1998 Toyota Camry Vienta Grande (XLE) 3.0 V6 from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Smooth reliable well made car

Faults:

Nothing at all.

General Comments:

A fantastic, reliable, smooth, comfortable, quiet car.

The V6 power plant is so smooth/sophisticated.

My car now has 260000 ks on it without a rattle or squeak anywhere, and the paintwork is still like new, other than the odd scratch here and there.

The interior trim almost perfect with the exception of some leather fade.

I recently drove a 2006 Holden Commodore Omega, and once I got back in my Camry, it felt so much smoother. I believe this car is still streets ahead of what Australian made Falcon and Commodore offer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th December, 2007

23rd May 2009, 09:59

I own a Camry and agree; I drove a Falcon and it seems a lot less refined. But I have to mention that the Camry/Vienta is Australian made.

1998 Toyota Camry LE 4 cylinder from North America

Summary:

Very, very, very reliable at this point

Faults:

Plastic door handle broke, got it fixed for about 100.00; having a small problem with driver side window, if overused it will not go up. I therefore use it as little as possible. It still works though, going on 6 months. Struts poor.

General Comments:

I bought this car in February 2001, three years old at time of purchase (1998 Model). Currently it is November of 2007, almost 10 years. Over this time I had to take this car in for repairs "zero" times. You must exclude the little petty things like, plastic door handles and window motors. The real test is will this car take you from point A to point B or will you be stuck on side of the road with your thumb out. I did not believe the seller when she told me this car will last me so long, I dismissed her comments as just someone who wanted her commission. However I will list a couple of things that I did not like however overall, I cannot complain. The struts are bad, but I have driven on them for over a year. Make sure you change your timing belt, I did at 90,00 miles and all the engine noise stopped. Make sure you do a total Transmission Oil flush, keep your car running smooth. And your 3-5,ooo miles oil change. I grade myself at a "C" on maintenance, but the car has performed at an A+ especially considering its almost 10 years old at 160,000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th November, 2007

1998 Toyota Camry 4 Cylinder from North America

Summary:

Cannot afford to keep repairing this car

Faults:

4 different oil leaks, had to replace power steering pump, rear main seal, front cam seal, rear cam seal and oil pan gasket.

General Comments:

Car sets to low and has been one of the least reliable auto's I have ever owned. 26 MPG around town and 34 highway. Dash has cracked and gas door remote does not work correctly. Almost bought a Chevy Impala, but bought the Camry instead. Should have bought the Chevy. I have never put more money into a car I owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st October, 2007

1998 Toyota Camry LE 4 cylinder from North America

Summary:

Overall, the Camry's a keeper

Faults:

At 20,000 miles: Throttle problem that caused problem starting the car = covered under warranty.

At 80,000 miles, driver side visor broke off.

At 100,000 miles, interior clock stopped working.

At 110,000 miles, fixed visor, but it broke off again at 120000 miles.

At 135,000 miles, rotors were warped and needed to be turned.

At 145,000 miles, front lower ball joints and front brake pads needed replacement. The rotors needed to machined.

General Comments:

I have driven this car since it was new in 1998 and still drive it.

I have done regular oil changes, major service at recommended intervals, replaced the timing belt, water pump and spark plugs (twice on spark plugs).

I think it's been pretty reliable given the above service history (although you judge for yourself and let me know since this has been the only car that I have ever owned).

Pros: quiet, reliable, comfortable, nice interior. Even though I maintain my car, it takes care of me more than I take care of it.

Cons: boring styling, handling and acceleration could be better, somewhat high maintenance cost for mid-size family sedan segment once repair/maintenance is required, easily chipped paint in front of hood, low back support on seats could be better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd August, 2007