At 220K still reliable
By Bob Robertson on
1999 Toyota Camry LE 4dr Sedan
I can't say this car is without problems, however at nearly 220K miles it is still going strong and I hope it lasts me till 300K. I bought it new. Replaced a main brake cylinder & front struts under warranty, changed oil every 5K, timing belt at 90K and 180K, water pump at 180K, brake pads every 40-50K. Second shift solenoid went out around 190K miles ($280), rear seal small leak at 190K miles, an A/C compressor noise at 2500+ RPM around 200K. Alarm gets triggered if the car is left out in the sun for 2-3 hrs. A speedometer shows 5% higher speed than it is (you are doing only 76 mph when it says 80) with factory tires.
220,000 miles and no major repairs is the best feature. 32-34 mpg on a highway. Soft ride. Plenty of room.
I wish the transmission shifted less noticeably, and brakes were more linear, but it's acceptable, better craftsmanship on interior plastic parts.