1998 Toyota Camry LE 2.2L I4 from North America
A generally mediocre effort by modern standards of reliability
The suspension system on the Camry is very poorly designed and wears quickly. In the past year, I have rebuilt almost the entire front end of the car (CV joints, struts, mounts, jounce bumpers, tie rods, etc).
Engine and transmission are good, but very expensive on scheduled maintenance.
Not a bad choice, but seriously over-hyped. My 1997 Taurus has cost $200 in repairs over 10 years and still runs well. To keep the 1998 Camry in the same shape has cost almost $2500 in repairs and extra scheduled maintenance (timing belt) over the past two years alone.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 3rd January, 2007
Thanks for an HONEST Toyota review!! As someone whose family has put over 300,000 trouble-free miles on Fords I appreciate your sharing the truth about the Toyota myth with us. We owned one Toyota (a Celica) and it was not all that bad, but as in your case, the maintenance costs far exceeded that of any of our Ford, GM or Chrysler products.
I owned four Camrys. Domestic cars never even come close in reliability.