I own a 99 Camry, and it is the best purchase of my life. I have owned a Buick in the past, and yes, the comfort and power are much better, but with a Buick I can assure you that you will have much more problems in the long run. Mechanical as well as financial! Find me a Buick that can last over 200K!!
Hey buddy!!! I found a Buick with over 200,000 miles, mine. It's a 95 Le sabre with the 3800 gen 2 v-6. It has never had any mechanical issues and will walk circles around any Camry!
My friend had a Buick. It was a Le sabre with the 3800 V6 and it had over 300,000 before she drove it into a tree.
In 2003 I bought a 1999 Camry with a 2.2 4 cyl. engine. It now has over 140k miles, gets about 35 mpg and still going strong! It runs perfect.
I like to keep it looking like new. I like the sleek aerodynamic low profile of the body.
It is easy to work on. I have changed the timing belt and water pump and done all normal service myself. It has been a very good car for me.
Just this week bought another 1999 Camry with 60,000 miles for about $7500.00. So now we have (2) 99 Camry's. I feel like it was a good investment. With gas prices over $4.20 per gallon, they will be in more demand.
To comment 11:30. Our Buick LeSabre has 277,000+ miles and no problems, not even a tree!!
Wow, I'm shocked to see that the few people to have bad Camry experiences managed to run into each other. I have had many cars in my lifetime, most of which were logical purchases that have proven worth it.
My old Oldsmobile with a 3800 V6 went 175,000 miles before I gave it away. Still ran, but that's all that worked was the motor/trans/brakes. Rust bucket, no A/C, all power windows inoperable, power windows inoperable, bad suspension, horrible leaks, etc. I still felt I got my money's worth. My expectations were met.
Now my 1999 Camry is at 256,000 real live miles, and EVERYTHING works like new. The car has had an alternator replaced at 236k, I applauded it, and it did not leave me stranded. Other than belts, hoses, light bulbs and wiper blades, every single part of this car is original. Even the brake pads/rotors.
I bought this car from the original owner who showed me all the records, it's the real deal, and it is currently 700 miles from my house. My wife and daughter went on a retreat and left our 2003 Sequoia in the driveway to save the gas. I trust this car that much.
I beg to differ with ANYONE who says Toyota's are anything but the best bet out there. Sure, maybe one turns out "bad" every once in a while, it's the law of averages. If you make 1000 cars and one has a problem, you're 99.9 % to perfection. For every one bad Toyota, there might be one good domestic.
"Find me a Buick that can last over 200K!!"
I used to work as a technician in a Buick dealership and Buick's with over 200K would come in for oil changes and an occasional minor repair all the time. They weren't only 3.8L's either (which if there were a definition for "bullet proof" in the dictionary, it should be accompanied by a picture of that engine), but all engines and models. It was not an unusual occurrence at all.
99.9% problem free please!! I guess they should revamp the new Toyota dealership shops to just oil and filter changes only. If that's the case... why not match the domestics 100,000 mile warranty; they could even make it 200,000 miles with your comment, I do not see your % by the way; it's far from it.
The refusal of the imports (other than Hyundai and Kia) to match the 100,000 mile warranty of domestics says volumes about the quality of imports. If GM had to replace engines as often as Toyota or transmissions as often as Honda and Acura, they'd never offer a 100,000 mile warranty.
I've read numerous reports of people having engine failures in the Corolla before 40,000 miles. It happened to one of our neighbors. It is also quite common to read of transmission failures in Honda and Acura vehicles before reaching 40,000 miles.
Changed the oil in my 99 Camry yesterday, 194,806 miles... no engine or transmission problems, radiator is just now starting to leak, will replace it this week. Still get 33 mpg, decent ride, plenty room, decent power for 4 cylinder.
Paid $15,000 in 2001 with 27k on odometer. Been a good car for the price!
My father in law has a 99 Camry. He bought it brand new, it now has 154000 miles, not to mention he is a Master mechanic, ASE certified and lead mechanic for a major car rental company, he has never had any problems with this car, just normal maintenance.
He just added to the collection a 97 Camry with 156000, and it drives like new. Yes a lot of nicks and scratches, but very clean engine, no oil marks anywhere and all factory.
I personally own a 05 Murano and 04 F150, but my next car I assure you will be a Camry, He is not the only mechanic that swears by them. But who better than them to take advice from. Camrys rule. The rest of you take better care of your car, and when you buy something used make sure you triple check what you just bought; the previous owner might have not have taken care of the car as much as you thought. Later on when it breaks you just end up blaming the poor car, or a tree.
We loved our 1999 Camry until the last year and a half or so. It has given us nothing but problems since then. Timing belt has been replaced twice. It has leaked oil several times as well as coolant. We broke down 2 hours away from home one time. Power window went out suddenly. And now it's still leaking something. I would not recommend. We are beyond frustrated with it. Stress, stress and more stress. And we've taken good care of it, don't drive it hard, regular maintenance, etc. UGH!
My neighbor has a 1999 Camry that is always in the shop.
It looks great and it's rust free, but what good is it just sitting in her driveway. It has very low miles and was well maintained and female driven, but is problematic.
I don't understand why people pay so much for Toyota's, they are not as reliable as other brands and offer a poor warranty. Subaru builds a much better car for the same price, and Buick makes extremely reliable sedans that offer great value for your money.
If you are in the budget car market, a Hyundai is a better purchase than Toyota, almost half the price.
Hyundai has gone way up in quality in the last decade, while Toyota has gone down noticeably.