2000 Toyota Camry LE 2.2L 4 cylinder from North America

Summary:

Reliable but boring

Faults:

Let's see, I crashed the car, shortly after ownership, and I had to fix the bodywork, but nothing mechanically was broken. The airbag did fail to deploy, even though the crash was significantly above 15mph.

Next, I've had to replace the battery and terminals. but with the age I can hardly blame them.

I also had to replace the alternator (died while driving).

The cassette and CD player stopped functioning.

General Comments:

I both love and hate this car; let's start with the hate, since who likes to end on a downer?

This car is incredibly slow. Well, it's slightly faster than a 4 cylinder van, but that isn't saying much. You really have to bury your foot getting on the highway. I've literally just become a slow driver because of this. The headlights are pretty dim compared to other cars I've owned (they've been replaced and de-fogged). There also isn't very much headroom, I am 6'4" and with the seat all the way back I still can feel the ceiling. This is not a car for "larger people". The cupholders are also placed awkwardly and you feel like a crazy person reaching for your drink while you're driving. The backseats also have even more limited headroom.

Now onto the likes. First, the reliability. I've had to replace the alternator. That's the one piece of non-regular service I've done, so the driving costs are extremely low. This is a bad thing though, because I generally just don't like this type of car. I've desperately wanted it to go wrong, but it won't. Testament to Toyota reliability. I also love that I cracked 30 MPG on a 600 mile highway journey. Almost 33 in fact. This car gets great mileage compared to my last Cadillac (at around 12). The trunk is also huge, I can pretty much lug anything around that isn't a couch. And that's come in real handy. And that's about it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd September, 2017

2nd Oct 2017, 02:32

Slow but solid.

If you can put up with the 11 second 0-60 times, as well as the 76-MPH quarter mile terminal speeds, you can't get a better car.

Outstanding reliability.

2000 Toyota Camry CE 2.2L 4 cylinder from North America

Summary:

Absolutely amazingly reliable and trouble free, but boring as can be

Faults:

Battery died. That's it.

General Comments:

The most reliable, trouble free vehicle I have ever owned. 94,000 miles and never needed anything replaced except for battery and tires. I would not have hesitated to drive it around the world. More reliable than a refrigerator. Or an atomic clock. Still had original brake pads. Still looked like new inside and out. Only thing I ever did was change the oil, wash it and put gas in it.

The only reason I got rid of it was because it was the most boring car I have ever driven. I firmly believe if I would have kept it, that thing would have easily gone another 100k miles without any problems. I literally wanted to fall asleep every time I drove it. I don't know how they did it, but Toyota managed to make a car that had no feeling or involvement whatsoever. It was a highly competent car, and it was smooth in every way. The engine was so smooth you couldn't really tell if the car was turned on or not.

The perfect car for people who want the most reliable, trouble free transportation to get them from point A to point B.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th September, 2017

19th Sep 2017, 00:20

I'd rather have an occasional breakdown in order to love driving a great car daily. Put the top down and take a really fun scenic winding back road on the way home from work. Enjoying the upcoming fall weather.

20th Sep 2017, 14:24

So buy a Toyota Solara convertible, drop the top and get your vitamin C and stay healthy.