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New Camry Owner Reports



  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Yes, this is something to ponder, but the rear test is primarily a measure of the chances of whiplash injury. This is nothing to sneeze at, but not a life-and-death situation as simulated by the frontal and side crash tests.

    BTW, I have an '05 XLE with the 4-cylinder, and it's not underpowered by any means (unless you're used to big V8s or high-strung sports cars). A teenager can still get into trouble with the 4 but not as quickly as with the V6.
  • Hi rsarrami;
    Yes, I had all kinds of problems with it. First, as you said, setting it and it only works when the car is right in front of the garage door. MY Infiniti G35 has Home Link and I can open the door about a 100 feet before I turn into the driveway. I have to have the dealer check that out.
    I never tried to change the messages on the radio but I will look into it.
    If you have any other questions, let me know. I am taking it in for the first check up in about 2 weeks and I have a list of things that they have to fix including re-aligning the trunk lid. This American assembly line is a bunch of crap. I had a 2003 Corolla that I traded in on this one and it was made in Canada and the "graps" were as tight as my Infiniti.
    Toyota is trying to be the new GM!
  • Have an 07 Camry LE; how do you change the automatic door locking from "shift" to "speed" (@ 12 mph)control?

    The method in the manual doesn't seem to work.
  • Yes, the procedure in the manual does work assuming user's applied the e-brake.
  • Tried w/ e-brake; got double click, thought all OK.
    Got in to drive, shifted out of Park, snap went the door locks as before-no speed locking.
    Try as I could, no more double clicks for Park or Speed activation. What next? The dealership is new and they are clueless.
  • I think the 2 modes are independent. This means that you'll need to disable the shift-trigger mode first, then enable the speed-trigger mode later. Let us know how it goes.
  • Gave up, went to the dealer. The 'techie' got some printouts of the instructions and spent 15-20 minutes getting it to work. You're right, the shift mode must be cancelled before going to the speed mode. Works fine now,thanks for the help. Great car so far; almost 35 mpg last fillup.
  • I found the following list of contenders for the 2007 Canadian Car Of The Year. The MSN site shows all the top contenders being evaluated by the Association Of Automotive Journalists. I note that Toyota/Lexus is well represented, and the Camry is a contender in its class. It certainly makes me feel mine was the right choice.
    Hope this doesn't take too much room.

    SMALL CAR under $18,000
    Honda Fit LX
    Hyundai Accent GS Premium
    Nissan Versa hatchback
    Pontiac Wave
    Toyota Yaris sedan
    SMALL CAR over $18,000
    Dodge Caliber SXT
    Hyundai Elantra GLS
    Nissan Sentra
    Suzuki SX4
    VW Rabbit 2.5
    FAMILY CAR $22,000 - $30,000
    Chrysler Sebring Touring
    Kia Magentis LX
    Nissan Altima 2.5 L
    Toyota Camry LE
    FAMILY CAR over $30,000
    Kia Amanti
    Nissan Maxima
    Saturn Aura
    Toyota Camry Hybrid
    VW Passat wagon
    LUXURY CAR under $50,000
    Infiniti G35X sedan
    Lexus ES 350
    Lincoln MKZ
    PRESTIGE over $75,000
    Audi S8
    Jaguar XK convertible
    Lexus LS 460L
    Mercedes-Benz S 550
    SPORTS/PERFORMANCE under $50,000
    Acura CSX – Type S
    Saturn Sky Redline
    Volkswagen GTi 2.0T
    SPORTS/PERFORMANCE over $50,000
    Audi RS 4
    Audi S6
    BMW 335Ci
    BMW M-Coupé
    Ford Shelby GT500
    Lexus GS 450h
    Audi A4 2.0T cabriolet
    Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder
    Pontiac G6 convertible
    VW EOS 2.0 T
    Chevrolet Avalanche
    Ford Sport Trac XLT 4x4
    Cadillac Escalade EXT
    SUV/CUV under $35,000
    Dodge Nitro SLT
    Ford Edge
    Honda CRV LX AWD
    Jeep Compass North
    Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4-door
    Mazda CX-7
    Saturn Vue Green Line
    Toyota RAV4 V6 Sport
    SUV / CUV $35,000 - $60,000
    Acura RDX
    Chevrolet Tahoe
    Dodge Aspen Limited
    Lincoln MKX
    Suzuki XL7 AWD
    Toyota FJ Cruiser
    SUV / CUV over $60,000
    Acura MDX
    Audi Q7 4.2 Premium
    Cadillac Escalade
    Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer MAX
    GMC Yukon Denali
    Lincoln Navigator
    Mercedes-Benz GL Class
  • After reading this I'm still feeling good about our Camry!
    Some Detroit products are doing better though. - - 1148/AUTO01
  • Thanks to the forum, I'm on my way to have the TSB EG056-06 done as soon as possible. As for the car, I4 5sp, LE, my wife is delighted with it, and as I drive it on longer trips, so am I (about 9,000 miles now.) I'm an old 1950s-60s hot rodder, and the power is more than adequate, (if not like the old 39 ford coupe with the small block chevvy, but she HATED that one!) The only reason for the TSB is the cruise control habit of dropping to 3rd with about 4500 rpm when pulling some grades, but if it doesn't fix the problem, we like the car enough to just "live with it" This is our first Import other than some British sports cars in the late 60s. Probably not the last!
  • Our experience since we bought the new Camry in August has been good. No evidence of any of the glitches a few others seem to be having. Personally, I believe much of this transmission business stems from differences between DBW controlled 5 and 6 speeds, and older 3 and 4 speed transmissions. There are noticeably different characteristics between the two, and I think much of the hype around the issue results from perceptions that "something is wrong because it's different".
  • I bought my l4 5AT LE this summer but wanted to wait until I had a few km on it to respond,given the problems the "Woes" posters have had.

    I am now at 1100 km ( about 700 miles)and so far, fingers crossed,have had no hesitation issues; in fact the car is beautifully responsive. I have been cautious about the kinds of situations that others describe (merging into very fast traffic,for example)but am feeling more confident.

    I am really happy with the car.
  • shasta67shasta67 Posts: 109
    I don't think anyone has any doubts in here that historically Toyota has built some great cars. I have owned several Toyota trucks and they were just great. They did have bad bearings in the 1986 model manual transmissions.

    I think the question now is whether they are still building as high of quality and just how serious the transmission problems really are. I think there is little doubt, even in Toyota's mind, that they do have a problem. I for one think Toyota will step up and get the problem fixed but I am thinking seriously of waiting for a few months or even a 2008 model.
  • I bought a 2007 camry LE and like it very much except for the poor alignment of the dashboard. There is and eighth of an inch gap between the driver's door and dash with the door closed and a quarter inch gap on the passenger's side.
    There are some other alignment problems in other parts of the dash. Anybody have this problem?
  • drjamesdrjames Posts: 274
    Yeah, I noticed some uneven spacing between dash pieces/door on alot of the early builds. Thankfully, mine was extremely tight fitting and fairly even. I was just in for my first routine oil change and walked around the dealer lot with 'new' or very late build Camrys and peaked inside, I noticed better fitting and alignment in all of them.
  • And what it is, if one is looking for the best car for the least dollars is what I wrestled away from a local dealer for just under $18,000, cash price. That got me into a 2007 Camry CE/MT and it's a terrific value car for the money.

    I've owned several Camrys over the years, each from a separate generation, and the reason for choosing them is reliability and quality construction. I think one can spend too much for a Camry and then expect it to rival a 5 series BMW or a Acura TL-S. That won't happen.

    My experience with the 2007 model has been extremely positive. I don't expect the car to be a rice rocket on the Interstates or carve up a curvy road with unabated power and handling prowess. My new unit handles better than previous Camrys by far.

    It also has better seats and returns the same mileage in the 24-31 mpg range. And I don't think there's another car out there that can rival the '07 Camry for looks, interior room, and the entire reliability package for under $18K. Interesting to note that the CE with MT was far more fun to drive, tighter suspension and far improved handling, than the LE with AT.

    Then again, one tends to find justification for saving, in this case, about $2500 for choosing the MT.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,407
    roadhog4 - I am also looking at a manua transmission Camry.

    What kind of mpg do you get on pure highway driving?

    I also assume the cruise contol and shift hesitation noted by others are a non issue in the MT version, as the driver is in control of the gears.
  • Dudleyr,

    The MT requires you to stir the gears for various driving conditions such as pulling hills, passing, etc but the throws are precise with a quality snick with each shift. I've been getting about 32mpg on Interstate driving and around 28mpg on mixed which is about what I expected.

    Having driven sticks before, but many years ago, it took me about 3 days to transition back to a MT. On the test drive loop, I killed the engine a couple of times which was frustrating but the salesguy that accompanied me said this was normal and I would get re-adjusted to the MT quickly. He was right.

    The LE with AT was, in comparison on the same test drive day, almost a different car in terms of handling and simply not having the nimble characteristics of the MT. That AT transmission DOES search and hesitate unless you run it in fulltime 4 speed mode but even then, the car drove like a Buick if you know what I mean?

    For whatever reason as it relates to suspension, having the chassis/engine/transmission more tightly dialed in, the MT was, for me, the far better car. It's not a speed demon, as noted in my initial posting, but, with all the impressive list of standard features in addition to what's been said here, is the absolute best VALUE for any comparable car out there.

    You may have already learned that a 07 Camry MT is in rare supply! They're hard to find on a dealer lot but if you get one, I'm pretty sure you'll be glad you did.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,666
    I test drove a CE 5 speed manual, and I agree - it is a great car compared to the automatic. I just don't know why more people don't like stick. When I get my Camry, it will be a manual.
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