2004 Toyota Camry Sportivo 2.4 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


I'll stick with Japanese brands forever


Nothing mechanical.

Remote fuel release jammed, fixed myself.

Passenger visor ripped out holding clamp when pulled out. Fixed myself.

Paint on front bumper is vulnerable to stone chips. Needs to be resprayed, quoted $400.

General Comments:

I'm really impressed with this car.

So far everything I've heard about Toyota has proven to be true. The car runs faultlessly and everything on it works the way it should.

It is beautiful to drive, with a flexible, great sounding engine. The gear change could be a little less notchy, but it's easy enough to live with.

Mine is fitted with factory sports suspension, which makes the ride a little more abrupt than the base car, but it is never harsh and it's worth it to get more precise handling.

I like the styling, I think the elliptical theme is a lot more interesting than the styling on the current model.

Nothing I can do will make this car use more than 12 litres/100km, which is an improvement over my Volvo 960 that used 14 litres/100km no matter how carefully I drove it.

Servicing is well priced. At a major Toyota dealer the customer service is efficient and competent, but a little impersonal.

My only real criticism is the tyre noise at cruise. The tyres on my car are Dunlop SPs, not the standard Michelin Vivacy. In any case, the only reason I notice the tyre noise is because no other part of the car makes any noise at all.

Owning this car has spoiled me. I'll never put up with half arsed design ever again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2009

2004 Toyota Camry SE 2.4 from North America


A good performance luxury car - I love it!!

General Comments:

The 2.4 manual transmission is quite peppy and excellent on gas. The SE model contains an upper stabilizer bar which gives the car a sportier stiffness around corners, without compromising a very smooth ride. The interior is very comfy and I love all of the leather/power/sunroof options. The stereo delivers great sound, to complete the perfect ride!

My only complaints are:

- Cheapness of some interior parts; the faux chrome is wearing around the inside door handles and is unsightly.

- The sun visors are very loose and tend to swivel around corners

- Sunroof rattles a little

- Orange on grey instrument panel took some getting used to.

Although the car is over 5 years old, I'm hoping to get at least another 7-8 years out of it. It was challenging finding a mid-sized 5 speed of this caliber within my price range. The next owner of this car will be the scrapyard, hopefully many years down the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2008

24th Nov 2008, 16:01

How rare are the 2002-06 Camry's with the 5 speed manual? They are really hard to find with manual tranny that's for sure.

4th Jul 2009, 08:59

Overall this car has been a great, reliable car. It is comfortable and fun to drive.

The only problem I've had is a few squeaks in the front and the steering wheel occasionally squeaks when I turn it.

15th Sep 2010, 11:58

Original poster follow up...

The car is nearly at 200km, and I've put 70km on since I bought it used. Aside from regular maintenance, I've had zero issues, and it looks and drives just as nicely as the day I bought it.

I love this car!

15th Jan 2015, 00:08

...update from original poster

Well, at nearly 340,000 km the car shows no signs of dying.

I had the clutch replaced at 273,000 km and the front struts at 320,000 km, along with the power steering lines, and the muffler replaced in the past few years due to harsh Canadian winters.

Aside from this, absolutely nothing has been put into it outside of regular maintenance items. Even the battery is factory original and keeps cranking no problem, despite the -25C weather.

It is starting to use a tiny bit of oil (half a litre between changes), which is forgivable given the mileage.