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1997 Toyota Camry Overview

The Toyota Camry was once again completely redesigned for 1997, with some big changes for the model as a whole. The body was redesigned to be larger, with a more angular profile and was available in new colors. The interior was redesigned as well, offering longer seats, a new dash and many small new convenience features, such as extra cubbies and larger cup holders. Most notably, Toyota dropped the wagon and the coupe for the 1997 Camry, leaving only the sedan. Toyota also shuffled the trim levels, renaming the base DX the CE and keeping the midlevel LE and luxury XLE. The sporty SE went the way of the coupe and the wagon.

The 1997 Toyota Camry got a bigger engine, with the four-cylinder producing 133 horsepower and the V6 194 horsepower. Toyota also increased the list of available safety features, making ABS standard in all models except the four-cylinder CE. Toyota also improved the bumpers in the 1997 Camry. Fuel economy is about 20 to 30 mpg, depending on the engine.

In 1997, the Toyota Camry became the best selling car that year, beginning a streak of topping the list that continues today. Once again, major complaints about the 1997 Toyota Camry include a lack of power, especially with the four-cylinder engine, and a bland, conservative look. However, the Camry's sales records show that buyers were enthusiastic about the car anyway.

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Gas Smell In My 1997 Toyota Camry

Check engine light is on and I smell a heavy gas smell once I turn it on and after I turn it off... I Replaced a few parts they said it could be but the smell still is there and the check engine li...

Toyota Camry 1997 LE, No Crank, No Start - Gear Box Messed Up

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Why My Camry Doesn't Turn On?

I have a 1997 Camry 3.0 cyl the RPM's were very high. I had to accelerate y then it started sputtering and now the motor turns, but will not start. Any advise?


Where Is The ECU Located In 97 Toyota Camry?

There is a approximately 6 " x 6" box, 1" thick, under the dash board, by fuse box, on drivers side of vehicle. not sure if it is the ECU or part of the radio control box. One plug is missing. One p...

Missing Connection Problems?

i found something hanging i wanted to know if it was pulled out and forgotten by the previous mechanic.