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#1 of 69 Is getting a 2007 Camry LE 4 cylinder a good choice considering trans prob
May 14, 2007 (10:32 am)
I was almost decided on getting the 2007 Camry LE (4 cylinder), but then came upon the transmission problem with the 2007 Camry's. As I understand it, there are two problems that most owners are facing:
1. the 4 cylinder cars have a hesitation problem
2. the V6's have a gear shift problem
What I couldn't get from reading online is whether the problem has been fixed in recent builds of the 2007 Camry's and if owner's problems were resolved completely with the TSBs.
Did people with the 4 cylinder cars see the problem with the transmission that they were having go away after they applied the TSBs?
Which build date/VIN numbers should I look for when getting the Camry?
What do you recommend, 2007 Camry owners, is it a safe choice to get the 2007 Camry LE 4 cylinder considering all these transmission problems?
#2 of 69 Re: Is getting a 2007 Camry LE 4 cylinder a good choice considering trans prob [sreedevi4]
May 15, 2007 (10:40 pm)
As to your post, most owners are NOT having the hesitation problem. Again, this discussion board is not a representative sample of Camry owners.
I think my car functioned fine before the TSB.....the TSB was available.....so I had it performed. I noticed a slight improvement.
I believe some people "think" there is a problem because the Camry may be the first Toyota they have owned and they are not used to the new throttle system....If someone wants an immediate response they should get a Corvette, which will jump if you nudge the gas pedal a little bit. I do not expect this car to "take off" like my friends Corvette.
My last three cars have been Camrys......I have never experienced any hesitation......However, some owners say they are and I believe them.
#3 of 69 Re: Is getting a 2007 Camry LE 4 cylinder a good choice considering trans prob [sreedevi4]
May 16, 2007 (4:56 am)
I have a 2007 Camry XLE V6, I have hesitation in the transmission around 35 mph. The car will lunge forward when it hesitates to up shift. The Camry has been into the dealer 3 times and I have talked Toyota Corporation numerous times and they will not acknowledge there is a problem and they will not fix it. There are numerous complaints about the 2007 Camry transmission hesitation. I will never own another Toyota again. Here is additional information. http://www.motorpits.com/s/toyota/camry/2007/
#4 of 69 V6 Camry XLE
May 16, 2007 (3:20 pm)
I own a V6 2007 Camry, and I DO NOT HAVE any of the problems that are listed on these boards. This vehicle was purchased in January 2007 from a dealer in Nothern New Jersey. The vehicle now has 8,400 miles, and it has had three oil and filter changes to date! I drive alot on a daily basis! I would purchase another Camry. I find the vehicle to be very comfortable, and I like the ride. If I purchased another Camry, I would take it on an extensive road test to be VERY SURE that it did not have a transmission issue! Other than that, I think it is a GREAT vehicle!
Best regards. ----- Dwayne
#5 of 69 I too am troubled........
May 19, 2007 (10:29 am)
by the talk of the hesitation and flare issues.
Otherwise on paper and test drives this car seems right for me.
It's got all the goodies like steering wheel controls, air bags, 4-wheel disc brakes, option stability control, and of course a comfortable, quiet ride. it looks slick too.
I wish I wasn't so impatient or I probably should wait for the 08's.
#6 of 69 Would you buy a 2007 Camry?
May 19, 2007 (5:08 pm)
I bought an 07 Camry V6 SE last November. The car has been nothing short of spectacular. I have not experienced any of the transmission issues discussed so widely here and hope I never do. The car is instantly responsive, rides well and has more power than I need. And, my SE is not boring. It looks good, dances on the road when called upon and, I believe, makes me a better driver. My only complaint so far is "dealer arrogance" and I am working to find a new dealer to handle that one.
#7 of 69 Help! To buy or not to buy?
Jun 21, 2007 (8:12 am)
I'm in the market for a new car and I've been drawn to the Camry for its styling, but everything I'm hearing all over the internet about the 4 cyl. powertrain is scaring me away.
I've always driven American cars, most recently a 4cyl 98 Dodge Stratus which I owned brand new. Its four banger and auto transmission was far from high performance but it has been very predictable. I'm accustomed to having it down shift with slight hesitation when asking for a lot of power (highway passing and slow down then speed up situations).
I guess I'm hoping to hear someone say the Camry 4cyl is not that bad. After all it's a 4 banger not a V6. It's very ironic because for years I've had to hear people trash American cars and praise Toyotas like there was not any comparison. Now I'm finally falling for a Toyota and to my huge surprise I'm hearing all of this negative stuff about the transmission.
But the thing I can't figure is how the professionals are not saying anything bad. Consumer Reports has given the Camry its best recommended rating and Motortrend named it 2007 Car of the Year. I have a hard time understanding this, especially when it seems they jump all over the American makes for anything. We are talking about possibly a faulty transmission, not just cheap dashboard materials.
If I don't buy a Camry, I'm probably going to get a Chevy Impala. Does anyone out there still think it's worth buying the 4cyl Toyota Camry?
Thanks for your help.
#8 of 69 Re: Help! To buy or not to buy? [dcam1]
Jun 21, 2007 (8:50 am)
The hesitation is unpredictable, I have to drive the automatic by manually shifting through the gears b/c of the early shift response from the engine. Toyota has released a new TSB for the hesitation as of May 8th, but I haven't had time to have it installed to see if it makes a difference. I previously owned a Honda 2001 Accord 4cyl EX model, so when comparing the engines' abilities the pickup and passing speeds are comparable, but Honda didn't have the hesitation like Toyota. That being said the fit, finish, and ride of the vehicle is very nice, if you can get by the driving characteristics. (2007 Camry 4cyl XLE w/nav)
#9 of 69 Re: Help! To buy or not to buy? [dcam1]
Jun 22, 2007 (9:33 pm)
It's pretty hard to say this myself, since I am a Japanese vehicle-make fan, but I'd say go for the Impala. The hesisation of the Camry is just unbelieveable.
My family owns several Hondas, an '04 Accord, two '04 Elements, and an '06 Civic, in which none of them has a transmission problem. I'm the last one to stray away from the Hondas and I made a pretty bad decision. The looks of the new Camry will intrigue you, but don't judge a book by its cover.
Toyota says that the 4 cylinder Camry runs on a drive-by-wire system, which is the source of the transmission hesitation problems. The person who works at the dealership also purchased the '07 Camry and said that if he had known about the transmission problem, he would not have purchased it. Go American.
#10 of 69 Re: Help! To buy or not to buy? [dcam1]
Jun 26, 2007 (9:58 am)
My daughter was also considering the 2007 XLE V6. After considering lots of other cars, she really liked this one.
We visited several dealerships and drove a few.
We found that the V6 XLE was the only one that came with all the options she wanted.
Then we asked a dealership to find one for us.
They found one and said it would be in on the weekend.
Then closer to the weekend she called to schedule an early appointment to testdrive the car on the weekend. That’s when they told her that it wouldn’t be ready until the following Wednesday. They just had to put a new Transmission in it.
Uhh, wait a minute, isn’t this a new car? She asked.
They explained that there was a known issue and they were gonna correct it before it went out.
That’s when we started looking at all the different forums.
We discovered that there were many forums discussing this issue.
It seems that the transmission surges and hesitates. Toyota has released a Service Bulletin, but not a recall.
There are many Camry owners who haven’t had this problem. However, the ones who have had the problem, most all claim the problem is never completely fixed, or the car is now noisier than before, or the Dash isn’t seated correctly any more, the car is in the shop all the time, …
Again, it appears that most of the problems we’ve heard about, have been with the V6. There have been some with the 4cyl, but fewer.
We don’t want to take the chance that we might get one of these vehicles with this “known issue”. We wanted to get a new, reliable, car, but this one doesn’t sound like it’s the one. Unfortunately we’ll have to look at something else.