Last year, the first major fault that occurred with the car was a leak in the exhaust system. The whole system had to be replaced at considerable expense.
Unfortunately, while the Toyota dealer was putting the car back together after installing the exhaust (a one piece catalytic converter and manifold, etc.) they did not connect the front axle on correctly and left a tool in the engine compartment. This was quite a hassle.
Also, the engine had some problems with some of the oil seals at around 100k miles.
The bushings on the suspension (typical Camry issue) had to be replaced at around 70k miles.
At 110k, I had all the struts replaced after one started oozing fluid out and burning it on the tire.
This car is quite a trooper considering the amount of stress I put on it going up and down a mountain to school every day. My parents are letting me use it as I am a high school student. They owned it from new, but I acquired it last year.
I got into two wrecks which were not my fault this past year and the car performed considerably better than I thought it might, being ten years old. A few scratches on the bumper for one (rear-ended by 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cierra) and a severely dented door from the other. (1997 Isuzu Trooper side impact).
I am becoming a bit nervous as the miles go up. It seems as though the car feels differently every day. Still, compared to some cars I've driven with half the miles I can say that this is one well built automobile.
The valves generally like to make a lot of noise at startup.
The heat takes quite a while to come on in the winter.
Handling is safe if not exactly meeting the desires of the average teenage driver.
Styling has aged fairly well as have the engine, auto transmission, and interior integrity of the vehicle.
The seats don't quite support me right.
The four is a little slow, but I can still accelerate a bit faster than the 4 in the 1990 Volvo 240DL my friend has.
Solid, well deserved reputation.