1994 Toyota Camry CSX 2.2 ULP from Australia and New Zealand
Cheap to buy and run, reliable, but won't tolerate hard driving
Engine began to deteriorate as the oil had sludged up from missing a service interval. Second hand reconditioned engine was bought and fitted.
Gearbox began slipping in first and second at approx 150000 k's, then shortly after gave up and wouldn't drive in forward at all. A second hand gearbox from a wrecker was bought and fitted.
Door trim fittings have began to peel off, but are an easy fix.
The universal joints don't like too much torque when pulling away from a stop sign, turning left or right.
Seat lacks support and might not go back far enough, depending on the driver's height.
Overall this is an extremely reliable and capable car given its purpose - to take you from A to B.
Try to get enthusiastic or pretend you're in a Supra, and things might start to break.
The engine is built for torque, and doesn't rev high for a four cylinder - approx 5600 rpm in the auto.
However this means when driven normally around town, and even on the highway, it feels stronger than a car like this should.
It's only when you try to get enthusiastic that the engine feels soft.
The suspension and chassis layout was good in the day, and combined with the "big bore" four banger, it will actually blow off most new runabouts with 1.6's - especially at the lights.
If you want a cheap old car that won't cost heaps, all you need to remember is change the oils and go easy on the gearbox; the rest is bulletproof. Everything from the cigarette lighter to the cruise control should still work in this car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 19th September, 2010