1999 Toyota Camry SE 2.2L 133 hp I4 from North America


It is reliable and efficient, with plenty of room


Main braking cylinder was replaced under warranty (around 30,000 miles).

Front struts were replaced under warranty (around 30,000 miles).

Alarm system gets triggered if the car is left out in the sun for two-three hours.

Second shift solenoid went out around 190,000 miles and was replaced for about $280.

Developed a small oil leak around rear seal at 190,000 miles (could be fixed for $600).

An A/C compressor started to make whining noise at 2500+ RPM around 200,000 miles. Replacement is around $1000.

A speedometer shows 5% higher speed than it is (you are doing only 76 mph when it says 80) with factory tires.

General Comments:

I can't say this car is without problems, however at nearly 220K miles it is still going strong and I hope it lasts me till 300K.

I bought it new. After about a year and a half, my wife reported one time loss in breaking power. I took it to a dealership where they replaced the main break cylinder, even though they didn't find anything wrong with it.

At the same time they replaced front struts since they started rattling a bit.

Following general maintenance (oil change every 5K, timing belt change at 90K and 180K, water pump change at 180K, brake pads every 40-50K) it did not have any serious problems.

I wish the transmission shifted less noticeably, and brakes were more linear, but it's acceptable.

Some minor flaws at this point: few instrumentation light bulbs went out, power windows starting to struggle a bit, power locks starting to stick when locking automatically.

My measurements show that it is still doing 34 mpg on a highway at 70-75 mph. However, due to 5% error in speedometer, it is probably around 30-32 mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th May, 2008

24th May 2009, 22:10

An update. A year later, the car has 230K miles. There were no problems until few days ago. A radiator's top has cracked and is leaking a coolant. I didn't realize it was made out of plastic.

1999 Toyota Camry LE from North America


I'm fearful of spin-outs!



I just bought my 1999 Camry LE, with 133,000 miles on it. I was driving home on the highway... and a truck came into my lane forcing me to brake quickly.

The car spun 180 degrees around and I wound up on the highway facing traffic.

I'm VERY lucky that I had a second or two to get over to the median ---still facing the wrong way ---before the next oncoming vehicle.

It was a scary experience... as that has never happened before. What do you recommend I have checked out before I put the car on the road again?

Has this ever happened to any of you experienced Camry owners?

General Comments:

I am worried about this car and spinning out.

Any advice will be appreciated re: my checking out brakes and tires and anything else which may be related.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd May, 2008

5th May 2008, 12:20

Or not having ABS or on wet pavement or overcorrection etc etc etc. in an emergency situation.

5th May 2008, 18:01

Yes, I have some advise for you. Don't turn the wheel and pull the emergency brake. It will cause the car and any car to spin.

8th May 2008, 06:36

I doubt she was pulling the emergency brake. Are you (the comment above me) here to add anything to the discussion, or just make trouble?

If a truck came into her lane, there was certainly wheel turn involved in addition to braking, and the situation she described could certainly happen with (no disrespect to the reviewer intended) improper emergency avoidance maneuvers. Yet, it is wise to have the brakes checked out anyway, just to be safe.

ABS is not essential if (again no disrespect to anyone intended) you know how to handle the brakes in an emergency situation. I do not buy vehicles with ABS because I like to have complete control over how my brakes are applied. But, ABS is a fantastic safety feature if you do not know or do not wish to worry about proper panic braking procedures.