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It was a dream car
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By Jay Dee
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1996 Toyota Camry LE 4dr Sedan


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This has been a dream car. Very few problems so far (140,000 miles). Roomy enough for our family, 31 mpg, etc. etc.


Best Features

Reliability, Comfort when driving, Looks


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Good Bet
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By Japanesecarlover
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1996 Toyota Camry LE 4dr Sedan


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Bought the car with 114,000 miles on it and it runs better than all my friends' cars with fewer miles. The interior ergonomics are to notch and so is the comfort. I drove it from Denver to Portland Oregon and it was a joy the entire time. The four cylinder purrs at idle and gives a satifying note on hard accel. (The engine is a version of an old Celica engine.) In Oregon, the acceleration of the 4 cyl is good, but at high altitude, such as in Colorado, it is lacking. This is something to take in to consideration. I would suggest getting the silky-smooth V6. The economy of the V6 is comparable to the 4 cyl. Body roll is moderate. Suited more for a comfortable ride, not a sporty one.


Best Features

Quiet ride, good stock stereo, great ergonomics, comfort, smooth auto transmission, Toyota reliability (despite nay-sayers) classic, under- the-radar styling, trunk space, most refined four cylinder I've driven.


Worst Features

Mine has developed some rattles in each door that drive me completely bats, larger cup holders, offer a sportier version with a manual and stiffer suspension and gruffer looks.


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Almost at 200,000 miles!
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By Mike B
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1996 Toyota Camry DX 4dr Sedan


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I got this car in 2001 when it had ~106k miles. So, I've driven it just about 90k miles in 5 years. The major items I've replaced are as follows: struts, clutch, motor mounts, starter, harmonic balancer pulley, main engine seal, oil pan gasket, valve cover seal, spark plug o-rings (grommets), CV joints. Currently, the check engine light is on because the catalytic converter needs to be replaced ($1,200 at the dealer) and the rack-and-pinion steering system needs to be replaced ($700 at dealer) Overall, though, this car has been great! With the mileage it has, the seals and clutch repairs are not unexpected. However, the car is definitely starting to feel like a high-mileage ride..


Best Features

Seats are reasonably comfortable. A/C still kicks out meat-locker quality air! Trunk is very roomy.


Worst Features

As mentioned in another review, when the trunk is opened after it's been raining, water pours inside the car. The fuel mileage could be better (more in the 25 - 30 range in the city for the 4-cylinder). Also, my driver's side door handle broke off once when I was opening the door...cheap plastics


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Camry Great NEW - SO SO Used
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By JJ
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1996 Toyota Camry LE 4dr Sedan


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I bought a 96 Camry brand new and sold it Aug 2005 with 45,000 miles. Never hit, paint/interior perfect. The resale value of $5,500 is great for a 9 year old car. However, the car had some repairs, the motormounts went, cracking the exhaust pipe, the flimsy door handle cracked off in the cold and the drivers seat belt stopped working. Now at 60,000 miles it will need a timing belt, tune up plus the 60,000 binding U joint camry defect and in a few years an expensive exhaust and strut issue. Camrys are great, but don't believe the hype, they break a lot less than a similar american car, but with the added price and expensive parts they are not a good used car choice.


Best Features

Resale value, sharp looks, great milage


Worst Features

Be honest about the defects and give better rebates to purchase.


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Low maintanence cost and looks good
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By Mike McCoy
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1996 Toyota Camry Collector V6 4dr Sedan


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This car has been the best I have ever owned. I would be hard pressed to buy another brand other than Toyota or Lexus. The build quality is outstanding and the car is still as tight as the day we drove it off the lot. This car has a lot of life left her. 9 years old and 90,000 miles and she is not even breathing hard.


Best Features

Lots of rear set leg room.


Worst Features

Only suggestion would be to redesign the trunk lid. When it is wet and you open the lid water drips in on whatever you have in the trunk. Not a big deal, we cope.


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