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Toyota Camry, Sedan
#29 of 81 Yes, well cared for, but
Nov 16, 2005 (8:48 pm)
What kind of maintnance do you have to do to the INTERIOR to be rattle free? My old '1994 Jeep Cherokee has Zero rattles, and it has been abused, trust me...I don't beleive one can do much in the way of maintnance of the Interior trim...obviously Camry had more problems than Normal with interior Fit and finish....JD gave the 2002 Camry a 2/5 in the Squeak and rattle department,,,then it seemed to climb back up 2003 and on...I know generally One of Toyotas worst cars is still probably better than any of Ford's best, but come on my '94 Cherokee is quieter inside. I also do not appreciate Toyota's "WE do no wrong" arrogant attitude...I was in my friends '96 Nissan Sentra today and heard zero rattles or squeaks...
I am in Chicagoland, it is cold..but this does not seem to effect my Jeep...I am just sick of the inline 4.0 Liter gas hog,,,but let me tell you this is one tough engine...Totally trustworthy and solid...if fact I almost wish something would go wrong with it so I'll have more an excuse to get rid of it...Last time mechanic replaced the starter, he said those 4.0's are bullet proof, just thirsty. ...I know Toyota sells a gazillion camry's, but so did Ford with the Taurus. and they weren't particularly well crafted...I read somewhere the 1986 Taurus was a turning point in automotive design...sweeping up every award possible..even had Toyota shakin in its booties...I know my Mom had a 1993 Ford Taurus and it was one good looking sedan for it's time...the best generation Taurus in my opinion...1996 and on were ugly bloated wastes of metal..I deffinetly see a decline in Toyota's quality, Asians have become so cheap, asking premiums for sub-par products....Maybe I will look at Malibu? the Asian advantage is slowly losing it's truth..I had an old 1988 Accord in high school, which was a fine car, that I rarely had the oil changed or anything..It never let me down..My XXX wife has a 2001 Accord that reminds me more of a grand am, more than my 1989 Acccord. many more problems with hers, and major ones to...Major oil leaks, Tranny problems...seems GM's quality is improving to Toyota levels, maybe by 2008??or so,,,by then Toyota will probably have more market share than GM, Toyota is becoming like GM, knowing they have the major NA market, and quality will go further down...IMO ...thanks... Sean
Nov 16, 2005 (8:58 pm)
No this is just your typical Camry LE...I am in Aurora,,Cchicago) and the lowest dealer price I have found is around $13,000 2002 LE w/46K...by the way, I financed with Eloans, it is kind os cool..they send you a blank check up to your approved amount, and you fill it out to the dealer, cool part is it is valid for 45 days after approval..it automatically expires. I was approved for $15,000 for 48mos 7.74%...although I wonder if i would have requested more I would have likely got a few thousand more...?, But I will leave it alone, Keep my payments down..Thanks Sean
#31 of 81 Re: 2002 Camry -----what a POS [sean3]
Nov 18, 2005 (10:52 am)
I also had an experience with a 2002 Camry, this one with only 35,000 miles. It rattled quite a bit up front, not so bad that the radio at a moderate volume wouldn't drown it out. I did not buy the car, but the rattles were not the deciding factor. By the way...did you receive the good ol' "insinuating profanity" email from edmunds for using your acronym? I sure did, at one time. They deleted my post, too.
#32 of 81 Re: '03 Camry Batteries keep die-ing [mrsacks]
Apr 09, 2006 (7:15 am)
Take your car to any auto electric or dealer to see if the alternator is putting out amperage to charge the battery and run the car at the same time. It sounds like the alternator maybe going south.
#33 of 81 Re: '03 Camry Batteries keep die-ing And I now HATE TOYOTAs [mrsacks]
Apr 09, 2006 (7:23 am)
Take your car to any good auto electric repair I have found that in some cases the alternator has weak schrader diodes this has happened to me a couple of times. Another thing if your alternator is good it takes 2-3 hours of driving to bring a battery up to a full charge. Get a small battery charger and leave it on over night charging your battery this also works well.
#34 of 81 Re: '03 Camry Batteries keep die-ing And I now HATE TOYOTAs [mrsacks]
May 01, 2006 (2:26 pm)
Thanks so much for posting your information. My mother is having the same problem with her 03 Camry. Took it to the dealership, battery checked out, they wanted to charge $35 to service the battery (clean it). Told them no thanks and asked them to check everything that was under warranty. Everything checked out, went across the street to advance got a battery brush and the spray (about $6.00) everything was fine until today. So I checked out the website and found your msg, she's having my brother check it out. Thanks again
#36 of 81 2004 Camry V-6 Battery Corrosion Problems
Jul 30, 2006 (8:35 pm)
My mother-in-law has a 2004 Toyota Camry LE V-6 (loaded) with approximately 24,000 miles. The car has never been in an accident and has been serviced regularly according to the owner's manual. She lives in North Dallas, TX and purchased the extended powertrain warranty protection plan from Toyota.
Last Friday, the car would not start. She opened the hood and found that the battery had a softball sized amount of corrosion around the battery terminals. She tried to scrape the corrosion away and the battery cables fell apart. She had the vehicle towed to the Toyota dealer where she bought the car. They replaced the battery and battery cables under warranty. The service advisor had no explanations as to why this happened.
Does anyone know why this could have happened, if it's a common problem and how to prevent it?
My wife and I look really bad now. My mother-in-law was a die hard GM car owner (even with the large number of troubles they had) and never owned an import before. Because she is in her 60's, we wanted her to have the most reliable car she could afford. Everything we read said Toyota Camry's were A1. So, we recommended it. My wife and I were stunned when she called and asked us to take her to pick up her Camry after the car died. If possible, please help or offer any advice. Thanks and God bless.
#37 of 81 Re: 2004 Camry V-6 Battery Corrosion Problems [scottrod]
Jul 31, 2006 (9:35 am)
What you described is not a Toyota problem. It's a general problem when conditions are right (wrong?). The crud was acidic sulfation - which is why the battery cable wiring was 3/4 non-conductive toast. Assuming the charging system is in good condition*, my best guess is too many short trips with A/C in Polar Ice Cap mode resulting in a chronic undercharge state - a condition no lead-acid battery can long survive. An undertightend battery cable (rare at the factory, but it can happen) can also contribute. If everything turns out OK, check for the presence of the chemically treated red and green felt washers beneath the batter cables. These help retard the generation of sulfate at the terminals. If absent, go to any autoparts store or auto section of a major retailer and pick up a set. Use the proper size metric open-end wrench to loosen and tighten the clamping nuts. Pliers are more apt to round off the nuts' corners and result in a loose connection upon re-installation. The red felt washer goes on the "+" terminal and the green one goes on the "-" terminal after removing the cables. ALWAYS remove the "-" cable first and ALWAYS replace that same "-" cable last to avoid generating a spark that could ignite a hydrogen gas/air pocket inside the battery.
*Take M.I.L.'s car to one of the larger autoparts retailers such as Kragen, Pep Boys, Autozone, Advance Auto, etc. and request an alternator load test to verify its performance. If one of the diodes has "blown" (which will still allow partial charging) this test will pick it up. This is done without removing the alternator and the stores don't charge for this diagnistic. If a fault is found, back to the dealership - the alternator should still be a warrantable item at this stage of the car's life. I'd like to think the dealership already performed this test, but I've learned through experience not to assume anything where dealership service department personnel are concerned. Most are competent, but some were promoted from trash can emptying/sweeping and shuttle van driver way too soon.
#38 of 81 Just to second ray h1's comments
Jul 31, 2006 (9:53 am)
He's right that it's a general problem, not specific to Toyota. My US-built Camrys have batteries made by Johnson Controls, one of the large battery suppliers in the US. (I believe Johnson now makes the Sears DieHard batteries.)