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Old 12-24-2012, 08:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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why should i buy a camry

so i am looking for a decent midsize car for about 4000. why should i buy a camry? what are there common issues? i would be getting the 4cyl. any help is appreciated
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You're asking a vague question in a forum spanning 9 model years and 2 generation's of the car. Do you have a specific car you're looking at (in an ad)?
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why should i buy a camry?
Reliability.
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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
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i had a 91 for a short time and with 155,000 miles it smoked and had slightly low compression. what makes them more reliable than a taurus or accord? also i am mostly looking at 1999-2002. 4cyl
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i had a 91 for a short time and with 155,000 miles it smoked and had slightly low compression. what makes them more reliable than a taurus or accord? also i am mostly looking at 1999-2002. 4cyl
Well accords are reliable too but the downfall is they have an interference engine which means if the timing belt breaks the pistons do not have room to pass open valves and will bend the valves costing you a lot of money because you will have to pull the head off and have the head resurfaced and new valves put in. With the Camry it's a non interference engine which is if the timing belt breaks, you simply put a new belt on and your good to go. Taurus, I haven't seen too many at shops except for plugged cats and head gaskets so I'm assuming they are pretty reliable.

Just buy whatever you want dude. Any of those cars will last you a long time if taken care of. I don't need to convince you the Camry or Lexus is the best choice because it would be biased because I freaking love Toyota's

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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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Well accords are reliable too but the downfall is they have an interference engine which means if the timing belt breaks the pistons do not have room to pass open valves and will bend the valves costing you a lot of money because you will have to pull the head off and have the head resurfaced and new valves put in. With the Camry it's a non interference engine which is if the timing belt breaks, you simply put a new belt on and your good to go. Taurus, I haven't seen too many at shops except for plugged cats and head gaskets so I'm assuming they are pretty reliable.

Just buy whatever you want dude. Any of those cars will last you a long time if taken care of. I don't need to convince you the Camry or Lexus is the best choice because it would be biased because I freaking love Toyota's

i dont mind biased. lol what are some common camry problems? is oil consumption common?
how bullet proof are the transmissions? how long can the engines last?
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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...
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cars around here aren't high as most places so i can be selective. i understand what your saying but i want to get a car i can really enjoy living with.
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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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what makes them more reliable than a taurus or accord? also i am mostly looking at 1999-2002. 4cyl
accords had transmission problems in those years.

taurus...cant match the toyota quality.

Don't confuse statistical outliers with the average experience.
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If you take care of a Camry & take care of the little things along the way you can expect to get 200K miles to well over 300K miles out of the Gen 3's. Many people here have! I have 163K on my 1993 LE V6 Camry & it runs like a bear!
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supposely mine has over 300k and i beleive it and still going strong my odo reads 226k. i have a 93 cam 4cyl.

04/20/1992 NICB Vehicle manufactured
and shipped to original dealer
12/23/1993 California
Motor Vehicle Dept. Title issued or updated
First owner reported
Registered as
personal vehicle
10/28/1997 63,401 California
Inspection Station
San Diego, CA Passed emissions inspection
10/29/1999 96,841 California
Inspection Station
San Diego, CA Passed emissions inspection
12/11/1999 California
Motor Vehicle Dept.
San Diego, CA Title issued or updated
11/09/2001 140,282 California
Inspection Station
San Diego, CA Passed emissions inspection
10/09/2003 182,905 California
Inspection Station Passed emissions inspection
12/02/2004 California
Motor Vehicle Dept.
San Diego, CA Title issued or updated
New owner reported
04/26/2005 217,737 California
Inspection Station Passed emissions inspection
04/29/2005 California
Motor Vehicle Dept.
San Diego, CA Title issued or updated
Dealer took title of this vehicle
while it was in inventory
10/19/2005 230,804 California
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Salinas, CA Title issued or updated
New owner reported
11/02/2005 230,813 California
Inspection Station Failed emissions inspection
11/04/2005 230,819 California
Inspection Station Passed emissions inspection
11/04/2005 California
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Palm Desert, CA Title issued or updated
New owner reported
Loan or lien reported
04/26/2006 135,505 California
Inspection Station Passed emissions inspection
POTENTIAL ODOMETER ROLLBACK

There are signs of potential odometer rollback here, so verify the mileage with the seller. I know I would.


06/07/2006 California
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Hollister, CA Title issued or updated
New owner reported
11/06/2007 148,902 California
Inspection Station Passed emissions inspection
05/23/2008 150,720 California
Inspection Station Passed emissions inspection
05/23/2008 California
Motor Vehicle Dept.
San Jose, CA Title issued or updated
New owner reported
09/01/2009 161,890 California
Motor Vehicle Dept.
San Jose, CA Odometer reading reported
11/10/2009 California
Inspection Station
San Jose, CA Passed emissions inspection
11/21/2009 California
Motor Vehicle Dept.
San Jose, CA New owner reported
NOT ACTUAL MILEAGE TITLE ISSUED
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A NAM title is issued when the owner discloses to a DMV mileage fraud, a broken odometer or that the actual mileage of this vehicle is unknown.

Mileage reported after this reading is potentially unreliable.

07/09/2010 176,089 California
Inspection Station
Rodeo, CA Passed emissions inspection
08/16/2010 California
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Rodeo, CA Title issued or updated
New owner reported
12/15/2011 193,846 California
Inspection Station
Seaside, CA Passed emissions inspection
12/30/2011 California
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Marina, CA Title issued or updated
New owner reported
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accords had transmission problems in those years.

taurus...cant match the toyota quality.

Don't confuse statistical outliers with the average experience.
I had a 1996 Accord EX (5-speed) and never had any issues with it. Maybe the automatics are problematic ? ? ?
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