I bought this car used in October '04. 92000 miles on it. I paid $8250 for it and I think I got ripped off. I guess overall it's been a decent car, but don't listen to all those reviews about Toyota's reliability. Every car has its faults. Two days after I bought the car the check engine light came on; I took it to three mechanics, none could figure out the problem. After 10000 miles it's still on and off. I've had the starter go bad, the motor knocks like crazy at times, and I have various other electrical problems. The front struts make popping sounds, but they're factory and I've yet to change them. However I believe these faults are due to a previous owner's ignorance.
Sufficient power from the V6, and decent fuel economy. Factory stereo sounds better than the Bose radio in my stepmom's '05 Mazda 6. Timeless body design. Great safety ratings; this car saved the life of a buddy of mine. Good overall car.
Tighter handling and firmer suspension. Better interior design. For me, there's a huge blind spot in the rear corners. Headlights need to be brighter. Seats are uncomfortable for long trips. DO NOT make the mistake of buying a car with an Audiovox SecuriKey+ alarm, they have problems.
† Edmunds.com received the highest numerical score in the proprietary J.D. Power 2014 Third-Party Automotive Website Evaluation Study℠. Results based on responses from 3,381 responses, measuring 14 companies and measures third-party automotive website usefulness among new and used vehicle shoppers. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of owners surveyed from January 2014. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.