I bought a 99 Camry about 5 years ago that had 160,000 miles, hoping to get a couple of years out of it.
It now has 330,000 miles and still going strong, very very reliable, starts every time, I do nothing to it except regular oil changes. Only thing wrong with it is that when it rains then freezes you cant get the doors open, so the door handle broke off. Minor thing overall. The engine and transmission work well and just a reliable, if plain car. Would recommend it to anyone.
I drove a 1991 Toyota pickup from 2005 to ~2011; after that I was given my grandmother's 1999 Toyota Camry.
At the time it only had around 43k miles on the odometer.
Since then I've put around 30k on the odometer; driving to and from work/school in Connecticut as well as driving from South Carolina to CT and back 5 times.
It still runs great; the engine air filter is miraculously still clean and in good shape despite being 3 years old.
The only problem I've been having lately is the motors for both the front driver and passenger windows dying...although that's likely due to age.
All in all, it's a great car and I bet mine will last for years to come.
I drove this car up until a few weeks ago. It was in the family since new. It was very reliable, and never broke down on me until the very end. It lasted until 190K miles, but it probably could have lasted longer if I had spent money to investigate the check engine light. Then one day the head gasket blew and the engine overheated and that was the end of it. Before that, all normal maintenance repairs for its age. A very boring, plain vehicle but if you're looking for a reliable mid size sedan with reasonable acceleration power, this is for you.
This is an extremely popular car (even in 2012) and I understand why. Comfortable interior, great visibility, fine gas mileage. The fuel gauge went out on mine at 140,xxx miles, inconvenient but the light does still come on when low, so it works out. First Toyota, so the high revving is something I had to get used to. Soft ride, will probably last another 20 years!
A/C is cold immediately, likewise for heat.
Kind of a jolly ride if you pedal to the floor. Brakes do nothing initially, you have to really step on the pedal.
This is the second Camry I have had in 19 years.
The first was a 1992 LE 4 cylinder (remember those?).
Anyway, I liked it so much for work (outside sales) that I bought a new one in 1999.
I have driven it ever since.
It now has 140,700 miles on it with NO signs of giving up.
I am in outside sales and believe me, I drive it.
Despite it now has it's slight dings and scratches the paint is still beautiful after all these years.
It runs smoooooooth as can be thanks in part to using 5-30 Mobile 1 since day one...not a drop burns, not drip anywhere.
Mechanically, this thing has run like a top for 12 years and counting.
No major repairs.
Starter finally went after 11 years.
I'm fine with that.
I have yet to lose a power window (does help if you clean the edges now and again folks), AC has never gone down and I live in the South so believe me, I use it.
This one was made in Japan.
Shame they still don't make them there.
Metallic Oak I think they called it.
I'm in outside sales, this matters.
Predictable and reliable.
Just like the whole car.
Sensible. Everything is where you would expect it to be.
For this year, the only gripe one could have made was the lack of power but, for one in the car 99% of the time, it's fine.
It's good enough.
Road noise could have been tweaked even a bit more but, I have driven the 2011 and it is as quiet as one could hope for.
I can't really complain.
I paid 17 plust tax, title, and tag and never saw that dealer again.
I have more than gotten my money's worth.
And get this, someone recently offered me 4,700 for it and I turned it down!!!
I can't find anything like this for the money and I don't want a new payment.
No thanks, I'll just keep driving this until it implodes.
Until then, thanks Toyota for making a quality product!