1986 Toyota Camry Reviews from North America - Page 3 of 6

1986 Toyota Camry LE 4 cylinder. 2.0 liter

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder. 2.0 liter Manual
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired127000 miles
Most recent distance223000 miles
Previous carnone none

Summary:

Stalwart mode of transportation

Faults:

Before I answer.. knock on wood so my good run with this car continues.

Just basic wear and tear. When my parents owned it, the transmission went sometime before 80000 miles.

I bought the car in 2002 right after the water pump and timing belt were replaced. Since then just the basic upkeep with oil changes every 3000 miles, switching to synthetic oil, premium gas, changing out the spark-plugs at 200000, new battery, distributor cap, spark plug wires, new tires, 2 mufflers, replaced all the pipes on the exhaust system, rear springs, new front axles, CV joints, control arms. The drivers seat is starting to wear, and being that the car deals with the weather in Pennsylvania, rust is starting to eat away at the rear wheel-wells and several edges near the trunk and on some of the doors. The A/C works when it wants to, sometimes for 2 hours straight, sometimes for 5 minutes. That is my only real gripe, especially in the summer.

General Comments:

Considering the 95 horsepower it started with in 1986, after the loss of compression over 20 years, the Camry starts out a little slow, but the engine really runs smooth once you get moving. I have blown past state troopers while going 85 and they just look at the car like "there is no way that thing is going that fast".

Always been there for me, there is no car I want to ever replace my 86 Camry.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd December, 2006

1986 Toyota Camry 2.0 4 cylinder gasoline

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 4 cylinder gasoline Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired143000 miles
Most recent distance155000 miles
Previous carVolvo 240

Summary:

Trusty, Trusty, Trusty

Faults:

Muffler fell off and brake line busted shortly after I bought the car. Not Toyota's fault obviously. I kept driving for about 7 months with very limited brakes and no muffler. I finally replaced the brake lines for about $20 worth of parts. It stops well now, still no muffler so it's noisy and has reduced mpg's and power, but still runs fine.

More of the front drivers quarter panel has flaked off since I bought it, its pretty badly rusted/broken there. other small rust spots on paint have grown a little.

General Comments:

This car is the best investment I have ever made. I bought it for $460. I have put $20 into the brakes and gas money that's all. The thing runs great, starts every time. Even without a tune up that I'm sure it need and having a broken exhaust pipe and no muffler. I was getting about 380 miles (12 gallon tank) with the muffler on now I get around 300.

The cars paint is awful, there is a decent amount of rust. it turns stiff sometimes, the tape player is broken, the heat barely works, the radio tuner is tempramental. But I really don't care, I paid under 500 and have driven it for a year with almost no money into. How could I complain.

It actually is a cool looking car I think. If it had a new paint job and a new quarter panel it would look really really cool. I'ts a attractive design.

I drive the car fast all the time. On the highway between 75 and 90 mph, it has no problem doing this everyday, the car shakes at that point, but its 20 yrs old and has had no maintenance.

Oh yeh it does shake really bad while idling in drive, I slip it into nuetral when stopped and its fine.

With work it could be a great little vechicle. For me and my money it's great as it is.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th October, 2006

1986 Toyota Camry LE 2.0

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired295000 kilometres
Most recent distance295000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

A great little car that runs like new!!

Faults:

In great shape, well maintained, new alt and tires.

General Comments:

Just bought this great little Camry with 295,000kms on it and couldn't be happier. if a better car was ever built I haven't heard of it. Toyota quality and reliability is unsurpassed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th July, 2006

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 20 reviews