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#1 of 54 Need help in determining which Camry. Help..
Jun 06, 2007 (5:57 pm)
New here but I'm going to get a new Camry right away but I need your help on choosing which model. Basically, it's a work car that I drive 100 miles a day on it. With that being said, It has to be a v4. I love the Se exterior cause of the side skirt. Does the le come with the same side skirts? I don't care about anything else on the se, just the exterior looks. But if I get a v4 on the se, will it be not enough egine for that body? Again, it's not about speed for me but I don't want to feel like the engine is way to weak for the se body. So which one? If I haven't given enough info, please let me know to help with the decision.
#2 of 54 Re: Need help in determining which Camry. Help.. [xplyboy]
Jun 06, 2007 (6:05 pm)
There is no V4, your choices are an I4, or a V6.
IMO, the I4 is plenty engine, doesn't matter which trim style. Go drive both if you want.
#3 of 54 Re: Need help in determining which Camry. Help.. [kiawah]
Jun 07, 2007 (10:53 am)
Thank you for your reply. What is an I4? It's a 4 cylinder right? Could you explain the difference to me?
#4 of 54 Re: Need help in determining which Camry. Help.. [xplyboy]
Jun 07, 2007 (11:01 am)
It is a I4 cylinder engine, the 4 pistons are straight in-line (4 cylinders in a line, right next to each other).
A V-6 has 6 pistons, which are arranged in two banks of 3 each. They are offset, so if you looked at the engine lined up with the crankshaft, the two banks would form a V, with the crankshaft at the bottom of the V.
In both engines, a complete cycle is 2 crankshaft revolutions or 720 degrees. In an I-4, there is a piston firing every 180 degrees, or 4 fires per 2 crankshaft turns.
In the V-6, there is a piston firing every 120 degrees, or 6 fires per 2 crankshaft turns.
#5 of 54 Re: Need help in determining which Camry. Help.. [kiawah]
Jun 07, 2007 (11:36 am)
Thank you again. But basically, it's just a 4 cy vs. 6 cy lined up differently. I4 still gets better gas mileage than the v6, correct?
#6 of 54 Re: Need help in determining which Camry. Help.. [xplyboy]
Jun 07, 2007 (11:44 am)
Well yes, although the V6 has been reported to get very good mileage as well. The 4 cylinder has a 5 speed auto transmission (assume you are getting an auto), and the 6 cylinder has a 6 speed auto transmission.
6 cylinder engine costs more to buy.
The 4 cylinder LE is the standard, high-volume Camry.
#7 of 54 Re: Need help in determining which Camry. Help.. [xplyboy]
Jun 07, 2007 (3:45 pm)
My daughter has a '99 Camry LE (4 cyl). She goes to a college 500 miles from home so it has been on many highway trips. It's been a wonderful car and gets 30 mpg or better on the highway. I think it would do fine for you. It's not a sports car but it has plenty of acceleration for what it needs and gets better gas mileage than the V6.
The LE has lots of creature comforts too -- like power seats, nice CD player, and such.
#8 of 54 CE or LE
Jun 19, 2007 (2:05 pm)
Hi, I am looking to purchase a new vehicle soon. The Camry is on my short list along with the Accord and Altima. I am test driving a Camry this Friday and am debating between the CE or LE trim. I am thinking the LE will be adequate - I like that it has keyless entry and power seat. I have read a lot of reviews about the Camry and frankly, I'm worried. It sounds like there were problems with earlier builds and that perhaps these issues have been ironed out with more recently builds. I don't know. In any case, what sorts of things should I be looking out for when I do my test drive on Friday? I have owned 2 Camry's prior to my current vehicle (Acura) and it sounds like quality has been slipping.
#9 of 54 Re: CE or LE [olemed]
Jun 19, 2007 (4:58 pm)
I'd go with the LE. My new Camry is awesome. Its my first car to have keyless entry and power driver's seat (I'm 23). The drivers seat is very comfortable and you can adjust the lumbar support.
I got the JBL stereo and the moonroof package. If you are an audiophile, check out the upgraded stereo. Its it incredible.
As far a build quality. You can ask almost anyone with a new car and they will tell you about a "problem" or two. It is in the mind of the beholder. My car is perfect. There was a TSB available to me, so I had the dealer perform it and now the vehicle performs even better.
I would voice your concerns to the salesperson and see what he or she has to say. Judge whether or not they are being honest and the quality of their answers. Ask what the dealer will do if you experience any problems and get their "responses" in writing.
Others have voiced concerns about the Accord and Altima, so definitely do your research. Do multiple test drives and find a dealer that has a great reputation for excellent customer service. Also, keep in mind most people come to these discussion boards to gripe and complain about their cars, definitely not a representative sample of owners. A larger majority of people don't come to these sites and say "My Camry rocks."
Also, people fill out "fake" Camry evaluations on here and yahoo autos. I can tell because people are describing problems that the dealer can fix under factory warranty or the problem has been fixed in newer builds.
#10 of 54 Re: CE or LE [stlpike07]
Jun 20, 2007 (4:35 am)
Thanks, I appreciate your insight. I have done so much research on all these cars that I feel as thought my head is going to explode. But in the end, I know it'll pay off.