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Toyota Camry Solara, Toyota Camry, Sedan
#56 of 5279 The blue smoke problem
Mar 10, 2000 (5:20 am)
lead to sludge. What is sludge? Read the Camry topic. And after you do as I have asked about the oil cap, please report there what you find. I also would like to say that anyone with a 1992 or newer Camry with at least 80K miles that has been cared for "by the book" (5000 mile oil changes) please go out and look under your oil cap. Go to the Toyota Camry topic and report what you see.
#57 of 5279 Side front passenger window blow out all by itself
Mar 17, 2000 (4:40 pm)
I have a 1-year old Toyota Camry CE 1999 with 11,000 miles. I bought it new.
Recently I parked it in my garage and hour later a front passenger window blow out all by itself. It was all covered cracks and looked like a spider web. I checked for any object that could fell on the window and found nothing. I know for sure that nobody was in the garage.
I contacted dealership – they did not hear about such thing and their explanation is that I had a chip on a window. I guess it is possible, but why the window did not break when I was driving the car and broke hour later while sitting in the garage? Any thoughts?
#58 of 5279 Blue smoke...sludge NO Warranty Help!
Mar 19, 2000 (1:08 pm)
As posted earlier my sister 98 Camry was just turned down by Austin Tx Dealer for Warranty....then Gulf States Toyota...and we are now waiting for a decision from California...a woman in charge of Customer Relations....so far nothing but a run around as my sister has had to rent a car for more than two weeks while they have been developing a story of absolutely no substance to fend off a simple warranty request. When the car was purchased they had a program to give a loaner car for duration of repair time...nice 3 color brochure to catch your eye. Anyway the car has had multiple oil changes and only has 19,000 miles and has sludge like a grease trap. The only thing they have saidis it didn't leave the dealership like this.
Sorry for the long winded post..but they are lucky it is my sisters car not mine....Presently I am ready to have some art students make me a paper mache lemon about ten feet in diameter and start parking it in front of Toyata Dealerships with my e-mail address. I suggested to my sister that she buy a Toyota based on what I had heard from a few people...My neighbor is waiting to hear the outcome of my sisters case as they had asked about her Camry several months ago and I had given a good report.I know Toyota doesn't really give a damn about my sister but I do intend to cost they far more in bad publicity and court costs than simply doing the warranty work required instead of trying to weasle out of their responsibilities. Thanks for any tips or suggestions...abarbeecowboystuff.com
#59 of 5279 95 Camry Defrost Problems
Mar 20, 2000 (9:53 pm)
I just finished my 2nd winter with the 95 Camry I
bought in '98 and both years had difficulty
getting the windows to defrost properly. They fog up quickly with myself, my wife and my 2year old in the car, and even sometimes with just me.
I know some cars have unique needs when it comes
to defrosting, some combination of fan speed,
temperature adjustment and outside/inside air, but
I just haven't been able to get it right for two
years now! I have tried every combination I know including turning the a/c on with the defroster?
I mentioned something to a Toyota salesman
recently and he made a comment, "Oh, yeah, we were
having trouble with the defrosters & the cars foggin up in 95, but that problem's been fixed."
Anyone else out there have similar problems? Know
#60 of 5279 More baffle gab....
Mar 21, 2000 (10:10 pm)
an update....Toyota's Customer Relations Dept in California...is now telling me that there is little they can do for another week till Mr Kerchoff from Gulf States Toyota comes back from vacation since his office in Houston made the decision to not honor the warranty....we had a bit of a heated conversation as I inquired who would be paying for the rental car for another week while we waited for this vacation to end....
She asked me if I would like to skip this process and go directly to arbitration.....The sheer nerve of Toyota.... It appears that the distributor points to the dealer ..the dealer...points to Toyota..and Toyota points to the door....we should have a decision on my sisters car within a week which will mean we have been renting a car for the better part of a month before a decision is made by California Toyota.
To all you satisified Camry owners out there change your oil and keep every reciept or you will be made to feel like a criminal. My sisters cars....BMW...a Mercury..a Ford Tarus have all been serviced by the same independent garage in Downtown Austin for over sixteen years....Are they saying she lost her mind and quit changing her oil after all these years? I wish I knew what they were really saying except it shouldn't look like that. It is gunked up with black gook and who knows how it got that way? She doesn't and I surely don't...but I guess the big Corp is going to keep us waiting another week...then send us to arbitration....then on to who knows what...
My sister is much calmer about her prediciment than I am...in fact I am reserving a domain name that I will post here later next week if things go as I expect they will for other people to come to with warranty gripes so we can find out just how many people have had a similar experience. I realize not all are treated this way from the many kind words I have read posted by some but for those like Rinehart and my sister it is a very frustrating experience to believe you are protected by a warranty and then you are just dumped.
The internet I believe has put the shoe on the other foot and from the mail I now have without even posting on other automotive sites(could someone e-mail me more sites where I might post)I think Toyota has standard run around if it is an expensive warranty item. I cannot prove that yet but I sense it already. They didn't want to discuss any other cases as "All cars and use of cars in different areas of the country give different results" Bah.......humbug....
Ms Fairbrother (her name no joke) told me she did not want to hear about e-mails I recieved from others with a similar experience and problems with their cars. This is not what I would call Customer Relations...as I have said my sister is more patient than I am but it looks like the big run around.
Once again Thanks for all the tips and help... abarbeecowboystuff.com
#61 of 5279 Break Away Mirrors
Mar 22, 2000 (1:56 pm)
Notice how the latest Camry's don't have break-away side mirrors. Its surprising that Toyota has not provided this feature although I'm sure many customers want it. My sales guy said something like "less wind noise" but the Lexus ES 300 (basically the same car) has the break-away mirrors and you would think the Lexus would have less wind noise!
Has anyone explored the feasibility of having the Lexus ES 300 mirrors put on the Camry XLE (the one with the tweeter right next to the mirror)? If so, how much would it cost to have it installed by the dealer? The job would be complicated as the tweeter is in the housing right next to the mirror. Maybe I could sell my Camry mirrors to the junkyard.
#62 of 5279 95 Defrost Problem
Mar 23, 2000 (7:00 am)
Set control to Defrost and Turn on the A/C and set temp control to mid-range....this should do the trick.
Later models (mine= 98) work so that when you set control to Defrost, the A/C is turned on automatically.
#63 of 5279 rdavid222
Mar 23, 2000 (5:06 pm)
Do you know why they designed the A/C to come on with defrost?
#64 of 5279 A/C with defrost
Mar 23, 2000 (6:13 pm)
The "defrost" feature also removes condensation when your windows are fogged up. Humans expel a great deal of moisture in their breath and it tends to fog up the inside of the windows on cars that have the ability to recirculate air. The A/C removes moisture from the air that is blown on the windows and really helps reduce the fogging.
PLUS: It helps ensure that you run the A/C at least once every couple of months. This keeps the seals in the system "wetted" so they don't dry out and start leaking. It really does extend the useful life of most A/C systems.
#65 of 5279 bnormann
Mar 23, 2000 (11:41 pm)
Thanks for the answer.