Toyota Camry 1999
As I would claim to my friends whose eyes would polish with artificial interest at the reference of my car, this was no ordinary Camry. It was a V6 Touring. While it possibly had not been unique sufficient to be labelled a "Touring", being loaded with a wonderful 3.0 litre engine, sports tuned suspension, as well as a 5 speed handbook just weren't precisely unsatisfactory things to have in a car. If it had the Australian GTP bodykit, it would certainly've also looked visually pleasing to me. Regrettably it didn't, so I had to live with the modest back looter as well as alloy wheels as the only markings that this Camry was a little bit special.
Before I chat it up way too much, let me say that it's no 86. The FWD framework implied there was excessive torque guide as well as body roll, eliminating the enjoyable out of perky driving. The transmission wasn't terrific either, being also tall as well as feeling loose between changes. On the flip side, its performance was fairly usable as a daily chauffeur for surpassing and travelling at highway speeds, and the careless gearing made it easy to use in website traffic.
There's a silver lining to that FWD layout. With virtually no changes to the physical dimensions, the V6 Touring was equally as sensible as other typical Camry with charitable amounts of front, back, as well as boot area. With only "plush-knit" textiles and also natural leather strapped gear-knob and guiding wheel to establish it apart, it might've been a little bit a lot more interesting But overall the layout is truthful as well as inoffensive. I likewise suched as just how its simplicity suggested I would not really feel pompous relaxing inside with the engine off, sunroof open, seat reclined, and also feet up with the radio on.
Reliability, was not as bulletproof as you would expect from Toyota's image. There were some issues, such as an engine oil leakage, a dropping back window, and also a master cyndrical tube going out. While these just weren't low-cost to fix, they just weren't concerns that I assumed this generation of Camry was notoriously bad for. It's even more a case of the routine having a made use of car: consistently maintain it, and be prepared when a part breaks down.
A considerable imperfection of the V6 Touring was, unfortunately, the V6 itself. As the relocation in the direction of smaller capability engines in even mid to large-sized cars and trucks highlight, the V6 engine is no penny pincher as well as chose not to be dealt with like one. My Camry came set up with an aftermarket LPG tank to reduce the impact, and when LPG rates are around the 60-70 cent range, it definitely did. However, the effect was not just the cost of installation (which was federal government subsidised at the time it was done), however that a big flammable tank took up half the the boot space and incapacitated its 60:40 split fold function. Utilizing LPG over unleaded additionally dulled the throttle action, and also turned the automobile's efficiency anaemic. It's not rather, being forced to pick between fuel consumption and also driving pleasure.
My 1999 Camry V6 Touring was not the most dependable, practical, or enjoyable day-to-day motorist to be had. It had parts that broke down, a space loading gas container in the boot, and also torque steered a little bit way too much. Yet when I look back, I do not be sorry for possessing the cars and truck. I loved that it was an absurd concession of every little thing. A jack of all trades however master of none. Throughout my very early university years I can ferry around good friends to wherever I needed to, drive with a little fun, and frugally too with LPG tapped on. That maybe driven with manual, and still featured hydraulic steering and drive-by-wire technologies, added physical feedback that provided you a sense of the road. It's a Camry I'm proud of having, as well as a tale I'll take pride in sharing when the time comes that we look back to reflect on the cars that were when constructed in Australia.