1999 Toyota Camry Reviews from North America

1999 Toyota Camry LE 2.2

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 miles
Most recent distance250000 miles
Previous carJeep Liberty

Summary:

Great, love it

Faults:

Headlights were hazy.

Back speakers went out.

CD player skips.

Slight oil burn off (like 1/2 qt every 3k miles).

General Comments:

I love this car. I got it from a old man that kept up with regular scheduled maintenance, using Toyota gen parts. and the required weight oil 5w30 conv.

Let me tell you, the trans works great. She gets 27 MPG average (and I've got a lead foot), and parts are inexpensive.

I love this car. I was a domestic car buyer before I got this car, and it has made me love imports.

It drives like a brand new car. Starts up great; no taps or rattles.

The sound system is the best sounding system in a car that I have ever bought. Before the back speakers went out that is LOL.

Lots of trunk space. I can't say a bad thing about it, except it's a little lacking on power, but it is a 99 with over 250k miles and a 4 cylinder LOL; what do you expect?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th June, 2013

1999 Toyota Camry LE 4 cylinder

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired122000 miles
Most recent distance188000 miles

Faults:

I had to replace the brakes twice.

Had to replace the timing belt.

Cigarette lighter stopped working.

Power mirrors stopped working.

Power outlet stopped working, then suddenly worked again one day.

Had to replace both headlights at one point.

Half of the dash lights went out.

Radio display light went out, then came back on after a nice punch.

General Comments:

It's plain looking, but it's absolutely RELIABLE. The fact that I know I can take this car long distances without any problems is really comforting. Also the little things like how it's cozy, the heat heats you right up, and how comfortably warm it will be on a winter day just from sitting in the sun.

I will honestly say that my Camry has been to bad places and back, and has taken quite a beating over its life, but yet at 188k miles, it still has a proud ride with a lot of life left.

This is my first car, and I've learned that I need to take care of it now seeing as it's getting old. I would definitely recommend this car to new drivers as it requires little maintenance work. Call me crazy, but I swear my car has fixed some of its problems on its own. LOL.

This car will be your partner in crime & your best friend that you can always count on.

Also, if you hook up an iPod through the cassette player, and you set your iPod volume just right... THE SPEAKERS WILL BUMP BETTER THAN ANY OTHER STOCK SPEAKERS IN A CAR. I keep my bass on zero or -1 & it makes the rear view shake. Very nice balance between bass and treble if you set everything just right. Just an extra tidbit of info :)

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

Review Date: 7th April, 2013

1999 Toyota Camry LE 2.2 litre inline four

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 2.2 litre inline four Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles
Previous carMazda MX5

Summary:

Reliable, safe and economical

Faults:

I've had some niggling things go wrong with the car. The passenger side vanity mirror cover broke, the driver's side window regulator stopped tracking, and the power mirrors stopped working.

Overall it's been incredibly reliable.

General Comments:

It's reliable, functional, comfortable and economical transportation.

I gave it a higher performance mark, because the inline four has good torque and revs quite nicely.

It rides pretty soft, and is more of a GM type of feel, but with much higher quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2013

1999 Toyota Camry LX 2.2 4 cylinder

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.2 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance197000 miles
Previous carMercury Grand Marquis

Summary:

Reliable, just don't plan on passing it down to your kids

Faults:

For starters, my mom purchased this car in hopes of never having to buy another car. She took very good care of it, and only had it serviced at the dealer. Yes, it had 197k when the engine went. But this is a Toyota - it should have gone longer than that!

Engine went at 197k due to excessive oil sludge. Toyota acknowledged the problem, but refused to fix it or at least share the cost of replacement. They simply said it was due to lack of maintenance and high miles. This was said by a Toyota service writer! The car was serviced every 3-5k as required by Toyota with full synthetic oil, and they still would not stand behind their product. Dealer blamed engine failure on the engine light being illuminated (see below).

Engine light came on at 80k, and was blamed on a fuel canister, costing $800 to replace. Dealer said to leave it alone, despite having the engine light continuously lit. Dealer advised they would be able to spot any problems at service internals (which they did not).

The radio display quit working at 30k. Dealer refused to fix under warranty, stating it was not covered under the bumper to bumper warranty. Refused to replace with a junkyard unit, stating it would void the bumper to bumper warranty!!!

Rear struts failed at 20k. They were replaced under warranty, but failed again at 40k. The car was driven until 80k with bad struts before being replaced with lifetime struts from Monroe. Never had any problems after that.

General Comments:

This car was generally fairly reliable for my mother until the engine went. Other than the nit-picky items, it was a very solid car. I recommend doing what she did and trading it in on a 2003 or newer V-6 model.

We received such poor service from the Toyota dealer, we refused to go back to buy another car. Instead, we found a Lexus dealer that had a very nice Toyota Avalon V-6 with low miles. Thus far, it has been a very good car for her.

If you're looking at a 97-2002 model, stick with the V-6 model, as they are less prone to the sludge issue and timing belt service.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st July, 2012

1st Aug 2012, 16:48

All Toyota engines from that era were prone to the sludge issue.

Consider yourself lucky that your Camry's engine didn't sludge at 48,000 miles like our Toyota based Pontiac Vibe did.

3rd Aug 2012, 16:46

I was very impressed with the Pontiac Vibe and test drove several. My main reason for not buying one was the unreliable Toyota drivetrain. I've just experienced too many problems with Japanese cars.

8th Aug 2012, 10:50

I wasn't aware that the Vibe had the same engine. It would have been nice if the dealer would have at least offered to share cost in replacing the engine, but they did not. It was very disappointing to figure out later, that in some circumstances, Toyota WAS replacing engines under an extended warranty.

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 48 reviews