1988 Toyota Camry Standard 2.0 I-4 16v from North America


A reliable bargain


At 91,000 miles I bought my Camry, deemed "a total loss" by my neighbor's insurance company. I bought it for $200 and the only thing wrong with it was the left headlight, fender, grill, hood, and that little piece between was bashed in. The radiator was pushed back, so we bent it back, no harm no fault. After $2,000 of body work it was back on the road with some new paint mixed with the nice paint it still has from the manufacturer.

It now has vibration in the front end, but it's probably just the front wheel bearings.

At 121,500 miles the timing belt, which has never been replaced I found out, deteriorated into grated cheese. This little problem left me stranded on the median of the interstate for about 4 hours, no biggie. It was towed back to my house, I replaced the timing belt myself, started it up and worked fine, runs just like it used to, thank god.

General Comments:

This is the best beater on earth. It gets great gas mileage. It heats up in the winter fast, and cools down in the summer just as well. It is a very comfortable car to drive, and has no major computer electronic controls and crap that you will have to replace, just good old manual control.

I don't really like the big black go-kart bumpers, but it's not another thing you have to pay for if someone bumps into you, just laugh at them and say have a nice day. I've hit so many things ha ha ha, but you can't tell. It's age is showing a little bit, but damn I have beaten the hell out of this car and it still bounces right back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th May, 2003

1988 Toyota Camry LE 2.0 DOHC from North America


The best


The exhaust system (from the catalytic converter back) fell off one day as I was driving home. I limped it over to my mechanic, and I had a brand new one put on for $180 total cost.

It has a rough idle at stops when I am using a lot of electricity (running fan, defroster, lights- lots of things on at once). Seems it doesn't like an accessory overload.

Driver's side seat had a big tear.

General Comments:

This is my first foreign car, and wow- it's been great! Puts my previous beater to shame. My Yo is my "second car"- it's great for saving wear and tear on my 5.0 Mustang.

I sold my Topaz and bought this Yo for $100 wholesale off a local used car lot. It's tagged, and I just ran it through inspection without a problem.

Great gas mileage, and rides really nice. Needs struts, but it's a comfortable car to ride in other than that.

The motor is strong- runs like a new car! I've had many 100K+ vehicles, and for the price, this one was a steal.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th January, 2003

1988 Toyota Camry LE 4 Cylinder from North America


300,000+ miles, and still running like new!


Nothing has gone wrong with this car.

General Comments:

This car is a god sent gift from heaven. Long live Toyota and their great company. This 1988 Toyota Camry has gotten me to St. Louis and back home every day for the last 5 years WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS! Its well over 300000 miles, and still running strong. I reccommend this car and any other car made by Toyota! I'm so pleased with this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2002

9th Sep 2005, 01:48

I have a 1988 Toyota Camry Wagon. Only 60,000 miles on it! Motor runs great! My only complaint is the transmission. Had to have a solenoid replaced. After that it was fine till now. My OD light on the dash blinks on and off after about half an hour on the highway. Still runs good, but the light drives me crazy and I don't know what it means!!!

28th Jun 2007, 03:51

I have a 1988 camry, 370,000 KM.

And this car can do 160 KM/HR on the highway, or even up to 190 KM /Hr.

Toyota engines are amazing.