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Another 150,000? by Skycar from California on 05/27/2012. Trim: 1998 Toyota Camry LE, Owned more than 10 years.
Pros: I know I do no good in placing a blanket pro over the entire vehicle but I must say I have very few cons (ABS and struts) at all about this model that could trump a still running engine and that is its biggest pro for me. That is if you are certain the car was well maintained. Trunk is great and rear seats have decent leg room. Decent acceleration for that period car. The car does have low clearance. We use recirculated air and have no problem. Defroster is weird but I haven't figured out how to use it yet so can't comment. Very simple car. Purchased New Made in Japan. ODO 160,000 as of writing this review 5-2012. Still running strong.
Cons: For some reason our car is average only 22MPG highway 14 years later and I have not a clue why. The hood has started to buffet ever so slightly above 70MPH. Braking is all or nothing and causes the less experienced to jerk the passengers about. Other than the regular maintenance at the required intervals the Camry needed: Valve Guide Seals 100K, cleaning Throttle Plate, cassette player (forget how but could be me), engine overheats lately, changed struts, temperature sensor changed (result radi. fan always on), minor cosmetic problems, and replacement of engine duct 150K. That is quite a list that does not include dents and component failure because of incidents or still never shown (ABS).
Overall review: The Camry's service history shows if there was no maintenance on the car or if you purchased one used or with poor workmanship it is feasible that the problems could arise. I however reject that statement because our car is running smoothly as if it was rolled of the lot a few years ago and we plan to run it another 150,000 miles. There are numerous problems that will arise as time passes including the initial signs of paint chipping recently (from our cats, long story) but if you put the time into the car I have no doubt my Camry's engine will continue running. And that is what makes this car the Toyota it is.
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