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#508 of 1078 Re: Tire wear [exler]
Oct 22, 2008 (9:16 pm)
Toyota OEM tires tend to get low mileage because they want both good traction and low road noise when people test drive them.
See my profile: 2009 Camry V-6 LE with under 5000 miles and the tires are the same as yours with a 260 Tread Wear rating. My tires are already starting to show (even) wear but the great gas mileage may pay for it.. My first oil change became due before the six months at 3,800 miles so the tires were not rotated.
BAD OEM TIRES are the one problem you get with Lexus/Toyota. Go to ConsumerReports.org to find what tires to put on your car. Usually Michellein but there is a new Bridgestone series that has a tread wear rating over 600. Your tires probably have a the same 260 tread wear rating mine do. I don't understand why Toyota puts low mileage tires on all its vehicles ........... probably because they have great traction and no road noise.
THE GOOD NEWS: Here is the reliability you can expect from your vehicle based on the experience of my family:
In over a million miles:
All maintenance done at the dealer but not on their scale - we go by the owners manual and double the oil and air filter changes. My family has bought Toyota and Lexus ONLY with V-6 or V-8 engines since 1991: 1991 LS400 V-8 180,000 miles, 1992 4wd Pickup V-6 that went 150,000 with no repairs other than brake pads, 1997 Camry LE V6 with 200,000 before giving it as a gift to a nephew, 1999 Solara V-6,that went 90,000 before being traded in, a 2002 Avalon V-6 - sold to a fried when it had 89,000 miles - he has gone to 200,000 mile with no repairs, Wife's 2002 Lexus ES 300 and my 2009 Camry V-6.
Other than brake pads: NO REPAIRS. WI fe's LS400 battery went out in two years. Other than that, you almost feel cheated when your warranty wears out and you have had no warranty claims. I can tell I will have to replace my tires at about 25,000 miles. Read the Lexus forums; they all have the tire wear problem. The answer is there is no answer but after replacing one set of tires, you will be happy with your purchase of the Camry.
Eight (8) vehicles. They never break down
#509 of 1078 What is a good price for 2009 Camry CE auto in TX?
Oct 23, 2008 (9:52 pm)
I am looking for a 2009 Camry CE auto with no options. I am in TX. The quotes I got from the dealers range from $18,750 to $19,500. I think the price is too high. In CA, $17,500 can get an LE. What are the good prices for the model that you guys got in TX? And from which dealer? Thanks.
#510 of 1078 Re: What is a good price for 2009 Camry CE auto in TX? [mzhang]
Oct 24, 2008 (3:44 am)
Another possibility is to wait for Toyota dealer ads coming on Saturday? What city are you in? I have heard stories of buyers flying from Texas to Los Angeles to buy a Camry LE for $17,500, and then drive it back home to Texas happily. In California, I used to see 2009 Camry CE auto going for only $15,999 and LE for $16,999, but not anymore lately. But it's possible these prices can return after January 2009 when the new 2010 Camry hit the showroom floor.
#511 of 1078 Re: Tire wear [paul3637]
Oct 24, 2008 (10:55 am)
Right on about that 260 rating--checked another LE in town that had Michelin tires rated 440--so if you can get a Camry with Michelins it might be a good thought--I had some Michelins on a 95 Camry and they lasted about 37K----on a 02 Camry I had Bridgestones that lasted about 23K---Thanks
#512 of 1078 2009 could be the glorified year for Japanese-made Camry...
Oct 24, 2008 (10:17 pm)
This is absolutely the perfect time (if you are extremely lucky) right now to buy a 2009 Japanese-made Camry. For 2009, Toyota will only produce less than 5,000 vehicles from Japan (versus 100,000 in 2007), and will be sold only in the west-coast of United States (California, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Hawaii). This is the lowest amount of Japanese imports since the beginning of 1983. Because Toyota Japan will only need to build 5,000 Camrys for the US market this year, each Camry made will be assembled at a much slower pace than normal, making the build quality and fit-and-finish quality go extremely, ultra-high. I drove home happily with a extremely rare, basic Japanese-made 2009 Camry LE auto with no option. I have never seen a vehicle so well-made and perfect in my entire life. Everything is quiet, no squeaks or rattles, and is similar to a Lexus. I feel like I stole it from the dealer, by not paying more enough, even though the dealer forced me to pay $1,000 more due to its rarity. Most of the Japanese-made Camrys are in higher trim levels, but driving home with the cheapest Japanese-made Camry is impossible to get. The fit-and-finish quality is something I have not seen for more than twenty years from Japan since the 80s. Go test drive and see for yourself (if you live in California, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, or Hawaii).
Because only less than 5,000 Made in Japan 2009 Camrys will be produced this year, we probably will not get enough owners to comment their vehicles but me.
#513 of 1078 Re: 2009 could be the glorified year for Japanese-made Camry... [waltchan]
Oct 25, 2008 (1:32 pm)
What a great salesman....that is marketing at its' finest..........
#514 of 1078 Strange event during test drive
Oct 28, 2008 (11:03 am)
I'm thinking of buying an '09 Camry with a manual transmission. This will be my first new car (second I owned, the first being a used Saturn SL). I went to the dealer last night and took a test drive. The car had 4 miles on it and was still covered in protective plastic from shipping. When I got back to the dealership after the test drive, there was a burning smell and some smoke coming out from under the hood. Is this just parts wearing in/paint burning off, or should this concern me. The engine also sounded a little rougher than I would expect from a new car. My brother's girlfriend just bought one, and he said when he sits in it he can't tell if the engine is on or not and that this was definitely not as smooth. Is that normal? I'm having a very difficult time deciding on this car or a different sedan.
Thanks for your input.
#515 of 1078 Re: Strange event during test drive [brendanu1]
Oct 28, 2008 (11:39 am)
Absolutely normal. This smell is coming from the serpentine belt that requires breaking in for the first 100 miles.
Oct 28, 2008 (12:14 pm)
Would this cause the engine vibration as well?
#517 of 1078 Re: [brendanu1]
Oct 28, 2008 (1:33 pm)
No, it should not vibrate. Try another car. Do you mean to say that the engine vibrates on idle or steering wheel vibrates on idle? My Japanese-made Camry runs very quiet like a feather. When I test drove two different-made Camrys at the dealer lot, the Japanese-made one runs 5% quieter than the USA-made, although they are almost the same.