Words and tip by Kaibeezy. My mom bought a Maytag washer in the 60’s that lasted for 40 years. When the repairman could no longer get parts, she had to get a new one. Which lasted 5 years, as did its replacement. Cheap profit engineered crap. I’d guess this Camry, or better yet a Mercedes or BMW of the same vintage, would last longer than a new one bought today, driven the same. And that’s not even mentioning all the electronic crap guaranteed to fail. Now get off my lawn and buy this 1991 Toyota Camry 5spd for $3,900 in Milpitas, CA via craigslist.
The 2nd generation Toyota Camry (V20, USDM 1988-1991) dates from an era when heavy engineering focus was put on reliability and robustness instead of meeting the latest convenience fad. Okay, the stupid tracked front seat belt was one of those fads that will cost you when it breaks, but this car is free of touchscreens, voice activated systems and other kitsch destined to be obsolete within the quinquennium.
Power from the 2.0 liter inline-4 is rated at 115 horsepower (or 156 from the 2.5 liter V6) and won’t blow your socks off, but with a 5-speed manual transmission and a 2700 lb curb weight to chuck around, it ain’t the worst thing you’ll ever drive.
See another clean, one family owned sedan with a clutch for less? firstname.lastname@example.org