2001 Toyota Camry CSi V6 from Australia and New Zealand
Reliable and more than adequate performance
Nothing wrong with the car that wasn't caused by driver error or excessive/strenuous use.
Apparently I screwed the brakes cause I broke at high speeds. Wheel alignment once or twice. Car developing a certain roughness, minor jarring noise when driven in a certain way at a certain rev.
Our Cressida was getting old, dad made a decision between the Camry or the Avalon and chose the CSi V6 which was the cheapest one. He probably asked for some options, but I dunno what they are. There's no ABS and I don't think there are air bags either unless there are driver ones as standard.
I've learnt to drive with this car. It's shared in the family, but after my dad I'm the one who drives it the most often. I've abused it occasionally, dragging Commodores at the lights, and won, as well as other cars. Racing at up to 167 km/h trailing, but not falling behind a GTR R33. I've jolt braked speed humps to clear them quicker, I've turned in at high speeds, I've floored the accelerator and had the car jump with sudden and gorgeous performance. If it wasn't for other cars I'd thought I was driving a sports car. It's silky smooth when tame and fast when you want it to be and need it to be. It's perfect for those who don't worry too much about the car, taking it to service and not caring about it later because you trust it and feel as it it'll never fail you. I've grown up with this car and it's like a friend that I rely on. If driven frequently and enthusiastically unleaded can reach up to $50 a week. It drives better with premium unleaded and make sure you get good tires for the front. I've never complained about the car, but I do complain when it gets bad tires, the 'new' Dunlops were craptastic and wouldn't grip on the wet so I got my dad to get Pirellis like the ones before. Braking is excellent. If used properly you won't need ABS, I've only had it skid twice, but that was because I wasn't braking properly.
In conclusion, if you want a great all round car with decent performance, a car you with stick with until it gets either written off or you sell it, this is the car for you because you can trust it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th May, 2006