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#487 of 678 Aftermarket brake upgrades
Feb 04, 2009 (11:29 pm)
The Camry brake discussion seems to have quieted down so I'll ask this here. Anybody have any experience with using brake upgrades (performance pads, rotors) or even OEM pads or rotors from TireRack? Is my 2004 4-cyl Camry just too bland, too 'family' to even consider any part that has 'performance' written on it? Actually I have zero complaints about the original Toyota pads and rotors, which now have almost 70k miles on them. I assume the pads are ceramic.
#488 of 678 After Market Leather
Feb 21, 2009 (7:19 pm)
1st time new car buyer. Looking to purchase the Camry, but I want heated leather seats. They said they could install them for $1399. Is the quality equal to factory installed leather?
#489 of 678 Re: After Market Leather [cfinnigan]
Feb 22, 2009 (6:13 am)
It probably depends on the dealer -- ask them to show you an example. I wanted heated leather seats on a Mazda6 a couple of years back and they installed them for me at no extra cost. They were beautiful and matched the car's interior very nicely.
#490 of 678 Re: After Market Leather [cfinnigan]
Feb 22, 2009 (6:41 am)
google leather seat covers, if you are handy
#491 of 678 visability of air conditioning and cabin filters
Mar 09, 2009 (5:59 am)
I recently took my 2003 Toyota Camry to the dealer to replace my left front headlight (dim light was burned out). As I was waiting the service bay attendent approached me with a filthy dirty air conditioning filter and recommended that I replace it along with the cabin filter. Not having the time, I did not have it replaced at this time, but will in the future. However, my question is this.
Is this filter visible when the headlight bulb is being replaced? Where are these filters located?
#492 of 678 Re: visability of air conditioning and cabin filters [gab5]
Mar 09, 2009 (6:22 am)
The engine air filter is not visible, they had to take off the cover. If they had done this already, it would only take a minute more (once they had the new one in their hand) to replace it. The cabin air filter is behind the glove compartment, and only takes 2-3 minutes to change It is not visible either, but it is very easy to check and replace. Both can be changed very easily in 5 minutes total for both, once they get the parts from the parts department. You can see how to replace the cabin air filter in your owner's manual. You could do these yourself and save big $$$.
#493 of 678 Re: visability of air conditioning and cabin filters [mcdawgg]
Mar 09, 2009 (11:54 am)
Thanks, I was rather shocked that service bay attendant brought this to me...as it was only a headlight that I wanted...so wanted to make absolutely sure that some effort had to be done to look.
#494 of 678 Re: visability of air conditioning and cabin filters [gab5]
Mar 09, 2009 (8:21 pm)
Showing you the dirty engine air filter, and especially the dirty cabin air filter, is a common thing to do because the dealer makes easy, big money changing them.
#495 of 678 Findings on 120K mile service
Mar 15, 2009 (6:51 am)
I have a 2003 Camry. I am just hearing back from Boch Toyota (Mass.) on the "findings" from my 120K mile service. My check engine light has been on and their diagnostics are finding that my catalytic converter and the related sensor need to be replaced for $1,250 and they have found some defect in my right rear carrier subassembly that will require a $1,300 fix. In the last year, I have spent $4,500 on this car for various and sundry items like this one. Am I getting the run around? I like to keep my car in good shape, but I'm seriously considering ditching my relationship with this dealer over what feels like significant gold-plating of their service. What do you think?
#496 of 678 Re: Findings on 120K mile service [abrownsword]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 15, 2009 (8:57 am)
I think you should get a second opinion from a good independent Japanese car repair shop, perhaps recommended by friends or AAA. There are always alternatives when repairing a fairly common car such as this one.