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Toyota Camry 2006 and earlier

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  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    All Toyota rebates are regional. I don't know what they have in other parts of the country but in the Central Atlantic Region, we have $1000 rebates on all Camrys until December 11th. After that, there will be no rebates but we will have 0.9% financing for 24 months or 6.9% for 60 months.

    I hope this helps.
  • Back in Nov 96 we purchased a 1989 Camry DX with 72,000 miles on it for $6300 which was at the high end of book.It was to be my wifes go to work car.I was sold on Toyotas because my work car was a 77 Celica GT with nearly 200,000 miles with no major problems.Well,60 days after we got it the Camry started blowing tail light fuses.We always carried a box of fuses with us and averaged a fuse per week.About (6) months after purchasing it a deer ran across the road and hit the left rear quarter doing about $500 damage and causing us to loose all rear lights.I pushed the quarter out myself and bought a used tail light assembly but could never get the rear lights to work so took it to the closest Toyota dealer 30 miles away.They started to work on it and it was a nightmare for them and us.They would fix one electrical problem and another would show up.They kept ordering parts and finally after 40+ days and $1200 they got all rear lights working again.My ins company paid all the additional costs.Everything was OK for about a year and then it started blowing tail light fuses again.It has a short somewhere no one can find.We fought it for about (4) months and because of the tail lights and several other minor problems we decided to trade off the 89 Camry in Nov 98 to the same dealer (Not Toyota) we got it from for a 93 Buick Regal Limited with 50,000 miles.It was like new and they wanted $8990 which was $1990 over book.Our Camry had 102,000 miles on it and they offered me $1990 for it which equaled $0 trade in for it since their Regal was $1990 over book.I about went over the salesmans desk as he was real smart mouthed.I think they knew the car had problems and didnt want it back.Well we ended up trading it to the Toyota,GM,Ford,Chrysler dealer(only one in U.S.with all thoes lines) that worked on it for a nice 91 Buick Regal Limited(90,000 miles) priced $400 under book and got an honest $2500 trade in for the Camry with them knowing it needed some work.The Camry had a good drive train but the electrical problems soured me on Camry's.Were electrical problems common on 87-91 Camry's?I've heard they were.If we were to buy a 93 or later Camry would we like it?In 2001 our 91 Regal will hit 140,000 miles so we will sell it and are considering a 98 Dodge Intepid ES,97-98 LS-GS Buick Regal,or maybe a 93 or newer Camry.We currently have (4) liscensed Buick Regals 98 GS,91 Limited,86 T-Type,and 85 T-Type and all are good dependable cars.Camry owners you are going to have to prove to me that the newer Camrys are more dependable than the 89 DX we had before I will even consider one.My wife had a 77 Corolla when we got married and likes Toyotas so would consider a Camry but doesnt want to go thru another experience like we had with our 89 DX.
  • iontrapiontrap Posts: 138
    I just bought a 2000 Camry LE program vehicle. Is it possible to get the leather package for the steering wheel, shifter and hand brake? My next purchase will be to get a factory alarm installed.
  • Would anyone know if the rubber that is butted against the piller that holds the windshield but tightly sealed or glued right on to the windshield itself? I was just checkin around that area to see where possible wind leaks are coming thru the pillar, and I noticed that that rubber can be lifted up which might let outside wind/air seep in? I'm still getting quite a fair amount of wind noise that appears to eminate from thhose pillars, but I haven't had the chance to go back and test drive other camry's. The saga continues...so again, any input would be appreciative.
  • I have a 2000 Camry and I also experience wind noise. I thought maybe it was normal. Is it or should I go back to the dealer? I purchased my car in July 2000.
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    Do either of you have the moonroof on your Camry? If so, I can cure your wind noise problem.
  • I do not have a sunroof. I think it comes from the rear left window.
  • regalluvr1

    I have a 95 Camry that was hit in the rear quarter a few months from new. Apparently, the collision damaged something electrical. The collision damage was repaired and the car was returned to us. Shortly, thereafter the radio stopped working and was replaced. I guess collisions can sometimes mangle the wiring harness and cause electrical gremlins. After that, the only problem we've had in over 5 years is a failure of one of the power lock switches.
  • Yes, I do have the moonroof.
  • rpm9rpm9 Posts: 73
    Toyota Camrys are nice, but the best-looking comparable car in the market is the new Pontiac Grand Am!
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    I know this will sound stupid, but your moonroof is open. I can almost guarantee this. When you close the roof, you MUST hold the button down until the roof stops moving. I know it looks like it has tilted up but it hasn't. Many people just hold the button down until it looks like it is closed on the inside. Because the roof line is sloped, the roof has not moved up into its recess and this causes wind noises and leaking.

    I can't tell you how many leaky roofs I have fixed like this. Every time, the customer looks embarrassed but I tell them they are far from the first to do this. I hope that is the cause of your wind noise. Let me know.
  • wenyuewenyue Posts: 558
    You have posted similiar messages in multiple forums (Honda, Toyota, ect), I'm happy for you that you got a Pontiac, but I would never buy a pontiac, not when there are high quality and reliable Toyotas around.
  • dcs3dcs3 Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 Camry LE v4 purchased last week. I live in Minnesota. I noticed it takes at least five minutes before it can blow some hot air. Is it common in all the cars. And today when the temperature was below Zero degrees F
    the engine was squeaky at least for the first 3 minutes. after wards it was just as smooth as it should be.
  • depends on engine heat. When the engine is not warm yet, there's no point of turning on your fans because it will just blow cold air and the more it will feel colder (wind chill).

    What I did is just turn the fan off until the engine temp raises above zero.
  • rpm9rpm9 Posts: 73
    Hey "wenyue", Camry drivers tell the world: "I'm conservative, lack creativity and originality, don't take many chances, like to feel safe and secure, just want to be like the rest of the crowd, and I watch sitcoms after work..." But on the other hand, Grand Am drivers tell the world: "I,m a jet-setter. I don't wait for life to happen. I make it happen! I'm a risk-taker, ready to jump on the next big opportunity. I've got big things happening, and life to me is pure excitement! And after work, I don't watch TV 'cause I'm too busy playing on the internet telling the whole world how cool I am..."
  • rpm9rpm9 Posts: 73
    Hey "wenyue", as they say in Family Feud: Good Answer! It was just as creative and original as the Toyota Camry. More proof that my last entry is true!
  • wenyuewenyue Posts: 558
    No, I simply have better things to do than wasting time arguing back and forth with you as you are doing with the Accord owners in their forum.

    Have you considered the possibility that perhaps Camry owners are the real contributors to the world. If my fellow colleagues waste our time waiting for our cars to be fixed, or argue with you instead of doing medicinal research, you would still be eating grass roots for a cure.

    Have fun with the Accord owners.
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    You just did an interesting thing in your description of Camry versus Ponitac buyers. When I was reading it, I started to get insulted for my customers until I really thought about it. You missed one analogy though. Try this on for size, Camry buyers are the long term investors of this country. They are in it for the long haul and will put their money into companies with a good history and better long term prospects. It is a safe and effective investment strategy.

    The Pontiac buyer can be compared to the day trader. Yes, they may stumble into a fortune, but they are so busy hopping from one thing to the next, that they frequently end up broke. The dream of the "new economy" is proving elusive to this kind of investor. Most of these people look back on their many decisions with regret and now realize that they should have stuck with something a bit more conservative.
  • rpm9rpm9 Posts: 73
    In true reality, I know, and you know, and everyone knows that the Camry is a much more reliable and better overall vehicle than the Grand Am. I guess I'm just trying to stir things up to see how other forums respond to the GA. However, even though the GA is a lesser of a car, I bought it because I have faith in GM and that I truly love the design of the new Grand Am. It's different, it's unique, it's daring, and an absolutely fun car to drive.

    And as for you wenwue, keep up the good work in what you do. The world needs people like you who drive Camrys and benefit humanity.
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