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| || ||1997 Toyota Camry Review, Charlie Spiegel, From Georgia|
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| ||What things have gone wrong with the car?||Struts go out early, paint seems thin for Toyota standards, exhaust pipe has awkward undercar configuration -- scrapes easily, and that awful sludge factor.|
| ||General comments?||WARNING: If you are considering purchasing a '97-'99 4-cylinder Camry, and you notice ANY blue smoke from the tailpipe upon starting vehicle, look elsewhere. Sludge is a real problem with these vehicles, and causes extensive damage to all engine components over time. Summarizing my research and personal experience, it seems that this 4-cylinder engine runs at a higher normal temperature for emission purposes than previous model Camry's, which causes unintended early breakdown of the engine oil. This breakdown results in gooey deposits of oil forming all over the engine, causing early breakdown of tight tolerances throughout. You can take my word for it, or experience it for yourself. Toyota will tell you that it's related to frequency of oil changes (or lack of); however, I've spoken with too many owners who say differently, not to mention my own experience. If you are completely set on purchasing one of these vehicles, don't consider one that hasn't had a factory rebuild already performed on the engine. I love Toyotas, and cringe to write this. Good luck.|
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