1988 Toyota Camry Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1988 Toyota Camry SE 2.0 litre

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0 litre Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired318000 kilometres
Most recent distance485000 kilometres
Previous carFord Falcon




Manual steering rack was replaced at 420,000 km due to a bush inside wearing, and making a knocking noise when going over bumps. Mechanic said only the bush needed replacing, but it being a sealed unit, the whole rack had to be replaced.

Other than that, normal wear and tear replacement parts.

Alternator at 380,000 km, 3 batteries over last 7 years, tyres wear evenly to 50,000km, timing belt every 100,000km.

Needed a new water pump at 390,000km; I think it was damaged when the mechanic replaced the timing belt, cracked bolt housing on pump. Since the replacement of the water pump, have topped up the radiator with a mouthful of coolant for last 4 years/100,000km.

6 years after buying the car, have finally had the relay replaced; aircon will now run without overheating and be turned off, as only 1 fan worked. Both fans run now when using it with 45 degrees outside. Before, when the needle rose, it turned the aircon off.

General Comments:

One of the most reliable cars I have ever had. Has never missed a beat in 7 years, except when one of the HT leads was faulty. Even after driving 1500km in 1 day, averaging 120-130 km/h, it just keeps going.

Handles as good as any sports pack car, with good tyres, sticks to the road like glue. Can hold its own against sports cars 1-2 years old.

Relatively economical still after 22 years, 550 km almost on 3/4 tank, highway driving.

By the way, it is an S/wagon, auto.

Will hit 500,000km before end of this year.

Can sit at 120km/h forever.

Doesn't blow smoke.

Top up oil 1/2 litre every 1000km.

No oil leaks!

No rust!

Auto serviced once in 7 years, gears change perfectly.

Had a Ford Falcon once with 250,000km on the clock when bought, 6 years old. Front wheel fell off after 1 trip to Brisbane, bearing collapsed. Transmission replaced twice in 2 years. Full of rust.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 23rd June, 2010

1988 Toyota Camry CS 2.0

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired149000 kilometres
Most recent distance166000 kilometres
Previous carHyundai Lantra


Great second hand car


Indicator electrical failure.

Air conditioner needed upgrade and re-gassing.

Front struts needed replacement (expensive).

New tyres.

Fan speed resistor burnt out and needed replacing.

General Comments:

It has had a share of problems, but for its age they are limited.

Power is good for a 4-cylinder engine and the fuel economy is pretty good.

The interior has plenty of room for a full car load of passengers.

Design may not be exciting, but Toyota is all about good value for good quality vehicles.

Top buy for a family with limited finances.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2001

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 2 reviews