I bought a used 2002 Toyota Camry with a hundred and thirty thousand miles it burnt oil like crazy every other week I was putting a quart of oil in it 600 miles only have the car 2 months and then the transmission blew out I junked the car and got $500 for it I will never buy a Toyota again my Chevy Cavalier lasted me 13 years and had over 200,000 miles on it
This Camry is, by far, the most reliable vehicle we have ever owned. We've had a Ford, Chevrolet, & Chrysler vehicles before that, but now I am completely convinced Toyota is the best value. We purchased it new in 2002. I still drive it every day. It has 210,000 miles on it. We just replaced the catalytic converter and an oxygen sensor, because our mechanic believes the car will run soundly for several more years. This car had absolutely no mechanical issues until it was over 12 years old. We did replace the timing belt when suggested, as per "scheduled maintenance." Only once has it failed on the road...and that was due to the alternator in the 13th year, which is to be expected. If we have spent more than $5000 in repairs over the last 16 years, I would be surprised. We have replaced the brakes twice; the battery twice, replaced a chip in the air conditioning system once ($10.00 from Autozone); repaired (not replaced!) the exhaust system twice, replaced the alternator once, and now the catalytic converter and oxygen sensor. I generally still get about 24-25 mpg. I am considering shocks/struts, since I've decided to keep the car a few more years. I'd like to add that we are not good about vehicle maintenance and still the car performed well. The one thing I do not like about that car, is that the seats are not deep enough. But for this kind of reliability, I will put put up with that.