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Toyota Camry Owners: Meet the Members

Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,018
edited April 18 in Toyota
Please take a moment to introduce yourself and share some details about your Camry!

My name is KarenS and I am the host of the Edmunds.com Owner's Clubs. Please let me know what discussions you would like to see in your Club folder. I will create them ASAP. You may want to take a look through the other clubs to get ideas for discussions.

Looking forward to meeting everyone!

KarenS
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Owner's Clubs

Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email, karen@edmunds.com, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.

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  • armtdmarmtdm Posts: 2,057
    Best Camry they ever made. Still rollin at 139,000. Still handles better then many new cars on the road, certainly better then the new breed of Camry's and the watered down version they sell as an SE now!
  • Hello, I am Bob Clarke. I own a white 99 v6 le after market Classic Soft Trim Leather. I have 55,000 miles so far in in 2 years 1/2 years. I love this car. I pay 403 per month and never regret paying it. I am a weather forecaster in the Air force. I have been in the Air force for 13 1/2 years. I currently do weather forecasts for Operation Enduring Freedom. It keeps me very busy with 13 hours shifts. I am married with no children. I love Sci Fi and enjoy bowling. Have a great day Bob
  • ftx42ftx42 Posts: 4
    I just bought a 2002 XLE V6.
    I like the car very much.
    Only defect so far is a rattle in the dash while driving in high wind conditions. Anyone else encounter this problem?
  • ficklefickle Posts: 98
    Hi, I'm Linda and I bought a "watered down SE" as mentioned by armtdm in Post #2. :) I love my car. I had a '93 Maxima SE before I bought this one.

    I can usually be found lurking and posting on the Sedans message board.
  • bought 'watered down" se v6 with package 4 and 7.wonderful car. also have 94 dx camry with 243000 miles--this version is much improved...
  • daveqdaveq Posts: 20
    bought a XLE 4cyl 2 months back. love it!
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Hi! I'm mackabee. I own a 92 Camry Dx, 5spd "stripper" no power anything. It's my wife's car and we love it! Has 132k miles on it, just got it's first tune up a month ago. Have had a few minor problems with it. Had to replace the spark plug sleeves as they were letting in oil into the plugs and car began to run sluggish. That was done at the time of the tune up. Other than replacing the motor mounts when we first bought it, it has been a very dependable car. This is our 3rd of 4th Toyotas. I will also tell you that I have been selling Toy's for the last 5 years and would not buy or sell anything else! The best car for the money. I disagree with armtdm about the "watered" down 2002 Se. I've driven both the "old" SE and while an outstanding machine, the new one beats it "hands down".

    : )

    Mackabee
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    I've been trying to talk her into a new XLE but she says it looks to much like the last generation Camry. (I think she needs glasses)

    : )

    Mackabee
  • I recently purchased a 2002 Camry XLE V6 - love the car! But, I too have a rattle coming from somewhere in my dash. It sounds more like a bird chirp and can be heard mostly when I drive over little bumps. Is this similar to what others are hearing? It sort of sounds as if it is coming from behind the vent on the drivers side, but it is hard to isolate exactly where it is coming from.

    Any input would be appreciated.
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    I purchased a 1988.5 Camry V6 about four years ago with 60,000 miles. Four years later....200,000 miles. New clutch a few weeks ago (yes it is a 5-speed manual).

    Now I looking for a nice little hatchback (for my 100 mile daily commute), a Golf TDI (something about 600 miles before the need to fuel up again is appealing, and yes for the price of a loaded Golf, I can get a Camry LE for the same price, though I prefer a SE with a moonroof, 5-speed manual of course, 4 banger)
  • alyxalyx Posts: 3
    I have just been given a fully loaded 89 Camry for Christmas by an old and dear friend of mine.

    I've seen these cars on the road for years and didn't think twice about them by their "common" styling. But as they say, "you can't judge a book by it's cover".

    This car is awesome!

    I have one question for the members here, though.

    Does anyone know what the button marked, "ECT" stands for? And what is it's purpose?

    Unfortunately, the only thing the car didn't come with was an owner's manual. So I have no idea about this button.

    Which I guess leads me to another question. Does anyone know the best way to track down the right owner's manual for my year and model?
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    Power or Economy mode

    Just a small difference in shifting patterns. Power mode shifts a little later.
  • ahossaahossa Posts: 152
    Call Toyota at 1-800-431-3331 and Customr service will tell you where to purchase one.It's probably the literature section of the customer service department.The number could also be 1-800-331-4331.It's one of the 2. Their customer service is in Torrance,Ca just outside Los Angeles.
  • alyxalyx Posts: 3
    I really appreciate both 8u6hfd and ahossa for their timely and thorough responses to my queries.
    I hope to be able to return the favour sometime.

    Thanks again!
  • jab22jab22 Posts: 1
    Who know's of a source for original brochures from '95.

    I just purchased a sweet '95 Camry Le V6 Wagon with 45K for under $9K... White, Leather, 3Disc, third seat, slider and very sharp.

    It's a classic
  • I have a new Camry with 10k miles so far. I started a topic that's getting a fair amount of participants under 'Maintenance & Repair' called 'The practices I will use to make my Camry go 1,000,000 miles' I'd love input if anyone is interested.
  • wilcoxwilcox Posts: 581
    We have been very satisfied with it. It is now seven model years old but due to the careful treatment we give it, it looks 2.5 years old on the outside. Although I don't think the bluish/green paint job is one of it's strong points. It seems a tad thin to me. Since we do not eat drink or smoke in it, and we use deep well floor mats, and clean the inside, the interior looks almost brand new.

    Surprisingly, no rattles, and wind noise is acceptable. Once in a while the windows get a little foggy and we have to run the defroster. My guess is that there's some water...somewhere...just don't know where. Perhaps it is in our breath.

    With over 70,000 miles on it, the only things I've done to it is change oil, filters, change transmission fluid twice(just drain and refill), install new battery (old one lasted 5 years). No brakes put on yet, but we have the "click" noise when brakes are applied the first time after backup breaking. Toyota told me this was normal....

    The original Michelins weren't too good, lasting barely 17K miles. A set of Yokohamas didn't do much better. The Pirelli P400's have been very good. They track nice and straight too...which was a problem for the other two brands. I love the looks of the V6 hubcaps on this model.

    The door hinges on these cars have a solid (Audi) look to them. They are different than the 2002's. (Just a little observation on my part). Underneath the Camry looks like it was built to be rugged. Perhaps that's why many have had such great ownership experiences with the 92-96 models.

    I really like the smooth shifting V6. And it uses 87 octane most of the time.
    When it's time to go, it scoots!

    I dread changing spark plugs and wires and may let Toyota do that when I go in for a timing belt in another 10,000 miles. I have a couple of manuals bought from retail outlets. Each one has some conflicting information in them. If I have time I might tackle the plugs, especially if Toyota wants $275.00 to change them!

    I'd like to own a 2002 SE. I think they look just great! My fear is that because our 96 has been such a great car for the family, that my expectations may too high for our next one...thereby causing me to grumble and say how I should have gotten something else...like an Acura.

    wilcox
  • I have 4cy with 18k miles on it. It is 16 month old.
    Good - Trip to Las Vegas (one trip with all high way so far) returned 33.1 mpg. This is with two adults and little bit of luggages. Using synthtic motor oil (and trasnmission oil).
    Very quiete and smooth.

    Bad - From day number one, whistling wind noise coming from rear right door. Took it to the dealer and changed window sealent but still appears at 60 plus mph.
    Car always pulls to the left at high speed (50 plus mph). Took it to the dealer and after two trips, dealer blamed on tires (General Brand).

    This is my fifth Toyota and has the most number of annoying problem/issues.(Corolla, Tercel, Tacoma, Previa)

    This is Japanese made Camry.
  • Just bought a "watered down" 2002 se 4cyl std silver. Love the gas milage, since I drive from Temecula to Poway for work everyday.
  • I have a 1988 Toyota Camry LE V6 2.5 liter 24 valve engine. Anyway the engine is shot. Can anyone tell me if a 4 cyl engine can replace the one I presently have.
  • I purchased a '02 xle v6 camry in late january. It has the options #7 & 9. I wanted the v6 for highway driving and 4 adult loading. The car puuurrrrrrrs. Nicest car I have owned. Currently has 2600 miles and getting about 24-25 mpg on 87 octane. I am concern about the sludge problem I have been reading about. I should not have a problem if I keep to maintenance schedule (I hope).
  • tdi90hptdi90hp Posts: 20
    Sorry I screwed up above. My name is Claude and I live 1 Hr west of Toronto. My 1992 Camry LE 5 speed 4 cyl, just turned over 534,000 kms on my way home yesterday. (For thos of you who cant translate that it's about 330,000 miles.
    The car has been a joy. The Silver beauty has let me down once in 10 years with a bad igniter.
    Original exhaust, rear brakes,alternator, all electrics,and most other components. If you folks only knew what you are driving. These cars wear like Iron. I run it on Mobil 1 synthetic oil in the engine and transmission and it gets yearly fluid flushes, (Brake,coolant,Transmission, etc...) Plugs are done every 60,000 ,miles along with air filter and fuel filetr and brakes are serviced every 6 months and I KEEP driving her. She will see a 1,000,000 kms in my hands.
    Rustproofing and fanatical attention to simple maintenance and easy driving when it's cold and you should ALL have cars that might outlive you!!!
    Thanks
  • alyxalyx Posts: 3
    My 89 Camry runs like a dream. But as soon as it rains the trunk fills up with water. After researching message boards like this one and countless articles, the only thing I could find out about this phenomenon was that others were having the same problem.

    So. I resolved the situation myself. I traced the streams of water and found that it was getting in through the open seam at the top of each tail light. The solution was simple... apply silicone caulking along those seams and voila! No more wet trunk!
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    Also another source of water leaks are the side body moldings & the rubber plugs in the trunk. More silicone solves the problem
  • rev4rev4 Posts: 38
    Just bought a black camry xle with moon roof, floor mats, trunk mat, alloy wheels, glass breakage sensor, and spoiler...........I love this car......
  • grivera1grivera1 Posts: 2
    Lady Karen and Toyota Friends,

    I am new for Toyota cars. Last August 2001, I bought an used 24,547 miles Toyota Camry 1999 LE, 4 cyl.

    Now by May, the remaining factory warranty will end. As I do not know if extra warranty would be a good deal because great folks tell ghost stories about ulcers when you need them, I would appreciate your insights to care my car by myself.

    Thank you so much in advance for your excellent ideas.

    Guillermo Rivera
    Thornton, Colorado
  • scrdnscrdn Posts: 8
    Hi, Im Scott and I just purcashed a 2002 Camry LE.
    I went after this car after a Volkwagon dealer severely low balled my trade in for a Passat. I teach Weather Forecasting at Keesler AFB to our up and coming weather warriors. Im married and have two kids.
    Cheers,
    Scott
  • I love my 1991 Toyota Camry LE V6 sedan. I purchased it in 1999 from my mother who bought a (then) new pre-restyle 1999 Avalon Platinum Edition loaded with everything (a birthday present for herself).

    I bought it for $3500 (Toyota dealer offered $3k) from her in July of 1999. It's Dark Blue on the outside as well as big plush Dark Blue cloth seats on the inside. It only had 70K miles at the time (only used for getting to in-town job and the grocery store), it now has 105k miles on it. Still runs like a top. I use it as my commuter vehicle (20 miles round trip) every other day and gets good fuel economy (25 mpg hwy.) for a V6.

    It still looks good after 11 years. Paint still has a shiny luster. No rust (unheard of in the NorthEast) or moldings falling off. Washed every week (or atleast every-other week) by hand for it's life by my family and now myself. Waxed every 6 months or so. Always garaged. It still looks and shines better than most of the newer Camrys and Corollas out there today. It literally looks like a brand-new car! It looks better than my 2000 RAV4!

    It has alot more power than my 2000 RAV4 which I bought for carrying larger items and foul weather, and alternate commuting (every other day) with the Camry.

    It's loaded with Power windows, locks, moonroof, everything but leather. I have since added tinted windows, security system, CD player and am ordering upgraded 16" Tires and rims (from 15"). It has VentVisors, too.

    I love this car and firmly believe that the 2nd generation Camry was the best ever built. The 2VZ-FE 2.5 V6 was the best V6 ever made, better than the 3-liter 1MZ-FE that's around today. This is also a Japanese-built Camry and has yet to develop a rattle, squeak, or a shake. This car has got me hooked on Toyotas since before I could drive (mother bought it when I was 11), and couldn't wait to get a license just to drive it.

    My first car (I was 17) was a baby-blue 87 Corolla. Had it for about two years and change and never let me down. A great car that cost only $1000. It was a great car, but lacked power (carburetor) and the body developed rust problems. Sold it for $750 and bought the Camry. Kept Camry and bought RAV4 and have both to this day.
  • I love my 1990 CamryLE(4cyl). Its white w/ black trim, and has a velvety blue frabric that really can't be found in the cars of today.

    I bought it off my parents when I went to college. I was 13 when my parents purchased it in mid-1989.

    When I got it in 1998, it had 70,000 miles on it, now it has 106,000. Used primarly for commuting.

    I believe my Camry and other 2nd gen camrys were the best made, due to the reliablity and styling.

    I plan on getting a new car, but I really dont want to let go of this life long companion.
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