3rd & 4th Generation (1992–1996 & 1997–2001)Toyota Camry Discussion for years: 1992-1996 & 1997-2001
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I was going up a bridge over the Mississippi River on Christmas Eve. There is a bonfire festival in my hometown where there are bonfires on the levees. The person I rear ended was going about 35 miles per hour and I suppose were viewing the fires. I looked to the right to look at the fires for about a second then looked ahead again and saw the vehicle traveling slowly at the last second. I locked up the brakes then hit the car just enough to bend their rear bumper. Then about a second later I was hit in the back by a truck going about 60 miles an hour which threw my car on to the guard rail and causing me to flip once and came back down on 3 wheels (my rear right wheel flew off of the bridge about another 110 feet down to the ground.) I then climbed out of my window (door wouldn't open) and stood by the central guard rail until help arrived. After I climbed out, another vehicle (another 4th gen camry) swerved to avoid my wreck and hit the truck that had just rear-ended me. Everybody involved including myself were fine, despite a few cuts and bruises. Here are some pics:
My car before the accident:
Front, engine caught fire.
Engine bay after the fire:
Interior, somehow my seat ended up in that position.
Another pic of the driver's side:
-01 Toyota Camry 2.2 LE 90k <RIP Camry 2001-2012 Gone but not forgotten. -03 GMC Yukon XL 1500 5.3 180k
-'11 Jaguar XF 5.0 30k
WOW!... that right rear corner is messed up bad! Glad to hear you came out unscathed. Could've been a lot worse.
1992 Camry LE, V6 (3VZ-FE), ABS brakes, dark emerald pearl, owned since new. Replaced HGs @332k, now at 344k
1996 Avalon XLS, ABS brakes, super white II, acquired w/ 139k, now at 280k
2001 Yamaha FZ1, Ivan's jet kit, resprung, Ohlins rear shock, Race Tech cartridge emulators in forks, 47k miles
Now that there, is a write-off among write-off legends! Maybe what, part of one tail-light was undamaged? Holy Somoly, I'm glad you got out of that one OK! Thats one to write home about, and save the pictures to scare your kids, someday into driving as safe as they can. The Pick-up guy is just about as lucky as you, to not be charged with negligent homocide.
Once again, glad you came out in one piece, I think that "old farts" Camry, absorbed some pretty terrifying impacts to protect you alot better than some lesser cars could have.
That just sunk my idea of getting a Tercel or older Corolla, to drive around for work up here in Alberta, Canada. The land of giant SUV's and Diesel Pick-Up trucks.
93' LE V-6, Leather Interior, Remote Locking, Avalon Interior Lighting, Depo Clears with HID projectors, 2001 JBL Sound, Whiteline RSB, Front Strut Brace, Twin piston front calipers, ES300 rear discs.
Wow you really are lucky. Usually the cars that look like that in the junkyard have "blood" written on the windshield and the people in them definitely weren't as fortunate. Good thing those Camry's are safe cars, they really do build them to smash into things.
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