Originally Posted by BonneMeMN
The engine in my moms 2001 camry is a decendant of our 1988 Nova engine. The Nova in all seriousness with a manual is quicker accelerating.
Little late to quote this, but the '88 Nova engine has nothing to do with the '01 Camry'* engine. The motor in the '88 Nova has ties to the Corolla
, which had the A family of motors from Toyota. The A lineup was used until 1997 (4A-FE and 7A-FE). Any Corolla 1998 and beyond uses the ZZ motor - different stuff (1ZZ-FE), the same motor in the base model Vibe/Matrix.
The Camry four-cylinder, since the late 80'*, has been the * family, which is the same family of proven motor used in World Rally up until Toyota'* withdrawal from it in '99 (3S-GTE). Up until 1991, it was a 2.0L 3S-FE. 1992-1996 and 1997-2001, the car you mention, is the 5S-FE, displacing 2.2L. Weak thing that is (125-135hp), but reliable as hell. Basic, economical transportation with uber-reliability to boot. Just don't try highway merging with the A/C on full blast + auto tranny + passengers/cargo.
The 2002 and beyond Camry now has an all-new 2.4L motor, the 2AZ-FE. Better than the 2001 motor, no doubt - You can drive comfortably with it now.
As for GM, my loyalties do not lie with them at all. Mine lie with Toyota, rather, old-school Toyotas. When it comes to four-cylinder transportation, I think that GM doesn't even come close to the Japanese, not even with the Ecotec. While the Ecotec makes nice power and all, its NVH isn't as up to par - perhaps it'* the fact that it'* a bigger 4cyl. Big four bangers do that, especially the 2.4L in my Nissan Altima (BAD BAD NVH in that thing.
Also, cars with rear discs dissipate heat better - resulting in less fade. Very old cars with front drums had bad fade - you might not want to touch the brakes for a while after coming to a stop off of a highway off-ramp. Discs have their cons too - more exposed parts. But all in all, I'd go with discs in the rear.
In short, I personally would only go with a GM product if it had a 3800 or the trucks with the Vortec V8'* - but even then, there can be better cars from other manufacturers out there. GM'* practically giving away their cars with their financing and leasing incentives - you can get a really good deal compared to stuff like Toyotas, but even then, GM is losing market share.
That'* my two cents folks, not intended to cause any hostility in any way, shape, or form