This has been, hands down, the best car I've ever owned. Yes, it is boring to drive and look at, but the benefits outweigh that for a daily commuter.
I bought this car in a rush in 2007, after my daughter totalled my 1998 Altima. I needed a car for work (35 miles each way) and to drive to law school 3-4 nights a week (add another 30 miles each way). When I bought this Camry, it had 85,000 miles on it. Five years and 135,000 miles later, old whitey is still rolling hard. Nope, she isn't pretty (faded paint, scratches, a dent in the rear quarter panel where I backed into a post, and the front bumper cover is cracked from where I took out a skunk doing 50 mph).
The only things I've replaced are the brakes (once), the tires (twice -- the tires were always evenly worn), and at 180,000 miles, I finally broke down and had the following replaced: intake gasket, timing belt, alternator belt, water pump, plugs, and a tie-rod end.
The "service engine soon" light is on (needs a charcoal canister), but it doesn't affect the driving, and we don't have to pass emissions where we live. In other words, outside of regular maintenance items (and even then, they weren't exactly performed "on schedule") nothing major has ever gone wrong.
The only things that have "gone wrong" are convenience items that do not affect performance or driving, like the CD player, door handle, and the fuel filler door spring. The door handle was $15, and hubby fixed the fuel filler door easily.
The interior is in good shape. The only very small tear in a rear seat that was there when I first purchased the car, is the same as it was then, even with me hauling around several 100+ pound dogs in the back. Some of the fake wood trim has faded and one piece is curling slightly, but like I said, she is not a thing of beauty. The seats are still comfortable. The A/C will freeze you out, and the heat keeps you toasty in winter.
While it definitely isn't the most exciting car to drive, it's got plenty of pep when you need to go. After switching to Schaeffer's oil, I'm now getting a steady 30 mpg with combined driving. Even before then, with regular oil, mpg averaged 26-28 combined.
I've looked long and hard at getting a new car. I've researched and looked, and I don't know that there is anything out there that could outdo what I already have. It is a practical car -- a plus in today's economy. The reality of it is, I guess I can do without "pretty", because I know I'm going to get there, and it's not going to cost me an arm and a leg to do it.