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1997 Toyota Camry Reviews and Owner Comments

 
1997 Toyota Camry
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1997 Toyota Camry Owner Reviews (21 reviews)
  • 1997 Toyota Camry
    Visitor, Winder, GA, June 20, 2014 12:12
    I inherited this 1997 Camry LE 4cyl when my mom passed away a year and a half ago, at the time it had 190,000 miles on it, it now has 235,000 on it, I am the 4th owner, I change the oil every 5,000 miles, it has had the struts replaced, the exhaust cat included ( it was a north east car at the begining of it's life ) and the AC compressor, I use it to commute 60 miles one way to work, 75% highway, 25% city, i am averaging around 29MPG, very good car
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  • 1997 Toyota Camry
    Visitor, Granite City, IL, May 30, 2013 09:38
    i have 1997 toyota camry V6 with 200,000 miles on it still run good , most time just doing it my self , timing bell will work to 80,000 or 95,000 miles , but i just replace power steering compinion rack at 189,000 miles for 100 dollar , you can buy recondition on ebay , and heater core 9 dollar use part at junk yard . any way if you know litle repair will save you alot money then take it to shop .
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  • 1997 Toyota Camry
    Visitor, Melbourne Beach, FL, May 16, 2013 17:55
    Same family two owners as of May, 2013 67,215 miles. I am right-leg amputee so I don't drive much. I get a weird engine vibration now upon start-up until I shift into drive (any thoughts??). Drives like a champ at 85+ mph along the ocean.
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  • 1997 Toyota Camry
    Visitor, Omaha, NE, February 24, 2013 09:46
    I just got my 1997 toyota camry and I love it. It now showing some minor repairs that need to be done. This car had 142,000 miles on it when i purchased it and it is the best. I love this car and I will keep going with my Toyota.
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  • 1997 Toyota Camry
    Visitor, Helix, OR, November 27, 2011 06:29
    I bought my 1997 Camry V6 with 22,000 miles on it in 2000 and it now has 382,000 miles. The only unusual repair I've ever had to make was the replacement of the catalytic converter at 200,000 miles, which was VERY expensive. Other than that, just the normal maintenance repairs and service throughout it's life. The mechanic I have tells me there should be no problem driving it to 500,000, or more. The seat adjustment motor has recently failed on the driver's side, and the sun roof drive motor has failed as well. I have used both of these items a LOT so am not surprised they finally wore out. Mobil 1 synthetic is the only oil I've used from the first. Also, the timing belts DO NOT need to be replaced at 60,000 miles. They will easily go 100,000, and more. This is a great car and when it finally does wear out I may try to find another low mileage 1997 or 1998 to replace it!
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  • 1997 Toyota Camry
    Visitor, Jacksonville, FL, August 25, 2011 07:04
    I have a 1997 Toyota Camry XLE, with the 3.0 L V-6 Motor, with 340,000 miles. I think the only thing made & shipped from Japan for this model year was the engine and transmission, which I have had no problem with. The problem I have had was with the struts & shocks, made & installed in America. Once the Japanese allow us to assemble these engines & transmissions in America, their company will be just like our car makers, they will design a weakest link for failure, in an effort to keep the economy moving. My first brand new car was a 1986 Pontiac Grand Am, and I will never buy American again, because of all the failures on that car.
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  • 1997 Toyota Camry
    Visitor, Portage, IN, August 09, 2011 12:36
    I have had this car for two years, I drive it every day. I have done one tune up and keep the oil changed. It has also 350,000 miles on looking to hit 500,000 before I get a new one, and yes it will be another Toyota
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  • 1997 Toyota Camry
    Visitor, Hillsboro, OR, July 16, 2011 12:28
    NO DOUBT, THE BEST CAR THAT I HAVE EVER OWNED (OVER 46 YEARS AND ABOUT 10-12 VEHICLES).! BUT AT 172,000 MILES ITS TIME TO MOVE ON TO ANOTHER/NEWER TOYOTA PRODUCT (I WILL N O T DRIVE ANYTHING ELSE). REPAIR HISTORY SINCE WE HAVE OWNED THIS CERTIFIED USED CAR = 2 BATTERIES, ONE SET OF BRAKES (DUE AGAIN SOON), SERPINTINE BELT, MAIN SEAL, STRUTS AND SHOCKS.
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  • 1997 Toyota Camry
    Visitor, Asheville, NC, December 28, 2010 17:57
    I bought my 1997 4 cyl Camry in 2001 with about 70K on the odometer. Now I'm over 270K with no major problems. I'm almost afraid to say it, but it still rides and drives like a new car. Can't beat the Yota.
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  • 1997 Toyota Camry
    Visitor, Broomfield, CO, December 11, 2010 10:12
    Bought 3 years ago from nieghbor for 4000.oo Has all bells and whistles. Good car but front suspension squeaks. Power seat have quit moving forward. Nice interior, sun roof, nice to drive
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  • 1997 Toyota Camry
    Visitor, Oakley, CA, July 25, 2010 00:39
    Bought this car ( 1997 LE ) in Sept. 2000 with 38,000 on the odometer. Now, in July 2010, the car has 315,000 on it and the engine ( V-6 ) runs like a Swiss watch. You have to strain to hear it when its running even standing next to it. Other than normal maintenance - tires 4 sets of Michelins, battery ( 2 ), brakes ( I'm on my 4th set of pads, 1 starter motor, and, get this - ONE TUNE-UP done 3 1/2 years ago. Only odd thing to happen was the rear wheel bearing assemblies went out, firs the righ rear and two years later the left rear. Does not use oil. How can you beat that!!! Absolutely the best car I've ever had and I've been driving 45 years. Don't be afraid to pick one up, if you can, even if it has 120,000 miles on it. Just be sure to get the V-6.
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  • 1997 Toyota Camry
    Visitor, Valhalla, NY, July 23, 2010 13:26
    My V-6 LE shocked me when it went 30 to 32 miles to the gallon on trips. Mine was very reliable, and nice to drive.
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  • 1997 Toyota Camry
    Visitor, Florence, SC, July 03, 2010 07:52
    Bought this car for college with 150,000 miles on it for $3,000. 7 years later and 210,000 miles on it and still going strong. Now its my daily work car with 84 miles a day. No major repairs needed. I don't think I would sell it NOW for $3,000.
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  • 1997 Toyota Camry
    Visitor, Louisville, CO, June 25, 2010 11:31
    Bought new, 240K miles on it and going strong. 4 Cyl. base model. Other than regular maintenance, have spent only about $1,000 on repairs in 12+ years, mainly worn contacts and gasket leaks, nothing major. Awesome car. Only issues: recently the passenger door outside handle stopped working so I need to open from inside until I get that repaired, and the ride is not as smooth as it used to be, but reliability is amazing.
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  • 1997 Toyota Camry
    Visitor, Redondo Beach, CA, June 19, 2010 17:47
    I am original owner. I have 208,000 miles on it! The most expensive continuing repair is the emission system. There are quite a few sensors and the mechanics don't seem to know which one is faulty. I put 3 sets of timing belts on it, about every 60K. I have never been able to switch from AC to heat... too much moisture and the interior windshield gets fogged up. I should say that overall I am VERY pleased with the car! The mechanic says I can go another 100K or better.
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  • 1997 Toyota Camry
    bobgeneral, Boynton Beach, FL, November 05, 2009 22:01
     Enthusiast
    I bought this vehicle with 24,000 miles on it. It now has 120,000. It just keeps running. I chage the oil according to the manual and use regular gas. I have replaced the brakes once, I'm on my second set of tires, I alligned the front end once, the AC blows ice cold and I never touched it, the power windows still work but they are slowing down. and all exterior lights work but I did have to change a few bulbs. This car is 12 years old I have put very little money into repairs and it still gets me the 48 miles to work and back every day. It's not the flashiest babe magnet on the road but it is the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned.
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  • 1997 Toyota Camry
    Clynelish, Delran, NJ, August 16, 2009 08:06
     Rookie
    A bad year and a problematic car. Toyota scrimped that year (Defroster lines only go halfway down on back light , for instance) and they must have cut costs in the engine and brakes especially. Maybe I'm getting taken by unscrupulous repair shops, but I've put three sets of rotors on this car, I'm headed to my THIRD water pump, the radiator cracked and front and rear anti-sway bars had to be replaced --- all very expensive. Mileage has been disappointing, 23 mpg at best with the auto. trans. vs 31+ mpg on my old 1987 Camry with a manual trans., a much better vehicle. I'm at the 154K mark and it drives well, but that's when it's not in the repair shop. The Japan-built radio in the '87 was also better than the Delco crap in this '97. What was Toyota thinking? Right now it's cheaper to repair, 'til I can save enough for something better. Send me a bailout, Obama!
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  • 1997 Toyota Camry
    k_surp, New Braunfels, TX, August 07, 2009 09:00
     Rookie
    My wife drives a '97 camry v6 with 180,000 and still running strong. Her dad bought the car with 90,000 miles on it and between he and I, all we've ever done is a regular oil change and air filter change. does anyone have any tips or advice on service or replacments I should do? surp516@yahoo.com
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  • 1997 Toyota Camry
    Joey D, Port Saint Lucie, FL, June 29, 2009 08:08
     Rookie
    I have over 137,000 miles on my Camry. I have replaced the rack and pinion, and brakes. It just keeps going. In the past, I have put over 250 miles per day, with no problems. Great car!
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  • 1997 Toyota Camry
    invisyblninja, Carmichael, CA, December 11, 2008 15:16
     Enthusiast
    Drives like a Toyota should.
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  • 1997 Toyota Camry
    pookies, Monroe Township, NJ, September 27, 2008 11:32
     Enthusiast
    very reliable, no major problems with regular maintenance 75000 miles driven
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