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.
I stumbled upon my 1999 v6 American Edition Camry in early 2007 with 88k. Previous to that I had never considered a Toyota, but the deal was right. Since then I have put 110k of my own miles on it. It has seen me through college, marriage and the birth of our two kids.
Since day one, I have considered it the most boring-looking car I have ever set eyes on, and my wife refers to me as "grandpa" when I'm in it. Looks notwithstanding, I LOVE my Camry. The v6 is enough to keep driving interesting and the reliability can't be beat. The mph is acceptable: I get 26 mpg no matter what I do. Highway, city, petal to the floor, or with my wife and kids in the car: 26 mpg.
Reliability, quality, low cost of ownership. V6 engine, I fear the 4cylinder would elevate the boredom factor to a fatal level, but I speak not from experience.
Also performs acceptably well in the moderate winters we experience in central Ohio.
Interior and exterior styling is dreadfully dull.
But you don't buy it to look cool... At least I didn't.
i buy my 1999 Toyota Camry 3 years ago and i have not fix anything yet and it drive like the first day
(I only change oil and head light and filter only)
my car has over 2006037 Millage
I would said buy it Toyota Camry not ford or chevy
(i would not but any other car)