1998 Toyota Camry LE 2.2L 4 cylinder from North America
Cheap, reliable, comfortable transportation, despite relatively high repair cost
Starter: Failed and replaced at about 140,000 miles (2009); attributable to 2 years of engine off at red lights and some engine off coasting (hypermiling techniques).
Power steering rack: Began leaking fluid at about 145,000 miles (2010) and proactively replaced at about 150,000 miles (2011).
Exterior driver door handle: Broke and replaced (2010) with a flimsy aftermarket handle to save about $25 bucks; it appears I'll be replacing it again within a year (likely with the higher quality OEM one).
Radiator: Small crack spotted at about 160,000 miles (2011), nursed, and proactively replaced at about 165,000 miles (2012).
Valve cover gasket: Began leaking some oil at about 165,000 miles (2012), nursed, and proactively replaced at about 173,000 miles (2013).
Despite a couple unusual repairs for this model and year, the reliability remains excellent; never truly stranded except for the starter issue.
Quite comfortable; not a Lexus though.
Its duty has been almost exclusively a commuter car in metro Atlanta for the past 5 years, so that's taking its toll, yet it's staving off its demise nonetheless via high quality repair parts (door handle notwithstanding).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th May, 2013