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Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Sedan
#402 of 2813 My experiences
Feb 20, 2001 (10:56 am)
My wife has a 98 XLE V-6 Camry we bought used for the purpose of a nice "luxury" car we can drive forever. The car is good, but I had an irritating warranty experience with front strut bushings(top I think). The dealer wouldn't replace even though there's a TSB out, said he couldn't hear, I told him when weather got colder they could, sure enough I took it in after warranty(40,000) and they replaced them without even driving it. It may helped that this was after the Ford Explorer lawsuits which I told my wife to mention, along with our new child. Why not fix it the first time? I drive my wife's old 1990 Acura Integra with 190,000 plus miles with only a rear wheelbearing repair and a new exhaust, even the clutch is original. And the service center is great, even put in expensive Freon for my wife for free a couple of summers ago.
OK, next, we are looking for a car for my mom, Drove a used 2000 4 cyl. at a Toyota dealer that was JUNK. I have done all repair work on my "fun cars" (240Z, 340 Challenger, supercharged 95 Mustang) cars and may be a little sensitive but there was rattling suspension noise, exhaust leak, and something else. Next drove a new 2001 4 cyl. Camry LE that sounded and drove OK. Then drove a new 2001 4 cyl. EX Accord that I really liked and would get if I was in the market for that kind of car, except I would just get the LX. Then drove the V6 Accord LE which REALLY felt nose heavy, I preferred the 4 cyl. model.
Oh well, just my .02 worth, no need to disagree as it's just my opinion.
#403 of 2813 kbconv you are not alone
Feb 20, 2001 (11:04 am)
I felt the same way when I test drove V6 Accord/Camry. FWD cars are as such nose-heavy which is made worse by extra weight that V6 has. I was giving a serious thought to 2000 Lx-V6 but ended with I4 SE. Both has 4.9APR that time (not EX-V6!) I guess V6 is great for straight line driving & freeways but is less fun than the I4 in twisties.
#404 of 2813 Drove a new 4-cyl Camry
Feb 20, 2001 (12:12 pm)
the entire weekend (business trip in Michigan with a couple days to visit my boys), and was once again impressed with the smoothness, quietness and comfort -- it is truly a wonderful family car for the average person. And while I, being the speed freak I am, would opt for the V6, the 4 had plenty of passing power and feels wuite brisk off the line. Let's face it -- this isn't a car to go raod racing in, but that's not what it was designed to do. The people who buy these cars are family people who need a good, dependable car with enough room, comfort and quality to meet their needs -- no more. Both the Accord and the Camry fulfill these criteria, and their differences simply give us a choice -- which I think is a good thing.
#405 of 2813 Dennis: You said it !!
Feb 20, 2001 (12:42 pm)
I agree 100%. Because of these two arch rivals consumers get very good cars at reasonable price
#406 of 2813 civic vs camry
Feb 20, 2001 (1:20 pm)
I'm sorry if I missed something, there're over 400 new post that I scan through since my last visit here.
But who the heck would compare a Civic with a Camry ??? (happening in multitude of posts here)
Feb 20, 2001 (2:49 pm)
The EX V6 does suffer a weight penalty...250 pounds over the EX 5-spd. That's a lot when you consider that most of those extra pounds are for the V6 and slushbox, both positioned over the front axle.
The body roll in my EX is pretty well-controlled and the car doesn't have a wallowy feel at all during fast directional changes. That's the weight-efficient manual four for you. The car's biggest handling weakness is the stock tires...no surprise there. I'm not too happy about the gross understeer and sliding during higher-speed turning. Sometimes it's fun to engage in a mild 4-wheel slide, aggravated by throttle input, but one of these days I'm going to slide into the next county. This obviously won't do but I'm optimistic that a real pair of tires will make the Accord a very competent handler, perhaps even sport-like.
#408 of 2813 Whic car to buy? Altima or Camry
Feb 23, 2001 (7:59 am)
Please give me your opinion on which car to buy!! I have a Honda Civic 1987 with 185,200 miles! I know Honda is a great car but I have been swayed against a Honda simply because I can get more car for my money by getting something else!! Here is what I have it narrowed down to... Nissan Altima 2000 with 16000 miles for $13000 or a Toyota Camry LE 1997 with 24000 miles for $14700. For the most part the features are the same but I am concerned about the reliability and value of the car in years to come!! Any suggestions or questions I should be thinking of?? Thanks!
Feb 23, 2001 (8:08 am)
Sorry I got my pricing mixed up...Altima is $14700 and the Camry is $13400! Thanks
Feb 23, 2001 (8:26 am)
If your final list has Camry and Altima(& not Accord), I would drive you towards Camry, although costlier than both Accord & Altima.
Altima is a poor design & sells mostly due to its low price. Poor crash test result & odd styling. It is also smaller than both Accord and Camry.
Feb 23, 2001 (9:38 am)
The last Altima I drove was built pretty junky. Drove pretty nice, good power, kinda small. Local dealer has a 99 Altima SE loaded with 9,000 miles for $13,000. I would think you could get a better deal than $14,700 especially look at how much the new ones are selling for. I believe that have a big rebate and low APR financing plus you should be able to buy at invoice. We were considering an Altima for a another company vehicle because they are priced so cheap right now and we could use an extra vehicle. With gas prices though, I'm thinking about looking for a slightly used diesel Jetta and use it for loooong trips.