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3rd & 4th Generation (19921996 & 19972001) Toyota Camry Discussion for years: 1992-1996 & 1997-2001 Topics of discussion range from fuel economy, safety, modifications, performance all involving America's favorite family car, the Toyota Camry.

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Old 12-25-2012, 02:33 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I had a 1996 Accord EX (5-speed) and never had any issues with it. Maybe the automatics are problematic ? ? ?
Yes when I was researching cars, it was the 6th gen accord automatics (98-02) that were having problems.

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Old 12-25-2012, 06:11 PM   #17 (permalink)
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my sister had a 00 accord v6 auto the trans was going out at 100k. it will start with the transmission shifting slugish and it tries to shift when your at a stop. its the solinoid going out i forgot what the cel code was.
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Old 12-25-2012, 09:22 PM   #18 (permalink)
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4 cylinder camrys are very dependable. I would suggest getting a Lexus ES300 or something similar in the Lexus family if you can find one. I think you would be pleasantly surprised at the quality of the car. They have less squeaks, and cricks than the camry base model, and they have more options on the interior. So my suggestion is to find a Lexus. If you cannot find a lexus, get a camry. Camrys are good cars, they just dont have the luxury items that the lexus has

I wanted a Lexus but auto insurance was more expensive than Camry... something the OP might want to consider too.

I got a Camry because they are low maintenance, long lasting cars.

200k on some cars = you're lucky that car still runs
200k on a camry = just broken in

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Old 12-26-2012, 05:16 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I've had and built and fixed and maintainted and messed with at least 10 different cars in my time. They can all be reliable or not depending on maintanance, although my Toyota's have always been the most trouble free.

The best reason I can think of looking at a Camry, after the last 5 years of owning a Gen3 myself, and seeing it as my parents car for 15 years, is this:

They are dead reliable, and:

After all the cars I've had. The only one that didn't start to drive me a little crazy, with some really annoying problem, not a mechanical issue, but some basic aspect of the car that you simply can't fix, upgrade or modify, is the Camry.
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:03 PM   #20 (permalink)
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i was in the same boat 7 years ago. i work on cars on the side and fords (even though my wife currently drives one) are not built for longevity. i've owned a couple through the years and they never lasted as long as i hoped. too many problems when i decided to cut my losses. same with GM cars (though i love their trucks, and f-bodies). i narrowed my search to the accord and camry. what swung it for me was the non-interference engine. i bought my '96 camry in 2005 for about $4K with 96k miles on the clock. here i am 7 years later, 218k miles on the odometer and she has never let me down and runs great.
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Based on personal experience, cops tend to let Gold/Beige colored Camry drivers get away with more crap than Honda Civic drivers. Just my 2 cents. I"m not going to go into specific examples. Just trust me on this
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Also if you pull into a Applebees and the seating hostess spots your car, you will get the worst waiter. They just assume your not going to tip well with a Gold Camry.
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Also if you pull into a Applebees and the seating hostess spots your car, you will get the worst waiter. They just assume your not going to tip well with a Gold Camry.
Hey I drive a gold Camry & resent that el cheapo comment!.......
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If my budget was only 4000 bucks, I'd be looking at a lot of different cars and basing my decision on their condition and history. Lots of cars can be reliable...


...and after doing all that, come back and look at a good condition and very good to well maintained Toyota
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...and after doing all that, come back and look at a good condition and very good to well maintained Toyota
Possibly. If your main goal in life is to suck up to Toyota. Otherwise, there are a lot of cars out there that are good... even some of those not wearing a T badge.
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Possibly. If your main goal in life is to suck up to Toyota. Otherwise, there are a lot of cars out there that are good... even some of those not wearing a T badge.


.. At least Toyota will be around for many years to come, that plus the reliability and durability that can go along with cars wearing the T badge is enough for buyers new and used
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.. At least Toyota will be around for many years to come, that plus the reliability and durability that can go along with cars wearing the T badge is enough for buyers new and used
Have you been drinking?
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