Dual Rear Wipers: 1994 Toyota Camry Wagon – SOLD!
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January 4, 2023, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
The Toyota Camry is permanently baked into most consumers’ brains as one of – if not the– most reliable cars ever built. If you asked a random man on the street which car you should buy for a low cost of ownership over the long-term, dimes to donuts, he’ll tell you to buy a Camry. The third-generation model was the era in which we began to see the upmarket potential for such a bread-and-butter commuter car, with options ranging from leather seats to a powerful V6 coming into play. The company also continued to offer a wagon variant that has become a hard model to find in today’s used car marketplace. We say “used car” versus “collector car” because it hasn’t quite reached that level yet, but enthusiasts are working to preserve the examples still on the road. This 1994 Camry wagon was listed in December 2022 on Craigslist in Denver with a healthy 229,000 miles on the clock for just $2,500. Comparing that price against the Classic.com model guide shows that the seller is well below the average sale price of $7,667:
The Camry had been marketed with many of the same features in the second-generation offering, including a V6 and a wagon model. Heck, you could have even gotten a Camry with all-wheel-drive. Some of these features seemed a bit ahead of the market in the late 1980s, as most Camrys on the road were found in DX or LX trim, with cloth interiors, four-cylinder engines, and front-wheel-drive. These cars worked so well that it was likely a hard sell for sales reps to push a car shopper into a higher-trim Camry. After all, you were buying it for the incredible reliability and ease of ownership, not for the complexity of all-wheel-drive and a thirsty V6. Still, consumer sentiments are always evolving, and from a purely observational perspective, it seems Toyota sold a lot of third-generation Camrys with V6s (meanwhile, all-wheel-drive was dropped as an option.)
The MotorWeek RetroReview YouTube Channel features this 1992 vintage test drive of the then-new Toyota Camry wagon:
Today, it wouldn’t surprise me if most of us could recount come Sunday night of having spotted a third-generation Camry in the flesh. They are still out there, being used as commuter cars and high-school parking lot residents, plugging away without any signs of burning oil or slipping transmissions (body rust is likely an issue, however.) The seller’s wagon has the desirable V6 and a cloth interior. While Toyota’s four-cylinder engines are incredibly durable, these V6 Camrys actually moved out OK despite being built according to the horsepower expectations of the 1990s. With no rust in the fenders and a spotless cabin, the seller’s car looks quite nice for a high-mileage example, with only some failing clearcoat giving away its age. The most memorable feature is still present on this one, which is the intriguing dual rear wiper setup. These don’t turn up often this clean, so move quickly if you need a Camry with the estate body.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1994 Toyota Camry Wagon
V6 engine, automatic transmission
Good condition, runs well, clean, no accidents
229k miles approx
clean title in my name, emissions passed
Disclosures: a couple of little dings, clear coat is peeling off the hood, would benefit from tires soon, third-row seat missing. The center arm rest looks like a thousand hounds have chewed it up. The rest of the interior is remarkably nice.
The worst thing is that the driver-side door lock doesn’t operate from the outside with the key. You can unlock and lock all the doors with the passenger-side door lock key. It’s a quirk you can get used to or fix it.
Otherwise, it’s a nice rare car built to last. They don’t make them like this anymore.
Long roof legend: if you had to choose between an Accord or a Camry wagon, which one would you pick?
We had one of these back in the day. The only thing I remember about it was the timing chain broke on the freeway.