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#42 of 81 Re: Posts moved [pat]
Nov 22, 2006 (7:46 pm)
I bought a 2007 camry LE and like it very much except for the poor alignment of the dashboard. There is and eighth of an inch gap between the driver's door and dash with the door closed and a quarter inch gap on the passenger's side.
There are some other alignment problems in other parts of the dash. Anybody have this problem?
#43 of 81 Re: Posts moved [patrickht]
Nov 22, 2006 (9:13 pm)
Yeah, I noticed some uneven spacing between dash pieces/door on alot of the early builds. Thankfully, mine was extremely tight fitting and fairly even. I was just in for my first routine oil change and walked around the dealer lot with 'new' or very late build Camrys and peaked inside, I noticed better fitting and alignment in all of them.
#45 of 81 2007 Camry is what it is
Nov 24, 2006 (6:58 am)
And what it is, if one is looking for the best car for the least dollars is what I wrestled away from a local dealer for just under $18,000, cash price. That got me into a 2007 Camry CE/MT and it's a terrific value car for the money.
I've owned several Camrys over the years, each from a separate generation, and the reason for choosing them is reliability and quality construction. I think one can spend too much for a Camry and then expect it to rival a 5 series BMW or a Acura TL-S. That won't happen.
My experience with the 2007 model has been extremely positive. I don't expect the car to be a rice rocket on the Interstates or carve up a curvy road with unabated power and handling prowess. My new unit handles better than previous Camrys by far.
It also has better seats and returns the same mileage in the 24-31 mpg range. And I don't think there's another car out there that can rival the '07 Camry for looks, interior room, and the entire reliability package for under $18K. Interesting to note that the CE with MT was far more fun to drive, tighter suspension and far improved handling, than the LE with AT.
Then again, one tends to find justification for saving, in this case, about $2500 for choosing the MT.
Nov 25, 2006 (7:41 pm)
roadhog4 - I am also looking at a manua transmission Camry.
What kind of mpg do you get on pure highway driving?
I also assume the cruise contol and shift hesitation noted by others are a non issue in the MT version, as the driver is in control of the gears.
#47 of 81 Re: - [dudleyr]
Nov 26, 2006 (4:25 am)
The MT requires you to stir the gears for various driving conditions such as pulling hills, passing, etc but the throws are precise with a quality snick with each shift. I've been getting about 32mpg on Interstate driving and around 28mpg on mixed which is about what I expected.
Having driven sticks before, but many years ago, it took me about 3 days to transition back to a MT. On the test drive loop, I killed the engine a couple of times which was frustrating but the salesguy that accompanied me said this was normal and I would get re-adjusted to the MT quickly. He was right.
The LE with AT was, in comparison on the same test drive day, almost a different car in terms of handling and simply not having the nimble characteristics of the MT. That AT transmission DOES search and hesitate unless you run it in fulltime 4 speed mode but even then, the car drove like a Buick if you know what I mean?
For whatever reason as it relates to suspension, having the chassis/engine/transmission more tightly dialed in, the MT was, for me, the far better car. It's not a speed demon, as noted in my initial posting, but, with all the impressive list of standard features in addition to what's been said here, is the absolute best VALUE for any comparable car out there.
You may have already learned that a 07 Camry MT is in rare supply! They're hard to find on a dealer lot but if you get one, I'm pretty sure you'll be glad you did.
#48 of 81 Re: - [roadhog4]
Nov 27, 2006 (9:34 am)
I test drove a CE 5 speed manual, and I agree - it is a great car compared to the automatic. I just don't know why more people don't like stick. When I get my Camry, it will be a manual.
Nov 28, 2006 (11:03 am)
We picked up our LE V6 in early September. We ordered the Stability/Traction control and 6 disc JBL stereo.....they couldn't find one, so it was built "for us" in Lexington - took about 6 weeks for delivery. In general we're delighted with the car. There are no problems with the alignment of the dash - it is perfect. We've put about 1800 miles on it, partly on an 750 mile trip. Fuel economy is about on a par with our old 98 V6 - about 30MPH driving at 75 to 85 MPH. Around town seems to be in the 23 to 24 MPG range.
We have not noticed any hesitation problems at all, and the engine is very powerful - we wanted the acceleration because we do a lot of interstate driving.
No squeaks or rattles, and the performance of the stereo is great. It is nice having MP3 capability - one MP3 disc lasts 8 hours or so.
I HAVE noticed that the engine surges during accelerations, usually when I'm pulling into traffic, really get on it to get up to about 50MPH (which you have to do occasionally here (Naples, FL) to keep from getting run over), then let off the gas to maintain speed. Weird, but I figured it might be my problem, not the car's. however, I will take it back to my dealer to get the TSB applied (I think there is one for the 6 speed).
In general we're delighted with the car. BTW, I'm 6'6" and fit into the car just fine. There are some problems with visibility - -the front posts seem large and driving on really curvy roads (mountains) might require care. I rationalized the wide posts by thinking they might have required some room for the side airbags.
The car doesn't look it, but it is quite a bit larger inside than the 98 V6.
#50 of 81 Front Masks or Bras
Dec 01, 2006 (9:07 am)
Where can you get masks for the 07 camrys?
Even the dealers don't have them.
#51 of 81 400 miles so far
Dec 03, 2006 (5:50 pm)
No problems with a 4 cyl LE. 28 mpg on the first tank (although I don't know if it was topped off initially by the dealer) from 70% hwy/30% city driving.
No rattles and I'm a rattle nut.
The car has a tendency to gyrate as if the shocks were old. Maybe they wanted to introduce a softer ride, but I might get some stiffer shocks.
As has been expressed in other posts, the car is not a 'driver's car' so to speak in terms of handling, acceleration, etc. But what it is (so far) is comfortable, reliable, and roomy transportation for under $20K (plus TTL).