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#1469 of 5628 Re: .02 on the Camry Transmission issues [master1]
Aug 31, 2006 (3:19 am)
Recently, I rented a 2007 Camry SE 4-cylinder automatic for a 1,500 mile trip. Although I did experience significant cruise control anomolies, the gas mileage was comparable to a 2005 Camry LE. The 2007 SE delivered 35MPG on the highway with speeds averaging 65 to 75MPH with the A/C on all of the time. I really don't see how it's possible to only get 24MPG on a Camry 4-cylinder automatic on the road unless one is using a lot of throttle all of the time, or if there is a major problem.
That being said, much has been discussed here about the Camry's "learning transmission." I've owned a 1994-vintage domestic vehicle which uses a learning transmission with fuzzy logic. I never experienced any problems with this transmission, nor in driving it from day to day. A car should be designed to be operated by a "average" experienced driver. A driver shouldn't have to "learn" to drive a vehicle with a "learning transmission" or a drive-by-wire throttle system. The firmware should be written to mirror or duplicate a mechanically-connected throttle. I think Toyota's statement that drivers must be educated on how to drive a 2007 Camry is a cop out, and underscores there is a design problem.
#1470 of 5628 Re: DIFFERENT Tranny Problem - Braking vs Coasting [gene22]
Aug 31, 2006 (4:46 am)
My '07 SE V6 does the same and it takes some growing accustomed to because I'm a long time coaster to save brakes and gas. I've learned to drive farther into the stopping zone because the downshifting is so dynamic.
#1471 of 5628 Re: Camry Was Going To Be My Next Car by samchinch [drjames]
Aug 31, 2006 (5:41 am)
I have a 2007 Camry 4cyl and I can shift manually from D to 4 just by moving the stick to the left (coming out of overdrive)then if I move the stick back a little I can go into 3rd gear. The same thing happened on my test drive but I manually shifted a few times because I was not sure what the autmatic transmission was trying to do. The majority of the people on this forum really do have valid problems.
#1472 of 5628 Re: DIFFERENT Tranny Problem - Braking vs Coasting [gene22]
Aug 31, 2006 (6:35 am)
I have also reported this in my 4cly-most noticable when slowing down from 65 mph.
#1473 of 5628 Re: DIFFERENT Tranny Problem - Braking vs Coasting [gene22]
Aug 31, 2006 (7:46 am)
I have an SE-V6 that does the same engine braking. What I don't like is the sudden release of the engine braking around 20 mph that allows the car to suddenly roll freely just as you're expecting the car to come to a stop. The tranny should continue to slow you down and not suddenly release.
#1474 of 5628 Re: Camry Was Going To Be My Next Car by samchinch [drjames]
Aug 31, 2006 (8:06 am)
The poster said "During my short test the salesman kept telling me to shift manually instead of letting the transmission do the shifting automatically."
There's no reason to think he is not begin truthful.
#1475 of 5628 Re: Camry Was Going To Be My Next Car by samchinch [drjames]
Aug 31, 2006 (9:11 am)
When I test drove the camry 4 cyl, the saleman showed me the same thing, manually shifting the gear!
#1476 of 5628 Re: 07 Camry Steering Vibration Issue [camryusa]
Aug 31, 2006 (9:12 am)
My 07 XLE V6 (8K miles) used to have the same vibration problem at 70+ mph. The dealer changed the tires for me and it did solve the problem for a while. However, after 1K miles driving, I start to feel the vibration coming from transmission system, at all speeds. The car becomes very jerky and not responsive on my way home almost every night. I've been to dealer a couple times but they denied to acknowledge the problem and the technician told me there is no TSB for this issue. He did not believe it's related to the tranny and he felt the vibration is from the road.
I am going for a 1500 miles road trip this coming weekend and hopefully after the trip, the transmission will be as smooth as when I bought this car back in March! If the vibration problem is still there, I will go to dealer again to let them diagnose it. Just a thought sometimes, I wish my car had a snap ring problem and let Toyota buy it back, then I could get rid of this troublesome car and try another 30K car!
#1477 of 5628 Re: Camry Was Going To Be My Next Car by samchinch [pat]
Aug 31, 2006 (9:42 am)
in an automatic, a sales person telling someone to shift manually... that's got to be a big-red-flag, no?
and i agree pat, why should anyone doubt it? from my perspective, that is so bizzare as to be a totally credible report.
why do people keep claiming owners with problems are trying to trash the brandname?
#1478 of 5628 Re: 07 Camry Steering Vibration Issue [camryusa]
Aug 31, 2006 (10:23 am)
Most states also have a time limit as in no more than 30 days in the shop in the first year. You may want to remind him of that.