1984 Toyota Camry Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1984 Toyota Camry LE 2.0 L4 with hi-lift cam from North America

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 L4 with hi-lift cam Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired217000 miles
Most recent distance218000 miles
Previous carBMW 5 Series

Summary:

A surprisingly fast sleeper hit

Faults:

First the radiator cap stuck, resulting in a blown up radiator.

Internal rust from everything steel inside the cooling system, from the previous owner's service.

Blown head gasket, leading to warped head and leaky valves.

Broken timing belt right after valve job.

General Comments:

The car was great for the first four months I owned it. No real problems for about a thousand miles. Then it started to burn oil and the ish hit the fan.

Head gasket, valve job, head milling and now a new timing belt all went within ten hours of driving it.

I have seen here and there that it's a non interference engine, so it will live to screw me again.

The good times I had with Mr Butler tron, as it was called, were quite good. As far as I know it's a pretty fast car. Mine, with the five speed manual, will lite up the tires all the way through first gear. Gets to 60 in roughly 8 to ten seconds. Good handling and reasonable gas mileage make it highly drivable.

The bad about the car isn't bad enough to make it a bad car, but little things like the lack of a tachometer, front wheel drive, very poor servicability and the ever shallower "oasis of parts" nag you from time to time.

As for modifications, the Camry is a very good platform to start with. First of all, the stock stereo system isn't even funny. You can shoehorn 4 by 6's in the front speaker holes, up to 6 by 9's in the back dash and as much sub as you want in the trunk. I have four 4 by 6's and a 200 watt sub in the trunk and it works quite well. You don't need any more than that in such a small car.

The motor is also begging for attention. It can take as much as 22 degrees of advance for much more punch and the intake can be opened up for better sound and performance in, at most, ten minutes. The five speed manual is a must for go fasting, but that's about all you have to look for.

All things considered, the 1984 Camry is a good car as long as you don't step on any cracks, carry your rabbits foot and stay clearly away from ladders.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th October, 2003

1984 Toyota Camry LE 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired196000 kilometres
Most recent distance224000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

A luxury, performance, cheap car

Faults:

It would lose power when going uphill. Restarting the engine would solve the problem. It seemed putting Chevron injection cleaner helped for a couple of months (used the 87 octane gas). Took it to the professional injection cleaning ($80 CAN), it didn't help at all.

Alternator failed, and power antenna never worked.

Some rust, nothing compared to an 82 Corolla.

General Comments:

Very quick to start, easy to handle, roomy.

All power options worked except antenna (sunroof, locks, windows, steering).

Used for pizza delivery in a big city, so it wasn't that fuel economical.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th January, 2002

1984 Toyota Camry LE 2.0 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1984
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance358000 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

This car is awesome

Faults:

It stalled going uphill when it was new. The Toyota dealer had terrible service and ripped me off. Once I took it to a mechanic this problem was easily fixed.

The relatively thin metal has produced rust.

The shocks were all replaced at 150k and are in need of replacement again.

General Comments:

This car has been unbelievable. It has 3 modes of travel: Power, Economy and Normal. The car can out-accelerate almost any car when on power and gets 44 miles a gallon on economy.

The interior is perfect and remains comfortable.

The engine is very powerful. People overlook this car but are stunned by its capabilities.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2001

1984 Toyota Camry Hatckback LE 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance150000 kilometres

Summary:

Fun, spacious, and mod-able

Faults:

Engine stalls from time to time, however I have found the part to fix this.

Hood cover wouldn't lock down. Fixed easily.

Tire Pressure is unreliable at times, but it is an easy fill.

General Comments:

This car is so sweet. I have tinted the windows, added a blacklight and a really loud thumping sound system which turns heads.

I just found out it will take a 454ci V8 engine so I am currently looking for one, although I wish it were rear wheel drive...

I have plans to make this car FAST, and look awesome.

What more could I want from a 4 door? It is spacious, reliable, fun, and can be tinkered with fairly easily.

So Nice.

The 40+ miles per gallon helps a lot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2001

11th Jun 2004, 13:38

The car that I have is a 1983 Toyota Camry and it runs like a dream car. But what some people don't like is that I race it at PGARA in Prince George so right now some people don't agree with what I'm doing to the car, but it great! I have so much fun with it! I just started racing last year (not street racing either at an actual track) and I love it! Some of you guys should try it someday!

29th Nov 2005, 07:16

Rice burners were not meant to be raced in america.

24th Oct 2008, 02:54

So you have a Camry and like the mileage. And then you put in a gigantic elephant motor. Just don't complain about the way your mileage has nosedived. Also, don't be surprised if it takes more work than you think to upgrade. A large engine like that in a flyweight like the Camry will bust the stock shocks and springs frequently, you'll have all kind of braking problems, and the car will show you the new meaning of understeer in corners.

Yes, these cars can take a 454 V8, but I wouldn't do more than a Toyota twin turbo Supra six swap if I were you.

1984 Toyota Camry LE 4-door Sedan unknown switched from North America

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission unknown switched Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired119000 miles
Most recent distance128723 miles
Previous carDodge Caravan

Summary:

Good car to get around in

Faults:

I bought this car in 2000 for $1000.

Sway bar for both sides replaced at 125k.

Right CV joints blew at 124k. Both replaced.

Right strut needed replacement.

Tires have immediate wear.

Front speakers blown when I first bought the car.

"Door light" switch constantly on.

Gauges flip back and forth. ex: on temp.

Rust on the back trunk starting to move.

General Comments:

Though it has a really big trunk, it gets me from point A to point B.

Overall good car, spacious and all electrical. Haven't had any electrical problems yet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2001

6th Mar 2004, 12:15

What is "switched automatic?"

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 10 reviews