1988 Toyota Camry SE 2.0 litre
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.
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!
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