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    Bob
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    Default Best year for a used Toyota Camry?

    I'm in the market to replace my 1998 Camry (bought new in '97) with
    190K miles. According to my research, it seems the later models
    starting with 2007 have some transmission problems, yes? So would
    that make the 2005-2006 a good year to buy?

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    M.Balarama
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    Default Best year for a used Toyota Camry?

    I'm in the market to replace my 1998 Camry (bought new in '97) with
    190K miles. According to my research, it seems the later models
    starting with 2007 have some transmission problems, yes? So would
    that make the 2005-2006 a good year to buy?
    on the vehicle identification number-buy any year that starts with a J-means
    made in Japan

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    ransley
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    Default Best year for a used Toyota Camry?

    I'm in the market to replace my 1998 Camry (bought new in '97) with
    190K miles. According to my research, it seems the later models
    starting with 2007 have some transmission problems, yes? So would
    that make the 2005-2006 a good year to buy?
    90 might be best ....

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    SMS
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    This ones easy for me. I had a choice to sell either my 95 (290K) or 98
    (220K). I chose to keep my 95. We have 2 1992's and 1 94 and my 95 all over
    250K. Just picked up an 04 and as it is said - time will tell. For me 1992 -
    1996 have out shone all the rest.
    1992-96 was the peak for the Camry. In 1997 they started decontenting. I
    read that they got $2000 of cost out from the 1992-1996 generation to
    the 1997-2001 generation. They worsened the engine, the
    weather-stripping, and removed the hood springs in favor of a prop
    stick, among less visible changes.

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    Daniel
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    Default Best year for a used Toyota Camry?

    2007 have some transmission problems, yes? So would
    that make the 2005-2006 a good year to buy?
    I've always had good results striking up a conversation with the lead
    mechanic - preferably at the Toyota dealer, or an independent shop.
    They work with them on a daily basis and know the most current
    information.

    My '94 with 187K is just now the way I like it, but then I've replaced
    the leather interior, control arms, ball joints, axles, springs,
    struts, and keep the fluids and maintenance all like new.
    BTW the exterior gets Zaino, many people have remarked on the high
    gloss, one suspecting repainted.

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    Mark A
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    Default Best year for a used Toyota Camry?

    1992-96 was the peak for the Camry. In 1997 they started decontenting. I read that they got $2000 of cost out from the 1992-1996 generation to the 1997-2001 generation. They worsened the engine, the weather-stripping, and removed the hood springs in favor of a prop stick, among less visible changes.
    Having owned both a 92 and 98 (both V6) I would not complain about the
    1997-2001 generation. It is larger and quieter, and very reliable (assuming
    you use Synthetic Oil to avoid any possibility of sludge). The stereo
    speakers were , but I replaced them when I bought the car.

    The "hood springs" (actually called Hood Support Prop Struts) went bad after
    a few years on my 1992 Camry and I had to carry around a wooden stick to
    prop up the hood (the struts cost a lot to replace). The "stick" on the
    1997-2001 is much preferable.

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    Bob
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    Default Best year for a used Toyota Camry?

    I have a '98 now with 190K miles and it's showing it's age (Cleveland
    winters). That year is too old to consider again, so I'm looking for
    2005 or later. Since the 2005-2006 range is the same design, and the
    end of the era, I was hoping they were good. I'm looking for one
    now.... I have not sat in one yet to see if I fit (I don't in the new
    2008-2009!)

    My choice is either a used Camry or new Hyundai. I like nothing else.

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    anthonyzadeh
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    Default Best year for a used Toyota Camry?

    This ones easy for me. I had a choice to sell either my 95 (290K) or 98
    (220K). I chose to keep my 95. We have 2 1992's and 1 94 and my 95 all over 250K. Just picked up an 04 and as it is said - time will tell. For me 1992 -
    1996 have out shone all the rest.
    1992-96 was the peak for the Camry. In 1997 they started decontenting. I read that they got $2000 of cost out from the 1992-1996 generation to the 1997-2001 generation. They worsened the engine, the
    weather-stripping, and removed the hood springs in favor of a prop
    stick, among less visible changes.
    I have a 2000 Camry CE and it has hood springs... and they didn't
    change the engine all that much. It is still a 2.2 liter dohc engine.
    Also, I have never had a problem with my weather-stripping. It's not
    cracked or damaged and does a good job of keeping the road and wind
    noise down. I have had this car for two years with no problems. It has
    almost 200,000 kms on it and is used every day.

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    Sharx35
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    Default Best year for a used Toyota Camry?

    1992-96 was the peak for the Camry. In 1997 they started decontenting. I read that they got $2000 of cost out from the 1992-1996 generation to the
    1997-2001 generation. They worsened the engine, the weather-stripping, and
    removed the hood springs in favor of a prop stick, among less visible
    changes.
    Well, I DO prefer the prop stick...less troublesome.

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    SMS
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    Default Best year for a used Toyota Camry?

    1992-96 was the peak for the Camry. In 1997 they started decontenting. I read that they got $2000 of cost out from the 1992-1996 generation to the 1997-2001 generation. They worsened the engine, the
    weather-stripping, and removed the hood springs in favor of a prop stick, among less visible changes.
    I have a 2000 Camry CE and it has hood springs... and they didn't change the engine all that much. It is still a 2.2 liter dohc engine.
    Also, I have never had a problem with my weather-stripping. It's not
    cracked or damaged and does a good job of keeping the road and wind
    noise down. I have had this car for two years with no problems. It has
    almost 200,000 kms on it and is used every day.
    Hmm, did they put them back sometime in that generation? I could swear
    that my co-worker's 1997 Camry had a prop stick.

    The article I read noted several changes in 1997

    1) Less weather sealing (triple door seals dropped)
    2) Hood prop instead of struts/springs
    3) Removal of Power/Normal switch
    4) Removal of Power Antenna (not necessarily bad, since these fail
    regularly)
    5) Cheaper upholstery
    6) Changes to the engine (removal of balance shaft) [not sure if this
    really happened]

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