2002 Toyota Camry 2.4 VVT-i

Summary:

Great low speed cruiser/daily beater

Faults:

Both rear ABS sensors failed; the second failure influenced a crash on the highway.

O2 sensor needed replacement.

Rear brake pads needed replacement.

Violent clutch shudder after a cold start.

The car developed a funky smell from the A/C.

Headlight bulbs constantly burning out.

Power antenna motor broke.

After the crash:

Bumper and undercarriage plastics were destroyed.

Headlight washer system was completely destroyed

General Comments:

I bought this car for its comfort and soft suspension due to huge Swedish speed bumps.

Pros: Comfortable, economical, cheap and good looking car. Impressive clutch. Loads of features for the price that are uncommon for cars this age. Huge trunk. Great for families. Can be crashed and driven home safely.

Cons: The suspension is not suited for high speed cornering, thus making the car difficult to drive over 60 mph (100 km/h) on European highways and tight twisty B roads. Both rear ABS sensors broke, one of which happened while cruising at top speed for only 10 minutes on the German autobahn. The rain sensor didn't work unless you would tap it (probably after the windshield was changed from a previous owner). The windshield wipers wouldn't work over 90mph (150km/h).

I've stretched the capabilities of what an average buyer would do to this car. It was a solid car while I owned it and definitely worth the €2700.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2017

1st Jul 2017, 21:03

Update:

More faults during ownership:

Power antenna motor failed.

Starter died, replaced with a used Lexus unit.

A/C developed a nasty moldy smell.

Coolant flush was needed.

Cabin air filter replaced as the old one was full of leaves.