1996 Toyota Camry Consumer Review: Almost at 200,000 miles!

1996 Toyota Camry - Consumer Review

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Almost at 200,000 miles!
By Mike B on


1996 Toyota Camry DX 4dr Sedan


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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