1997 Toyota Camry 3.0 V6 from Australia and New Zealand


Great vehicle; robust and well built


Rear sway bushes.

Front shock absorbers.

General Comments:

This car is the most reliable car I have owned. If serviced correctly, it is faultless.

Very little road noise.

Great economy for a V6. Effortless automatic 4 speed shift.

The front seats could be more form fitting and comfortable.

Climate air heater controls are difficult to reach while driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th June, 2012

1997 Toyota Camry LE V6 from North America


This car is ultra-reliable if well maintained


Mechanically very sound car, has never broken down.

Only regular maintenance has been needed.

The paint is faded in spots, as it has always been parked outside.

The paint is also chipping in from a repair. I was told Toyota has a problem with their white paint.

General Comments:

This has been my mom-mobile for thirteen years.

Things (knobs and handles...) have just started breaking, since my eldest son has been driving it when his is in the shop.

Keeping it for my younger son, and driving it myself the whole time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2012

1997 Toyota Camry Standard 2.2 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Terrible; keep away from this shocking vehicle, extremly unreliable, stay away!


Gear stick snapped while I was driving the car.

Head gasket blew at 70,000 Km.

Air conditioning died in the middle of summer.

All electric windows died.

Starter motor had continuous problems all the time I owned the vehicle.

Head lining fell down.

General Comments:

Terrible vehicle, shockingly unreliably, and poor quality. I will never buy a Toyota again.

The BMW I had previously was fantastic, and had no problems at all.

The Volvo I have now is fantastic; I have had no problems with it whatsoever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th June, 2011

14th Jun 2011, 10:07

Never try to compare a Toyota with BMW/Volvo/Audi.

Toyota is a mediocre car to take you from point A to B without that much fun/comfort. However, in average it's reliable in doing that job.

Even a look at interior material will tell you the story. Also Toyota is designed to work for a couple of years, not for decades (like Volvo).

1997 Toyota Camry LE 2.2 from North America


My favorite car ever



General Comments:

My favorite car ever, and tied for the best car I've ever owned (our 1985 Tercel went 115,000 with no issues, and ran as good when we sold it as the day we bought it).

The only serious money I put into it was the timing belt / water pump at 100k, which was expected. It's never broken down, made funny noises or smells, or used any fluids.

Bought it with 65k, and put 106k more on it in 4 years. Drives smooth, is unbelievably quiet, accelerates nicely, is fairly comfortable, and gets great gas mileage. I've never gotten less than 26 mpg (winter/city) and easily get 33 mpg on the highway in the summer driving 80 mph. One time got 36 mpg driving across Michigan's U.P. at 65 mph with a good tailwind the whole time.

It fits 4 very comfortably with a good size trunk for luggage and golf clubs. Full size spare (never used). What can I say - I love this car!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd September, 2010

1997 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0 from North America


Perfect commuter and family car


Cosmetics: the leather seats have cracked and ripped, the plastic on the sun visors has cracked and failed. The plastic knobs on the radio have cracked and fallen off. The clear coat on the exterior paint has started to fail at 170,000 miles/10 years.

General Comments:

Awesome reliability, good power and a great commuter car.

Aside from the cosmetic issues, (we live out in the Arizona desert) this car has been, and still is, a perfect all around daily driver.

The dealer has been very supportive when we need maintenance (what little there has been) and overall, this is the best car I have ever owned, compared to 3 Honda Accords and several Subarus.

All my previous cars were great, but our Toyota Camry is even better...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th June, 2010

1997 Toyota Camry LE 2.2 Liter 4 cylinder from North America


Best car I ever owned. I "may" consider selling after I hit 250,000 miles!!!


Valve stem seals were replaced under the 7 year / 100,000 miles extended warranty. This seems to be a typical problem on these 4 cylinders.

No other problems noteworthy of reporting.

General Comments:

Extremely reliable and very comfortable. I've had it since brand new (5 miles) in May 1997. Change oil every 3000 miles. Flush transmission every 15,000. Both a bit of overkill, but a whole lot cheaper than expensive repairs and no real down time.

On this model you have to change timing belt every 60,000 miles. I think in '98 or '99 they switched belts, which require you to change every 90,000 miles. Something to consider if buying a used Camry 4 cylinder. (same body style 1997 - 2001)

I drive mostly around town, but drive from San Francisco bay area to Texas and find car EXTREMELY comfortable. I drive for many hours and get out feeling fit. On highway at 70 mph with A/C on I average just under 33mpg (and it does NOT burn oil). Message is: Spend a few bucks on maintenance and you'll be a happy camper for many miles to come.

Trunk is very adequate, if not large for a vehicle of this size.

I have owned many other vehicles. My family and I have owned 6 Toyotas (Corolla 3, Camry 2, 4Runner 1). They were all excellent. Next car: I will go only to a Toyota dealer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2010

13th Jun 2010, 08:26

I agree with your love of Toyota's. My '96 Corolla has almost 180,000 miles on it now and it still drives and feels like brand new. The only repairs it's needed were a radiator and an exhaust manifold. The rest has just been basic maintenance.

My Corolla does however use a very small amount of oil, and I mean a very small amount; I only have to add about 1/4 of a quart between changes, well within the acceptable range (acceptable range is a quart every 1,000 miles).

I can't complain, it's never let me down.