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Toyota Camry, Hybrid Cars
Jun 02, 2006 (8:18 pm)
I got my loaded magnetic gray today and it is so good I almost feel guilty. The ride is so quiet. The interior is super nice. The electronics are overwhelming, but easy enough. So far I have driven it as normal with plenty of speed and averaged 38 mpg but only put 27 miles on it.
This replaces a 1995 Mazda Protege that served me well with great mileage and "pickup" but now I can have improvement in both areas and about 5 more airbags.
I got it for $750 under MSRP but only because my buddy is an old friend of the dealer! This was the 4th one in Toyota of Santa Cruz, and the 1st in this mag. gray. About 10 people on the list.
I must say I would like an even darker gray but in the evening it looks quite dark. I had a 1987 Camry so this is a 20 year anniversary. This one is MUCH bigger and much more luxurious. I am happy with my decision- love feeling like I am frugal and in a solid sedan too.
#1824 of 3214 Re: What are you trading OUT of to move into a Camry Hybrid? [kdhspyder]
Jun 02, 2006 (8:22 pm)
It might be interesting to see what the Previous vehicle(s) were:
I know of one where it was ...
1. 1/4 ton pickup
2. 1/2 ton pickup ( 20 yrs old )
3. Honda Element
4. 2003 Infiniti FX45
5. 98 Camry XLE ( 115K trouble free miles )
6. 04 Accord LX
7. 95 Toy Land Cruiser (200,000 miles 13 mpg! I love the LC and am keeping it as well)
8. 91 Camry V6 Le (selling)
9. 06 Chrysler 300 loaded (bought 03/13/06, called last week for a TCH just went and watched it come off the truck 05/24/2006)
10. 97 Mercury Sable LS (219,000 miles)
11. 2004 Infiniti FX45 (14 mpg)
12. 1995 Avalon 164K trouble free miles.
13. 02 330xi
14. 1995 Mazda Protege that served me well with great mileage and "pickup"
Addon as you wish.
#1825 of 3214 Re: the mag is here [hueristix]
Jun 02, 2006 (9:17 pm)
What color is the interior - Gray or Bisque. Did you see both options? What are your thoughts?
#1826 of 3214 Re: NAV Updates (was Re: The suspense is killing me !!) [gagrice]
Jun 03, 2006 (5:43 am)
Hey Gary - LarsB here......long time no "see"
Here's a test for your MS S&T program. See if this address shows up:
4135 E. La Salle St. Phoenix AZ 85040
I have yet to see a mapping program on the web or anywhere else which will show this address.
Anyway, gents and gals, I traded my 2004 HCH for a 2007 TCH yesterday. Base model, white with tan cloth interior. Paid Sticker, at $26,758 with options heated outside mirrors (really need that in PHOENIX you know!!) rear bumper applique and carpet/trunk mat set. I wasn't really ready to buy, I wanted a Red TCH, but no one had one and no one had one coming in anytime soon. The sales guy just kept sweetening the deal. I got a zero deductible extended warranty, one year standard maintenance (oil changes etc.) for free, and he backed off the normal $1000 ro $2500 he has been gouging people on the Hybrids. They gave me $17,000 for my 2004 HCH with 32K miles. Just a hard to pass up deal.
I love the electric-only mode. I can use that at several places in my commute, and did so yesterday. When I enter my gated community, I'm all electric from there into my garage. One main street is under construction until 2008 and the speed limit is 25 MPH - I was all electric on most of that stretch too. My kids' summer camp is on a 25 MPH road - all electric there TOO.
I'll keep you all posted on the MPG I get. I'm at 31.9 for the first 27 miles, but I'm still learning, and the A/C was running full blast most of the time yesterday. It will get better, as my TCH did, as I learn the car.
Happy Motoring all you TCH owners !!!
#1827 of 3214 Re: NAV Updates (was Re: The suspense is killing me !!) [larsb]
Jun 03, 2006 (5:56 am)
Cool man, I like white cars. They are cooler in our desert heat. You got a good price for your HCH and I think your going to like the TCH a lot.
You got Bill Gates on that address. You won't have to make your payments on the TCH. The bill collectors won't be able to find you
Have fun with that new car. I bet your kids get lost with the additional room in back. I imagine you will be over 40 MPG by the first 1000 miles.
Mapquest has you so I guess you have to make the payments
Jun 03, 2006 (8:03 am)
I saw the TCH at the Chicago Auto Show back in February and the following week, I plunked a $500 check down as a deposit. I told the dealer that since I was currently driving a Jaguar, I wanted the car loaded to the max, including leather. The dealer asked me to give him a couple of color options, so I gave him blue and grey. The first one that came in was a white basic model, so I took a pass.
Last night I picked-up a fully loaded model in blue. The dealer told me that they have no more models coming in for the near future and that there are 25 people on his list. I did pay sticker price for the car, but I am happy to do it based on the price-point and the fact that there will be a gift from Uncle Sam next year. I must say that the car is all I expected and more. I owned a Lexxus in the mid 90's and this car seems as quiet and well-appointed as that one. Now its on to ordering those smug vanity plates.
#1829 of 3214 Re: First Impressions (Canadian) [presbyter]
Jun 03, 2006 (8:48 am)
Very well written report, thanks.
My TCH should be arriving around June 16th Can you tell me if the consumption readings are switchable from US to imperial please.
Even though the Nav system has its shortcomings it would be nice to have it for the other features, phone list, maintenance schedules, fancy hybrid system screen etc.
I am considering installing a factory Nav system after I receive my car if the Canadian model has the correct wiring and would give the readouts in kilometres as well.
Maybe a bit too much to hope for.
#1830 of 3214 Re: First Impressions (Canadian) [presbyter]
Jun 03, 2006 (12:58 pm)
I have fairly sensitive ears (which is why a soft rattle from a ventilation vent bothers me)
Interesting, I have lousy hearing and the rattle bothers me as well.
#1831 of 3214 Edmund's "Rate It" has no Hybrid listed
Jun 03, 2006 (1:40 pm)
Near the top of this page, there is an Edmund's "Rate It" feature, where owners can provide evaluation of their cars. There are currently 65 reviews. I clicked to add mine, and found a pop-up menu of various 2007 Camry models... all... except... the... HYBRID!!!
#1832 of 3214 Re: First Impressions (Canadian) [presbyter]
Jun 03, 2006 (2:31 pm)
the only, very minor, complaint is an almost inaudible rattle from the driver's side dash vent (the left-most one), which is present when the fan is running at the highest speed, and otherwise when the car is on a rough road. Probably something loose, or left in the duct. I'm getting after the dealer to solve that.
I understand from reading the owners manual, the left vent contains the A/C Plasmacluster system which emits ions to help keep good air quality in the cabin. Page 235 states "a low noise may be heard during operation". Is this possibly the "rattle" you are hearing?
By the way, if you are like me and are still waiting for your TCH to arrive, the owners manual and Nav manual are available for download on the TUNDRASOLUTIONS web site. A one year membership costs only $25. IMO it is well worth it. By the time my car arrives I should have a pretty good grasp on how everything works and all the do's and don'ts. Also if any service bulletins should come available in the next year these would be accessible as well. Check it out.