1987 Toyota Camry 2.0 gasoline from North America

Summary:

An icon of reliability

Faults:

The alternator gave up at 190000km and was replaced with a used one for a total cost of $120.

Clutch plate started showing slippage and it got worse so it was replaced with a new one for a total cost of $250.

The car chassis was so rusty to work with, so changing the clutch caused a series of broken-leaking pipes and lines.

Speedometer cable broke from rust.

Leaking brake fluid line due to rust.

Broken coolant pipe due to rust.

Leaking gasoline line also due to rust.

All were replaced for a total cost of $250.

General Comments:

Mechanically, this car is an icon of reliability. The engine was never touched.

This car has a well laid and designed interior, with very comfortable seats.

Interior has proven to be of an excellent grade by retaining its quality despite the car's age.

Performance is adequate all around and gas consumption is surprisingly low.

Excellent family car if you can find one that survived Canada's harsh winters.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2002

1987 Toyota Camry Basic Sedan 2.0 from North America

Summary:

A smooth riding powerhouse

Faults:

The car, which had been stored properly for 10 years, was purchased in an estate sale.

I replaced the tires and all of the fluids. The automatic transmission fluid was replaced by the dynamic method, which I highly recommend.

It passed the safety check and emissions test easily.

However, the transmission exhibited slippage. I had this checked by a qualified transmission expert and it was given a clean bill of health. Due to the low mileage and the fact it had been stored for a lengthy time, it was felt that the car needed to be run in well.

General Comments:

I was happily surprised by the power of the Camry engine. It reminded me of the fun it was to drive a previously owned BMW 2002.

For a car that is 14 years old, I continue to enjoy the mechanic's double take on the year and fine condition of this vehicle.

Though I've only had the car for one month, I can easily foresee years of pleasurable driving ahead.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th November, 2001

1987 Toyota Camry 2.0 gas (4 cylinder) from North America

Summary:

Very reliable and good performance

Faults:

Needed a new alternator at 160,000 miles.

Very rusted underneath. Radiator leaked because of the rust. Slow leak, didn't need fixing (at 150,000 miles). This car lived in a northern state where all cars eventually rust.

The car is finally beyond repair at 170,000 miles when the starter/flywheel finally wore down (common Camry problem).

General Comments:

Very, very dependable car. Hardly any problems ever.

Surprisingly powerful.

Very solid and fast. The car doesn't shutter until over 95MPH.

Engine still runs perfect at 170,000 miles.

However, it runs rough on normal gasoline, but using high-octane gas it runs smooth.

I loved this car, it would have run forever if it was properly taken care of.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2001

1987 Toyota Camry DX 2.0 litre petrol from North America

Summary:

Perfect, peppy and pretty!

Faults:

Upon receipt of the car, it was in immaculate condition. About a month later one of the tires went flat, and that's about it.

However, the car was totaled when I hydro-planed on the freeway and ran into a fence. Big owie. Not fun.

General Comments:

Perfect car for a new driver.

High performance for a 4 popper.

Handles well on dry pavement.

Caution is needed when driving in the rain, it's light and peppy, which is a bad combo in less than perfect conditions.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th March, 2001

1987 Toyota Camry LE Wagon 2.0L EFI 4 from North America

Summary:

A nice wagon with performance in mind

Faults:

The car has be great. I had to replace a failing alternator, and have a gasket leak at the rear passenger side of the motor.

General Comments:

This is a very comfortable car, great on long trips. Temp was a little high on mountain climbs with the A/C on, but it was to be expected. Paint stays good except for the tops tend to fade and peel. No rust anywhere yet. Put on wider tires and the car becomes a very aggresive in the corners. Hardly any body roll and the steering feedback is great. I put on 15in 205 tires that are wonderful. Tows very nice with no overheating trouble and great power.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th June, 2000

1987 Toyota Camry LE Wagon 2.0 EFI 4cyl auto from North America

Faults:

For the first 8 yrs, nothing. Recent years, a thermostat, headlight, had a leak in the heater core (lots of hours to fix), and half the AC.

General Comments:

For a car with 180,000Km it's been unbelievably reliable. Never once has it failed to start on the first try, even on the coldest Canadian winter day.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 1998

1987 Toyota Camry Gli 2.0 injection petrol from UK and Ireland

Faults:

At 74,000ml gear lever jumped out of 5th, costly repair. This did not happen to later cars of same model as a modification was fitted.

At 110,000ml the original battery had to be replaced.

At 111,000ml the distributor failed.

First (and only) bulb went at over 100,000ml. Exhausts and tyres have been the only other replacements, apart from plugs, filters etc. Occasional rough running about every 2yrs. Simple free adjustment to carb.

General Comments:

The dealer from whom we bought the new car was excellent - Llwyd Coed Motors, Aberdare. However they lost the dealership and Wilsons of Aberdare took over. They failed to find a simple fault and charged me for new plugs £43. Had to write to Toyota to force garage to refund money. Llwyd Coed had, in the past made the small adjustment required free and within minutes.

When the distributor failed, the dealer in Carmarthen incorrectly diagnosed fault and charged me for a new coil and ignitor, cost £400. The dealer in Newport found the fault and lent me a distributor to try. This has solved the problem. Carmarthen have promised me a refund for the parts they fitted in error.

Wish I could afford a Lexus.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th August, 1997

14th Oct 2001, 20:36

Simple adjustment to carb???

Where exactly is the carb in a fuel injected car?

11th Feb 2004, 08:53

My thoughts exactly. How can a car with an injector have the carb refitted?