1990 Toyota Camry DX Wagon 2.0 from North America
20 years young and still going...gracefully!
Besides scheduled maintenance, not much.
No horror stories of mysterious electrical problems that mechanics can't solve or leaving you on the side of the road in the middle of the night. No drama.
Dome light bulb when out... that's it.
Interior construction is top notch. Even compared to domestic cars 15 years newer!
Exterior's only weak spot are the rusting on the wheel wells. Mine is just starting to rust only on 1 wheel well, about a inch or two. If it gets really bad, I love this car enough to fix it.
Get in a drive it, and it oozes quality, Solid feel to it even after 20 years, amazing.
It's very good in the snow (good tires help).
Most practical car I have ever owned; wagon model is a big plus. I throw a few snowboards in, my fishing rod and gear, groceries, luggage, camping gear with ease.
Roominess is ample for 4 adults up to 6'00. 5 would be a bit cramped for long hauls. I'm 6'00 215 lbs myself, and the car fits me perfect, enough head clearance and leg room, and I like the seats better than the 3rd generation Camrys.
Only thing I don't like about it is its rough idle, and at highway cruising speed (60-65 mph), and when you tap the accelerator, it has a vague feeling.
This is my 3rd Camry, still have my '92 Camry sedan with 216,000 miles on it, and it purrs like a kitten. I expect both cars to go well over 300,000 miles.
These engines are bullet proof. Just do the obvious maintenance, and it will last a long, long time with minimal repair. I can't say that about a lot of other cars.
Performance wise, it doesn't do a single thing great, but does everything well. There are a lot of intangibles involved also that won't show up in spec sheets, like peace of mind and the grin I get while driving it.
I was lucky to buy my 1990 Camry wagon used in very very good condition, and for only $1,500 it was the best buy of the year, and I can honestly say I love it more than my '92.
I highly recommend this car to anyone that doesn't mind its bland looks and more for its legendary reliability, practicality and quality for a cheap price.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th February, 2010