it brand new in 1997. It has been trouble since. One problem after another. Rebuilding its engine didn't help. Still blew a rod and basically had the whole engine built again. Get around 20 miles to the gallen highway driving. I drive it like a old lady and very rarley floor it. I am selling it and going with a acura. Somthing a little more reliable hopefully. Basically three engines in it and still runs bad. My vote is never by another Camry.
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Too Many Problems
By kit3375 on 11/07/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Toyota Camry XLE 4dr Sedan


Review

This car has been nothing but a problem since the second year of owenrship. The alternator has been replaced twice. Strut mounts replaced. (still makes awful noise) Axle had to be replaced. Leaks transmission fulid. Rotors replaced. Tires last no longer than a year. Had to disconnect alarm system because every time it rained the alarm would go off and we couldn't get it off. It's costing more to repair this car than what we paid for it. Don't ever buy CAMRY!!!!!!!
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Honda vs. Toyota
By geeman on 05/31/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Toyota Camry XLE 4dr Sedan


Review

If you are like me, I was torn between the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry. Both are very good cars, and you can't go wrong with either (probably). But the Accord is a bit more of a driver's car, it's handling a little stiffer and it's motor a little peppier (and a little noisier). Camry has a very smooth ride and is very quiet inside too. Camry owners have experienced some engine oil (sludge) problems, so if you choose an older model Camry, look inside the valve cover with a flashlight to look for black sludge. Also strut mount failures. You are looking at $250 per strut to fix!
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Think twice before you buy one
By I Hate Camry on 06/28/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Toyota Camry XLE 4dr Sedan


Review

Prior to purchase my Camry, I heard many good things about it, was I wrong? 136 Hp for the size of this car is a joke. My 93 Nissan Altima has 156 Hp. It screamed, when I needed to accelerate. 3 Months after I bought, it needed a front and back brake system. 1 month later, strut mounts and @ 90K the struts needed to be replaced. Dealer said struts last 90K. I have a 93 Nissan Altima w/ 150K everything is still original. @ 92K the electrical system started acting funny. It kept draining my battery. Thanks to Sears, they replaced battery twice under warranty. If you think this is a good, reliable car, my answer is: You have never seen and driven a good car.
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