I've owned many, many cars, both for business and personal use, but I am unnaturally fond of the mighty Camry.
Not the V6, but the old 5S-FE 2.2, and always auto. Had a company manual wagon, and it was a noisy dog, with less than 40,000km on it, but then, I guess everyone had thrashed it. The replacement Ford Mondeo didn't even make it to 30k.
Anyway, I don't get why the Camry wagon disappeared, unless it was the death of Toyota Australia.
Moving right along, I bought a mint 2002 wagon in Auckland, with one minor dent behind the l/h wheel arch, after my, (admittedly faithful KJ Laser ((320,00 km)) developed clutch and suspension problems), and it is SUCH a nice car to drive.
My partner has a late model RAV4, and I despise it. A 600 page owner's manual, dodgy cruise control, and kind of like driving a photocopier. I thought Camrys were supposed to be the world's most boring cars? Try a 2.4 litre RAV. If you can stay awake.
Think Datsun 180B on tranquilisers, and even then, it would be the better of the two...
My issue is that the last Camry had done 380,000 km, and it was a sorry neglected old beast, and finally blew a big-end while towing a tandem axle trailer up a very long hill on a very hot day, while fully loaded inside and on the trailer. Once it had cooled down, it ran again, but sounded like a biscuit-tin full of very big bolts. Still traded it for more than I paid for it. On a Mazda Tribute V6.
Not my best work. 12 mpg if you were lucky. Went like a bat out of hell, though. Gone now.
It just seems that the latest one, with just on 200,000 km on the clock, is down on power, not that I need masses of grunt, and it is insanely economical. It runs well, doesn't overheat, has a full service history from the previous elderly owner, but I am wondering if I should be running it on 95 octane, as opposed to the old one, which was gruntier on 91??? This is the edit: it's not overheating, but it SMELLS hot after driving in suburbia at 70 km/h, admittedly up a long and steep hill, maybe 6 km. Fans are going as they should, no apparent oil leaks. Engine is clean enough to eat off.
Not losing coolant. Oil is fine. Trans fluid is fine.
Temperature gauge sits on just below midway all the time, and doesn't get there quickly.
Yup, there's a thermostat in it.
Has new radiator and hoses, and aircon works fine.
Maybe a leak from the back of the rocker cover gasket where I can't see it, and landing on the exhaust?
It would be sad to bugger it up by flogging it, and, as I said I don't need masses of power, but with the old one, I was confident about passing /overtaking. Not now. It kicks down and takes off, but just seems way slower. It's fine around town, and still uses hardly any gas. Amazing.
Were the later 5S-FE motors less powerful? Or are the later wagons just heavier?
That happened to me with Corollas - as they got newer, they just got heavier, and no way could a 97 Corolla 1.3 OHC perform as well as an '80 thru '84 KE70 1.3 pushrod wagon.
Yeah, I know, I should have bought the bigger engine.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Sorry this is so boring, but I just need to figure out if something's wrong.