1987 Toyota Camry Reviews - Page 6 of 8

1987 Toyota Camry 2000 Gli 2.0 injection gasoline from Switzerland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 injection gasoline Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 kilometres
Most recent distance110000 kilometres
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

Strong reliable and affordable performance car

Faults:

Electric radio antenna does not fully retract.

General Comments:

Somewhat noisy over 4000 rpm.

Long course gear lever giving a very similar feeling to what you got in the British or Italian sport's car of the 6O's.

Very good road handling and balance.

Excellent performance if using high rev driving.

Despite its age this car looks great with an immaculate silver blue body and a very good looking interior.

Despite the fact that it is a front wheel drive, its handling reminds me my former Alfa Romeo's and BMW which I used to drive in the 60's and 70's.

A great car in good condition bought for almost nothing (approx. 2'000 U$) which compares with todays very expensive "toys".

After 44 years of driving, one of the best car I ever had.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2004

1987 Toyota Camry LE 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carAudi 5000

Summary:

A reliable bargain

Faults:

Automatic seatbelt works only when door is shut several times.

General Comments:

This car will not die!

This car has been in my family for 15 years, and lived through 16 Iowa winters!

The car is very smooth and extremely quiet.

The level of comfort and amenities is very high for a 1987 car.

Just add oil regularly and that's all it takes!

The brakes are slightly squishy compared to my previous Audi 5000.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th March, 2004

1987 Toyota Camry DX 2.0 or 2.2 4 cylinder... from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 2.0 or 2.2 4 cylinder... Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired78517 miles
Most recent distance138974 miles

Faults:

My distributor seal and o-rings had to be replaced, because they leaked at 132,543 miles and the transformer cracked and leaked also.

I did a tune-up and replaced half of the electrical system including the alternator, battery and belts at 136,543 miles.

General Comments:

The car has a hard time starting.

The car is very comfortable and pleasant to drive.

Very reliable.

However it lacks power. Despite some reviews that rave about power, in my opinion the power is just not there. Factory rating puts it at 11.5 sec for 0-60, which is not very impressive at all. Fact: A Geo will beat you to 60 mph a second faster.

However despite my little complaint, the Camry is still a great car that was built to last. Very low maintenance, super reliable and cheap!

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

Review Date: 10th September, 2003

9th Dec 2003, 04:58

I have an '87 Camry LE that I am selling (174K) - not because there is anything wrong with it - but, because I can't justify the insurance (I don't drive much) and I can't tolerate all the idiot drivers on the road. I would rather ride my bicycle.

I have had this "loss of power" thing since I bought it three years ago, but I read a comment from one user who said that it was a problem common to the '87s. An easy fix to this issue is to simply drop it into low gear and then back up to drive and the car is fine! When the car is running at full power; it will do 0 to 60 in 6-7 seconds... not bad for a four cylinder! I love this car (actually manufactured in Japan) ; it is 100% reliable.

27th Apr 2005, 19:49

The reason your Toyota is hard to start is because of your cold start injector time switch. This WILL fix that problem.

1987 Toyota Camry 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired159000 miles
Most recent distance200189 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

This car can be a great running automobile if well kept up

Faults:

Starter went out at 174,000 miles.

Alternator went out at 174,000 miles.

Front driver-side axle broke at 180,000 miles.

Seats have started to wear badly, but lasted for years before any visible damage occurred.

Alternator went out again at 200,000 miles.

Car sometimes does not want to start, but when driver alternates transmission from park to reverse and back to park again, or if car is physically shaken, it can then be started.

CV boots have been replaced two times in last four years.

Front wheel assembly went out at 196,000 miles.

General Comments:

This car has a lot of power when no electrical or mechanical problems are present.

Have towed trailers weighing over 2000 lbs for up to 1,600 miles, only stopping for gas on the way.

Have taken this car over rugged terrain and many dirt roads, always seeming to pull out of it.

This car has survived many long trips through heat and cold-Through steep grades and flat surfaces.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2003

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 32 reviews