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Toyota Camry, Future Vehicle, Sedan
Jun 03, 2012 (12:45 pm)
Up to 1000 miles on my Camry LE. Perfect so far. Oil level reads full and oil is crystal clear. Gas mileage is pretty much in line with expectations. Glad I bought this car instead of a Sonata. Some people including Motor Trend are complaining about steering and gas mileage on their Sonatas. MT didn't like its sluggish 6AT, either.
Read the MT test on the Camry, Sonata, and Passat. The Sonata GLS they tested got 6.5 mpg less than the Camry LE. That's a lot! The Passat finished first, but it's also more expensive and less reliable than the Camry. It also lacked a couple features. VW's have had lousy long term reliability for decades. Expect nothing to change in that department. I'll never buy another VW. I'm positive I made the right choice in buying this new Camry. No buyer's remorse with my last three Japanese sedans.
The salesman at my dealer in North Naples, FL was great - no BS. He not only met my price with a 207k mile 1997 Maxima trade-in, I got a power driver seat thrown in with the deal. That's a $400 option. Glad I didn't insist on the manual seat because it lacks lumbar support. I find myself making more seat adjustments on long drives now. It's so much easier. Get the power seat.
#192 of 257 Re: 2012 Camry LE weird sound while car is parked [parsnip]
Jun 03, 2012 (12:59 pm)
Absolutely check your oil! I checked mine on my 2012 LE 2.5 within 50 miles. It was full. I just checked it at 900 miles. It's still full and still crystal clear. The manual says you could use a quart every 600 miles. Using a quart every 1000 miles would still alarm me on a brand new car.
I read that Toyota gets its oil from Mobil and that Mobil 1 0W-20 full synthetic is the same stuff re-branded by Toyota, so I bought a 5-quart container of Mobil 1 0W-20 at WalMart.
#193 of 257 Re: 2012 Camry LE Problems/Issue... Please Read [parsnip]
Jun 03, 2012 (1:28 pm)
Everyone should check the oil at less than 50 miles. The dipstick should read full. Check it again at 500 miles and every 500 miles after. Reading the dipstick properly takes some getting used to because the oil is so clear. Dip and wipe several times.
To be safe, stop driving and call for road assistance if your oil light comes on. The last thing you need is for some grease monkey who can't read your dipstick properly to pour in three quarts when there's already that much in there.
My dipstick still reads full at 920 miles (2.5 I4). The oil is still crystal clear. That erases one big concern.
The manual says up to a quart could be used every 600 miles. I'd be upset if it started using that much every 1000 miles. The 1997 Maxima I traded in at 207k miles was still using only a quart of 5W-30 synthetic every 1000 miles.
#194 of 257 Re: Not Impressed [suydam]
Jun 03, 2012 (1:51 pm)
I just traded in a 1997 Maxima with 207k miles on it for a 2012 Camry LE 2.5 instead of the hybrid. It was a matter of price and availability. I bought the Maxima brand new 15 years ago and was pleased with it despite having to replace some expensive parts to keep it going. It was worth it. It never stranded me and always gave me plenty of warning when a part was wearing out.
The Camry gets better gas mileage on regular than my Maxima 3.0/5MT did on premium. It will do even better once it's broken in. I'm very pleased with this Camry. I can't find a thing wrong with it after 920 miles. My oil dipstick still reads full and the oil is still crystal clear. The 6AT is operating as programmed. It looks like Toyota finally got everything right on this new Camry.
Perhaps my next car will be a hybrid if I can get a decent deal on one. This one will do fine for several years.
#195 of 257 Re: Changing Headlight Bulb [ttb]
Jun 07, 2012 (7:54 pm)
If you can, make sure doing so won't void any part of the warranty.
#196 of 257 Re: 2012 CAMRY ISSUES [shawn68]
Jun 07, 2012 (7:58 pm)
Sounds like a bad wheel bearing. I had that problem on my old Maxima. I thought I had a bad tire. It was a wheel bearing. A new bearing quieted it right down.
#197 of 257 Re: 2012 Camry SE Driving Experience [shawn68]
Jun 14, 2012 (11:47 am)
Did your tramline problem get resolve? I purchased Camry 2012 XLE and experiencing similar problem. I have Michelin Primacy on my car. No help from Toyota.
#198 of 257 Re: 2012 Camry SE Driving Experience [jj2712]
Jun 15, 2012 (8:33 am)
Hi, Toyota said they know about the problem and working on it, but no resolution so far. So, I studied on my own and replaced the tires with
Michelin Primacy MXM4. That fixed the issue. Michelin will replace the tires, but you may have to pay for installation. I learned my lesson. Never buy the first year car!
#199 of 257 Re: 2012 Camry SE Driving Experience [shawn68]
Jun 15, 2012 (9:38 am)
My car already has Michelin Primacy MXM4 but still tramlines badly. Will call Michelin and see if they can help. Agree, should never buy car the first year.
#200 of 257 Wind noise
Jun 18, 2012 (9:44 pm)
On the way to home from dealer, I noticed wind noise from left hand side of driver. Returned to dealer next day, they denied any excessive noise. Anybody has had luck with fixing the issue?