1998 Toyota Camry Conquest 3.0L V6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
A cheap and reliable car
The only problem that I have so far is the central locking. Sometimes when I use the remote locking, the front door will not lock.
Engine had sludge (previous owner didn't change oil for nearly 4 years).
Boot flooring is not a single piece.
HAIL STORM IN MELBOURNE - It gave my car lots of dints >:(
I'm a uni student who has to drive everyday to uni. I'm also a car enthusiast, so I clean and maintain my car maybe too much :)
I previously had a 1993 Mitsubishi Magna 3.2L V6, and that car was very unstable and the engine was poorly built. After it was written off by an elderly driver, my parents bought me a Toyota Camry V6 Conquest. The first thing I noticed was the engine smoothness. Rev the engine to 4k RPM and the car wouldn't rattle or engine grunt. Bought the car for $6500 AUD. I'm the 3rd owner of this car, where the 1st owner used it as a company car.
Ever since buying it I only changed the oil with Castrol Edge 5-30W synthetic oil twice by myself to fix the sludge problem. People who say using synthetic oil on this car will ruin it are WRONG. My engine runs even smoother now.
The car came with Michelin XM1+ tyres, and they were very good. For the tyres (205/65R15) I found after using and researching that the best tyres for this car were Dunlop SP Sport Response. The Dunlop just edge out Michelin in overall performance of dry/wet grip and braking.
For engine performance, it's very good for a 12 year old car. 0-100km/h for mine was 7.8secs. People consider a Camry driver to be slow and old. I'm the opposite. Since Australia have too many hoon drivers that drive Commodores and Falcons; police would never consider a Camry driver to be reckless. But I do stick to the rules.
Suspension is soft, so the comfort is excellent. Cornering is lost, but is compensated up by the car being low and wide. Steering is responsive and good for a car this size.
After test driving a Toyota Aurion V6, I found that cabin noise was louder than my 1998 Camry. Even though the Aurion has insane power, I won't be moving over straight away because this car is perfect for me.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th March, 2010
"A cheap and reliable car"
Cheap? For sure; it's made of cheap material, and it's cheaply designed.
Reliable? Sure! Who cares Camry has the record for the most killed people because of the unintended acceleration.
I don't know when people will believe the Japanese cars are not such great ones...