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#6418 of 8465 A question before buying a 1990 Camry
Dec 13, 2003 (7:34 pm)
Hi, I just had a question about buying a '90 Camry. I recently checked it got a recall before. The owner seems not knowing this. If the owner goes to ask Toyota to correct this problem, would that be fine with Toyota? Since it's been a long time. Will that make extra fees on it? It is an issue of the DOOR ASSEMBLY:LATCHES AND LOCKS. Anyone who owns '90 Camry please give me some opinions. Thanks a bunch!
Dec 15, 2003 (10:40 am)
Sorry, I guess that old basic V6 design ran from 1992 until 2002 and also produced the infamous sludge machines of 1999-2001.
Just got my years mixed up?
#6420 of 8465 profks...Lousy Camry traction
Dec 16, 2003 (8:13 am)
Well I got rid of the Conti tires. Nothing worse than throwing a way a pair of tires with only 15K on them because they are soooooo crappy in the snow and rain. SHAME ON TOYOTA FOR PUTTING THESE ON MY CAR!!!!
I bought the BF Goodrich Traction TAs you mentioned. It's too early to tell how satisfied I will be but they do appear to grip better. They are however a bit noisier---perhaps that will mask some of the Camry's incessant rattles!
Time will tell but I still feel the weight distribution...and likely the overall weight (or lack there of) of the car (great for mileage though -- poor for safety) has a bit to do with the Camry's poor traction in snow and rain. I still hope these tires make a BIG difference. Otherwise, knowing what I know now about the rattles and these safety concerns in bad weather... I would have driven the Honda or Ford.
All other considering a Camry...do yourself a favor, only accept your Camry w/Michelin tires and get the traction control!
Thanks for the Help profks!!
#6421 of 8465 lack of overall weight?
Dec 16, 2003 (8:24 am)
The Camry 4 auto cylinder weighs 3150lbs. Its hardly a light car. Have you never had a sub 2 ton car before? The weight distribution of the vehicle, 58/42, I believe, is typical of front wheel drive family cars, and this is a better distribution than the V6 models.
I do hope the tires work out well for you. What year is your Camry? If its an 03, I'm surprised to hear of your rattles, as they were more of an issue in the 2002s, and indeed, CR Predicted Reliability has returned to "Much Better than Average"- has your dealer been able to rectify any of them? Get on their case. At least... you'd be happy to know that many of the new Accord owners have reported similar first year issues.
#6422 of 8465 which type, which engine?
Dec 16, 2003 (6:01 pm)
I've been driving a Ford Ranger V6 for the past 10 years, but have to give it up--can't handle the clutch any more. After so many years in a truck, all cars seem luxurious to me! The camry seems right for me, and I liked driving it. So to details: Seeking input/opinions about 4 cyl vs. 6 cyl cars, and opinions on the xle. (I live in the Ozarks, with 40 miles of steep, twisting hills to drive every day. All feedback most appreciated!
#6423 of 8465 Tyre Speed Rating
Dec 16, 2003 (7:14 pm)
I have a Camry LE with S rated tyres on it. Toyota says to use H rated which reduces the availability of tyres. If I don't drive at speeds requiring H rating, what are the consequences of staying with S? In addition, what if I were to replace two with H and leave two S? And no, I don't live in England, I just spelled tires that way to fool with you.
Dec 16, 2003 (7:41 pm)
Car Weight....wasn't the Taurus a heavier car...it certainly felt bulkier when I drove it an I thought I remember it weighing more.
Mt Camry is an 02. If your 03 is rattle free consider yourself lucky. (Check the rattles forum). To this day Toyota cites they have improved upon the rattle areas but can not point to a specific area that was addressed. When I as my dealer, 'How are the 04s different, they tell me they are exactly the same.
I think if you look carefully, the 02/03 Camry show average reliabilty over all and the rattle area is still average...at least I think I saw that in the year end book.
As far as getting their case, you know what happens when you rip a car apart....you get new rattles that were not there before. Other than the cowl/windshield fix, the others all involve ripping the doors/dash apart, reinsulating etc etc. Fix one rattle, two others appear. PS: The cowl fix on my Camry lasted less than a year...I need to get it redone.
Overall the car is peppy, fuel efficient, comfortable, quiet (when the rattles are not present). I stil think it a shame they cheapened out in certain areas and if I had known about the tires I'd have never taken delivery. I wish they'd come up with an AWD Camry!
#6425 of 8465 Lousy Camry traction
Dec 16, 2003 (8:45 pm)
I hope that you enjoy the Traction TAs - It's funny that you mention the noise. My Camry seems quite quiet with them, particularly compared to the noise that my prior Accord made with the factory Michelins. However, your OEM tires may have indeed been more touring than performance oriented. Have you tried taking a hard turn (say at like 30-35 mph) with the TAs? That is where I first noticed the tenacious grip and lack of sidewall buckling. Please keep me posted on how you find the TAs. I have about 1,400 miles on mine and so far they have lived up to the dealer's claim.
#6427 of 8465 Attn: Rubberman
Dec 16, 2003 (8:49 pm)
As far as S-rate versus H-rated, the latter should handle better for you even at much lower speeds (than their 130 mph rating). However, I would not mix H-rated and S-rated intentionally as I would assume that the advantage of the H-rated tires is likely to be mitigated by the two S-Rated tires. Also, there will likely be ride characteristic differences between the tires that might be disconcerting over time. However, your local tire dealer may be able to shed more light on this.