1993 Toyota Camry XLE V6 from North America


A great reliable car for a low price


Power steering began to leak at 170,000 miles.

Transmission needed to be rebuilt at 160,000 miles.

General Comments:

Headlights are a dim yellow and should be replaced with newer brighter bulbs.

V6 power allows for quick acceleration.

Handles very well on turns, have a great feel for the road.

Room for 5 and plenty of trunk space.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th May, 2003

1993 Toyota Camry Executive 2.2 Litre petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Recommended family car


When I got this car, the head gasket was on it's way out, the head itself was starting to rot away and the top hose fitting on the engine was rotten too (due to someone using only tap water for coolant). This cost me only $865AUD to fix, (not bad considering I only paid $6800 for the car as it was).

The timing belt had just been replaced at 196,000 (with these twin cam Camry's you have to change the timing belt every 100,000 km's or so, the only real flaw with these cars). Repair: $400.

The power steering system leaked at around 195,000. Repair: around $650.

The CV joint boots are starting to crack, Toyota want $228 to replace (each side!).

The paint lacquer is starting to peel off, mainly on the driver's door, and the top of the dash board is starting to turn it's toes up due to it being in the sun a little too much (keep these Jap cars out of the sun, they don't like it!).

The car needed a wheel alignment, and the tyres needed rotating. $51.

Just after I bought the car, the battery suddenly went kaput (though I don't think that's the car's fault). Had a new battery fitted for $125.

With the interior, the 'ceiling' is starting to fall down on my head, and some of the fabric on the insides of the doors are coming to bits...

When I'm reversing my car from my driveway, I sometimes have trouble seeing what's on my left due to the passenger seat's headrest (I've never really had this problem with any of the other cars I've owned).

General Comments:

This car, when you push it on a straight run, can really go, and I'm talking about the automatic! Seems to be good on the fuel too.

Nice, roomy interior, and is really comfortable to drive, I had passengers fall asleep while I drove them around (you almost risk falling asleep at the wheel yourself!).

The simplish interior seems really easy to clean.

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

Review Date: 22nd April, 2003

24th Apr 2003, 21:00

I just wrote the review above. When I had the wheel alignment done, the car still veers to the left just like before... this car has been in a prang, but the people who did the wheel alignment say there's nothing wrong underneath.

I'm not sure I like the feel of this car, I think it is one of a 'bad batch'. The brake pedal 'vibrates' under my foot for starters. The previous owner bought this car for $7500AUD in 2001! That is very cheap. He's now gone and got himself a VR Commodore with a 5 litre V8. I think he must've been thrashing this little car then as it had a lot of carbon inside the engine (we know as we had the head gasket changed).

Also, I'm starting to think this car is very bad on the petrol. I have done only 200 km's in it since I filled her up (she has a 70 Litre petrol tank) and already the petrol gauge is nearly reading at half empty! (I just hope the gauge has funny 'logarithmic' properties). Well I suppose I did have a lengthy, slow drive through the city the other day...

1993 Toyota Camry LE 3.0L V6 from North America


The 1993 Toyota Camry is a very appealing car with a great reputation for reliability and quality


Car was bought used. Dashboard has lost it's shine and has a "burnt plastic" look due to sun exposure. I believe the Dashboards on 1993 Camrys were not built well enough to sustain heat damage from the sun.

Even after reconditioning the dashboard it still looks the same and is beginning to crack.

With High humidity where I live, the windows take a long time to de-fog, making it difficult to drive at night down dark roads.

Trunk leaks water when opened after rain or washing.

Another minor problem with my Camry is the electric windows and door-locks have had some problems, but they were fixed.

Finally, The engine takes a very long time to cool down after use (especially after driving above speeds of 60 MPH).

General Comments:

The performance with the V6 engine is great! It passes other vehicles at high speeds with ease.

The 4-speed Automatic transmission gears shift very smoothly, even when I hit the accelerator hard.

The car handles pretty good with a smooth and quiet ride and drives like new.

Sound insulation is incredible!

The Camry was built with a very strong body which makes me feel very safe inside.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th August, 2002

23rd Mar 2004, 01:45

I also own a camry it also has that power locks and power window problem. I just had my transmission replaced it had 96000 miles on it. other than that it is a very nice car.

10th Mar 2005, 18:43

I have a 93 LE with 190000 miles. The dash; as with the rest of the car, still has just as much shine as it did when driven from the lot. It just depends on how you take care of it.

20th Jan 2010, 00:58

I bought my 93 Camry with 140000, had the transmission replaced at 175000. Blew a headgasket at 197000. I think it drinks too much, more than the Maxima and the Maxima feels sportier. The car has stranded me once (head gasket). I am experiencing creaks/thumps (tie rods) and slight jerkiness (bad engine mounts) both common issues with the V6. SV joints going out (currently 214000), had them put in when they did the head job. I love the leather and the sunroof and it cruises long distances very well. Yeah, I would buy it again - just not from the dealer I bought it from, and not get it repaired where I sent it for the two big jobs. Between them, they took a damn OK car and made it worse very expensively.