1987 Toyota Camry LE 2.0L 4cl from North America
A triumph of superior engineering in a dull, functional sedan
A few electrical problems: the alternator (and consequently the battery) went bad at 190k, but was very easy to replace; power windows and locks generally good, but one or another would mysteriously fail for a few days, then be OK.
Rust on beautiful navy panels, especially driver rear and around all wheels. Around 180k radiator was rusty (but not yet leaking) and broke when the shop used a power flush-and they paid for a replacement.
Rear defrost was ripped off when purchased.
The starter doesn't catch sometimes and grinds very loudly, but it always starts after a few tries.
This car was extremely reliable and will probably run forever.
The engine is very accessible for most minor maintenance such as oil changes.
The power waned as it aged, but still has some to spare.
I found the car to be very solid mechanically, and never had trouble with anything except what is mentioned above, which is spare for so many miles, I think. There are a lot of them out and around so used parts aren't too difficult to come buy, if you're trying to live cheap. I think that the road salt will deal a final blow to this beast, like skin cancer, but every vehicle will see their days come to a dismantling close.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd September, 2004