Last post on Aug 22, 2006 at 1:43 PM
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Toyota Camry Solara, Toyota Camry, Sedan
#4013 of 5279 Re: DieHard Toyota Fan to Disbeliever [drinkwaterxyz]
Sep 29, 2005 (5:44 am)
Well, I don't know if the stiff pedal really meant anything. I doubt you'll get any responses to your post unfortunately, because so few Camrys were equipped with manual transmissions (I believe only something like 1% were).
$1150 is bad, but not anywhere near the cost of replacing an auto tranny (for example, $1600 for my '90 Sable way back in 1996).
Also, on my first new car, a 1975 VW Rabbit, the clutch failed at only 13K miles, and I learned to drive on a stick shift back in 1968, so it wasn't that I didn't know what I was doing. And it wasn't covered under warranty. As a poor graduate student, I wasn't very happy!
Just a thought: have you priced the work at an independent shop? My Sable was done at such a shop and cost $700 less than it would have at the place I normally go for service work (also an independent). I wouldn't trust national chains like AAMCO, and I only go to the dealer for warranty or recall work.
#4014 of 5279 Re: DieHard Toyota Fan to Disbeliever [210delray]
Sep 29, 2005 (7:42 am)
yeah in decades of owning VW, Mazda, Toyota and Honda MT vehicles, I never had a clutch go out...and they all had at least 100K, one had 185K which I sold and was still going strong. even if you are very well mannered in driving a MT vehicle, I presume there will be units that fall on the
i agree with you, drinkwaterxyz should consider looking for an independant specializing in toyota repairs to see how the rair and parts costs would compare.
#4015 of 5279 Re: Squeaky Steering Wheel [clocker]
Sep 29, 2005 (11:49 am)
I have the exact same problem in a 2002. This is probably a Camry characteristic. Do you think that this should be related to the drivetrain warranty?
#4016 of 5279 Re: Can't get the plugs out! [ict_jazz]
Sep 29, 2005 (11:56 am)
I just spent 5 hours replacing6 plugs on my '96 camry. I feel your pain. I used needle nose pliers that had jaws about 3" long. It worked great although I had to use both hands in the back under the intake.
Persistence will overcome!
#4017 of 5279 Re: Heater Fan Motor [depawl]
Sep 29, 2005 (1:23 pm)
I have heard that the resistors go bad and can be replaced by soldering if you are up for it. Other wise expect $100.00+ (US) for the dealer repair.
#4018 of 5279 Oil Leak Problem in my Camry
Sep 29, 2005 (6:58 pm)
After checking out an engine oil leak on my 2004 Camry 4 cyl. engine, my mechanic told me the leak is coming from the oil galley external plug on the front of the engine block next to the water pump. This is basically a small aluminum cap about 3/4" in diameter. The plug covers up a hole made in the block as part of the casting process when the engine was made. It's a little hard to get at but easily replaced. The problem is when my mechanic called the Toyota Dealer to get the part, he was told it has no part number and was not a stocked part! The Toyota Dealer parts person said the only way to get this little 50 cent part is to replace the entire block at a cost of $2,000. How can I obtain one of these plugs? Has anyone else had this problem?
#4019 of 5279 Re: Oil Leak Problem in my Camry [tallgreen]
Sep 30, 2005 (8:21 am)
Why not go to the dealer? It is a warranty issue.
#4020 of 5279 Re: Oil Leak Problem in my Camry [tallgreen]
Sep 30, 2005 (8:41 am)
If this turns out not to be a warranty issue, your mechanic could drill and tap the opening for a standard English system plug of the same approximate size. It'd certainly be cheaper than $2,000.00! I'll bet that Toyota dealer was flat-out lying - you can't be the only Toyota owner who's run into this problem (though it's probably a rarity), and Toyota's sure as poop's not gonna go around replacing otherwise perfectly servicible $2,000.00 engine castings under warranty over a 50 cent chunk of aluminum.. Might wanna try another Toyota dealership parts department or, if necessary, a local engine rebuilder with on-sight machining capability. There HAS to be a source for a replacement even if it has to be fabricated.
#4021 of 5279 getting ready for winter
Oct 01, 2005 (6:40 pm)
I have read a lot of your postings about your camrys, I would to pass a long a tip that will help make your camry last years longer. I have talked with may toyota mechanics and have found out some of the secrets for keeping your camry running for years to come. They recommend for the cold and hot climate using synthetic oil for the cold climate synthetic oil will flow at colder temps which is important for the upper part of your motor in the valve area another area most people don't look at is the power steering fluid it also needs to be changed at least 30 thousand miles. Another area of concern is the transmission if you sit in long lines of traffic I was told by the mechanics to change the transmission fluid every 20 to 25 thousand miles due to heat and the amount of work the transmission has to do shifting up shifting down for hours on end in bumper to bumper traffic. The camry transmission is one of the best built today and so many people never service it and the cost is high for replacement. My last 2 toyota's went 370,000 miles with everything working so remember change the engine oil, transmission oil, and power steering fluid per the schedule from toyota
#4022 of 5279 Replacing lights on the spoiler
Oct 01, 2005 (7:35 pm)
I noticed that a few of the lights on my spoiler went out. I was wondering if it was possible to change it myself and if i can, which bulb would i need to get? Thanks!