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1997 Toyota Camry - Consumer Reviews

1997 Toyota Camry

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Old trusty
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Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Dixie
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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!


Best Features

All the controls are where they "should" be, and the car is very comfortable to drive and has excellent visibility.


Worst Features

The interior doesn't hold up as well as the mechanical aspects. Then again, would you rather get there in a car with chipping wood grain, or sit by the side of the road in a lovely car?


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Years and years of trouble-free driving
Performance
Comfort
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Exterior Design
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Reliability
By Pat
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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.


Best Features

Quiet engine. Dependable day in and day out. Trunk large enough for 3 golf bags.


Worst Features

Road noise at highway speeds.


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Read this before you purchase a Camry
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By rickaroo1122
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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.


Worst Features

Needs to be better built.


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Too Many Problems
Performance
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Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
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Reliability
By kit3375
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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!!!!!!!


Best Features

The body has held up well.


Worst Features

The whole suspension system needs serious help!!!!!


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Honda vs. Toyota
Performance
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Fun To Drive
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By geeman
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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!


Best Features

Very smooth and quiet ride. Very easy to drive.


Worst Features

Fix engine propensity to sludge oil internally. Strut mounts are also a weak point. Most other car's strut mounts last the life of the car,why not Toyota?


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