1997 Toyota Camry Reviews and Owner Comments

1997 Toyota Camry owners review and rate their 1997 Toyota Camry.

1997 Toyota Camry (22 Reviews)
Body, Interior & Misc.
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Electrical & Lights
Exhaust & Emissions
Heating & Air Conditioning
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Bought my 1997 American Edition V6 XLE new, now 250,000 plus miles later still going strong, although I have had to some unusual repairs lately. Motor mounts, Steering rack, sway bar, Struts & Springs all around, on my third set (4) of rotors, Valve Covers. And now my dash board lights are completely out, along with the Sun Visor which I haven't been able to find a replacement yet.
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
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 .
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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!
Drives like a Toyota should.
very reliable, no major problems with regular maintenance 75000 miles driven