Last post on Aug 22, 2006 at 1:43 PM
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Toyota Camry Solara, Toyota Camry, Sedan
#3247 of 5279 Re: 1995 toyota camry stalling [boscojiji]
Apr 22, 2005 (9:50 am)
Might be that the throddle body needs cleaning with a carb cleaner. Read them carefully some should not be used on fuel injected cars.
Follow the instructions on the can. I had to do the following:
First run the engine at normal temps.
You should then remove the air intact hoses off the throddle and clean it with the carb cleaner inside and outside and on the linkages.
It's an extremely cheap fix if it works. If not it cost you 2 bucks for the cleaner and it should help the car regardless.
If that fails it could be your fuel injectors or your EIC.
Im not a mechanic but I think one of those would fix it.
Those parts stick together a lot I heard. Putting in new plugs and wires has never solved any problems I have had with cars.
#3248 of 5279 TAKING ON WATER
Apr 22, 2005 (10:45 am)
I finally did get in touch with southeast toyota distributor. They said because the dealership at this point couldn't replicate the problem, that they are standing by the dealership. I told them it would have been easier to claim with my insurance that I did drive thru high water, but that is fraud, I won't do that. The car comes from their shop on March 30th, sits in my driveway on march 31st and April 1st, in a driving rainstorm, the winds were at 30-40mph, and I get told by the distributor there is nothing they can do.
Finally yesterday I told them I stand my the fact I didn't drive my car, my neighbors are willing to submit an affidavit I didn't drive because the rain was killing my arthritis, and also my driveway wasn't underwater, and it has to be their car. Also got the trucks with the same problem in California after a driving rainstorm. They are sending someone from Miami after the six of the month. They won't even let me meet with them. I told them I would be there and I would meet with them.
Also got my car back under duress yesterday, was told to get it back the carpet would never dry, had to take the factory backing off and put jute on, I had to pay for this. Toyota denied responsibility. $443.00 The carpet has no support and is sagging. They didn't tell me there would be a 3" gap between the carpet and the floor and the road noise is terrible. To top it all off the interior of my car that I kept immaculate with towels on the seats and carpeting is now ruined with grease and shop dust. I took photos. MY interior is ruined. SCREW TOYOTA
Apr 22, 2005 (12:14 pm)
If you have photos of the greese and dust there should be no issue...they must clean it. If there is a 3" gap they must fix it. Tell the regional office you wish to meet ASAP with someone at the local dealership. If they refuse demand to speak with that person's boss. BE PERSISTANT! . If that fails, go to the internet and find the procedure for filing a smalls claims court case. Find the address of the courhouse and perhaps even some names of judges who handle the cases. Form a letter threatening a small claims court action and litter the letter with the facts you found such as the court address and the honorable judges etc...throw in the name of your neighbors who agreed to testify your car sat there for a few days, hell maybe even throw in the name of your doctor who may be willing to testify. Perhaps it will be enough to get them to 'think' you are serious (or crazy enough) to actually go to court and then they will work with Toyota to reimbuse you and clean your car...and if lucky discover where the leak was coming from. I know it is a pain but obviously your dealer is useless and needs some prodding....very sad. Finally, if you ever get satisfaction, find another dealer.
PS: My wife had a Suburu once that leaked thru the side view mirror, only when the rain hit the car a certain way and I think at a certain verosity. The rain did not poor in luckily.
If I were you I'd get my hose and nozzle, have some one sit in the car, and start spraying in the direction the wind was blowing....spray very close to the car and from a distance, spray everywhere..between the door and fender, the windshield, even up in the fender. With luck you will find the leak, can demonstate it to the dealer , get reimbursed etc etc. GOOD LUCK.
Call another dealer and tell them about the steering repair you had done. Ask them if they forgot to put any parts back if you were in danger of getting water in your car and about where the water would come...
#3250 of 5279 94 camry running rough
Apr 22, 2005 (1:38 pm)
My 94 XLE V6, all of a sudden has started to run rough, at idle speed you can feel the car shaking, when you accelerate you can feel the shake and then it smooths out. it ran normal for a day and then went back to being rough again
it feels as though it is firing on 4 cylinders instead of 6,
it has 144,000 miles on the clock. any input would be wonderful
#3251 of 5279 Camry 97 rear seat belts won't retract
Apr 22, 2005 (6:21 pm)
We've used the rear seat belt very few times so they look like new. But, for some reason the center and the driver's side rear seat belts are pulled all the way out and won't retract. A poor design if you ask me. Instead of paying over $100 each to replace them, can they be removed and the retracting mechanism reset so that they work properly?
#3252 of 5279 Re: Niki [210delray]
Apr 22, 2005 (8:02 pm)
Took your advice, and compared my engine noise with the exact same engine and year as my Camry 4 cylinder 2005 with the CSM at the dealership where I purchased this Camry, and low and behold the CSM agrees that there is a problem with my engine, or as he stated a pully or belt. He will attempt to repair on Monday (4/25/05). Keep your fingers crossed.
#3253 of 5279 Re: Niki [210delray]
Apr 23, 2005 (5:37 am)
One more thing. I would like to hear some of the horror story you mentioned about the Passat!! My wife and I just purchased a new 2004 1.8 Turbo manual shift for our son back in November of 2004, and of course he is making the payments. This car has just about everything, and to be honest this vehicle so far is flawless, from the ride, to the way it handles, no noise problems, very comfortable, great gas mileage, etc . Please let me know.
#3254 of 5279 Re: ..beach and moen.......... [ezshift5]
Apr 23, 2005 (7:11 pm)
Have you ever heard of a lemon?? Well I have purchased two of them so far in my new car adventure, and you should feel pretty good that you have gotten new vehicles with no problems!! My first lemon was re purchased by the dealership, and my second was re purchased by the manufacture after I took them to arbitration. The first vehicle was only three months old when the dealership re purchased, and the the other was four years old. This was a long drawn out process. I guess what I'm trying to say is, please don't judge what others are going through until you have experienced some of these problems for yourself.
#3255 of 5279 Re: Camry 97 rear seat belts won't retract [tert]
Apr 24, 2005 (5:36 am)
Seat belt retractors are not repairable. It sounds as though you will have to get the belts replaced, unfortunately. It does seem odd that they are stuck in the fully out position.
Do you have a trusted mechanic who can take a look before you have them replaced?
#3256 of 5279 Re: Niki [niki1]
Apr 24, 2005 (6:13 am)
Glad to hear you've made some progress. An bent or misaligned pulley does seem to be a more likely source of the problem, not engine internals like valves or piston slapping! Good luck on Monday.
In my mind, the service tech or whoever earlier gave you that line about Toyota knowing about an engine problem but not of a fix ought to be fired on the spot! It sounds like you may be dealing with a less-than-competent (or lazy) service department, so I'd be on them like a hawk.
Regarding Passats, well, I know of 4 of them that gave problems to my co-workers, and our company only employs about 80 people. And if you check out the boards here, you'll find many more horror stories.
Just briefly on the 4: Number one, a 2001 with the 1.8-liter turbo 4, had the repeated ignition coil failures, which I believe VW has finally resolved with better parts. More recently, a small part on the turbocharger broke, but the design is such that the entire turbocharger has to be replaced. Luckily, VW apparently is going to pick up the tab for this several hundred dollar repair.
Number two: owned by wife of number one. It's a 2003 that failed to start one morning, apparently with nearly every warning light showing on the dashboard. It turned out to have a major electrical problem and I believe its main computer (central processing unit) had to replaced, again luckily under warranty. I think (not sure) that water infiltrated the unit.
Number three: a late model (newer than 2001 I think) owned by the son of our president-elect. This one apparently would die on the road for no apparent reason, and was repeatedly taken to the dealer for service. The car was ultimately dumped (I don't know if VW bought it back).
Number four: a 2002 wagon model with the 1.8 turbo 4. My co-worker's father generously traded his Passat for the son's 1997 Honda Civic, which the father in turn gave to a young relative for his first car. The Passat only had about 10,000 miles on it. This was my colleague's dream car, but it soon turned into a nightmare. There was a major water leak, with water somehow entering the glove compartment and front passenger floor.
The incompetent local dealer did some major disassembly of the car's interior in a vain attempt to fix the problem, and in the process did more damage to the car. The car was in the shop for something like 5 weeks. Ultimately, VW stepped in to buy back the car for the amount the father had originally paid for it (not including taxes, title, etc.). Now my co-worker is telling everyone about his Passat and will never set foot in a VW dealership again. He now has an '04 Camry LE 4-cylinder almost identical to mine.
A little tip I learned from the VW boards and from the automotive press: The VW 1.8 turbo is subject to oil sludging under certain conditions. You must change the oil faithfully at 5000-mile intervals using oils specifically approved by VW (there is a spec number listed in the owner's manual). The interesting thing is that VW doesn't say outright that this specific oil is synthetic, and you can't use any synthetic, only the ones that meet VW's specs. It is a 5W-40 weight synthetic oil, but off the top of my head, I don't know which brands meet the spec. The kicker is that even some VW dealers weren't using the proper oil when customers' cars were brought in for service! (See why I don't trust dealers?)
Just a few words about "beach and moen." I think what he's saying is that there's an awful lot of whiners in these Camry boards, complaining about niggling problems. (I don't put you in this category, mind you!) Some of these issues could have been resolved before purchase, as I see it, with a thorough test drive. Why people don't test drive the car they plan to buy before forking over the money is beyond me!
Anyway, that Passat should be babied, and I'd recommend taking it to the dealer (hopefully a competent one) for all its service needs, just so you have a clear paper trail in case anything goes wrong. This is contrary to my usual advice to people to avoid dealers at all costs (except for warranty or recall work), but I think this car needs the documentation.