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#5308 of 5338 03 Camry Xle v6-VSC and traff lites stays lighted on dash
Jan 03, 2012 (9:29 am)
I am having a problem with my o3 Camry v6 xle which has 118,500 miles. The VSC and traf lites stays lighted on the dash board. When the car is started it initially goes off and then comes on and stays on. Does anyone know how to fix the problem. My brother said going to a dealer and they will take you to the cleaners.
#5309 of 5338 2007 air intake selector
Nov 23, 2012 (10:45 am)
#5310 of 5338 2007 air intake selector
Nov 23, 2012 (9:48 am)
My mother had a problem with her heater, and she brought it to the dealer, which they replace the the toyota replace the water pump. I drove the car and I notice that while the fan selector is set at off and the e car is in motion, air still comes through the vents. The service manager is claiming that you need to have the have the air intake selector pressed on to recirculate, which closes the vents. When I questioned this, he claims this is how the camry works, and that his wifes presses the recirculate button to prevent the air from coming in. I find this hard to believe that when you start the car, that you need to go through another step of pressing the recirculate button to prevent the air from blowing on you. Has anybody ever heard such a thing.
#5311 of 5338 Re: 2007 air intake selector [sjkbmw]
Nov 23, 2012 (10:45 am)
Yes, this is common. This is to prevent people from leaving it on recirculate all the time. Leaving it on recirculate too long can, depending on the weather conditions, cause your windows to fog over, so this is an intentional design to make the setting "fool-proof."
When the car is on, you can press and hold the recirculate buttom for 5 seconds to get the recirculate to stay on for as long as you like until you shut the car off, or turn the vent controls to one of the defrost modes.
#5312 of 5338 2007 Camry water pump - BEWARE!
Dec 07, 2012 (12:22 pm)
#5313 of 5338 2007 Camry water pump - BEWARE!
Jun 11, 2012 (7:28 am)
I have a 2007 Camry (6 cyl) which I had taken to the dealer for an oil change. They advised that the water pump was leaking and had to be replaced. I only have 39K miles on the car.
Here is the problem - they have to pull the engine in order to replace the water pump which is 16 hours labor. The total cost is $2,000.
Anyone else have this experience?
What a terrible design! This is my first and last Toyota. Beware!
#5314 of 5338 Re: 2007 Camry water pump - BEWARE! [belindac]
Jun 11, 2012 (5:03 pm)
Do you have an "extended Toyota Warranty on this vehicle? ---- Did you purchase this vehicle new? ---- Has this vehicle been sitting in "storage" for any great length of time, without the engine running periodically? ---- I have a 2007 Toyota XLE V6 Camry with 80,000 miles, and it still has the original water pump! --- I drive this vehicle at least three times a week along with my other vehicle. ---- My extended warranty runs until January 2013. ---- I am going to have the dealer drain and refill the cooling system with new Toyota Coolant! ---- I am planning to keep this vehicle past the extended warranty. ----- The reason being, that I have not found a new vehicle that I would like to own! ----- So I guess if my water pump starts to leak at 100,000 miles, I will have to pay the $2,000.00 for the repair! ---- But it is still "cheaper" than purchasing a "new car!" ------- If I purchased a new Camry, I would have to come up with at least $20,000.00 plus my trade! ----- At $2000.00 for each water pump, I could have ten water pumps installed by the dealer to spend $20,000.00! ---- With your low mileage, you have an "issue" with Toyota. --- Do you service your Camry at the dealership? ---- Do you have a "professional working relationship" with the service manager? ----- Maybe they can work with YOU and TOYOTA to split the bill!
Best regards. ------ Dwayne
#5315 of 5338 Re: 2007 Camry water pump - BEWARE! [djm2]
Jun 11, 2012 (5:50 pm)
Thanks for your response. I work in NYC, so I use public transportation every day, so my car has low mileage. I did not purchase the extended warranty as I felt that Toyota had a high quality product and that I was already paying a premium for a Camry over a Ford product. I was planning on keeping this vehicle a long time - a new car is very expensive and I can't justify the purchase given my current driving habits. However, I am concerned that if I keep the vehicle and the water pump goes AGAIN and it's another $2k it's just too expensive to keep this car. I am also concerned about what other repairs might require the engine to be pulled. So far, I can't get an answer to that question so I feel uneasy about the risk.
I have a good relationship with my local Toyota dealer. I go to the dealer for all servicing and I service the car on a regular basis. I was able to negotiate the charge down from $2400+ to $2000; I was going to cancel the detailing I had originally scheduled but they gave that to me at no charge because of the situation. I feel that the service department tried to work with me and the car design is not their fault.
I called Toyota customer service and they did not want to help me as the car is out of warranty. Their response was very terse, and lacked any concern at all. I am extremely disappointed with Toyota's attitude. When I explained the issue and that the car only had 39K miles, the question was: what do you want from Toyota? I replied: some financial assistance with part of the repair expense. Toyota's reply: that's not going to happen you are out of warranty. This is not a design defect, that's just how the car is designed.
I want to warn other consumers, especially those considering a Toyota purchase. I am hoping that others do not have the same experience I have - times are tough right now. Fortunately, I do have the money to cover the repair but what about some other family who has hit hard times in the recession and can't afford a $2K repair bill for a water pump?
I am going to contact Consumer Reports Magazine to see if they are aware of this issue and if they can warn their readers.
I hope you do not have this issue with your Camry. Good luck!
#5316 of 5338 Re: 2007 Camry water pump - BEWARE! [belindac]
Jun 12, 2012 (1:48 am)
Good Morning Belinda:
Thank you for writing back! ----- Kindly be advised that any vehicle will suffer maintenance issues at an accelerated rate when it is not run on a regular basis. This is especially true with both the cooling system, and the lubrication system. I make it a point to change my engine oil and filter every 2,500 miles, not at 5,000 miles as recommended by Toyota, and I drive my 2007 V6 Camry weekly. ---- The water pump seal and bearing can be destroyed by the engine not running and the coolant not circulating. The same is true for the cooling system "rubber hoses!" If you do not use your vehicle for a period of time, it might be a good idea to start the engine and let it run until it comes up to operating temperature. A better idea would be to take it out for a short ride after the engine warms up. ------- If you purchase a new vehicle, always put a "top of the line manufacturer's extended warranty" for both the maximum number of years and the maximum mileage! I have always broke even with the cost of these warranties! They are worth the investment!
Best regards! -------- Dwayne
#5317 of 5338 Re: 2007 Camry water pump - BEWARE! [belindac]
Jun 12, 2012 (3:57 am)
You will see that for 2007's Consumer Reports shows a half black dot for cooling system minor, meaning, that's right, the water pump has had worse than average problems. If you look around the net, there are many complaints about premature failure of water pumps on 2007s.
So Consumer Reports already put the word out. Funny how all the people who hate Consumer Reports and say they are biased, wrong, etc. But time and time again, Consumer Reports shows that it is a very good source of info. The other frequent problems with the 2007 was the interior dash rattle, and the hesitation on acceleration. Both of these were easily fixed with TSBs that came out, but notice that Consumer Reports shows these as problems.
Toyota has a different part number for the replacement water pumps, so that means they made a change to it, so your new one should be fine.
This is an easy, quick, and cheap repair on a 4 cylinder, but ANY make V6 in a sedan this size has higher costs to replace something like a water pump, just because the size of the engine vs. the car makes it more difficult to work on.
Sorry to hear about your situation. Probably the only way you could have done better is to take to an independant shop, where the labor rate would be much lower. The pump is cheap, under $80, but it is the labor on the v6 that is $$.