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Toyota Camry Owners: Meet the Members

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  • 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.
  • silversolarasilversolara Posts: 113
    38K miles and still a wonderful car. No problems with manual tranny, drive train, electricals, but... paint chips. Got about 10 of 'em. The touch-up paint works for me. Hey WebG/CurlyQ - hope things work out for you both!
  • hallagehallage Posts: 24
    I was thinking of getting a new camry. What do you feel about the comfort of the driver's seat?

    Thanks.
  • jake696jake696 Posts: 111
    Bought my '99 new in July of that year. I feel in love with the pick-up and handling of the Toyota after years in the dark, driving a Ford Tortoise. I've never owned a quicker, smoother, reliable car. I've got 65K on it now, it's paid off and I drive it hard. I've hit 120+ mph more than once with it out in the "West River" region of our fine prairie state. No "geling" issues and little contact with the dealer, it just goes!

    Observations:
    The original tires were crap (28K) and the seat can be uncomfy for a large guy. At times I wish the driver area were bigger, but then it wouldn't be so nimble...and when I step on that pedal it justs feels good. Hard to tell when it shifts, it's so smooth!

    I'm not thrilled with the (normal service interval) idea that I'm supposed to take it to the dealer @60K for a (300.00+) timing belt. My intuition tells me that if it ain't broke...

    Oh...AND...My toyota was made in the USA...my Dodge Ram pickup was made in Mexico!! Weird, huh?
  • Hi. I live in Honolulu and we got our Camry on April 6. (That was the delivery date) btw it's not mine, it's my parents' new car. I'm still a bit young...

    Anyway, it's a 2002 Camry XLE 4-cylinder. Lunar Mist/Stone Cloth. Options are: side/curtain airbags, JBL with CD changer, 16" alloy wheels and the floor mat set.

    No moonroof though, that's my only regret...

    Anyway, it rides like a wonder and is a beautiful car. Except for the paint I took off trying to squeeze into a stall that a Thunderbird was hanging over. It was stupid...consequently I don't drive the Camry much these days...but it's okay I guess. Anyway, we just hit 3300 miles a little while ago.

    As much as I love the XLE though, I've been thinking recently maybe we should have gotten an SE. Oh well...
  • I just stumbled across this thread. Can't believe I didn't check this out sooner. My name is Renee' and I own a 2000 Camry LE V6, lunar mist, cloth, alloy wheels. I'm sure you guessed the color from my screen name. :-)

    I just crossed the 30K mile mark and had the rather expensive service associated with it last week. I live in SE Michigan and this is my 2nd Toyota. My first was a 1999 Camry Solara that was stolen 6 months after I bought it. (boo hiss) :-( I bought this car to replace it and decided on a sedan instead of another coupe. That Solara was a beautiful car though .....

    My car has been flawless and you can't ask for a smoother, quieter ride. That V6 is sweet, it can go, go, go when the pedal hits da floor!! I love it, it's like a power rush. This car is a "sleeper", I see astonished looks on other drivers' faces as I zoom past them (when I decide to let 'er rip). It looks so conservative, elegant and unassuming, but has some awesome power and a lion under the hood.

    My only wish is that it had slightly better handling, without compromising the smooth ride too much. Earlier this year, I thought about trading it for something sportier, or with more unique styling. I even thought about getting some smaller to save money. Every car I looked at fell short in one area or the other, so I've decided to stick with my silver bullet and try to refinance it to save some $$$.

    Prior to buying my 1st Toyota, I was loyal to American cars, mostly GM and Ford. Being born and raised in this area, I felt obligated to support the "Big 3". I always admired Toyotas and their reputation for quality and reliability is what won me over. My Camry was a good choice for me and I have buried my "buyer's remorse" that I once had. I did consider the Accord back in 1999, but I just wasn't as comfortable in the driver's seat (the steering wheel was too low). The Camry simply felt better to me and I felt at home right away.

    I expect to continue enjoying troublefree and happy motoring for years to come. I am happy to meet other Camry owners here on this board.
  • jake696jake696 Posts: 111
    Renee' bury that guilt! My parents and family are all native Detroiter's with auto industry job experience that goes back three generations now. As I've already posted, my Toyota (and yours) WAS built in the USA by quality American (non-UAW) labor. -We could spent lots of time talking about how the UAW shoots themselves in the foot...but I just wanted to mention again that my Dodge truck was built in MEXICO! ???????????

    Also.......I rented a 4 cyl '02 Camry for the last few days and drove it over 500 miles in IA, NE and SD for work. I noticed that it was also an awesome car, built very tight and the 4cyl was very peppy! In fact, I believe it would beat out the 6 cyl. '02 V-Tech garbage Ford Tortoise they rented me a few weeks back! I know it was faster than my old '90 Ford Tortoise 3 liter V-6...I had no trouble hitting 110 mph out here on the prairie w/ the Camry 4 cyl...I rent cars every month for work, I try to get a Honda, Toyota or Nissan...I have yet to drive a bad one! I was a dedicated American car owner until I replaced 3 trannys in my Ford Tortise and was abused by the dealer and company. I'm sooooo glad I've seen the light!! Check where your so-called American car is actually built and where the components are made! It may surprise you as much as if you check the sticker on the seemingly "foreign car" as well. Hammer down!
  • I have a 1999 camry. I hate the painted plastic bumpers. I have been bumped into in parking lots and the plastic and paint cracks. I wonder if anyone knows how to fix this or if it can be fixed.
  • andeeandee Posts: 2
    Hello, my name is Susan and I just purchased my first Toyota last Monday (09/30/02). So far, I love my new Solara. I have a 2002 black V6 SLE. I have previously owned Hondas, Nissans, Subarus and Acuras. It will be interesting to compare this car as it ages to my previous vehicles. I'm looking forward to reading this board and hope to learn a lot about my new car. The one thing I have picked up so far, is that I think I need to invest in a leather nose mask for the front end - seems folks think the paint chips too easily.
  • jake696jake696 Posts: 111
    I would suggest that depending on the region of the country you live in and the type of driving you do, determines the importance of buying what is called a "bra" for your new Solara. If you live where winter driving means lots of salt and wet weather...such as the Great Lakes region of the US, the bra actually creates a rust trap. If you do lots of highway or interstate travel in rural areas, like the Great Plains states, where high winds and lots of gravel are present...get the protection!
  • I'm "J" and have recently purchased a 2002 Toyota Camry LE V6. I've owned, in order of purchase, a hand-me-down 70s Olds, an Oldsmobile Cutless Ciera, Lexus ES250, Honda Accord, Nissan Maxima... and now a shiny phantom gray Camry. Camry's been good so far-- but haven't been able to really test it on a long roadtrip yet. Eh, it's one of the disadvantages of living in NYC, I guess. I look forward to informative discussions.
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