1996 Toyota Camry LE 2.0L from North America

Summary:

Great car to start out with, grow a family with, and grow old with!

Faults:

Radiator and cap needed replacement at 105,000 miles.

Car ran hot, so thermostat was replaced at 110,000 miles.

Water pump gave out at 121,000 miles.

Radiator blew out at the top when it overheated.

Radiator, cap, and locked-open thermostat (due to over-heating) had to be replaced, again, at 121,000 miles.

Timing belt and and other belts (? around water pump, etc.) are cracked; replacing at 121,000 miles.

Spark-plugs and spark-plug wires need to be redone; replacing at 121,000 miles.

General Comments:

I think this car handles very well and is a smooth and comfortable ride, especially on long trips. Has some unexpected pep to it, when you need it.

It is not as tight on hard and fast curves as I'd like it... gets a little fishy, like the suspension needs some tightening. I had it checked out and was told it is just car design.

Lots of interior room and trunk space, despite its size.

Great car for young couples to start out with and accommodates a growing family very nicely. Easy to clean interior.

Good stereo sound and very comfortable seats. Safe to drive, with good line-of-sight around the car.

Over-drive button and cruise control are added bonuses, as is the great gas mileage.

Seat adjustments, interior room and configuration make this car comfy to drive for small (5'2"/101 lbs.) people like me, as well as taller people with longer legs.

All power windows/locks/radio/speakers/antenna work with no glitches. Everything has worn well, including all vinyl, steering wheel, carpet, seats, etc.

I would recommend this car to anyone... I love it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th August, 2006

1996 Toyota Camry LE 4 cylinder from North America

Summary:

I like it so much that I would never want to have anything but a Toyota

Faults:

The head gasket was replaced after 85,000 miles.

I had a complete new engine dropped shortly afterward. I was told by a Toyota dealership that the previous owner hadn't used the right type of oil, or had not changed it frequently.

General Comments:

I love everything about my 1996 Toyota Camry, and even though I admire the new 2006 model, I will keep mine since I have a one year old engine in it. I cannot think of anything that I don't like about it, since it is comfortable and handles well, and requires very little maintenance compared to the previous cars that I have owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2006

21st Aug 2006, 19:40

Toyota Camrys are great, my only comment is that this person couldn't have owned a Toyota Skylark as the Skylark is a Buick.

1996 Toyota Camry SE from North America

Summary:

You get your money's worth

Faults:

"Taillight out" light started coming on randomly at about 75000 miles for no reason.

Transmission is worrying me. It jumps at about 40 miles per hour and 60mph. It'll have a hard time reaching 65 miles per hour, for instance, then it'll very suddenly jump from 60 to 65.

Low ground clearance, speed bumps usually hit the undercarriage, and no, I don't fly through them.

General Comments:

It has general wear and tear, but I definitely don't regret buying it.

I'm a college student and this is definitely an A to B car. No frills and it doesn't take off when you floor, because it is 10 years old, but it is pretty reliable and gets the job done.

Fabulous gas mileage. I drive mostly highway and I get about 35 miles per gallon. It has a pretty big gas tank- 18.5 gallons.

Surprisingly large trunk.

It's overall comfortable.

I had to pay for it myself after freshman year and got my money's worth. Can't say the women flock to it, but that's not why I bought the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd January, 2006

11th Jul 2008, 13:18

My 94 Buick Regal's transmission does the exact same thing, jumping a bit in the 43-49mph and 62-70mph. It did this when I got the car at 74k, and is still doing it now at 130k, no changes, no problems, etc. Unless it gets progressively worse over time, I wouldn't worry about it.