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Toyota Camry 2006 and earlier



  • The new 02 Camry does look real nice, specially with Lunar Mist color.
    I knew I should of waited for 02 model.
  • fredvhfredvh Posts: 853
    THANKS fwatson. I do like the new Camry. I was more interested in the new ES300 but after viewing the pictures I, at least now, do not like the styling. Now I have to make a decision as to getting a 2001 ES300 or waiting for the new Camry. I do have a hard time spending $10,000 more for the Lexus but always wanted one. I know the Camry is a better deal for such a good car. Tough decisions to make. Thanks for the pictures of the new Camry. Can anyone tell when it will actually be at the dealerships?
  • har1bushhar1bush Posts: 207
    The car looks much better than the old, but I find the stretched out look a bit weird in the picture. The car looks so big that if someone told me I was looking at a spy shot for the next S-class I'd probably believe it... Now I wonder how it compares in size with the Avalon.
  • s852s852 Posts: 1,051
    I wonder also, but the Avalon is so ugly, I don't wonder that much about it.
    I think the Avalon is due for a new front end and rear tail lights for '03 that will make it less ugly.
    I wonder if the Avalon will have navigation for '02 since it will available on the cheaper Camry.
  • Re: How much does the new Base camry cost? Just wondering and when are they coming out? also how much are the 2001 Toyota Camry CE's going for right now and are they on clearance? we planned to buy a Camry before, but ended up with a Civic a month ago.Well if you know please let us know how much the 01' CE editions are selling for, Thank you and ill be back.
  • sbell4sbell4 Posts: 446
    The national release date is August 14th. Every dealer will have at least one by the 17th. Pricing which has not been released yet will roughly the same as the 2001 but expect an increase (1-2%) around Christmas.
  • s852s852 Posts: 1,051
    Every dealer will have "at least one" by the 17th? I guess that means there will only be very few available in August.

    How long do you think it will be before the dealers have mass quantities shipped truckloads at a time so there will be some selection of models and colors?

    Another thing. Since full reviews are not going to be available until the October car mags come out, it looks like you will see them at a dealer before you can read and see the full details about them in the mags and online.
    It is odd the the Lexus ES300 reviews are already out for a week and that car is not supposed to be at the dealers until October, yet the info on the Camry is still sketchy and secretive.
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    I had to skip a bunch of posts, so I apologize if I missed anything that was directed at me over the past few days. I've been out with an ankle injury sustained while boating. Nothing serious and I'm back to work now. If I missed something directed my way, please repost it.
  • sbell4sbell4 Posts: 446
    It really depends on what you call "very few". Toyota will not release any information on the 2002 and you shouldn't see any national ads until September 1st. If you are with a dealer that sells a lot of Camry your dealer will have more 2002 in the beginning then a dealer that sells less. For comparison purposes, our dealership is ranked 112 in the nation in volume and our first Camry will be given away in a public contest and the next several are presold. I assume(but who knows) it will be toward the middle of September before I have 2002 Camry sitting on the lot unsold.
  • s852s852 Posts: 1,051
    So people have been able to select specific colors and options in advance or are these people saying they will take "whatever" even without knowing the price?
  • s852s852 Posts: 1,051
    How do these two rank in the nation as far as size etc.? The largest should get the most new Camrys the earliest.
  • sbell4sbell4 Posts: 446
    Longo is #1 in volume. No one can come close to that place when it comes to volume. Roseville is in the top 50 in the last report I looked at but do not know anything about them. Dianne, at Carson Toyota, that dealership is ranked in the top 10 and she is ranked in the top 50 salespeople in the nation. To put that in perspective, I sold more new Toyota trucks (retail not fleet) then anyone (tied with one other person)in NC,SC,GA,AL and FL in the year 2000. I am no where near the top 50. Not even close. Now you have made me depressed. I think I will go sell something.
  • ravvie4meravvie4me Posts: 110
    when the Toyota web site is going to update its information to include the 2002 Camry?

    I apologize if this has been addressed already.

  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    If the new Camry looks anything like the picture in Automobile magazine, then the Camry is sure to be a good looking car, better than the new ES300, even though it is starting to grow on me. I really like the way the headlamps have the black out material(like on the I30t)
  • s852s852 Posts: 1,051
    Better pictures are posted in earlier posts in the formum than the Photoshopped image in Automobile magazine.
    Just scroll back a few pages.
  • ludacrisludacris Posts: 185
    Have any interior shots been found yet? I think it'll be much better to see roads flooded with these Camrys than the earlier ones ; P
  • ajacatajacat Posts: 63
    Well...we did it. Tell me what you think...Our mechanic said besides the 60K warranty work (timing belt group, usual stuff recommended), we *could* get new rotors if we wanted but the old ones could last us for a good while yet. I didn't like the feeling so I decided that I wanted them included in the negotiations. They checked the strut towers and that was not the problem--the suspension just makes a different sound from the Buick--(I tested it over speed bumps and we don't scrape where there are lots of scrape marks, so that's good) and the rattle in the back near the door was just from something loose and he'd fix it for us if we got the car. Otherwise, the car looked great and has what Toyota called 'premium wheels' to boot.

    He was really helpful despite a busy day (think he liked the strategizing--he used to fix cars up from auctions), helped us come up with an opening offer price based on KBB and all--he actually thought the car was in 'excellent' condition (I disagree, but I'm a picky picky person but then again what do I know, and he's extremely ethical price wise and practice wise). get everything all up to date (all new fluids and plugs and such) and new rotors and everything we're paying $13,550 ($12,750 to the dealer) including the dealer's fixing an irritating little rattle near the front door window, which may or may not be the wind noise that's mentioned in a TSB. Oh, and FWIW there's a 30-day-bumper-to-bumper warranty, evidently, carried out by dealers' race car mechanic friends in the same building. So we're not really warranty-less.

    So of course I'm very nervous. The KBB is trade: 10,690/11,870/15,690.

    Edmunds is *higher*, actually (I thought KBB was higher than Edmunds usually): 12,772/14,320/16,135 and the silly 17,185 for 'certified'.

    Why did we get such a deal? Why was the guy so nice? He even waived the silly 'doc fee'. He was such a nice guy. I can't believe our mechanic missed anything. They're excellent and look out for us. My DH is thinking it may be because the car was sitting there on the lot so they were willing to drop 1100 (actually 1150, or 1240 if you count the 'doc fee') because there was a scrape on the plastic bumper, a couple of scratches (small ones) and it's got no sunroof, despite leather and all the other stuff--but it's got side airbags, which they didn't even know before I asked...huh??)

    The engine does sound beautiful-- I turn the key and the car goes on and I think it's not on because it's so quiet. Like a cat it is :).

    I agree that Toyota's gone downhill (especially the Avalons--just couldn't bring myself to buy one after reading all the problems) since they started making them in Kentucky (not to slam American workers or anything, but it's just quite a coincidence), and there are lots of other dream cars I'd fantasize about, but seems that Camry is the one we're marrying :). In two years when we get the Maxima or the BMW 5 series station wagon, this one will last my husband for years just driving the occasional 10 miles to work when he doesn't ride his bike.

    But *why* was it so *easy*?? Their ask, my bid, their counter-ask, that's it. We're between Private and Retail on KBB (and that's 'good condition', not 'excellent'), and WAY under Private for Edmunds. We're even between Edmunds' Private and Retail for '97.

    Guess I won't be able to relax until five years from now when I'm driving my 250-hp/30 mpg station wagon and DH is still driving this!

    Thanks for your help and warnings--
  • ajacatajacat Posts: 63
    Guess it's nerves.
  • mica88mica88 Posts: 25
    sbell4--From the testimonials, Dianne at Carson Toyota is beating Edmunds prices. But, she's in CA. Which Toyota dealer in TX is tops, and is there a Top 50 salesperson in TX? in San Antonio?
  • parnolaparnola Posts: 140
    Welcome back - we missed your input around here - I hope your injury wasn't too painful!
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