99 Toyota Camry
As I would certainly say to my friends whose eyes would polish with feigned excitement at the mention of my auto, this was no normal Camry. It was a V6 Touring. While it most likely had not been special enough to be classified a "Touring", being packed with a wonderful 3.0 litre engine, sporting activities tuned suspension, and a 5 speed handbook weren't specifically disappointing points to have in a vehicle. If it came with the Australian GTP bodykit, it would've likewise looked aesthetically pleasing to me. Unfortunately it didn't, so I had to deal with the modest rear spoiler and also alloy wheels as the only markings that this Camry was a bit special.
Prior to I chat it up too much, let me claim that it's no 86. The FWD framework indicated there was extreme torque steer as well as body roll, killing the fun from spirited driving. The gearbox had not been terrific either, being also high and also feeling loosened between shifts. On the flip side, its performance was rather usable as a daily motorist for surpassing and also cruising at freeway rates, and the lazy gearing made it easy to use in traffic.
There's a silver lining to that FWD layout. With essentially no changes to the physical dimensions, the V6 Touring was just as functional as other typical Camry with charitable amounts of front, rear, and boot room. With only "plush-knit" fabrics as well as natural leather strapped gear-knob as well as steering wheel to establish it apart, it can've been a bit more intriguing However overall the layout is honest and also inoffensive. I additionally suched as how its simplicity indicated I would not really 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 get out of Toyota's image. There were some troubles, such as an engine oil leak, a falling rear home window, and also a master cylinder heading out. While these just weren't inexpensive to repair, they weren't concerns that I thought this generation of Camry was notoriously negative for. It's more an instance of the ritual owning an utilized car: routinely keep it, and also be prepared when a part breaks down.
A considerable flaw of the V6 Touring was, tragically, the V6 itself. As the step towards smaller capacity engines in even mid to large-sized automobiles highlight, the V6 engine is no penny pincher and chose not to be dealt with like one. My Camry came installed with an aftermarket LPG tank to reduce the blow, when LPG rates are around the 60-70 cent array, it definitely did. However, the repercussion was not only the price of installation (which was federal government subsidised at the time it was done), but the fact that a huge flammable container took up half the the boot space as well as debilitated its 60:40 split fold function. Making use of LPG over unleaded additionally dulled the throttle action, and also transformed the car's performance anaemic. It's not rather, being compelled to pick between gas intake and also driving pleasure.
My 1999 Camry V6 Touring was not one of the most dependable, practical, or enjoyable daily vehicle driver to be had. It had parts that broke down, an area filling up gas tank in the boot, as well as torque steered a bit too much. Yet when I look back, I don't be sorry for owning the vehicle. I enjoyed that it was an outrageous compromise of every little thing. A jack of all professions however master of none. Throughout my very early university years I could transport around buddies to anywhere I needed to, drive with a bit of fun, and frugally as well with LPG touched on. That maybe driven with handbook, and still had hydraulic steering and drive-by-wire innovations, included physical feedback that gave you a feeling of the road. It's a Camry I boast of having, as well as a story I'll be proud of sharing when the moment comes that we recall to assess the cars that were as soon as built in Australia.