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Toyotas most popular model was redesigned for 1992, with new sedan and wagon models gaining a standard driver-side airbag. The popular front-drive Camry sees few changes after getting a mild facelift last year. Toyota unveiled an all-new Camry for 97.
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Jun 4, 2008
Reliability- what's that worth? Standard of the world.
Pros: Reliability, economy, space (wagon), overall quality, availability of parts & service.
Cons: Issues with layout of window and door locks on door panel, cup holder placement.
The Bottom Line:
Economical, reliable, plain and simple, safe, comfortable, and almost trouble free.
At age 57 I've owned and driven everything from a '64 Chevrolet Corvair Spyder to 3 different model Cadillacs, a vintage (1954) Corvette, every model VW made up through the 70's both new and used, a new Chevrolet Vega (remember them?), a few pickup trucks, a Jeep CJ, a new Ford Escort, a Chrysler Town & Country minivan, Honda Accord & Odyssey, Mercedes 280 TE and 300E, 2000 VW Golf, and a '95 Buick Roadmaster. Then in early 2006 I went to a wedding in Jamaica and I hired a taxi driver for a week who was driving a '96 Toyota with the 2.2L, 4 cyl engine. He was clocking almost 500,000 miles and the car was running like a top. Arriving home to New Orleans I immediately sold the Buick wagon and went on eBay to find and buy a '96 Toyota 2.2L wagon with 90K mi. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury- I have seen the light. I am through with pretentious luxury cars, wood trim, V8 engines (sadly, I must admit), mega-huge repair bills (ever try to maintain a vintage Corvette or keep a Mercedes on the road?), fancy details and entertainment systems, and cars that leave you sitting in a parking lot or standing on the street waiting for AAA. (AAA flat out refused to tow my Mercedes 300E any more after continuous alternator failures). Now after owning and driving the Camry on a daily basis for over 2 years I have done nothing more than routine maintenance and replaced a radiator tank (I live in Louisiana- we're hard on cooling systems here). If you keep the Toyota 2.2L clean and healthy it will last literally for decades. Once you look around for them you'll see '96 Camrys in every parking lot, anywhere you go. So when the time comes for safe and reliable transportation, plain and simple looks, and something that is great on gas (I'm getting 20 city/30+ highway from a 12 year-old vehicle!) you absolutely cannot go wrong with the 2.2L Toyota Camry.
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