Last post on Dec 08, 2013 at 2:33 PM
You are in the Sedans
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Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat, Mazda MAZDA6, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#18977 of 20221 Re: Truth about cars on Camry [wayne21]
Aug 09, 2013 (8:36 am)
Sounds like the transmission was "flushed" enough already. Every now and then, as I have said before, there are so many subcontractors that supply parts to the automotive industry that not every gear, cog, clutch and solenoid is actually made by Honda. My big surprise was finding out that GM supplies 70% of BMW transmissions, for example.
You got a lemon. It happens, even to Toyota. Here is an excerpt from Camry forums about a lurching and downshifting problem on 2011 four cylinder models. Also, there is no dipstick!!
"my problem is the downshifting so seems it would not help this situation at all
wish they would just "come clean" and admit they have a design issue
and fix it
I don't like the fact that we cannot check our transmission fluid (no dipstick).
#18978 of 20221 Re: Truth about cars on Camry [backy]
Aug 09, 2013 (8:36 am)
Had a brand new [22miles] Camry for a weeks rental. The ride was harsh and busy. Would never buy one. Now if Honda redesigned the Accord to look like the Civic , that would be tempting.
#18979 of 20221 Re: Truth about cars on Camry [gimmestdtranny]
Aug 09, 2013 (9:03 am)
Sounds very diligent...too bad about the K&N air filter though...I really appreciate reading that little tidbit of info in an ad for a used vehicle or bike I am considering. As soon as I see K&N (air filter) (or any other aftermarket none OEM type performance enhancing air filter, I quickly can stroke that car off my list. Why people use these filters (that work by letting more air....hence dirt, through) for street use, is beyond me.
I've used K&N filters since the 70s with no problems. I've given many of them as presents and never had anyone mention a problem. You either love them or hate them. We seem to be on opposite ends of the spectrum on that.
As to getting a lemon in my accord... I don't think so. I know many people in the repair business and they all tell me that the biggest problem in Hondas is that they use Honda transmissions. Aside from transmissions, the only "common" problem is front motor mounts in the 4 cyl (I had that replaced, too).
#18980 of 20221 Re: Truth about cars on Camry [wayne21]
Aug 09, 2013 (9:30 am)
I've used K&N filters since the 70s with no problems.
I sorta knew that I might get a reply along those lines. I've seen it before..
I'm happy for you but do wonder about the rest of the history on those vehicles once you've moved on?
I guess it really depends on how many miles you do and how long you keep your cars. Besides, some people change their oil often enough that perhaps it doesn't get low enough from engine wear burning it, to be an issue between changes. Of course the gradual diminished compression from premature engine wear and reduced performance and fuel economy may or may not be noticed by everyone.
What you won't find I can assure you, is anyone who puts unusually high miles on their vehicles (like heavy truck owners) or others when measured in hours (like road building excavators etc) won't use a so-called performance type of air filter. It is OEM for them, and if anything pre-filters are installed for extra tough applications.
#18981 of 20221 Re: Truth about cars on Camry [gimmestdtranny]
Aug 09, 2013 (9:53 am)
You could very well be right. IDK. The only high mileage (greater than 200k) I am aware of is the one I gave (a K&N) to my brother when he bought a new Toyota pickup. He has used it for 341k miles so far with no problems. He also uses synthetic oil - he checks the oil in December and changes it in june. He says it has never been low.
#18982 of 20221 Re: New Tech on the way . . . . . [cski]
Aug 09, 2013 (10:29 am)
Yeah, it's possible. Five years ago I never would have believed it, but after watching a video of the Google car, who knows what might be happening by 2025.
My guess, however, is that the expense of such systems will make them only available for very high end vehicles like a Lexus or Mercedes Benz. The might offer a special "Google Lexus LS360 Hybrid" or something for $150,000. Only a few dozen might be sold each year at first....
#18983 of 20221 What size will midsize cars be in the future?
Aug 09, 2013 (10:42 am)
Any guesses as to where we'll be in 2018 in terms of length, width, weight, and engine size? What about in 2025?
#18984 of 20221 Re: New Tech on the way . . . . . [benjaminh]
Aug 09, 2013 (11:40 am)
My granddaughters will be in their early 40's in 2050. Automatic driving technology might be standard by then. It's hard to imagine what cars will be capable of doing by that time.
Aug 09, 2013 (11:52 am)
All electric with high speed wireless charging. Never worry about fuel - your car charges wirelessly while you are home, getting groceries, at the movies, at a rest stop etc.
I will be almost 90 and driving to the store once a week in a 30 year old Miata with a stick shift. It will take me longer to get in and out of the car than it does to get to the store but I won't care.
#18986 of 20221 Re: Truth about cars on Camry [wayne21]
Aug 09, 2013 (12:04 pm)
Sounds very diligent...too bad about the K&N air filter though...I really appreciate reading that little tidbit of info in an ad for a used vehicle or bike I am considering. As soon as I see K&N (air filter) (or any other aftermarket none OEM type performance enhancing air filter, I quickly can stroke that car off my list.
Hmmm. I googled K&N filter problems and was rather surprised by the number of people who have in fact had problems with the K&N filter. Perhaps I am fortunate to not have had any problems. I clean and reoil the filter every June. Although I just did the filter, I think I may just listen to you and those who have written about their K&N problems and put an OEM filter in so as not to have problems in the future. I am not concerned about the cost, but put the K&N in for it's "claimed" performance and longevity. Thanks for pointing that out to me. I'd never heard anyone say anything like that about K&N before.