1995 Toyota Camry CSI Station Wagon 2.2 DOHC EFI from Australia and New Zealand
Great Toyota Reliability
Usual wear and tear.
Roof lining has sagged (been replaced).
Door trims (fabric) have sagged (re-glued).
Changed CV joints.
Timing belt and usual wear and tear items.
Great car, would recommend it to anyone.
This model was assembled in Altona in Victoria (Australia), with the engine and transmission shipped from Japan.
I was 8 years old when this car was purchased, it was my father's. I am now 22 and I have driven it for three years.
I previously purchased a used Honda Civic 1995 EG as a first run about soon after getting my licence at the age of 17. It was a great car, but very expensive to operate compared to the Camry.
This car drives incredibly smoothly. The transmission is exceptionally smooth and shifts gears seamlessly. The engine also idles very quietly and only becomes harsh when revved above 3500 rpm. It is underpowered for the weight and size (more so, as a wagon), but very drivable.
The car handles competently, I have driven better handling cars like the Citroen Xsara, Ford Falcon and Volvo S80. But, nonetheless, it feels incredibly stable at low and high speeds. The steering is a little vague, but remains precise when directed, although it offers very little feedback.
The interior is, perhaps, a little low rent. This was a base model when we purchased it. It does, however, have some nice surprises such as an illuminated key hole, cupholders, adjustable lumbar support, electric mirrors, tachometer and cargo blind (which were all rare for standard items back in 1995). The trim is fading and the glued on areas such as the head liner and door trims have peeled (which is fair enough given the age of the car).
The panels of the car are also very thick and hard to dent. Fit and finish is superb for a 15 year old car, no exposed screws in the interior and excellent materials. The air conditioning is also excellent. It has never been regassed or serviced, and runs strong with no odours.
This car was $31,000 AUD when we purchased it brand new back in 1995. Today it is worth probably a tenth of its original value, but this car is now worth well more than its monetary value. In the time we have owned this Camry, we have had a Mitsubishi Lancer, Honda Civic, Citroen Xsara and Daihatsu Charade. The fact that we've chosen to keep the car instead of trading it in is a testament to the reliability and cost efficiency of this car.
I would recommend any Toyota product for quality and reliability, they do tend to make uninspiring cars at times, but it's the advantage of having peace of mind at a reasonable price that sets Toyota's apart from other manufacturers.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th April, 2009