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#644 of 670 Re: Poor cabin heat [va hybrid user]
Jan 01, 2013 (11:01 pm)
Oregon. I would drive 500 miles to get my heater working. It has been 40 degrees lately and not much warmer in the car for the first 30 minutes (Eco switch off). When the ECO switch is on, I seem to get better mileage, but almost no heat after warm-up.
#645 of 670 Re: Poor cabin heat [8079dan]
by va hybrid user
Jan 02, 2013 (3:47 pm)
OK. I live in Virginia. This is not right, I'd find another Toyota dealer and make them fix it under warranty.
#646 of 670 Re: Poor cabin heat [va hybrid user]
Jan 27, 2013 (1:14 pm)
I am impressed with my 2012 Camry Hybrid in many ways. It is in general a fantastic car. I only wish the dealers would work with me, as a buyer of 6 new cars, to make the car do what I request at the time of purchase.
Typically, I want all the features of the auto I am trading, plus the new features. I was told the 2012 Camry Hybrid was a totally rebuilt, new model, so I should have tested the demonstrator more carefully. My car has a very poor navigation operating system. It also has a poor heater compared to the 2010 Hybrid Camry I owned.
My concern is with the dealers. I have yet to have a rattle or squeak repaired by a new car dealer. My friends tell me that to get such repairs, you need to take the car to a non-warranty service and pay for it.
When I took the car in for heater service for the third time to the second dealer, they refused to open the hood and claimed the car was new, so it ws not defective, even though it heated much slower and less than any other car. I am aware this is NOT a weak point in this model.
Thanks for the comments. I will wear a good coat in this car and take my 2012 Tacoma for a ride when I need heat. Both vehicles are fast. I think the Camry is fun to drive.
#647 of 670 Re: 2012 TCH XLE - First Impressions [joon]
Jun 29, 2013 (10:04 pm)
I just bought a new Camry XLE Hybrid 2013. I found the same acceleration problem. If I accelerate from a stop, the car makes click feeling. I also tried another new Camry Hybrid, I got the same feeling. But I also tried Prius and Lexus ES Hybrid, I didn't get the click feeling. I went to dealer twice, they just told me all the hybrid cars have the same problem. That is not true. I hope Toyota will recall for this problem.
#648 of 670 Re: 2012 TCH XLE - First Impressions [terrywhite]
Jun 30, 2013 (10:01 am)
try using the "braking" position of the shift for a few lights.
If you find it no longer hesitates or "clicks" you may be talking about the way the engine is shut off during stops at lights. It saves gas doing this and restarts instantly when power is required.
The engine is not shut off in the braking position, but uses the same gear ratios otherwise. There is a slight difference in how fast the instant start works during the changes in gas that takes place in season changes.
We are told not to overuse the braking position. I like the feature in stop and go traffic, since it slows the car as soon as I release the gas.
#649 of 670 Re: 2012 TCH XLE - First Impressions [terrywhite]
Jul 01, 2013 (6:07 am)
Have you called Toyota customer service directly about this problem yet? I would. I do not have any clicking with my 2012 TCH XLE and am very happy with it!
#650 of 670 Oil changes for the 2012 TCH
Jul 01, 2013 (6:14 am)
Just a note, I recently took my 2012 TCH XLE in for its first oil change and I was told by the dealership that the new TCH only needs an oil change every 10,000 miles and I confirmed this with Toyota customer service as well just to be sure! I consider this a plus!
Jul 01, 2013 (9:29 am)
A reporter is interested in talking with someone who bought a hybrid within the past year. If that describes you, please email PRedmunds.com no later than Wednesday, July 3, 2013 with the make, model, month of purchase and a few lines about your experience.
#652 of 670 Re: 2012 TCH XLE - First Impressions [applegator]
Jul 01, 2013 (11:54 am)
I went to Toyota dealor twice. They told me all the hybrids have this issue. So I tried another new Camry XLE Hybrid 2013, it makes the same click feeling. But I tried Lexus ES Hybrid and Prius, they don't make this click feeling.
#653 of 670 Re: 2012 TCH XLE - First Impressions [8079dan]
Jul 01, 2013 (11:59 am)
Thanks! I will try this. The Toyota dealor technicans never told me like this.