1997 Toyota Camry GX 2.2 petrol
Understated luxury and clockwork reliability
Radiator housing leaked @ 186K km
Front passenger power window malfunction
Rear right door handle broke
Right headlamp fused.
Dull interior, but well built
Very quiet, smooth ride
Performance adequate, transmission butter smooth
Averaged 11litres/100km throughout the years.
Batteries have lasted 3 years on average, Car severely overheated last year @ when radiator housing leaked.Besides replacing the faulty item also changed alternator and reflux bottle which melted, battery and had cylinder head cover re-ground as it was warped.
Other than this, wear n tear maintenance included changing timing belts at 80K km and 160K km.
Changed front disk pads at 100K km and both front and rear again at 200K km.
Rear absorbers and suspension bushes replaced at 180K km.
Front left drive shaft replaced about 120K km, right driveshaft at 200K km.
Oil & filter changed faithfully at 5000km intervals.
"Cobra" alarm switch replaced last week
Seats have held up well with no wear marks despite 4 kids growing up in it. Head-board had to be replaced as fabric was detaching from impact of two regular six footer passengers
At 203K km engine still does not burn oil significantly, starts first time every morning.
Other than these maintenance items and the unfortunate radiator housing failure(which seems to be predictable based on feedback from 2 other family members who own the same model)
Everything else works practically as new, even radio & CD changer and motorised aerial are original.
Had the car since new. It was a company vehicle and took the option to buy over the car, as my family couldn't bear to part with it.
Comfort, quiet refinement, economy and reliability are attributes of this vehicle. Certainly a satisfied owner.Definitely the best all-round car, and the one which I have owned the longest in my 29 years of driving.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th September, 2004