I purchased this car in 2008 with 93,000 mile on it for $1500. It was in good shape, but had some electrical issues that needed to be sorted out. The wiring harness that goes through the front drivers...
I purchased this car in 2008 with 93,000 mile on it for $1500. It was in good shape, but had some electrical issues that needed to be sorted out. The wiring harness that goes through the front drivers door had some broken wires and I believe the seller just didn't know how to deal with it.
I've put about $2000 into the car including the following: wheels, tires, brakes, timing belt, water pump, radiator, cat-back exhaust and miscellaneous items. Most of the work was done myself.
The car now has 128,000 miles on it and is extremely reliable. I still have a few things that need attention like a leaking fuel injector and a bad contact in the fuse box that I need to take care of. It could also use new struts and springs, but the parts for these cars are extremely cheap. It's pretty easy to work on, although replacing the timing belt is not fun with the tight clearance to the engine compartment.
I drive 52 miles each day round-trip to work with about 1/2 highway and average about 27-28 mpg. The best mileage the car achieved was 34mpg on a long-distance trip with one passenger and about 300 pounds of cargo.
The car is cheap to insure and register. It is relatively quiet and is very comfortable to drive. It has a reasonable amount of power for a 4 cylinder. I do find that I prefer to leave the automatic transmission in "power" mode as it moves the shift point to a higher rpm. It shifts closer to what I would do with a manual transmission. I don't do jackrabbit starts by any means so this is the best acceleration/economy setting.
The Camry might not be the most glamorous car, but it's cheap, comfortable, and most importantly, reliable transportation around.