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#6428 of 8465 andrelaplume
Dec 17, 2003 (6:48 am)
Yes, the Taurus is heavier than a Camry 4 by about 150 lbs. You know what? I don't see why Toyota doesnt offer an AWD Camry. They certainly use the platform in several AWD iterations, though none as sedans...If you are really interested in Camrys with AWD, you should write a letter to Toyota and tell them to bring back the Alltrac models that appeared from 1988 to 1991. I still see one of those, a grey 5sp, back home every so often.
Our 02 Camry LE has suffered from a rattle that seems to emanate intermittently from the dashboard near the passenger side A pillar. It has also had two TSB fixes, one for a rocking drivers seat, the other for fallen trunk trim.
Otherwise, it has been all the things you spoke of- peppy, efficient, roomy, comfortable, quiet, smooth... and the car-24 months old now-has 41,300 miles on it. Not bad for two years! LOL.
The dealer lied if he said that the 04s are the same in terms of build quality. Niggling issues are present in any vehicle launch, and as the redesigns of the Camry and Accord have shown, even the top mfrs. are not immune from this. It is good to see that "Predicted Reliability" from CR is back up to 'Much Better than Average'.
#6429 of 8465 AWD Camry
Dec 17, 2003 (9:30 am)
Ironically, I wrote to Toyota Canada a few months back concerning this issue. I suggested they manufacture a Camry sport wagon with AWD (similar to the very successful Matrix). As a Matrix and a Camry owner (2003 XR4WD and 2002 XLE) I think a cross between the 2 may be appealing. Incidentally the Camry was available in 4WD in the late 80's and early 90's
Dec 17, 2003 (10:19 am)
How in the world can you drive over 40,000 miles in 2 years? I have a '95 Accord (bought in '94) with 64,000 miles on the odo. Your mileage is 1 and a half times around the world! I'm not ragging on you just merely curious.
#6431 of 8465 Its the family car
Dec 17, 2003 (11:45 am)
My parents have used it to haul me and my sister to and from college, on a few road trip type vacations, and my dad has used it to commute to and from work for extended periods at a time, which is round trip about 55 miles/day (Its an easy drive though, on scenic back roads through central/Southern NJ).
Dec 17, 2003 (2:20 pm)
what so suprise about the mileage?
i put 30,000 miles per year on my 93 camry since i got it last september. 220,000 miles on the odometer now.
#6433 of 8465 Mileage-Alpha & Bronze
Dec 17, 2003 (10:19 pm)
I bought a 98 Toyota in 2000 with 40,000 on the odo. It now has 60,000 on it after about 4 years. I think I drive it a lot but I guess I spend too much time at home!
Still scratching my head over the high mileages per year on your cars.
#6434 of 8465 Toyota does.....
Dec 18, 2003 (6:33 am)
...make an AWD Camry...it's called the Highlander.
Dec 18, 2003 (6:39 am)
Yeah, the Highlander....the 12K more expensive Camry!
#6436 of 8465 mileage plus timing belt
Dec 18, 2003 (7:19 am)
My 99 LE 4 cyl just hit 140,000 miles, without a hitch. I drive 100mi/day to/from work. I live in N.J, mostly highway driving.
Timing belt: I replaced it at 65,000 miles. The dealer says every 60k, the owners manual 90k. How have others handled this? Will it really go,or is this another money maker for the dealers?
Dec 18, 2003 (8:16 am)
I never wanted to find how long I could go before the belt snapped...
Replaced the one in the wife's 91 Tercel at 62K - about three years ago. Cost about $160 and while they had the thing apart, had the drive belt replaced, too as it was original.
Broke a timing CHAIN on a 68 Plymouth 318 V8 once...Ugh! Replaced it, but things had gotten so out of whack, I was bending valved all over the place and lost at least two cylinders. Could have rebuilt the engine (had 136,000 on it) or replaced it for about $400, but.....
The Tercel went to a new home in July after 12 years and 72K miles of almost perfect service. Three sets of tires (wife never checked the inflation), one battery (orginal lasted 9 years), two alignments, one set of front & rear struts (over two years) and ONE light bulb! The only light that failed was the rear center brake light!
So far on the Camry in two months, 180 miles and had the rear black pearl emblem replaced under warranty. There is a creak (not quite a "rattle")coming from the driver's door area that seems to go away once the car warms up. That will be looked into at the next service.
Major complaint is I don't get to drive it too often - wife won't let me. Can't wait to take it on a road trip to Florida in the Spring!