1999 Toyota Camry Le V6
As I would certainly state to my friends whose eyes would polish with feigned excitement at the reference of my automobile, this was no average Camry. It was a V6 Touring. While it probably had not been special enough to be classified a "Touring", being loaded with a sweet 3.0 litre engine, sporting activities tuned suspension, and also a 5 speed manual just weren't specifically disappointing things to have in a cars and truck. If it came with the Australian GTP bodykit, it would certainly've additionally looked visually pleasing to me. However it really did not, so I had to live with the small back looter and alloy wheels as the only markings that this Camry was a bit special.
Prior to I chat it up way too much, let me say that it's no 86. The FWD framework indicated there was extreme torque guide and body roll, killing the enjoyable from spirited driving. The gearbox wasn't wonderful either, being as well tall and sensation loosened in between shifts. On the flip side, its performance was quite functional as a day-to-day motorist for overtaking and travelling at highway speeds, as well as the careless gearing made it easy to use in web traffic.
There's a silver lining to that FWD layout. With practically no changes to the physical dimensions, the V6 Touring was equally as sensible as other regular Camry with generous amounts of front, back, and boot room. With just "plush-knit" materials as well as leather strapped gear-knob and steering wheel to set it apart, it can've been a bit extra intriguing However general the style is sincere and unobjectionable. I also suched as how its plainness indicated I would not feel pretentious relaxing inside with the engine off, sunroof open, seat reclined, and also feet up with the radio on.
Dependability, was not as bulletproof as you would certainly expect from Toyota's picture. There were some troubles, such as an engine oil leakage, a dropping rear window, and a master cylinder going out. While these just weren't inexpensive to deal with, they just weren't issues that I believed this generation of Camry was notoriously negative for. It's more a case of the routine possessing a made use of vehicle: regularly keep it, and also be prepared when a part breaks down.
A considerable defect of the V6 Touring was, tragically, the V6 itself. As the action to smaller capability engines in even mid to large-sized cars and trucks highlight, the V6 engine is no penny pincher and also chose not to be treated like one. My Camry came installed with an aftermarket LPG storage tank to minimize the blow, and when LPG costs are around the 60-70 cent array, it certainly did. However, the effect was not just the rate of installment (which was government subsidised at the time it was done), yet that a big flammable tank took up half the the boot room and also debilitated its 60:40 split fold function. Using LPG over unleaded also dulled the throttle response, and turned the vehicle's efficiency anaemic. It's not rather, being required to choose in between fuel usage as well as driving satisfaction.
My 1999 Camry V6 Touring was not the most dependable, functional, or fun day-to-day motorist to be had. It had parts that broke down, a room loading gas storage tank in the boot, as well as torque steered a bit way too much. Yet when I recall, I don't regret possessing the automobile. I loved that it was a ridiculous concession of whatever. A jack of all professions but master of none. During my very early university years I could ferry around friends to any place I needed to, drive with a bit of enjoyable, and also frugally as well with LPG touched on. That it could be driven with guidebook, as well as still had hydraulic steering and also drive-by-wire modern technologies, added physical responses that offered you a feeling of the road. It's a Camry I take pride in having, as well as a tale I'll be proud of sharing when the moment comes that we look back to reflect on the cars and trucks that were when integrated in Australia.