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    1989 Toyota Camry Review
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    85

    Oh Man, A Love Hate Relationship! — I am so excited to give a performance review of my 89 camry. This car has been a main point of conflict for me. I aquired it from a friend from Chicago. The car had been sitting on the street unused for I don't know how long. It is rusting from the bottom up. It only has 110K on it, however, and we all know that for a Toyota, it is just warming up. The engine plummed white smoke for a little while after I got it to Michigan so i assumed that the block was cracked and the car would last for only a little while. I changed the oil, drove it regularly. The white smoke stopped. the engine idled smooth and still does to this day. Like new.No hic ups or chaters. It seems that the car was maintained well. This will be a good time to explain my ratings Overall- I have a love hate relationship with this car. It is so uncool to look at from my perspective (however i do have respect for the styleing form the time, and given the overall reliability of this car it is hard to dis it to hard) that i am embarassed to say that i can be embarrased to drive it. (I hate ego). its reliability is why i want to continue to drive it. i want to see how far this tank can go. so overall i guess i do love it Performance-well, its a five speed so it can get up and go if i crank on it but it is only the 4 cyl so it has no balls what so ever.( I also own a 91 Mazda 626 GT with turbo intercool. When i get behind that wheel- i hate my toyota. I will have to review that car too. What a beaut that thing is.) The seats are fairly uncomfortable and the handling is loose and boring but travels strait and smooth down the road.I really don't expect more from this car. Alright i will try to be more brief. The only repair that it needs so far is the exhaust. Rusting away. in the process of replacing. The driver side sway bar bolt bushing gave out. I am told i need to replace the lower controll arm because the bushing is not a replacable piece. Other that that i have had to do nothing to this car. I have found that i am geting 28 in the city and 30 or so on the highway. For an 89 that is Great! Appearance- already covered. Fine syling for the time, reconizable, but not hot at all. Fun factor?-No fun. the five speed adds a little conectivness to the car but thats about it. I read another review of this car on this forum and I had to laugh. "Japaness tank- souless and boring" that is a perfect description. Would i recommend this car to a friend? Absolutely! even though this car is boing, i think it is a total value. I wish I had a phot of my car to share so you can love/hate it, like me, visually.

    Pros: Reliable-Smooth runner-Smooth rider. I never stess about this car. can Kiss it when the temp is -10 deg.

    Cons: Not a babe magnet.

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    1989 Toyota Camry LE V6 Review
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    1989 Toyota Camry Wagon L.e. V6 — The performance of this car is quite amazing based on its age. It is a 1989 toyota. yeah, it may be old, but it has never had any sort of engine problems. great car to drive. powerful enough to haul gear to campgrounds, carrying skis/boards to your favorite resort, or just city crusin. It gets roughly 18 miles to the gallon. not the greatest, but again, for its age, quite amazing. i would deffinately reccomend this to a friend if they are the adventourous type of person and loves to go places

    Pros: Drives excellent in all conditions. no engine problems. sturdy in crashes. low center of gravity lesses the likelyhood of rolling.

    Cons: couple of car accidents resulted in not the greatest appearance.

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    1989 Toyota Camry DX Review
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    1990 Toyota Camry: It's All Good Except The Seatbelts From Hell — This car is nothing short of amazing. It's got over 250,000 miles on it, needs a valve adjustment (tock tock tock) and has Japanese take-out replacement transmission. One of these days I'll get the CV joints fixed....but the thing gets 37 mpg on the highway! And this is the Alaska type of road, two-lane, humpy-bumpy, up and down hill and over frost heaves no matter where you go. It's not exactly perky after all those miles, but the heater and the air conditioning still work great, and the steering response is also just like new. It's fun to drive, quiet, and would be comfortable if the seats weren't so worn out. The worst thing about it: 1) automatic seat belts. Sure, you get an extra break on your car insurance for having them, but try getting out out of the car! They slide and get caught on things. Now imagine you have to dogs on leashes you need to get out of the car along with yourself and there's this seat belt blocking their (and your) exit just like some ribbon across a finish line. The dogs tangle their leashes every time. It's maddening. PLUS you have to lever yourself out of the little hole the drive sits in. It's very difficult to get out of this car. And no, I don't weigh 300 lbs. I'm a normal-sized person. Be that as it may, I'd buy another one of these babies in a heartbeat. They're cheap, around $1500, and they run forever.

    Pros: Just about everything

    Cons: Seatbelts from Hell

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    1989 Toyota Camry Review
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    My Toyota — I love my car but it needs to many things fixed now so not sure if I am going to spend the money to get it all fixed. Leaking oil, needs new exhaust, no reverse. I would still buy another toyota camry. If I had the money I would have been able to keep this car up and running. More for sentemental, it was my grandmothers car.

    Pros: Its a toyota I cant kill it

    Cons: None

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    1989 Toyota Camry Review
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    55

    Toyota Sv21 Camry — I picked up this little charmer at the end of 2006 to restore; what a lot of character this car has. More than 500,000km's and this Camry is still running as good as it did the day it left the dealership..well; thats a bit of an exaggeration. Fuel economy is great, 2 weeks to a full tank is no problem. Engine can be a bit gutless when going up hills; but still manages to keep up with traffic just fine. As the camry is the 'executive' spec; it misses out on the sunroof, velour interior, power windows, power mirrors etc; but it makes up for these shortcomings in its character and willingness to take you from A to B.

    Pros: solid build quality, toyota reliability, cheap on fuel

    Cons: automatic transmission, engine can be a bit gutless, its only the executive spec, so no power windows etc.

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    1989 Toyota Camry DX Review
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    Japanese Battle-tank — What can I say about the Camry? It cost me $250 sight-unseen, bought off eBay and arrived on the back of a truck from NSW. I was told the transmission would need relacing – but the simple adjustment of one nut got another 18 months out of it. Other than a $350 second-hand transmission, it has had nothing but routine maintenance and tyres. My dad runs it up and down the Geelong-Melbourne road 6 days a week and has put nearly an extra 100 000kms under its wheels. It’s completely soulless and boring – but economical and reliable. If you just want to get from A to B (and with no literally no luxuries in between) then the Camry is the car for you. Don’t expect it to be fun…

    Pros: Cheap (to buy and run), reliable, tough.

    Cons: Boring! Boring! Boring!

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    1989 Toyota Camry DX Review
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    35

    Lucky To Have As A First Car — mine was a station wagon given by a very generous person. stick shift. drove it for 6 months. the power doors/window and other electrical stuff were starting to go. so i had to get another car.

    Pros: solid car to learn stick shift on!

    Cons: so old. when i got it it was already 13 years old.

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    1989 Toyota Camry DX Review
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    Was My Beater #1 — car did me good, took a lot of pain from me but lasted a while, until I flipped it

    Pros: easy to fix

    Cons: slow at acceleration, bad traction on the road, i think

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    1989 Toyota Camry LE V6 Review
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    Great Car — It was a 5 spd for learning to drive on. Was deceivingly quick for a rather bland family sedan. It was incredibly well built and took a lot of abuse from several of us driving it.

    Pros: Extremely reliable, well built, kinda fun to drive

    Cons: bland styling

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    1989 Toyota Camry LE V6 Review
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    One Of The Best Car's I Ever Owned — Loved this car. We bought it in 1995 and drove it until the transmission went

    Pros: Quality

    Cons: No sunroof

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2015 Toyota Camry Reviews

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    2014 Toyota Camry Reviews

    Perfect Vehicle For All Around Use By NissanofStafford

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    2014 Camry By SgtKidJoe

    Great acceleration. Car is great on long trip and a daily commuter. I bought this car for my wife and she absolutely loves it. Trunk is spacious and holds a lot of cargo. This is my idea of a mid-size... Read More

    2013 Toyota Camry Reviews

    Excellent Car Overall And Comes With Big Fuel Savings By hiltyga

    The best thing about this car is the fuel savings. I average just right under 40 mpg for in-town stop and go (Atlanta) traffic. This was huge for me because I was getting about 18 mpg with my BMW. ... Read More

    Worst Car That I Have Ever Driven And It Was Almost New! By MichaelTK

    Initially I was amazed that the trunk was so poorly designed that luggage that easily fit in a Ford Fusion's trunk could not all fit in a Camry. Had to carry a suitcase on top of passenger's legs in b... Read More

    2012 Toyota Camry Reviews

    We Love It So Far By recoveryagent007

    This car is way better than anything we've ever owned and we love the smart key system and the toyota care plan was awesome for the first two oil changes and tire rotations I plan to buy second Toyota... Read More

    Great For The Price By beersbm2

    This is probably the nicest vehicle you can own for ~$330/mo. The SE version is very sporty, especially in the bright red that we have. Car rides well, is very reliable, and is good on gas. I am pre... Read More

    2011 Toyota Camry Reviews

    Great Buy By ebarber7

    I actually loved my 2011 Camry LE, do not have it any more because silly teen texting while driving through an intersection totaling my poor camry. Great safety features allowed me to escape without ... Read More

    As Dependable As They Come. By Moorebros1

    This car does what I need it to. Gets me from point A to point B. Haven't had any issues and is always reliable. Will own this car till it can't go anymore. I have always liked the Toyota brand an... Read More

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