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Toyota Camry, Oil, Sedan
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Sep 27, 2001 (4:01 pm)
The reason that I would not consider the Maxima is because there is one in my family, a 1991 model I think, that has had a miriad of electrical problems, transmission troubles, and now is experiencing ongoing suspension problems. Even though it's a relatively old vehicle, it certainly hasn't made a good first impression, and kind of soured me on Nissans. (Maxima was purchased used around 1996 or so, GXE model)
My 1988 Camry I purchased in 1997 with 153.5K miles. The only major service I have had done on it was wheel bearings at 190K miles. It has now 203.2K miles and has had no electrical/auto trans/engine (4-cyl.) troubles. Change oil and put in gas is all that is needed basically, I can't complain. It certainly leaves a good lasting impression about Toyota vehicles with me, which is why I bought a Toyota Highlander recently (still have the Camry, though). I can't see buying any other make of vehicle. I love my 'yotas!
Sep 27, 2001 (4:08 pm)
Been doing alot of thinking lately? "Hmmmm?"
Either that, or you're humming a tune you forgot the words to!
Sep 27, 2001 (4:48 pm)
rich02 -- I definitely think that safety is another important aspect of rating the Camry.
I am planning to buy a car soon and will definitely wait until the safety results come out. I was very pleased to see that the new camry was getting the side curtain airbags.
I wonder who will win... the altima or the camry.. we'll see
#2094 of 8465 paint problem?
Sep 27, 2001 (4:57 pm)
Am I the only one with a silver (lunar mist) 2001 Camry that thinks the color of the rear bumper doesn't match the rest of the car very well? Other than that, it seems like a good car. Would be interested to hear if any other camry owners have this (minor) problem and if they've said anything to their dealer about it. Thanks.
#2095 of 8465 Paint Problem!
Sep 27, 2001 (8:34 pm)
No, junkman,you are not the only one who has noticed mismatched color on Camry bumpers. This problem goes back to 97. Desert Sand (old cashmere beige) is the biggest offender as is white and lunar mist. My local Toyota dealer says that the only color he has seen that slightly matched was the Catalina blue. The dealer was upset when camrys started rolling in with the mismatch back in 97,anticipating warrenty claims, but few if any buyers noticed it. Most Camry buyers are seasoned citizens with failing eye sight. He said the complaints were nonexistant so toyota told him to tell customers it was caused by UV rays (sunlight).
My friend at the dealership lent me a new 2002 camry LE for the day last week, desert sand with mismatched bumpers. Nice quiet car. Ford dash layout scheme. 91 Olds dash on the Avalon. Who would guess that Toyota has been hiring designers away from GM.( Why not, several engine components are GM parts anyway.) Better seats than last year. Toyota still bundeling options in extortion packages, ie. keyless entry with bose speakers for $800 plus. Listed separately as an option but can only be had in pkg.#2. For that kind of money you could have an HDTV home theater system.
To the toyota salesman who said that he has sold as many cars since Sept 11 as last year (37) I hope so. Toyota has introduced the new Camry, the echo, Highlander, Sequoia and the Prius in the last year. So model for model he has sold less.
#2096 of 8465 Paint problem
Sep 28, 2001 (10:28 am)
My 2001 LE, cashmere beige paint job has several fine cracks, not scratches 4-5" long. Anyone else experiencing this problem.
Sep 28, 2001 (1:47 pm)
I don't think that Camry has Bose speakers. It has JBL speakers which are mighty fine...my dad's Solara has the factory 200 watt JBL CD system.
#2098 of 8465 mismatching rear bumper color.....
Sep 28, 2001 (10:15 pm)
Several posts ago I had posted the same question. I observe EVERY 97 to 2001 camry has this problem(?) in EVERY color. It is not a problem, it is one of the cost saving efforts by Toyota to offset strong yen in 96 trying to break-even!!
My friends didn't notice it while purchase it was only when I asked them about it did they notice & they were upset about it after I asked them ! (Height of ignorance while buying a $20-25,000 car !!
IMO, Although Camry allows you to have luxurious options on lower trims, they charge you arm n leg ! Accord pricing is downright humble in that respect...just get the invoice + dest + dealer profit & you are done.....not with Toyota ! The Toyota salesman wear you down in the negotiation process to get every last penny from every option available.....
Anyone observe how Camry now mimics 98+ Accord interior design ??
#2099 of 8465 Sobers
Sep 29, 2001 (5:54 am)
The middle console does resemble the current Accord design. I haven't test driven the car yet, but I think it looks better than the current Accord. I'm still undecided about the rear though.
Does anyone have any news about the upcoming Accord? Any preview pics anywhere?
Sep 29, 2001 (2:50 pm)
I test drove both the Lexus ES-300 and the Camry XLE V6 today. I am tall (6'3") and have a long torso, so headroom is always a problem for me with cars with a moonroof.
In the Lexus, even with the seat in lowest position and as much back as possible, I could not find a comfortable position without my hair touching the headliner. With the Camry, I was much more comfortable even though it is still borderline for me. I also sat in the rear and I basically had to bend my head down to fit in the Lexus. Not so in the Camry.
I did not notice much difference in driving either vehicle. The Camry is basically as quiet as the Lexus and the transmission was smooth. Both cars lack a bit of power when you floor it. Of course the center console, dash, steering wheel, climate control etc... of the Lexus was much better and it has HID. But not worth the difference in price IMHO. Unfortunately, the fake wood in the XLE really looks ... fake.
For information to Canadians: the Camry is assembled in the USA for the US market but is assembled in Japan for the Canadian market (I saw the sticker in the door of the car I drove, as I did not really believe the salesperson).
I am leaning toward buying a loaded SE (mainly because I really dislike the fake wood of the XLE and want a black interior). Unfortunately, I have not been able to find one I could test drive yet and I am worried about the "sport tuned" suspension being to stiff for comfort (like the Maxima SE). As anyone driven an SE and compared it to an XLE?
The best price I could negotiate so far is 4.5% below MSRP. Anyone doing better in Vancouver, BC area? Tnx.