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By evo
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1997 Toyota Camry LE 4dr Sedan


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My only complaint is the suspension... it's terrible and so expensive to replace, but unless it's done, you'll pay on brakes. Very comfortable and great on trips, a little gutless these days through mountain passes and at 170000 I'm ready to move on... definitely replacing with another toyota. I've loved my camry.


Best Features

Extreme reliability, only been in the shop twice, timing belt both times. Comfort.


Worst Features

Suspension could use a little more power (4cyl).


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Great Car
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By lmjones
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1997 Toyota Camry LE 4dr Sedan


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I got my Camry used two years ago, and it's been an exceptional car. It's slowly falling apart (console top came off, driver's door handle on outside off and inside is cracked and ready to come off, driver's window is off track, muffler's shot, shock housings shot, a few rust spots, dent on the rear quarter panel, etc.), but I'm pretty rough on my cars. Aside from the recalled engine issue (something's not sealed? I'm not sure, but it burns oil like no other, and when I take off a huge cloud of smoke comes out the back end), I've had no major work done on it. Great little car! I'll probably be getting a newer one (looking at '06 models) next year.


Best Features

Reliability, style, hardiness.


Worst Features

The engine issue.


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Years and years of trouble-free driving
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By Pat
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1997 Toyota Camry XLE 4dr Sedan


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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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Loved it... till we killed it!!!
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By Stacy
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1997 Toyota Camry LE 4dr Sedan


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I purchased this car in 2002 with 69000 miles on it. In March of 2006 the engine blew up, but it had a little over 200,000 miles on it and my husband didn't get regular oil changes. About 6 months later we recieved a recall notice for the engine, but it was already past the 7 yr mark. I absolutely loved my Camry and am looking for a 99 model. I will definitely continue to buy Toyotas and would recommend them to anyone!! Before the engine went we only had to replace the tires, oil, etc., that was routine maint.


Best Features

Gas mileage, handling, comfortable, size (can get 3 full size car seats in the back seat).


Worst Features

The fading paint on bumpers, the oil passages.


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OK ride
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By mac
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1997 Toyota Camry LE V6 4dr Sedan


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Watch the strut mounts, they are making the noise, not the struts. Don't let the mechanic get away with just struts, needs the mounts too to stop the noise. I bought this from a friend who got it new, now have 163K on it and runs great. Love the engine and transmission, suspension is awful, front and rear. 50/50 highway/city 23 mpg, have gotten up to 27. Geared too low for good mileage but has good pick up due to this. Just change the oil regularly and timing chain, water pump, plugs and belts every 100K and drive it everyday, through the rattles from the suspension. Turn the radio up and drown it out. $2000 and 80,000 miles not a bad deal. Still going.


Best Features

Engine, acceleration, solid cabin and quiet. Runs every day.


Worst Features

Struts and mounts are junk, even with high $ struts it can get pretty unsettled over rough road. Parts are high, go to ebay and then find a good mechanic.


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