1997 Toyota Camry Consumer Review: Resurrected Joy

1997 Toyota Camry - Consumer Review

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

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Resurrected Joy
By Speedy on


1997 Toyota Camry LE 4dr Sedan


I bought the '97 Camry in 1999 with 49000 miles on it. It always burned oil. The car drove great, never let me down for 8 years straight. In 2006, I had to get the front and rear seals replaced but was expected after 140000 miles. In 2007, we had a bad snowstorm in Cleveland. I floored the engine to get over a big snow bank in my driveway. Two days later the engine started knocking. It sat in my driveway for nearly three years before I finally replaced the engine. I am very happy I did. It is better to have an old car with great performance and gas mileage than a newer guzzler.

Best Features

Steering, handling, and gas savings. Very comfortable and fun car to drive. Behaves like a sports car. The price was reasonable in 1999 and has still held a good resale value.

Worst Features

A little more legroom and seats that give a little more. I have broken both front seats.
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