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Old 24 Oct 2005, 12:30 am   #1 (permalink)
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hi , im seriouly thinking of getting a camry 94 or 95 because of its
large interior. any feedback on its overall reliability and quality?

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Old 24 Oct 2005, 09:07 am   #2 (permalink)
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On Sun, 23 Oct 2005 22:30:33 -0700, Nick Chan wrote:

> hi , im seriouly thinking of getting a camry 94 or 95 because of its
> large interior. any feedback on its overall reliability and quality?



Shop carefully. You may get one that was maintained well, owned by an
older man or woman who only drove it for scheduled maintenance, or
obviously you could get a real hog. I'd look for one offered by an older
man or woman with under 100K.

Obviously, look for rust on a 10 year old car. Hopefully you'll find one
that was garaged all it's life.


I've seen 3 '86s in my area with 50-70K on them, they all look great,
except for one that looks like it's brand new!

Good luck
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Old 24 Oct 2005, 09:36 am   #3 (permalink)
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Nick Chan, 10/24/2005,1:30:33 AM, wrote:

> hi , im seriouly thinking of getting a camry 94 or 95 because of its
> large interior. any feedback on its overall reliability and quality?


I had a 94 and was very pleased with it. The interior quality was
superior to my 97 and even 2000 Sienna. There were certain areas that
were somewhat troublesome. CV axles were going bad often, but I'll
admit replacements were aftermarket. Many of the rubber parts outside
the cabin seemed to deteriote quicker than other vehicles I've owned,
but that car had lived in Florida and Virginia. The strut mount
bushings were a problem spot and made rattling noises, especially when
cold, but I never replaced them. The engine mounts had to be replaced
after 10 years. The white paint on the hood began cracking and peeling
a couple of years ago, I don't consider that acceptable.

All in all, The mechanical problems it had were relatively minor
compared to Nissans and other American cars I've owned. There were no
engine and transmission problems. It had 164,000 miles on it when I
sold it and was still going strong.

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Old 24 Oct 2005, 12:25 pm   #4 (permalink)
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excellent choice

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Old 24 Oct 2005, 12:29 pm   #5 (permalink)
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excellent choice
my preference would be Japanese manufacture (VIN begins with "J")
imho with used cars you're buying the owner as much as the vehicle
always buy directly from the owner only at their home
say "I'm calling about your car for sale" and if they say "which one"
hang up.
couple of times I've purchased from a "friend" or "associate" of the
owner in each case there had been minor concealed prior collison damage
imho worth paying more for maintenance records and documentation
most common comment I hear about those years: "Best car I ever owned."

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Old 24 Oct 2005, 07:09 pm   #6 (permalink)
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On Mon, 24 Oct 2005 10:29:33 -0700, Daniel wrote:

> excellent choice
> my preference would be Japanese manufacture (VIN begins with "J")


In alt.autos.toyota, I posted a message about working for a Toy dealer.
Here's the gist:

we were having 2005 Camrys coming in with "J" VINs. BUT, every new car
gets an 'origin' sticker, saying where the car was assembled and where the
parts came from. Surprisingly, the ones with the "J" VINs were MADE in
Japan, but the parts content was 75% US/Canada!! So, it looks like they
assemble the car, ship it to Japan, install the engine and tranny (the
sticker said Japan engine and tranny...) and then shipped back to the US!!!



> imho with used cars you're buying the owner as much as the vehicle
> always buy directly from the owner only at their home
> say "I'm calling about your car for sale" and if they say "which one"
> hang up.
> couple of times I've purchased from a "friend" or "associate" of the
> owner in each case there had been minor concealed prior collison damage
> imho worth paying more for maintenance records and documentation
> most common comment I hear about those years: "Best car I ever owned."


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Old 24 Oct 2005, 07:13 pm   #7 (permalink)
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Daniel, 10/24/2005,1:29:33 PM, wrote:

> excellent choice
> my preference would be Japanese manufacture (VIN begins with "J")


My 94 had a "4" number for the VIN and I believe it was more solidly
built than my 97 with the "J" VIN. Of course the 97 was the first year
of the new design so I don't know if that has something to do with it.

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Old 24 Oct 2005, 10:13 pm   #8 (permalink)
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Watch out for cars coming from the Katrina incident.Could be salvaged
from the flood.Make sure the title is clear.
Good Luck.....

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Old 01 Nov 2005, 12:37 pm   #9 (permalink)
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"" wrote:
> Daniel, 10/24/2005,1:29:33 PM, wrote:
>
> > excellent choice
> > my preference would be Japanese manufacture (VIN begins with

> "J")
>
> My 94 had a "4" number for the VIN and I believe it was more
> solidly
> built than my 97 with the "J" VIN. Of course the 97 was the
> first year
> of the new design so I don't know if that has something to do
> with it.
>
> --
> "I miss. I miss. I miss. I make." -- Seve Ballesteros
> describing his
> four-putt at Augusta's No. 16 in 1988.


Check NHTSA now or donít complain later.

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