1998 Toyota Camry LE 2.2L from North America
Affordable, reliable, and fuel efficient car
Valve cover leak when bought with 54600 miles.
Broken coolant reservoir cap.
Camshaft seal leak at 69000 miles.
Poor ground for turn signal light (RH).
Steering wheel not centered when driving straight.
I had a 1992 Honda Accord before with 112000 miles when sold, and a 1994 Toyota Previa with 123000 miles, and they didn't have so many little problems like this car with only 54600 miles.
Other than that, the Camry is also very reliable. I use it on 1300 mile round trip once a month with complete confidence. I had important parts replaced such as timing belt, water pump, coolant and transmission fluid changed, all leaks fixed. Now it looks good and is in tip top condition.
Suspension is a little bit soft, but OK. Cabin is quiet at 65 mph with little wind noise and almost no engine noise. Drive is smooth, but the seat is not as comfortable as on the Accord and Previa.
Excellent fuel efficiency; I consistently get between 36 to 38 mpg on such long trips, mostly at highway speed. Amazing 2.2L.
The bottom line is this car is very reliable and fuel efficient, easy to maintain. Definitely nothing fancy, but should take you anywhere you want.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd October, 2011