1. Overview of Toyota Camry Pencil Light in Nigeria
The launch of the Toyota Camry in the 1980s by the Japanese automaker remains one of their best decisions till date. The Camry has turned out to be a best seller and one of the most reliable spacious sedans in its class. One of the most popular versions of the Camry is the 1999 Toyota Camry, popularly known in Nigeria as Toyota Camry Pencil Light. This front-wheel drive is not only fuel efficient but reliable and affordable. A lot of people still categorise the 2000 - 2002 models as Pencil Light, but the 1999 Camry is where our focus will be on in this article. The car is in the 6th generation of Camrys and is not rated as narrow body. It comes in 3 trim levels and as a four-door sedan or two-door coupe. You have the options of choosing a 4-speed automatic transmission variant or 5-speed manual one. The vehicle looks a bit like the Camry Solara and can run for over 250,000 miles before you worry about the engine.
The Toyota Camry Pencil Light is a reliable and affordable car
2. Trims & prices of Toyota Camry Pencil Light in Nigeria
TheToyota Camry Pencil Light comes in 3 trim levels - the CE, LE and XLE. The XLE is the high end version which appears for sporty and comes with a wide range of features in addition to what you can find in the other trims. With a few more thousands of naira, you can acquire it.
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The Toyota Pencil Light is really no different from Toyota Camry carsmade between 1997 - 2002. Almost similar styling, the pencil headlights, the light steering that can easily be controlled and great suspensions that doesn't strain occupants of the vehicle during a bumpy ride. The car also comes with plenty of leg room, head room and hip room. It has a length of almost 190 inches and the height of an average adult. The car has a stereo and CD player, moonroof, comfortable seats that can be adjusted, easy to use controls on the cockpit and the XLE allows for Bluetooth connectivity. The wheelbase used to be one of the longest around until bigger versions were launched after.
The Toyota Camry Pencil Light comes with easy to use controls and a roomy interior
4. Fuel economy and engine performance
The Toyota Camry Pencil Light has a 2.2 liter 4 cylinder engine with an output of 136 horsepower. This DOHC 5s-fe engine is really easy to maintain and doesn't make noise when it comes on. You also have an option of going for a 3 liter V6 engine which puts out more power than the former. It has an output of 194 horsepower. The engines are reliable no doubt but they come with a timing belt not a timing chain. The timing belt has to be replaced after a given number of miles covered. You can also download Toyota Camry Pencil Light user manuals for the information: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002.
As for fuel economy, the Pencil Light is perfect. Its 4-speed automatic transmission variant has a rating of 28 and 20 miles per gallon on the highway and the city respectively. Which means it can travel from Ibadan to Abakiliki on a full 70 liter tank without any worries. The manual transmission variant obviously will do a bit better.
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5. Pros and cons of the Toyota Camry Pencil Light
It is affordable. You can own a Pencil Light with as little as N700,000 if you are willing to buy a Nigerian used one
It is easy to maintain and control
It is reliable. There is not much hassle in the middle of your journey
You also tend to have issues with the exhaust system after a while
The suspensions in front also develops problems when you drive on a rough road even for a short period of time.
6. Toyota Camry Pencil Light problems & how to maintain
According toexpert tips for buying used Toyota Camry, When you find a Toyota Camry Pencil Light, you can test drive the car to know if it's good. If there's a blue smoke being emitted, do not purchase. Check for bad struts and suspensions. Also look through the oil filter and the engine to know if there's a sludge or leaks. If the engine light on the dashboard doesn't go off then there's a problem. The vehicle tends to encounter lots of electrical problems but they can be fixed.
With the pros and cons and the things to notice when you go to buy one, you can easily figure what to do when it comes to maintenance. Also carry out routine washing, service, fluid level checks and lots more to ensure that the vehicle is not in bad shape. Clean valves and filters that get clogged up too. You can also check out our Tips on how to maintain used Toyota Camry for better care of your Pencil Light.
The Toyota Camry Pencil Light is easily compared to the Nissan Maxima, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu all made in the same year.
The Toyota Camry Pencil Light is easily compared to other poular sedans made during the same years
All in all, if you're looking for a nice fuel economy compact sedan to carry just enough cargo, save you fuel and run on rugged Nigerian roads, the Toyota Camry Pencil Light is a great choice.
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