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#32 of 305 2011 toyota camry=garbage
Sep 01, 2010 (9:26 am)
no wonder why toyota is slashing the prices on these cars.they are pure garbage and i feel sorry for any camry owner's.haveing a 2011 toyota camry with these issues is untolerable.my friends wife bought a 2010 camry last summer and most recently traded it in for a 2011 hyundai sonata.his camry had issues from day 1..tranny issues regarding harsh shifts,jerking shifts,were becomeing very annoying to him as well as the strange noises comeing from up front.dealer service advisor was useless.the difference between the camry and the new sonata is night and day.the new sonata is like when toyota was in their prime and the 2011 camry is like when hyundai was just starting out in 1986...that's where these 2 auto makers are at right now.........
#33 of 305 Re: 2011 Camry exterior clunks and rattles [sunshine43]
Sep 01, 2010 (9:36 am)
Well check in the owners manual, on my page 172 (07 model, might be different page in 2011)...
"The vehicle stability control system
helps provide integrated control of the
systems such as anti−lock brake system,
traction control, engine control,
etc. This system automatically controls
the brakes and engine to help prevent
the vehicle from skidding when cornering
on a slippery road surface or operating
steering wheel abruptly.
This system will activate when your vehicle
speed reaches or exceeds 15 km/h
(9 mph), and will deactivate when the vehicle
speed reduces to below 15 km/h (9
You may hear a sound in the engine
compartment for a few seconds when the
engine is started or just after the vehicle
begins to move. This means that the system
is in the self−check mode, but does
not indicate a malfunction."
You can check it's the VSC/ABS yourself as I've described in previous posts, if you're careful. Park the car, where you will be able to drive it slowly the next morning. In the morning, open the hood, and while you are slowly walking on the passenger side with your hand on the ABS/solenoid pump (front passenger fender wall, immediately behind light area, the thing with the metal tubes coming out of it), have the driver slowly begin driving forward. You will hear and feel the 'clunk' while it does it's self test.
This seems to be noticeable for about the first 6 months of ownership. After that, we never really hear it at all.
Driver needs to be careful doesn't run over you with the tire, doesn't hit anything in front since they can't see past the hood, or you get your hand caught on any engine/vehicle parts. You assume all risk while doing this, but you can prove to yourself that your clunk is the VSC/ABS, or not.
#34 of 305 Re: 2011 Camry exterior clunks and rattles [kiawah]
Sep 01, 2010 (12:29 pm)
thank you, I will check the manual and hopefully it will go away after 6 months like yours. Regardless of what, it should not be a annoyed noise like this. I told them they need to take it as consideration and fix it.
#35 of 305 2011 camry base model test drive
Sep 07, 2010 (10:32 am)
took a 2011 toyota camry base model out for a test drive over labor day weekend.dealer was running a special in the paper for $15,888.00 for 2011 camry base model with auto and standard features and no options.however,the 6sp transmission problems that some people were complaining about was pretty evident on my test drive.enough so to forget about the camry and look at other cars.the tranny shifts in city traffic are horrible to say the least.the tranny is always hunting for the proper gear with abrupt and jerking shift motions which i found annoying.salesmen sitting next to me during test drive says that all camry's are like this and it is not a deffect.that may be the case,but the tranny operation was to annoying for my likeing so i moved on and forgot about the camry.
#36 of 305 Re: 2011 camry base model test drive [steven39]
Sep 12, 2010 (6:16 pm)
I have a 2011 Camry XLE 4 cylinder, 6speed auto. I doesn't make the clunking noise but the tranny has problems. Between 25 and 35 mph with light throttle input is feels as if the torque converter is locking and unlocking, searching for right gear? After the engine is warmed up I can smell what seems like tranny fluid, not burned but just strong smell of tranny fluid. No leaks anywhere. Took it to Dealer and was told it was the third one they had seen with this problem. Toyota has no fix as of now and was told by service tec is was normal. I asked, if tranny is a sealed unit where was the smell coming from? No answer. Also has a thumping sound from under the center front of dash.
This is my 4th Toyota an this one makes me wonder.
#37 of 305 Re: 2011 camry base model test drive [steven39]
Sep 14, 2010 (7:20 am)
Welcome to the new world...
All new 6-speed transmissions will act this same way, if not now then soon.
The use of a more robust lockup clutch in the higher gear ratios, 3-6, to bypass the torque converter losses, has resulted in an even more "flaccid" torque converter design. Torque converter is now only used, really, to simulate a manual clutch and prevent the engine from stalling at lower speeds.
More "shiftiness" in order to extend, "on paper", FE..
If the shiftiness is really bothersome then buy a vehicle with CVT, if one is available.
#38 of 305 Re: 2011 camry base model test drive [wwest]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Sep 14, 2010 (8:21 am)
Hm... I'm not discounting your experience and advice, wwest, but I've seen a lot of complaints recently about vehicles with CVT. Maybe those folks would do better with the shiftier vehicles.
#39 of 305 Re: 2011 camry base model test drive [kirstie_h]
Sep 14, 2010 (4:11 pm)
But I rather doubt if you will ever hear them complain of the ECU's indecisiveness in deciding which gear is appropreate for current conditions.
#40 of 305 several concerns with 2011 camry
Sep 14, 2010 (6:44 pm)
I got my new 2011 camry base for like a month, with 900 miles on it. However, I have several concerns with my 2011 camry until now and want to share it with others.
1. I can clearly feel the gear changing and the car like pause a little bit, especially at low speed (say less than 40 mph) and It starts to become more and more noticable recently.
2. Sometimes I notice that the car takeoff like it rushes right off the start rather than smoothly accelerating, although I press the gas pedel really gently.
3. Sometimes when I slow the car, I can sense the car will suddenly plunge forward a little bit once or so.
4. There is one sound that I notice when I start the car and reach like 10 mph or so (parking lot speed). Basically it is similar to the sound of door locking. Not sure if anyone else notice it or not.
#41 of 305 Re: several concerns with 2011 camry [gbsgbsgbs]
Sep 15, 2010 (3:31 am)
Read back thru the camry forums. Your item #4 has been discussed a number of times. It is the braking system doing a self test, and is even documented in your owners manual as well.