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#4092 of 8465 Front end mask
Jul 21, 2002 (6:39 pm)
john345: Good luck to you. I think you will be happier with the 3M.
paul29: The mask was a genuine Toyota part. I'm not sure who makes them for Toyota. I do think that you will have the same problem with any of the manufacturers due to the drawback of the grille being attached to the hood. It can't form a complete seal to prevent air from getting underneath and causing the flapping. I have to say, the mask itself was quite nice, I had a Toyota mask on my previous Camry since new(1992) and had great luck. Likewise, my father has one on his '98 Avalon and my brother has one on his 2000 Camry with no problems. Thus, I personally believe that the hood/grille design is the problem.
#4093 of 8465 service intervals
Jul 22, 2002 (4:28 am)
Quick Question: The maintenance manual that came with our 2k Camry recommends service intervals of 5K miles or 7500 miles. Does it really make a difference? Theres just something about 7500 miles that seems too long... The 5K service schedule is supposed to be for "severe" use, which, under Toyota's specifications, we really dont fall under, but for my family's first vehicle PURCHASE in long time, one which we would like to last us at least 10 years, I feel better about the 5K inteval... is this silly?
On my lunch break I hope to post my observations on regarding a 500+/-mile trip I made this weekend in our 02 Camry LE 4.
#4094 of 8465 Change intervals
Jul 22, 2002 (5:58 am)
Baxsed upon the sludging problems some people have had with the Camrys, especially the V6 you may wish to consider 3000 mile intervals or use synthetic. 7500 way too long using dino.
Jul 22, 2002 (11:08 am)
Sludge or no sludge, I personally wouldn't consider the 7500 interval for any driving conditions. I just think the whole car benefits from more frequent service.
Jul 22, 2002 (12:36 pm)
Yea, I'm not really worried about sludge (since the family relating to the 2.4L in our Camry shows no history of such). I just wanted to make sure the 5000 mile interval was a good decision. Cliffy, if the whole car benefits from more frequent service, why does Toyota provide an entire manual outlining 7500 mile service intervals? I think its a pity that everything is so damn confusing. Taking this another step- should I really be doing service every 3750 like the Service Dept. recommends (mainly because they charge a ludicrous $27.50 for an oil and filter)?
Jul 22, 2002 (1:46 pm)
One word... Advertising. Unfortunately, the politics of advertising is figured heavily into maintenance schedules on all models. If Brand X and Brand Y both have similar cars, with similar features at similar prices, but one had half the "reccomended. maintenance intervals," that brand can advertise a lower cost of ownership. When the other brand notices this, they change their schedules to match or beat it. Believe me, it happens more than you would think. This is a very competitive market.
#4098 of 8465 Do the 3750
Jul 22, 2002 (6:42 pm)
You do not have to use the dealer, but, based upon Toyotas history of honoring a warranty get a receipt that shows everything, oil used, mileage date etc. You can get it done cheaper.
I have a 92 Camry and go 7500 between changes with synthetic, 146,000 now.
Jul 23, 2002 (5:10 am)
Regarding servicing- I have decided to have my parents follow the 5000 mile service interval. In the maintenance brochure that comes with the Camry, there is a very visible statement from Toyota regarding the Factory vs. Dealer recommended servicing. It says that if you elect NOT to perform maintenance recommended by the dealer, but are still in compliance with the guidelines from the manufacturer, you will not in any way void the warranty. With 5000 miles on the oil in the car now, it is still very clean (to my eye). Enough of that- its boring. Back to the car.
What a great long range driving vehicle this car is! On I-80, this car fairly sails down the road. The 4 cylinder offers refined power, and the 4speed auto delivers it seamlessly. The car is simply cut rate luxury. I feel old beyond my years saying so, but the composed, serene ride and peppy four clyinder make this car a treat to drive-no hassles, no annoyances, just a great ride. No constant downshifts like to make up for a lack of power such as in our 2000 4cly. The V6 can only be better, I imagine, but I question if it is now really worth the extra cash. Best yet, I got 28.9 MPG over the first 370 or so miles of the trip. Our 2000 Camry NEVER posted that figure on the same drive. I can understand the criticsm about the seats- the front cushion is short, but then so am I (at 5-7), so I really didnt have a problem. The car handles well, though not sportily- less body roll than the previous Camry. And I think our car looks great with its alloys and Stratosphere Paint.
The Continental tires on this car are horrible-no grip. I can't wait until its economically sensible to change them for Pirelli P400s or some other good, reasonably priced tire. I REALLY MISS the auto-on headlights, and the C-pillars are still a bit too wide for my liking. The temperature gauge isnt accurate for the first 5 mins of operation, I feel the speedo is a bit optimistic, and I'd appreciate a firmer brake pedal (though the brakes themselves feel strong). Nigglings issues, but issues nonetheless. No rattles though-very impressed with this US built Camry.
Is this the perfect family car for $22K MSRP? Perhaps not for all, but for our family, its damn near close. Can't wait to sample a comparable 2003 Accord.
#4100 of 8465 Arbitration process
Jul 23, 2002 (6:33 am)
I have, sadly, being advised by the service manager and the DSM (District Service Manager) to file for arbitration for REPURCHASE of my 2002 LE V6 Camry. I really LOVE this car but there is a serious problem with it and Toyota DOES NOT have a fix for it. Has anyone ever being through the arbitration process? Do you have any idea of how the repurchase is done? The service manager said that they buy the car back subtracting depreciation. Do I get the sales tax back? Would they return the whole cost of the extended Warranty (Platinum 6/100K $0 Deductible)? I would really appreciate your help. I have already started the process with Toyota, have a case number and I am just waiting for some paperwork.
Jul 23, 2002 (7:03 am)
Wow. Sorry to hear about this issue. What is the problem with the car? Interesting that you still LOVE it, despite the fact you will have to enter arbitration over the vehicle.
Cliffy- can you help this guy out? Its probably information that we all should know.
Good luck, cjts.