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#2966 of 5279 93 Camry Occassionally Won't Start
Mar 02, 2005 (12:13 pm)
I own a 1993 Toyota Camry I4 that I bought 11 years ago. Its a great little car, I managed to put 114,000 miles on it without much problems. Other than the brakes, power window and minor blue smoke from the tail pipes (which began around 40,000 mi) it has been pretty reliable as most Toyotas are.
Recently, I noticed that the car will occassionally fail to start. I just put in a brand new battery last winter and the timing belt is also less than 2 years old. I believe within the last 6 months, it happened 4-5 times. Usually I would wait a little, make sure the shifter is on Parking and retry several times. Today it happened again, I tried all my old tricks and it still did not work. So I tried pumping the gas a little and simultaneously turning the key and it started!!! Do you guys have any suggestions to what the problem may be? Is this a early warning sign that my transmission may be on its way out? Thanks!
Mar 02, 2005 (1:07 pm)
If the car has problem starting when engine is cold, it's in the cold start system. Your car may have a cold start injector timer that's gone bad and needs to be replaced.
#2968 of 5279 2005 Toyota 4 cylinder Camry
Mar 02, 2005 (6:27 pm)
I just purchased a 2005 4 cylinder Camry, and I have not driven or taken delivery of the vehicle as of yet. My question is concerning all the complaints I'm reading about on the hesitation problems others are having on the 6 cylinder Toyotas. Is this problem on the 4 cylinders, or is it just inherent in the 6 cylinders? Your response will be greatly appreciated.
#2969 of 5279 Re: 2005 Toyota 4 cylinder Camry [niki1]
Mar 02, 2005 (6:35 pm)
I have a 2005 XLE 4 cylinder and I too have the hesitation problem...I am debating how important it is for me to have fixed, as I have a list of other items I'd like fixed first (splotchy dashboard, poor gas mileage, trip computer is inaccurate, squeaky brakes, etc)
#2970 of 5279 2005 Toyota 4 cylinder Camry
Mar 02, 2005 (7:02 pm)
Did you notice this hesitation problem when you took your new Camry for a test drive? Sure sounds like these cars have many problems. Should I rethink my choice for a new car??? Your thoughts.
Thanks for the quick response. NIKI1
#2971 of 5279 Re: 2005 Toyota 4 cylinder Camry [niki1]
Mar 02, 2005 (7:20 pm)
No, I didn't notice it during the test drive as there is so much to take in during the test drive. Also, it was -20 degrees F outside, so it was also hard to tell what was cold related and what was the car's fault. My hesitation problem is more clear on the downshifts from like 3rd gear to 2nd, it's quite harsh sometimes...for now I'll live with it if I can get the other items fixed.
My dashboard looked fine when I picked it up, but they think that whoever cleaned the (fake) wood used a cleaner that might have ruined the material/coloring on the dash--I have an appointment Friday to see if they'll fix/replace the dashboard (I have about 2000 miles so far).
With 100% highway miles, I'm only getting like 26mpg, and that's driving like a grandpa, so I'm pretty unhappy about that, I expected 30 easily (had I known gas mileage would be this bad, I'd have gotten the 6 cylinder just for more fun).
The road noise in the city is great, very, very quiet. However, on a grooved highway that is common in Wisconsin to keep the roads less slippery in winter, the tires are almost deafeningly loud...unfortunately I didn't test drive on the highway that I drive on all the time
The 6 disc stereo's speakers are very inadequate on the highway, I have to crank it to hear over the loud tires, but it still sounds bad, oh well, live and learn I guess.
Overall, I like the car, but from Toyota, I expected flawless and this isn't it. On the bright side, I love the dealership so far, but the next few weeks will determine if I buy from the dealer again or even another Toyota. I would still recommend this car, but I don't think I'll personally ever buy a car during winter again, as it was too difficult to tell what was weather related versus car. The other car I considered was a Passat, but they're pricier and I was very afraid of the many expensive problems that they seem to have out of warranty.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
#2972 of 5279 2005 Toyota 4 cylinder Camry [niki1] by moeharri
Mar 02, 2005 (7:37 pm)
Thanks for all the info!!! I'll be taking a LONG test drive before I fork over all that cash!! I just purchased a new 2004 Passat with my son, and we just LOVE that car!! No problems except when he puts it in the garage we notice a strong oil smell, but no leaks can be found. Looks like we will be calling the dealership soon. Thanks again for all the info, and I'm sorry to hear you are having so many problems with your new ride.
#2973 of 5279 Re: 2005 Toyota 4 cylinder Camry [niki1]
Mar 02, 2005 (8:57 pm)
Does that mean all camry(2.4, 3.0, 3.3) hesitate except for manual one?
here is a link and quote from auto123
"Kick-downs are a little slower though and taking off from a nearly stopped position causes some undesired hesitation." (V6 SE)
Some people claim that by disconnecting the battery for 5 mins or so and then reconnect, the hesitation will be gone!
#2974 of 5279 Re: 2005 Toyota 4 cylinder Camry [moeharri]
Mar 02, 2005 (9:04 pm)
Moe....I have the 2005 Xle 4 cylinder too and I am happy to tell you that I have no hesitation problems. I am truly shocked with the gas mileage the car gives which is around 30.5 mpg. I have 6000 miles on it. I love my car so far and it is super quiet on the roads. I also love the way my car handles bumps. I have the Michelin tires which helps but it came standard with my XLE. I am sorry that you are disappointed in your car.
#2975 of 5279 Re: Power door lock problem [usafegressvet]
Mar 03, 2005 (9:44 am)
I have the exact same problem on my 2002 Camry SE V6. Dealer wants $300 just to see what the problem is! It's weird it started with the passenger side...then rear driver side...now the driver side doesn't work. If you figure out what it is...please let me know!