1987 Toyota Camry LE 2.0 gas from North America


Great first car or commuter vehicle


Bought this car after the lady owner put in a new alternator and timing belt, and then was told it needed power steering pump so I got it for $500. She said it was a delivery vehicle before she bought it - has a weird logo ("Melting Man") on the cargo area driver's side window (it's a wagon).

New power steering pump and muffler at 235K ($500).

New brake rotors, pads, and rear drums at 250K ($400).

New radiator and AC system at 255K ($1200).

New fuel pump at 265K ($600 - they had to drain and remove the gas tank).

Signal to turn left buzzes, but works just holding the lane change detent.

Sometimes decides to shift out of OD when the cruise is on; cruise also sometimes shuts down (these both happen mostly on level pavement - weird).

Just had it tuned and now getting 32mpg vs. 27.

General Comments:

I drive this to work every day 25mi. each way and use the cruise at the 65 limit because it likes to go 92. It would be nice if it was quieter on the freeway. It's very comfortable, but wish the driver's seat went back further and had more thigh support (I'm 6'1"). The ride is much more controlled than my Buick Park Avenue. Handles OK for a family wagon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2006

1987 Toyota Camry 2.0 3sfe from North America


Good toy for skilled do it yourself trash recycler


All repairs done by the previous owner were made with prehistoric tools and had been redone by me. Thanks to the inexpensive parts from junk yard, the repair cost is not high. Installed 90' Celica updated starter drive to get rid of noise during starts.

The engine is smoking on start-up due to valve seals, transmission has bumpy 1 to 2 shift cold, noisy interior (station wagon, stupid automatic shoulder belts and inner plastic door handles, failed emission components.

General Comments:

Unusulally fast midrange acceleration 30 to 50 mph.

Good brakes despite drums on the rear (OEM shoes and re-build cylinders, from junkyard).

Roomy interior.

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

Review Date: 27th January, 2006

28th Jan 2006, 17:56

I don't think that he's necessarily whining about a 20-year-old junker. It can just as easily be taken as a testimonial that someone with automotive know-how can buy an old car and successfully drive it without spending much money. He's simply stating that he did a lot of work himself.

1987 Toyota Camry from North America


Great car, very reliable


Bushing on starter. Occasionally has trouble starting, but always starts within 4 tries. Would cost $1200 to fix, not worth fixing. Will just continue to drive and put up with occasional starting problem.

General Comments:

Other than the problem with the starter, this has been a great car. It takes a bit to get up to speed on the highway, but once it gets up there it drives like a charm, have to watch the speed. Great little car!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th November, 2005

9th Feb 2006, 14:55

According to Bosch parts company, replacing the starter drive with improved bevel of the teeth will cure grinding noise during start. Such improved drive do not have flange at the pinion gear. See my review "Good toy for do it yourself...", posted January, 06.$1200 seems unreasonably high. Good luck.

1987 Toyota Camry LE 2.0 4-Cylinder from North America


Cheap, reliable, and beautiful


The tread on the tires have gone bad at about 190,000 miles.

The interior is fading a little bit.

The alternator blew along with most of the wires in the car.

Also, the car will shut off when it has rained for a while or while raining (sometimes).

General Comments:

The car is a beauty.

It is very reliable and doesn't give me problems anymore.

I think it could last another 10 more years with good maintenance and care.

The car is a little weak, but can give good power when needed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2005

1987 Toyota Camry 2.0 from North America


Hope Toyota keeps building this kind of quality


Other than the expected tune-up, the car has cost me nothing. The transmission has the slip between 2nd and 3rd, and even with a new filter and fluid the outcome was the same. So I live with the occasionally sloppy shift. The starter has just started to do the grinding, maybe once every 3 weeks.

General Comments:

The car has been in Ontario all it's life. The previous owner was kind enough to oil it every year religiously. This has saved the car from being biodegradable. The body is silver and in beautiful shape. I can't believe this car is almost 20 years old. The ride is more plush than my 1992 Camry. Comfortable for long trips and basic with the DX trim. The trunk is huge and great for 2 hockey bags. I am considering selling the car to pick up a corolla, just hope the ride isn't compromised. Fuel mileage is incredible especially using the cruise control.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2005