1991 Toyota Camry Spirit 2.0L 3S-FE


Cheap reliable runabout


General wear and tear really:

Clutch fork broke.

Driver's seat badly worn.

Speedo dials bent.

Gearbox clunky.

Drive shafts rattly.

Water pump went about 340,000km.

Hand brake didn't work.

Burnt about 1 litre of oil per 1000km (oil rings worn).

General Comments:

Reliable car, goes well for its odometer reading. I sold it a couple of years ago when I bought a BA Falcon, and I wish I still had it.

I got at least 650km out of a tank, no matter how hard I drove it.

It wasn't quick, had below average stopping power, it under-steered like pig, but it was built like a tank.

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

Review Date: 24th April, 2012

1991 Toyota Camry GX 3.0 V6


Fantastic car. Want to keep it till it dies


Both front C.V. joints replaced at 296000kms.

Rear right electric window collapsed (don't use that window anyway, so doesn't bother me).

General Comments:

I haven't had the car too long, but am very impressed with it. I bought it as a work hack for $1000; best grand I've ever spent.

The car has been well looked after for its age and mileage, with only 2 previous owners.

Had to replace the C.V. joints, but hey that's wear and tear.

The Camry is really comfy (this is the base model before they brought out the 3.0 GL in 1993).

The auto is still really smooth, and the car loves a good beating NOW and then.

Fuel economy is OK, but this is an old V6, so I didn't expect Corolla economy.

The A/C works great, factory cassette and 6 disc CD stacker still works great, and the speakers are surprising good.

The car has keyless entry (1 remote), but doesn't work, so when the alarm goes off, you have to reset it by unlocking the car and put the key in the ignition, which is a bit of a pain, but oh well.

Next week am getting a full service, and cambelt and associating bits replaced, so will probably cost the value of the car, but honestly, am not really bothered :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd February, 2011

8th Sep 2013, 05:08

I am the original reviewer, still have the Camry 2 years later. It's now done 343,800km and have had to replace the head gasket, replace the radiator, two wheel bearings, and had the auto serviced.

Apart from that, all I've done is wash it, put fuel in it and a basic service every 8000kms, as it's getting old and using 1L of oil every 10,000km, which isn't too bad.

Overall I'm still happy with my 1k purchase.

1991 Toyota Camry CSI 2.0 litre - 4 cylinder


A well designed and reliable car


Replaced rotors twice.

Drive shaft problems around the 300,000km mark - cost AUS $1,000 to repair.

Some rust around the window seals (I live near the sea), fixed for around AUS $800.

Air conditioner developed a leak and had to be re-gassed.

Usual consumables: disk pads, alternator bushes, solenoids, batteries and lights.

General Comments:

This car is a particularly good design from Toyota and is very reliable.

Please note that this car is not the same as the US for the given year. The picture in this forum shows the "wedge" shaped Camry only available in Australia in the mid 90s.

Its lower height and wider stance (similar to the Cressida) makes it handle quite well around corners. The front-back balance is quite good.

The engine itself has been surprisingly reliable with no mechanical problems whatsoever (now at 420,000km). I always use fully synthetic oil (Mobil 1, Penrite), and to the usual 10k/6mth service, which probably helps it last so long.

My only two criticism is probably a little small by today's standards, particularly if you have tall passengers in the front and back seats, and the dials tend to bend with the heat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2009

1991 Toyota Camry Executive 2litre efi


I bought this car on reputation. It lives up to it.


Water pump needed replacing, previous owner did a cheap timing belt change and didn't change the water pump.

Lower suspension arm bushes needed replacing.

CV joints needed replacing.

General Comments:

I bought this car knowing how it had been treated (well) so wasn't fussed about the high km's.

It uses around a litre of oil per 10,000 km's.

Very reliable.

Fuel use 9.5km/litre city, 13km/litre country.

Only annoyance is there is no lever to easily adjust the drivers seat slant. Have to turn a knob instead. I'd still buy the car though:).

I know when I have to do the head on the vehicle it's a going to cost. Toyota used shims to set the valve clearances so its not as easy as other cars, but its strong.

The automatic gearbox made buy toyota is reputed to be bulletproof. I've no reason to doubt this.

No body issues at all.

Speed? Who cares? But if I did, it can move very quickly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2005