I wrote a review about a year ago (happy camper). I am a nitpicking car nut who owned many different cars ranging from Lexus to MB. I know, price makes a difference. So it is stupid to compare a 150k car with a 20k one. BUT sometimes you get more than what you pay for. This car is it. Reading the reviews I can say that people are unfair or inaccurate in their evaluation. Some complain about changing oil, brakes, tires and belts. What??? Bottom line is, this is a great car; quiet, comfortable, powerful, good mpg + many-many amenities.
I have owned this car for 6 years (V6 CE, 5 spd man tran). It is a gem. My likes are too long to list. Most important ones: fast & powerful (speedo shows 140, it does 140. Leave -hot- cars in dust. Unlike the Accord, I don't have to rev the engine to get going), brakes (4 wheel abs, great stopping distance), reliability, comfort & amenities, and cheap parts. Also, very well balanced, very stable in rain and snow. It has 182,000 miles, runs like new. I only changed the O2 sensor. Other stuff was regular maintenance. It is no Ferrari on curves but if you know the limits of the car and act accordingly it is a joy to drive.
If maintenance is skipped you may have problems such as sludge in engine, suspension, and front end. but it is true for any car.
Bought this vehicle used, with 48,000 miles on it. Has been ultra-reliable (NO repairs other than an O2 sensor). Still drives like its brand new in spite of the 125,000 miles that are on it. Ride is excellent unless pushed hard. (excessive body roll, but this is not a sports car) Excellent balance of power and comfort. Very cheap to maintain. Seats do get uncomfortable for me on long trips. My Goodyear Assurance Triple-treads (tires) are a great match for this vehicle.
Just bought it used with low milage a few
months back. So far they have changed;
both lower control arms, all strut mounts,
one wheel bearing and one strut... after all of
this it still makes LOTS of suspension noise.
A mechanic at the dealer says it is a
problem accross the board with 97-2001
Camry's. As well, I've also heard of sludge
problems on the V6 engine, great.
I bought the car with 96,000 miles on
it. Now has 104,000. Runs like new.
I love the V6 power and 5 speed
transmission. It is very quiet and
comfortable on long trips. Good gas
mileage. The only thing I noticed is
the lower quality of small, unimportant
parts inside the cabin such as loose
air vents, weather strips on doors,
etc. The mechanical and engine parts
are fine. Great car.
power, transmission, passenger and
trunk space, comfort