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Toyota Camry Solara, Toyota Camry, Sedan
Apr 22, 2004 (11:07 am)
Really have had nothing to complain about. I just had a question about the tranny "kick" and it's probably me not being used to the drive by wire system. We experienced a creak in the dash, but it was when the temps were at 20F or lower. Nothing else to report, but we "only" have about 3680 miles on our LE V6.
Dealer was a dream to buy from and service at. My wife had purchased a new Tercel in 1991 and we put 72000+ miles on it until this past Summer when the relay from the control box to turn the cooling fan on went out. Spent some time and $ replacing what we thought was wrong - found out how to just leave the fan running all the time and it never overheated after!
I figured if that lil' 1.5 Liter four banger couls survive my heavy foot - and I was exclusively a V8 RWD man - and still come back for more, Toyota won me over. I was always a non-import buyer, but I've been impressed.
Sure there are those who have lemons, but so do domestic and European import owners. My father in-law has a 2003 Mercedes E320 that has spent a lot of time in the shop for computer replacement, a new radiator, trans work, etc.
My brother in-law who was a Mercedes buyer and owned a few GMC Suburbans bought a Sequoya!
Toyota quality is the main reason we bought the Camry last September. If they made a wagon, the dog would be able to take trips with us, but I don't want her in the car....yet!
#2175 of 5279 '95 Camry Problems
Apr 23, 2004 (2:25 pm)
1) My front brake rotors warp every 10-20K miles; (Steering wheel shutters when I brake); I have to get rotors re-lined and/or new pads about every 18 months; Any suggestions?
2) Idle-speed control valve gums-up constantly -- about every 5-10K miles; (car won't hold idle in morning); four ISCVs replaced under warranty, but problem always comes back. Any suggestions?
These are my two on-going major problems that I am having with my 1995 Camry LE-4cyl;
Can anybody recommend a good Toyota mechanic reasonably near Disneyland in Southern California?
#2176 of 5279 Which Sensor is Which?
Apr 23, 2004 (4:33 pm)
Ok, this is frustrating. I keep getting code PO135 (Bank 1, Sensor 1, Heater). I changed the 02 sensor that is immediately in front of you as you face the engine from the front (2000 Camry V6). Best info I had said this is Bank 1, Sensor 1.
I did however use a Bosch sensor and spliced/soldered the wires. I am confident the wires are OK. Do I have the right sensor located? Or, is the other sensor before the cat Bank I, Sensor 1?
I had all codes cleared after I replaced it, but the light is back on. Just had the code read again a few minutes ago, and once again it is PO135
Any help appreciated.
#2177 of 5279 04 Camry XLE - Tire rubs against inside wheel well & pulsing in steering
Apr 23, 2004 (4:34 pm)
I have two issues with my brand new Camry.
1. when turning right there is a pulsing in the steering wheel...the dealer replaced the entire steering rack with no success, any ideas what is wrong?
2. Also, when turning the steering wheel to the extreme right, contact is made between the side wall of the tire and the inside of the right wheel well, is this normal?
#2178 of 5279 Re: Which Sensor is Which? [larryk7 #2176]
Apr 24, 2004 (4:44 pm)
larryk7 The one you see facing the engine from the front is heated O2 sensor (Bank 2 sensor 1) The one in the rear of the engine is heated o2 sensor Bank 1 sensor 1. This from page EM 30 of the factory repair manual. It also helps if you know if it's a california model..they have some things different but not this.
#2179 of 5279 No Problems - 1989
Apr 25, 2004 (11:12 am)
I believe most of us like the reliability of the Camry, which is why we are here. Unfortunately, we have learned to have higher standards and are disappointed when the Camry doesn't live up. And I believe they should live up to their reputation for reliability, because I would go buy a Honda or something else, otherwise.
That said, I have a 1989 Silver Camry DLX with 200K miles, which cost me about $14K new and about $2000 in repairs over the past 15 years. That does not include normal maintenance. But it does include extended wear, such as water pump, alternator, air conditioning, mostly in the last 4 years. Then engine sounds looks and sounds perfect. I consider that NO Problems.
The only reason I'm getting a new car (which is why I'm here) was as preventive maintenance, before I have to put money into the car. However, I have no problem giving this car to my nephew for free. I figure that's a $2000 gift, and his father expects that it'll be a bargain, even if he (father) has to pay $2000 for repairs over the next few years.
Apr 26, 2004 (11:04 am)
My friend has had her '04 Camry Solara SLE V6 fully loaded (nav) for about seven months. Anyway, her brake light came on the other day, but the dealer can't look at it until Thursday. Has anyone else had this problem, and if so what was the solution. She is scared that her brakes will fail and I told her it is probably a sensor or something.
#2181 of 5279 brake light
Apr 26, 2004 (4:16 pm)
Why not try a local mechanic if she's scared about brakes failing? that's what I would do, just let them look at it and give an estimate or say what's wrong, if it's urgent or not
#2182 of 5279 re: WARPED ROTORS
Apr 27, 2004 (9:13 am)
hboyd: I was discouraged to read that you continue to need your rotors replaced, because it seems I am in the same situation with my 2002 XLE. They were replaced at about 15,000 miles and at 40,000 they need to be replaced again. Is this a common problem with Camry or are there just a few unlucky ones, like us? Anybody else have to replace their rotors?
#2183 of 5279 Muffler shaking when engine was started
Apr 27, 2004 (10:38 am)
I have a 04 Camery XLE. I found the Muffler shaked heavely when the car was started. The sound is loud when I start the engine. After the engine was started, everything is fine. Is it common?
I did not notice the same problem with my old car.