1990 Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry Consumer Reviews By Year:
1990 Toyota Camry

NEW FOR 1990

Base models get new seat fabric and dual cupholders. V6 models get more power. Optional split-folding rear seats are available on Deluxe.

78 Total User Reviews

Average Rating

By camrydriver on October 25 @ 3:46 am
experience with my camry
nice car, but std version has no tach but the pickup is not that bad. I'd rather be driving an 93 accord.

By luted on February 14 @ 9:33 am
Dependable Camry's
I bought this 1990 camry DX in June 2000 with milage of 132000. I have drove it for one and half years for 10K. It never gave me problems, I changed the engine oil every 3 month. the only extra "care" on the car is a tune up. Dependable, reliable. the drawback is that the 4-cylinder engine seems weak, it accelerates quite slowly. while the gas milage is quite good, usually 20 local, and up to 40 on high way.

By Vince on September 12 @ 7:00 am
Absolutely the best vehicle I've owned
In 12 years I've had no serious problems with my 1990 Camry other than general matenance. I've owned nearly 20 vehicles in my lifetime, (GM, Ford, Chrysler products etc...) and the Camry is the very best car of all. I plan to buy a AWD Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V soon and hate the thought of parting with this reliable, dependable and trust worthy 1990 Camry. Perhaps it will end up with someone who will hang on to it for 12 years too!!!

By twakil on September 20 @ 3:00 am
Almost 200K Miles and Still Rolling
I like this car (the V6). It's reliable, spunky, and durable.

By bagua108 on October 9 @ 11:00 am
best car i've ever owned
besides oil change, tires, brake pads, wiper blades. replaced distributor once. replaced battery once. replaced spark plugs once.

By freydaddy on May 30 @ 11:00 am
my first car
This is my first car ever, and while it is a bit slow, I love it. I bought it when it had 145k miles in 1/2001 and it now has 182k. The most serious problem I had to fix was to replace the distributor cap. Other than that it has just been regular maintenance.

By John Thomas on July 2 @ 11:00 am
Best car ever
I have owned my Camry for about 4 years now. I have never had to put any real money into it, just basic stuff like oil changes, brakes, and tires. The trany is still riding smooth with 120K on it, and I'm sure I'll get another 120K out of the car if I wanted to. These cars are definitely built to last. With simple maintenance the body will rot out before the engine ever goes. Try saying that for a domestic vehicle.

By johnt on July 9 @ 11:00 am
my best vehicle
Best car I ever owned. This was the cheapest, most reliable transportation I'll probably ever have. A friend sold it to me for the dealer trade-in value and I drove it for 7 years, 100K miles. It now has 255K miles and still runs great with original engine/transmission.

By DontBuyACamry on August 21 @ 11:00 am
bUyEr BeWaRe!!!!!!
The toyota Camry is the worst car i have ever owned. Ever since we bought it brand new from the dealership, it has been nothing but problems. At 40k miles the engine seized on us. After the repacled engine at 60k the transmission failed. After getting the transmission fixed, it failed again at 80k. We have put more money into the car than it is worth. There is rust on every quarter panel. While the gas mileage is great, reliablity on the V-6 automatics is horrible. Overall a disaster car made by toyota. As a used car buyer I would not buy over 100k.

By Margaret Boyarizo on September 14 @ 11:00 am
Camry Wagon review
I've been mostly pleased with the Camry wagon. I'm only selling it because I need a bigger car. I have had to replace a few parts and because it's a Toyota, it's been expensive.

By elfman on February 25 @ 11:00 am
Reliable
Driving it is about as exciting as watching paint dry, but this is the most reliable car imaginable. I have never had any problem with this old car, would recommend it to anyone looking for cheap wheels.

By Clarence on February 25 @ 11:00 am
Best Car
I've enjoyed this car better than any I've ever owned. Besides maintenance the only expense has been front brake rotors.

By David Chang on June 24 @ 11:00 am
clear
The interior and exterior conditions are excellent. Air conditioning, power steering, power windows, powerdoor locks, tilt wheel, crusie control, AM/FM Stereo, Cassette. If finance, 1.1% APR for 36 months.

By sphinx633 on April 17 @ 3:00 am
Fantastic
Great Car! Excellent handling, durability, and very reliable. Has never broken down. At 150,000 miles still running like new.

By goldengrahams on September 3 @ 3:00 am
Camry
Excellent vehicle. Little to no maintenance required.

By rzbx on May 12 @ 3:00 am
Reliable
Very reliable. Bought it at 184k miles. Currently 203k miles. Only needed to replace radiator. Replacing spark plugs and spark plug cables helped improve performance. Some noises and vibration when braking (read that it was the brakes and that they just need to be replaced with proper ones). Starter used to get stuck preventing me from starting car, but after hitting it with a wrench every time it froze up, after a few times it just fixed itself.

By pcs24 on August 5 @ 3:00 am
great hand-me-down
my mom gave me this car in 97, with 110k on it. since then only minor work has been needed to be done. I now have 207k on it, i need to replace the front axles and bearings($600), and i just replaced the break pads a few months ago. This car has really held up over the years...i definately put it through hell. i'll be sad to see it go.

By Scottie on July 19 @ 3:00 am
Not as good as others I guess
1990 stick shift with 140K miles. Car doesn't like third gear (clutch, gas, count to '2', shift - easy does it- GRIND - ouch - clutch, gas). AC just went out last week, but it was really cold until then. Have an oil leak, had it repaired once but might be coming back. Hate the location of the oil filter, when you take it off oil runs down the front of the engine. I get about 29 mpg. Dropped about $2500 in repairs in 2001 and with the oil leak and AC going would guess I will have to pony up about another 2K or finally get a new car.

By scottie on July 19 @ 3:00 am
Not as good as others I guess
1990 stick shift with 140K miles. Car doesn't like third gear (clutch, gas, count to '2', shift - easy does it- GRIND - ouch - clutch, gas). AC just went out last week, but it was really cold until then. Have an oil leak, had it repaired once but might be coming back. Hate the location of the oil filter, when you take it off oil runs down the front of the engine. I get about 29 mpg. Dropped about $2500 in repairs in 2001 and with the oil leak and AC going would guess I will have to pony up about another 2K or finally get a new car.

By ced on February 10 @ 3:00 am
'90 Camry-Best Car Ever
This has been the best car I have ever owned. It has been comfortable, reliable, and virtually a no-cost car. The only repairs have been brakes and at 70,000 miles a radiator. How could you want a better car?

By Nenron Giggleson on November 6 @ 3:00 am
Long Lasting Toyota
I purchased a 1990 Toyota Camry LE Wagon in 1990. I just sold it and it was the best car I ever had. No trouble no crashes nothing. I drive to New York and back everyday and it never gave up on me. When I finally sold it, it had 240,000 miles on it. It was sad to let it go but I bought a new car.

By Paperlantern on July 6 @ 3:00 am
PERFECT TEN
Couldnt ask for a better vehicle. Purchased with 77K 6 years ago, now has 170K. Car has NEVER let me down, starts EVERY time FIRST time to this DAY. Engine still runs smooth and quiet, and the car handles like a dream even with original equipment shocks and struts. ONly work done in 6 years: 2 sets of brakes, 2 sets of tires, CV Boots and joints (tore one so jsut did the whole job) New battery, and new alternator. Right now it needs a rear main seal, and the right door lock sticks, but as long as I keep oil in it it runs like a dream.

By camrywelldriven on July 6 @ 3:00 am
Just reliable
Never left stranded by this car, have driven it all over the U.S. and to Canada, usually in long stretches. 10,000 in two weeks on time. Car always ready to go, V-6 strong, even when completely packed. Mileage consistent until recently dropping from 26mpg to around 20, but that's after 60,ooo miles in less than 3 years.

By KDiggity on October 17 @ 11:00 am
My Beloved Camry
I wish every car was this reliable. But then again, all those auto mechanics would go out of business. This car has been through hell and back with no problems. It's been stolen and found in Wine Country, driven across the Canadian Alps, and has cruised the Sunset Strip in LA. Always ready to go, all the time. I love my Camry and will only part with it when either I give it to a loved one or it completely dies. 240K and still going.

By oldreliable on September 20 @ 11:00 am
A reliable piece of work
My car just rolled over 250 000 km yesterday. I've had the car for about 5 years. Some basic stuff has had to be done, new alternator, break pads, and routine maintenance, but this car takes a licking and keeps on ticking. I've taken it to hell and back on several occasions, I drive it into the ground, but it always comes back to life the next time I want to cruise. A solid car, Toyota deserves a pat on the back.

By LastNite on July 11 @ 11:00 am
This Car Saved My Life
I bought this car just after my 18th birthday in April of 2002. It had 138K miles on it, and had virtually nothing wrong with it. It was my first car, and I loved the economy, reliability and simplicity of it. Unfortunately, one night I was stopped at a light with a small truck in front of me and a Lincoln Navigator going 45-50 mph obliverated the trunk and sandwiched me between the two of them. I am okay today, thanks to this miracle car. BUY IT!!

By julius on September 27 @ 11:00 am
exellent
i never have much experience concerning this vehicle

By BadApple on June 5 @ 11:00 am
1990 Camry V6 DX
The car is great for 2600 bucks. I reccomend anyone buy a used one of these, rather than a brand new piece of poop. e.g. kia, hyundai V6 power will push you ahead of everyone else, and toyota quality is always great. Love my car, but don't like the modern era Camrys. Maybe when I get some grey hair, I'll get a grey, new Camry.

By citizenk on May 27 @ 11:00 am
old V6 Camry outruns new sports cars
Perhaps the most amazing things about this car are the power and reliability. In thirteen years of ownership after purchasing brand new, only minor brake work needed to be done. The powerful V6 and light curb weight allows it to outpreform newer, more powerful cars and experiences a syndrome similar to turbo-lag during acceleration, it takes a while to really kick in but is amazing once you get there. I wish I could keep this car forever, but I kind of want a new car sometime in the next decade or two.

By Disco on April 21 @ 11:00 am
Great first car!
This car was great. Bought on consignment over 2 years ago, have driven it on many long trips and tons in the city since. had over 140000 kms when I bought it, never had any major problems. Had to replace the spark plug wires in the first week, understandable in an older vehicle. Did have some problems with the rotors warping...had to be replaced twice and filed down once. Not sure why, even the mechanics were surprised to have it come back with the same problem...they said it was definitely not a typical Toyota problem. A bit of a rust issue as well, but otherwise solid and reliable. I'd still be driving it if it hadn't been stolen!!

By JLG on April 3 @ 11:00 am
Reliable ride
I just traded in my 1990 Camry DX and hated to part with it. It was an unbelievably reliable car. In 13 years, it had only 1 minor repair, aside from routine things (brake job, battery, etc.).

By Cherryk24 on September 15 @ 3:00 am
Gonna Miss It
Bought my 90 Camry when I was 17 for 1500 bucks and got way more than that out of it. Has 192000 miles and is still going! Aside from needing new muffler twice and problems with the heat, it was a great car. I'm gonna miss it when I sell it next week!

By LAofficer on February 25 @ 3:00 am
GOODBYE MY LOVE
I am selling my 1990 V6 LE with 103,000 original miles because I just purchased a Honda Accord. I will miss this car dearly. It still runs and looks great. The only problem I had was the light for the radio went out so you couldn't see the display at night. I just hope the next owner will baby and pamper her like I did. The newer Camry's look like old lady cars. That is one reason I bought a 2001 Accord EX V6 loaded including the leather package.

By BBRB on July 31 @ 3:00 am
Still going!
It's now December 2003 and I am proud to say my Camry just passed the 217,000 mileage marker and she still runs great!

By Patrick32787 on April 10 @ 3:00 am
The best car ever
I bought this car brand new in 1990. The car lasted forever without ever having anything wrong with it. I had 168,000 miles on the car when i slid off the road into a tree. I was doing about 30 and no injurys except a minor bruise. The car only had one problem. the ac went @ 140,000 on it. The car is comfortable and was drivin from ny to florida a bunch of times and was great. miss the car alot and wish toyota brought back the camry wagon.

By iLOVEmyCAMRY on May 1 @ 3:00 am
This car refuses to die!
My grandparents purchased this model at the end of 1989 and has kept it ever since. It ran wonderfully and looked great, until they gave it to me for my 19th birthday in 2002. Since then I have been in two accidents with it (one involving a DUMP TRUCK) and this car is still holding strong. I am still confident that every time I turn the key in the ignition, it will start.

By Busmonkey on July 26 @ 3:00 am
Great car
Incredible reliability and gas mileage. I once got 42 mpg on a trip from DC area to Albany, NY. Very little maintenance required to keep this car at its peak. This car has been driven over 25k mi a year, has been stolen and recovered, and has almost 240k mi on the odo. Only now is it showing signs of age.

By Alissa Conant on January 3 @ 11:00 am
Reliability and low maintaince
My car has 242,000 miles and it still runs great. It has some minor quirks, but overall this is a fantastic car. I forsee it running for another 50,000 miles with regular maintaince. By the way, it has NEVER broke down on me.

By Sharkthefisher on March 26 @ 11:00 am
Will last forever if used well
My parents purchased the car last year at 192K and now has 206K and the engine is still running great. It's a stickshift and I enjoyed driving it. The car is mine now since my parents got a 96Le. The only major problem with the car right now is that it has a major clutch problem and is required to replace the whole set costing around 340 bucks which is not too bad for a car of that age. It has a 4 cyl and you'd be amazed the power it has. But as soon as it got fixed I am planning to use it well because I know those engine's last forever and I am not the first person who said that.

By Mark S. on August 2 @ 11:00 am
My Most Reliable Car Ever
I've got 197,700 miles on my Camry and it still runs great! Not sure you can kill these vehicles. Everything remains in excellent working condition, including power locks, power windows and air conditioning that often are problematic on some other older vehicles. I've spent less than $2,000 on repairs and maintenance on this car over the last 10 years, including wear and tear items like tires and brakes.

By MacCamry on February 14 @ 11:00 am
V6 Camry Smooth as Silk
I found a V6 Camry that was faithfully maintained by the previous owner and couldn't be happier with my purchase. With over 160K miles it still feels like a new car. No sports car handling, but smooth quiet and completely reliable. Driving this car it is easy to forget how old it is.

By pearscor on September 29 @ 8:36 am
Time Will Tell
First time Toyota buyer. Bought it with 88000 miles on it. Near perfect condition, inside, out, engine were super clean. Had vibration in steering wheel, replaced tires and that fixed it. It did have a high cold idle problem, cleaned idle control valve and idles much lower at startup. Now engine light comes on for minute just as engine warms up, I think it's a EGR Temp Sensor (Common on Calf. Camry's), tried cleaning it, didn't work. May try putting resistor in the connector like others have done to see if that works. Car does seem to be well made. Hope it lasts as long as others say it will, but time will tell.

By Chris on April 14 @ 11:13 am
LE V6 Wagon, best used car I ever bought
I bought this car from the original owner who took great care of it about 6 weeks ago. I have to say this is the best used car I have ever bought. I can't believe this car is 16 years old. I have owned newer cars that were not as "modern" as this feels. Solid as the day it was built. With only 130,000 miles it's still got a LOT of life left in it. It runs like new, looks great. Everything about the feel of this car is great.

By Doug on February 8 @ 1:33 pm
Good Car
A pretty good car overall. It good have used a little stronger engine and better brakes. Interior was ok and could have used little more room especially for taller drivers. Reliability was good.

By Hankus on October 3 @ 11:16 pm
1990 Toyota Camry LE 6 cylinder 4 door s
purchased 5/1990 , new 3000 mi Demo. Regular service 3000 mi. and maintained. Drives nicely. Cruise control, drivers window, 2 lowest levels of heater, AC fan not operating. Some rust, especially right rear fender, some on left rear fender. Touches of rust on front fenders. White with golden tan upholstery. Used daily for local driving and has been dependable.

By bobkni on June 20 @ 9:56 am
Fine car, no reservations at all!
Always a solid, reliable car to own. I bought it new and still have it in 2005... 15 years and not a single problem.

By A.J. Sub on May 3 @ 4:53 pm
The Perfect Car
This is as good as it gets. If you can find one that doesn't have rust on it, count on it running at least another 10 years. This was the old family car that was passed on to me, it has a solid 420,000km on it. Its now the car me and my friends use while on campus. While my dad had it, the torque converter went, that was the only major issue with it. It had its wheel bearings replaced thereafter. Aside from that, this is the perfect car for a dirty cheap price. If you treat this car to good maintenance, it'll stand by you forever! I've pushed this up to 160km/h last month without much effort. GREAT CAR. One of the finest vehicles ever made.

By ROD/ASHLEY on April 9 @ 2:30 pm
You cant beat this car
This car is the best, 4th owner close to 400,000 miles and still truckin. Pick up is great, rides great. Of course their are a couple problems like the axles will not stop breaking, the alternator keeps frying, but I mean come on its 16 years old what would anyone expect

By citizenkane on September 3 @ 12:53 am
Powerfully Reliable, NO RUST either
This car was handed down to me from my parents, remember getting it from the dealer at age three. 140k miles, park it outside in the cold and salt of Evanston, Illinois, which has taken its toll somewhat. Still no rust, however, even around the wheel wells- a common gripe. The V6 is an amazing engine, when coupled with such a light car it can outrun 2006 model sedans with 220 horsepower. "Power" mode is ridiculously fun. Fuel economy is okay, around 19 for mostly city driving. However, it's a small price to pay for a car so ridiculously fun to drive.

By Cutshaw on January 30 @ 8:46 pm
Great little car
If you find one of these in decent shape used buy it. Smart design, reliability all around, not hard to work on, easy regular maintenance, not too cramped despite being a small car. If you're savvy with the manual transmission you'll get well over 30mpg. Handles well at high speeds. I got this one a year ago and have put 15,000 miles on it, now at 148k and no problems. Doesn't have the best theft protection though. Mine was stolen and recovered 6 weeks later, a coat hanger through the foam door insulation pops the lock instantly and somehow they started it without a key or hot wiring it. Seems the ignition lock isn't very 'precise'. Invest in a crook lock.

By my first car on January 14 @ 9:03 am
Good car
I got this car when I was 15. It's a fun car to drive and the engine has enough power, it's just I would like a little more. I have put this car through hell literally. I have got it up to 124 MPH on the highway and there was almost nothing shaking. I've had it rocking on the side of the road it was stuck on a curb and me and my friends had to push it off. The cornering is amazing, the reliability is ridiculous I would recommend this to anybody who would want a car.

By jake on June 2 @ 8:23 am
I love ths car!
Just bought it today! $2000 Cdn 1990 Camry auto 4cyl 2.0 l recently painted - very classic look! 131000 km, new tires, recent brakes, new paint and smooth smooth smooth Not the best pick up, but I'm gonna just cruise.

By glennno on December 23 @ 9:26 am
The real energizer bunny!
This was purchased ($900.00) for my at the time 25 year old learning to drive wife. She didn't want a new car, for fear of destroying it (NYC). The car had 96,000 miles and we put a tranny in it for $1500.00 six months later. So $2400.00. It was stolen and recovered after missing for a week, funny thing is the thief was pulled over because HE kept driving it 6 days later. Any way moved to Florida in 2006, it now has 209,453 miles and I only put another $200 dollars in it for a new radiator. This is the BEST built car ever!!!

By Mike S. on February 19 @ 5:10 am
Takes a Lickin & keeps on Tickin
I bought my Camry right after 9/11 at a public auction for about a grand after taxes and stuff. It was used and abused at 200,000 miles and still runs good at 271,000 miles. I always said that I would get tired of this car before it got tired of me, and I was right. I'll probably be selling "Hillary" soon, and the new owner won't be getting a lemon either. Repairs have been few and far between, a couple alternators (non-Toyota replacements), a broken timing belt (probably the original), power window motor, etc. It's hard to drive a car with so little power in a city these days, but I do most of my driving in rural Illinois anyway.

By Jeff... on April 14 @ 9:16 am
It's a Beast
This car was grabbed from my cousin who got it from my grandma, he ran it into the ground. We jump it, drift it, everything, cruises super smooth at 80+ it will not stop. Currently its getting bearing and struts, the struts were so bad it would launch someone if they were jumping on the front bumper. The manual is amazing and the gear ratio for a 5 speed beats anything around!

By Matt on August 13 @ 2:16 am
320k and runs better than my new car
My parents bought it brand new in 1990 fully loaded and once I graduated high school, they passed it onto me in 1994. Since then I've owned 5 cars and every single one did not live up to the Camry. The car has been great! 320k on original engine and transmission and still runs like a champ! Gas mileage can be better but it's a V6 from the 1990s so not much complaint. No paint problems or rust. This car is most definitely going to stay with me till its not running. Toyota surely made this vehicle to last last and last. Props to them.

By Kyle on August 25 @ 9:56 pm
The little car that couldn't
I purchased this vehicle after my little Geo quit around Thanksgiving of 2007. By March of 2008 the reverse went out in the tranny. The tranny of the V6 version of this car is unable to sustain the heavy shifting required. I paid 2500 for the car and the new tranny was about to cost the same amount since it's almost impossible to find. Also paint oxidizing and poor handling in any kind of snow is common for this version. I got stuck in 4 inches of snow! How does that happen! I since purchased a 99 escort and have been very pleased with the results. when it comes to the older camrys just get the model with the inline 4 and you'll be fine.

By mike on October 26 @ 8:06 pm
Build to last
I bought this car for fun I thought of it as a piece of junk but it is a great car. I have two other cars and they are so complicated to work - this is like a piece of cake

By Bill on February 7 @ 4:13 am
Best Car EVER!
I purchased my Camry with 55000 miles on it. I to this date have only put about 25000 miles on it after 5 and a half years. I look at it every day and hope that it gets me through the day, not because of its engine but because of the rust! This hands down is the best engineered automobile ever built!! I just love all its options and its comfort. It only has one fan speed now, and that high (thank god!), but other than that with routine oil changes etc, its a wonderful car. I am going to shed a tear when I have to turn it in to the junk yard. I will drive it to its death!

By Papun on October 18 @ 2:50 am
Great car for its age 169,000 plus miles
With the biggest been the plastics. They tend to be brittle and brake easy, and the fact that you have to buy a couple of specialized books to help you get data and work on the car, and "the sometimes" costly parts. Mileage is great even with the A/C ON all the time. Similar in look with some other models from the same year. Performance is great if you look for a family oriented car. But for real "performance" it is to low for my taste. Needs more power. Mine is 4 cylinders EFI like any other four engine. Maintenance is very easy! Always remember to use 50/50 mixture in coolant system or the head my suffer, and at about $550+ is expensive. Head gasket set is on the $70+. Is a good car.

By Richard8655 on September 1 @ 7:16 pm
Fabulous Reliability
Bought my 1990 Camry DX station Wagon brand new in 1990. Here it is now just starting 2010, and the Camry is going stronger than ever. A couple gripes. Rust around the wheel wells. Also rust-through at the lower front panels just before the front doors due to wet leaves getting in there, which over the years I never noticed until too late. In addition, there's some bluish smoke from the exhaust when starting up in the morning. I'm told this is because the engine seals dry up over time and oil leaks slightly into the cylinders. But absolutely no loss of oil and never have to top up, so not a big deal.

By lukaskliz on May 7 @ 7:33 pm
Great car and great find
I stumbled upon this great find last week, and I had to buy this car after all the reviews I read about it. It has only 55,683 original miles and looks like its only 1 year old. Belong to an elderly couple that never drove it. Paid $2,905 and I'm sure I will have to have some maintenance done, but I hope that it last over 200,000 like the ones I have been reading about. It drives excellent right now, and passed the tough California emissions test without a problem.

By Jon on January 20 @ 5:13 pm
Great Car
The option of normal and performance driving is great. You can be tricked into felling like you are riding in a manual b/c in normal the torque converter locks up and make shifting a little rougher, while in performance it can rev to higher rpms letting you get more power. This car is light so it can fell sporty only independent suspension which gives it a smooth ride gives body roll.

By reviewer on April 18 @ 4:50 am
Unbelievable quality!
OK: 440,000 Miles. Not one break down. Never stuck anywhere. Under $100 in repairs since day 1(repairs, not including maintenance of course). Yes, I do or have done all the maintenance on it. Which isn't too bad since it's a Toyota not a Cadillac. Gets 30 MPG at 85 MPH. Costs $400/year to insure (liability only of course)

By NWREDNK on May 5 @ 1:33 pm
best car ever
This vehicle is what gave Toyota the great reputation it enjoyed for 20 yrs until the recall problems today! Last spring I had the engine rebuilt and installed it myself to enjoy it for the next 20 yrs as it gets 20 mpg city & 34 mpg hwy! (Manual transmission) 5 spd!

By Aninika on January 16 @ 6:46 am
230K still going
My father forced me into buying the little car and it took some time for me to like it. The radiator went shortly after receiving it in '08. Then the starter went and had to be rebuilt, the overdrive is going, it ended up with severed brake lines and there's an oil and gas leak (gas leaks if filled over 9 gallons). Also the cruise control died. The car got around 18- 24mpg, but got me where I needed to go put about as much money into it as I paid for it. Wish I could have taken it to college with me. Not a bad car for a first one even with 200k miles on it.

By jerrymax on July 23 @ 2:50 am
Had a few problems
I had my 1990 Camry Deluxe for 11 years after buying it used with 42k miles. First 100k no problems, but after that it was a different story. Body cladding rotted, rust on rear wheel wells (common problem with that model), leaking in trunk whenever it rained, fuel injector sensor went bad, electrical circuits to rear lights and dashboard failed repeatedly, multiple front end problems, 2 clutch replacements, synchros went back--had them replaced--failed again a year later. Repair bills totaled over $10k. I loved it like an old friend but let it go at 232k when motor quit. Found it in a parking lot 2 years later with a new owner and 260k on odometer. Still, I question Toyota's reliability.

By Tony on June 17 @ 2:06 am
It keeps on ticking
I inherited this beauty from my Aunt Mary. V-6 auto, loaded. It let me down once so far. Bad coil. I cringe at changing the three rear spark plugs!(V- 6). Wheel well rust. Thanks for the road salt New York! Aunt Mary was right, It is a Japanese Cadillac! I love the POWER button, she moves. I love this car and will drive it as long as I can. It has 92,000 on it so far. For a twenty year old car, it can't be beat! Thanks Aunt Mary!

By Kwak on March 18 @ 8:06 pm
Bulletproof
Looking to buy a reliable car? This car must be on your list. Find a decent one and buy it. My 20 yr old Camry will shame most cars half its age. They just don't make them like this anymore. Even newer Toyotas can't match the 2nd Gen's. reliability. But if you want "Lust, Passion, Soul" ..go else where, and bring your wallet. Proof that you can fall in love with a "boring" car. I would buy another one in a heart beat. My car is at 200,000 and betting it will go 10 more years and rack up over 300,000 miles easy. I just hope they'll still make parts when I do get to that milestone. A perfect car for low budget, student, first car, commuter. Excellent Value.

By Anthony on November 2 @ 9:26 pm
Solid, Reliable, Value.
I can't be more impressed with this little wagon, with over 200,000 miles, it feels like new. Interior is remarkably solid & high in quality. Modern cars have better styling but can't say better build and materials. Engine is still peppy. Give any car regular oil changed and it will go over 150,000, but this car I'm sure would go over 400,000. It feels that good, with very little repairs if any. I put on 15,000 miles and saw the odometer flip 200,000 miles and not one repair since owning it. Its a 1990 so its not going to have all the bells & whistles like today's cars but it gets the job done competently. I wasn't thrilled when I purchased it cause its old & quirky looking, now I love it.

By thefranks5 on January 12 @ 12:25 am
Hoping for 400k
I have two Toyota Camrys. We liked the 1990 so much, we bought a 1991. Essentially, their twins... except one is a manual shift, one an automatic. My wife wishes it would die, so she could get a new one. The 90 has 251,900 miles and still gets between 29-34 mph. Still use it on my 180-mile commute. No real mechanical problems, other than regular maintenance. Timing belts, water pump, cv boots, tires, etc. The major key to it's longevity is regular oil and filter changes -- every 3k -- plus a good oil additive, Hilton Hyperlube or Lucas or Slick50. I'm hopeful it will make to 400k. Would love to know what % of Camrys make it over 300 or 400k

By segelstrom101 on March 2 @ 11:25 pm
the man
hello i picked up my 1990 toyota camry dx in november with 131,256 miles and boy am i impressed. lots of power good mpg and really comfortable. the heat blows like you couldn't believe and the ac is amazing. it definitely is what gave toyota the name it holds today. the only thing i have had to do in repairs besides the rust fixing is a gas line and a radiator but my yota is the man. i will be the last owner of this car i could never sell it. if you can find one i highly recommend you get it. thanx for reading.

By mrspeedster on April 10 @ 1:29 pm
350k!!!!
i just keeps going!! this is my bf's car, he bought it at 100k 11 years ago (he and i both do alot of cross country driving) all we have done is speakers and radio 110k, serpentine 145k, water pump 190k, fuel pump 250k, front tie rod and front and rear struts 300k (he hopped a curb at 70 mph and that is all it did!) we are really hoping for 400k, and btw at that point talk to your toyota dealer, i have heard of people with their high milage toyotas trading in for a brand new toyota of the same model for F R E E E E E E E E (some advertizement thing) the parts are dirt cheap built like a tank (I hit 2 deers on a dirt road and went smack into a ditch, only a ding on the hood and grill)

By roseygal on January 27 @ 3:41 am
keeps on keeping on
I'm at the point where I have to decide if it's time to let go and the truth is I just don't want to! I can't even find a kbb value for a 1990, but mine still looks pretty good and only has 140,000. miles. It needs a little work now, but for 6 years I didn't put a drop of money into her, except oil changes. I was the second owner.

By cjleary83 on February 17 @ 11:29 am
They don't build them like this anymore
For what it is, my 1990 Camry is by far the best car I've owned. It's built to get you from point A to point B comfortably and reliably, and that's exactly what it does. I've owned it since 2001 (second owner) and other than oil changes, batteries, and headlights, I've never had to have any work done on it. May have recharged the ac once. I also own an 07 Subaru legacy, and I actually keep it in the garage most of the time, because there's no point putting miles on it while the Camry still runs perfectly. Sure, it's not the prettiest car and it's not going to win any races, but for a daily driver, this is an ideal machine. Gas mileage is decent and it's dirt cheap to insure.

By dave9090 on November 23 @ 1:46 am
Only car I ever want
I am the second owner. Currently has 202,000 miles, bought it at 170,000. Best car I have ever owned. Cruises on the highway, solid build, supremely reliable. I wouldn't hesitate for a second to drive this car across the country, even with 200k on it. Even though it's an Arizona car and has been meticulously maintained by myself and the original owner, its condition is a testament to Toyota quality. Both interior and exterior literally look brand new, save for some slight paint fading from the strong sun here. All the power features still work flawlessly. Easy and inexpensive to work on. Nothing fancy, but I don't want to drive anything else.

By Jose on April 3 @ 1:54 am
Best toyota evert made!
I love this car. Easy to work on, if needed. Oil change kind of are a pain if you have big hands and arms. If pays beall you can swap the Lexus es250 of the same year.

By Three Fingers on February 14 @ 10:22 pm
400,000
Expect @ least that many miles with regular maintenance and a rebuild around 200k!

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