1986 Toyota Camry LE 2.0 gas from North America
Best car made period
A flat tire.
I bought this car off an old guy, who bought it off an old lady. I got it at 206,000km.
The day I bought it, I had a Wynns VIC done, basically a fuel system purge, which made it run a lot better and increased fuel economy.
I changed the oil one time in all the time I owned the car. It did burn/leak some oil, but I drove it hard.
I actually totalled it off (still drivable after). My insurance company low balled me on the car, so I decided to keep it for as long as possible. During this time it was winter and I live in Saskatchewan. On the -40 to -50 days, I would start it up, put a brick on the gas pedal, and hold it at a steady 5000 RPM to warm it up.
This car stood up to an amazing amount of abuse. I actually ran it bone dry of oil on several occasions, and the only way I could tell was because over 5000 RPM it started to rev slower with no oil. The hood was screwed up so I couldn't check or add oil.
We took this car off roading, hit piles of rocks at 50kmph, drove it 50kmph in first gear for 15km trips across the city, bouncing off the redline on the way to drop it off for my insurance claim, trying to kill the engine... NOT POSSIBLE.
These Toyotas and any other older Toyotas are tanks; you literally can't kill them.
If you're looking for a first car, I would recommend buying a Camry, and you won't need another one.
I drove the car for years with no problems; just topped up the fluids.
The clutch system leaked some brake fluid, and I actually thought the transmission / clutch was wrecked one day, but no, I just had to add brake fluid to the clutch reservoir and pump the clutch pedal... good to go for another 50,000km.
This car was the best car I have ever owned, and my only regret was getting into an accident, or I would still be driving the car.
Toyota and Honda make the most reliable cars on the road, and after owning a Volkswagen prior to this that lasted a day, I would never buy anything but Hondas, Toyotas and Nissans ever again.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th October, 2014
15th Oct 2014, 21:11
Sorry gotta disagree, the best car ever made in my opinion is the 1977-1990 Chevy Caprice, with the Ford Crown Vic as a close second. Rear wheel drive and a V-8 make for a much, much better driving experience; great for long distance road trips with the cushy seats and suspension. I've driven smaller front wheel drive cars when I was young and broke; no thank you.
Older Toyotas are pretty reliable, especially with the 22RE engine. However I live in eastern Canada, and the rust kills the body/frame way before the engine dies. Caprices and Crown Vics are body on frame, less prone to rust due to thicker metal, and can get 300k to 500k on the drivetrain with basic maintenance. Just my opinion anyways...
16th Oct 2014, 17:28
I agree with you. Thin gauge unibody near bad weather and road salt is a tough situation. The quest for light weight to achieve higher MPG is another. I think the larger crossovers are a great choice today. I had no issues with large full frame sedans. My small Toyota though was cheap and got me through my college days. I appreciated more room and added safety when my children came into the picture.