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Toyota Camry Hybrid Owners Problems & Solutions

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  • larsblarsb Posts: 8,204
    "as an american, I choose when and when not to use my seatbelt."

    No, that is not correct. The LAWS of your state choose when you should wear your seatbelt. Seatbelt use lowers injury rates, which lowers hospital costs, which lowers insurance rates, which help ALL AMERICANS who pay for insurance or hospital stays.

    If it's optional in your state, you should CHOOSE to be a GOOD AMERICAN and care about the rest of us and wear your seatbelt all the time.

    The chime is there to help protect you and to help all of us keep our insurance costs down. Please do not ignore it or try to bypass it.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Couldn't have said it better! Also, there's the matter of taxes, which would have to be higher to offset extra Medicare or Medicaid payments to those with more serious injuries due to nonuse of belts.

    With regard to pets, I can't imagine having my 2 cats roam free in the car while I'm driving. Talk about a distraction! When they travel in the car (which is very rarely), they are in pet carriers, which in turn are belted in the rear seat.
  • rscotts54rscotts54 Posts: 47
    I think that we have all made our point(s) on the seatbelt issue. Let's get back on the Toyota Camry Hybrid track.
    (Mods... did I say that right?).

    Enjoy and, of course, drive safely!
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,793
    "But that continuous nagging just gets to me. I can't even put my briefcase or my gym bag in the passenger seat, or else!!"

    Did you try buckling the passenger seat belt behind the briefcase / gym bag?
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Just put the bags on the floor or in the trunk like I do! Keeps your seat cleaner too!

    Now, back to Hybrid questions as rscotts54 requested.
  • rscotts54rscotts54 Posts: 47
    Ya know, In searching through the various threads, the worst problem i've seen is a squeak from the center console, one poor guy that had his emblems stolen, and another who, well anyway we've closed that part of the discussion.

    If those are the WORST problems with the TCH, then Toyota has a heckofa car on their hands.

    Hopefully, mine will be in within the next 2-3 weeks!
  • spiff72spiff72 Posts: 179
    I am feeling the same way...

    I have been watching the 2007 Camry Woes thread with apprehension, and at the same time I watch the Hybrid threads, and there is nothing serious. The pessimistic side of me says "Well - they have only sold a tiny percentage of Hybrids in comparison to the 4- and 6-cylinders, so the dataset is still tiny." The optimistic side of me says "The hybrid owners are very internet-savvy, and if there were any issues, they would be lighting up these message boards."

    :D

    My delivery window is July 7- July 12, so the dealer suspects it won't arrive until the 11th or 12th. I CAN'T WAIT!
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    if there were any issues, they would be lighting up these message boards

    Usually with forums you have an enomous inbalance of disgruntled owners speaking up versus satisfied customers. Obviously there are none yet.
  • mfletou1mfletou1 Posts: 508
    I took delivery of my Hybrid when it had 200 miles (it was transferred from Southern VA to MD), and now it has 920. 10 days. Nothing even close to a problem. Totally silent, no rattles, everything works perfectly, interior components and materials are all aligned perfectly and well made.

    Not much of a survey sample, but until you hear otherwise, I think you should continue to have confidence. As somebody who #1 didn't especially want a hybrid (save for HOV lane issues) and #2 doesn't like Toyotas and feels guilty for buying Japanese, I'm not exactly a kool aid drinker here...and I could not be more impressed with this car.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,793
    "Usually with forums you have an enomous inbalance of disgruntled owners speaking up versus satisfied customers. Obviously there are none yet."

    Of course, we still have to see how the US made hybrid Camry stands up...

    Hopefully it will be as reliable as the Japan built version appears so far.
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    Hopefully it will be as reliable as the Japan built version appears so far.

    Hopefully it will be. I'm not upset though that mine was assembled in Japan
  • r_nashr_nash Posts: 33
    So far I've got 1260 miles on my TCH and no problems, none, zilch, nada! Great fit and finish. Oil level is still at the full mark, which bodes well for low oil consumption. I'm averaging 41mpg so far, exceeding my expectations.

    Very impressed with the quite ride, smooth braking and acceleration. It can really scoot if you need to move out.

    This is my first Toyota. I've owned 3 Honda Accords and I am very happy with the TCH!
  • hamm3rhamm3r Posts: 55
    The seatbelt chime is obnoxious, yes (it serves it's purpose well), however, it does shut off in about 10 or 15 seconds.

    I went on a 1200 mile road trip and my passenger refused to wear his seatbelt. The chime DOES shut off in a short amount of time.
  • larsblarsb Posts: 8,204
    quote hamm3r: "I went on a 1200 mile road trip and my passenger refused to wear his seatbelt." -

    Remember: it's your insurance company who would be paying his death benefit. You have the right as the driver to insist they get buckled. Even if it's your boss or your Dad. ( Unless THEY are paying your insurance premium for you.) :)

    I had a long trip and the passenger seat was loaded with stuff and yes, it does eventually quiet itself down.
  • alc13alc13 Posts: 4
    This is really a question, not a problem. Is the audio display capable of showing text information about the music that is playing, like song title, radio station ID, etc? It only seems to show the radio station wavelength or CD track number.
  • njeraldnjerald Posts: 688
    The radios are supposed to be able to show RDS info (station name, artist, song title) on certain FM stations.

    My JBL doesn't but Toyota doesn't care.
  • r_nashr_nash Posts: 33
    Playing MP3 CDs, the Text button cycles through Folder Name, File Name, Title, then Artist.

    I've not loaded any "regular" CDs to see if you display song titles.

    As to the Radio, I haven't been able to see the Station ID or Song Titles displayed. It would be nice if it is possible. :confuse:
  • blindmantooblindmantoo Posts: 139
    The radio info displays on the NAV screen of my SE (if the station is transmitting it). I'm pretty sure it will show the CD text if you burn it w/ the info. My trial MP3 CD shows all of the info (folders, song titles, etc.).
  • alc13alc13 Posts: 4
    Hmmmm. So you only get the radio info if you have the nav system... which I don't.
  • r_nashr_nash Posts: 33
    It appears that way :( A friend has a 05 4Runner without NAV and her radio does display FM station names and song titles on the radio's LCD display. Seems a strange omission that the TCH appears not to have RDS on the non-Nav radios.
  • njeraldnjerald Posts: 688
    The Toyota New Vehicle Presentation Guide (2007 Camry & Camry Hybrid) says all Camry radio systems include Radio Broadcast Data System (RDS).

    BS!!!!!
  • spiff72spiff72 Posts: 179
    Are you sure that the stations you are tuning to are broadcasting the RDS data? Not all stations do. (I would estimate only 5-10% of the ones in my area transimt RDS data.)
  • njeraldnjerald Posts: 688
    I'm sure because I have a F-150 that receives RDS. My JBL system doesn't display.

    In my area about 30% transmit RDS.
  • alc13alc13 Posts: 4
    "Are you sure that the stations you are tuning to are broadcasting the RDS data?"

    Yes, I know that they do. I wonder if Toyota might address this with a software upgrade at some point?
  • I too had wondered this question concerning RDS info on TCH. Just got mine 7/3/06 Jasper Pearl but no RDS. MP3/CDs with info show Title/Artist just fine though. I like RDS on Ford Exployer '98 I have. :(
  • keithlkeithl Posts: 106
    The pessimistic side of me says "Well - they have only sold a tiny percentage of Hybrids in comparison to the 4- and 6-cylinders, so the dataset is still tiny." The optimistic side of me says "The hybrid owners are very internet-savvy, and if there were any issues, they would be lighting up these message boards."

    It also helps the for now the TCH is built in Japan, I am assuming they wanted ultra tight QC on the initial build and to quickly identify any issues and resolve them. I read that mfg will move to KY in October.
  • mrsjenn25mrsjenn25 Posts: 10
    I think I have to agree! I haven't taken delivery of my TCH, but the window was for the 11th-18th.. so most likely today! I felt a lot better about mine being built and shipped over. Nothing against KY or anything ;)

    I'm just dying to pick it up!!!
  • ix1is1ix1is1 Posts: 55
    remember to act casual and when they call you, say "oh the car came already? i almost forgot about it", or else you have to play their price game.
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  • dmhltd1dmhltd1 Posts: 31
    The NAV system has a vehicle diagram that shows from where and to where the power is flowing. There are several bars showing how much of a charge the battery has. I have yet to see it fully charged. The best it gets is one bar from full. Has anyone seen theirs fully charged? I havent taken any trips longer than 50 miles so it may be it's just never had the chance to get fully charged.
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