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2007 Toyota Camry Problems and Repairs

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  • I have a 2200 mile new 2007 camry. Neither my case manager or her supervisor will return my call. They say the rpm spiking and hesitation will work itself out by the 1st or 2nd service. What a disappointment.
  • Sorry to hear that the problem is still there. :(

    I thought that the teaching was not done correctly the first time and I would bet that it wasn't done correctly the second time. And the comments about the transmission having to learn your driving style to eliminate the still-present flare is, as far as I am concerned, a sign of the service people covering their incompetence.

    I hope on Monday you can tell me I was wrong.
  • chuck28chuck28 Posts: 257
    Has anybody noticed that on the radio settings they have a asl feature? The manual says you can adust it to low-med or high which I saw on the v-4 le loner I drove. My car though the v-6 SE only offers you to turn it on or off. No low-med-high.
  • Wow, this transmission issue has me worried. I am buying a car next week, and was planning on the Camry LE, but now maybe I should go with the Accord. How common are these problems?
  • w9cww9cw Posts: 888
    I have always loved the Camry, and was very seriously considering a 2007 Camry LE. However, it appears the problems with the transmission, and the other reported problems, are getting the attention of the buying public. Our local Toyota dealer has a substantial number of Camrys in stock, CE, LE, SE, and XLE, and the inventory turnover is not normal. In fact, I've checked the lot every couple of days for 3 weeks, and these cars are simply not moving off the lot as in the past.

    One question that I don't know if anyone has addressed as yet: Toyota contracted with the Subaru plant in Lafayette, IN to build Camrys to increase Toyota's production capacity. Does anyone know if production there has begun, and I wonder if any of the fit-and-finish (build quality) problems pointed out by several publications may be due to this facility, and not the Georgetown, KY plant?
  • taracatac, I desperately need a car. I ordered camry LE and later cancelled and got the deposit back. It seems the problems are quite widespread. Some people can live with it, some can not. I just don't want to be one of those unhappy person. Personally, I like toyota. I have a corolla and I love it. later, I looked for accord and it seems that the accord has brake, ABS and sometimes transmission problems (source yahoo auto reviews).So what car to buy?

    Personally I talked with 3 people and they are happy with their camry purchase.

    You can check other sites for reviews (msn, yahoo etc).
  • drjamesdrjames Posts: 274
    taracatac, I desperately need a car. I ordered camry LE and later cancelled and got the deposit back. It seems the problems are quite widespread. Some people can live with it, some can not. I just don't want to be one of those unhappy person. Personally, I like toyota. I have a corolla and I love it. later, I looked for accord and it seems that the accord has brake, ABS and sometimes transmission problems (source yahoo auto reviews).So what car to buy?

    Personally I talked with 3 people and they are happy with their camry purchase.


    hey ilovecars1, you can make that 4 very happy people. Though I've become a little paranoid ever since reading about the transmisions problems here, driving at irregular speeds and ways to try and see if I have that problem, my 07 SE has been nothing short of perfect. It's been just over 3 months now and can say I don't regret trading in my very old Avalon. I also own a Lexus 350 and Porsche Boxter S and can honestly say that my Camry is my preferred everyday car.

    What I can suggest is forming a relationship with the dealer... so to have the peace of mind that you'll be taken care of. My dealer let me drive two different models for 24 hour test drives. And I don't necissarily believe that this transmission problem is as wide spread as you might think. I've yet to read one professional automotive journalist report such an issue, and I'd bet that some of the negative reviews on msn and yahoo are the same that are having problems here.

    Anyways, Good luck. A lot of decent cars out there too, but I don't think you have too much to worry about in buying or leasing an 07 Camry.
  • damon34damon34 Posts: 124
    I drove my camry over 5000 miles before I had any problems with it. So I dont know if you will find it in the test drive. I am happy to hear that he is happy with his SE, Because I am thinking of trading my SE in for a 07 maxima, which if I would of test drove one before my Camry I would of bought it instead. Look around out there.
  • Thanks for your post. Is your car a 4 cyl? How many miles on it?
  • So far I have absolutely no complaints with my TCH's transmission. At first I found that the car was not exciting. There is no surge of power when it shifts/down shifts. Then I drove our other car, iritating! If the (5 spd) tranny didn't down shift it was sluggish, and sometimes, it revs too much if it downshifted. I never had any complaint with the gear ratio selected by the TCH.

    For the average driving the CVT is great smooth with no "shift" lag. I wouldn't buy it for my sports car. BTW, I am very pleased with the real life performance of the TCH.
  • drjamesdrjames Posts: 274
    "Thanks for your post. Is your car a 4 cyl? How many miles on it?"

    I went with the SE I4 5A with option C Package (Canadian packages) with leather/heated seats, moonroof..., after originally considering the V6. I realized as an everyday office car, I didn't need the excessive power of the V6.

    There is currently just over 8,000 km (just under 5000 miles) on the odometer after a few long road trips. But most of my driving is in the city. And there has been no rattles or squeaks, or any QC issues, no transmission problems, no cruise control issues as of yet.

    As for the 'weak AC' some have noted. I don't know if again, it was just their models, or just a perception issue, but living in southern Ontario, where our summers can hit 37 degrees Celsius (99 degrees F) and close to 50 degrees celsius (122 degrees F) with humidity, it had no problem keeping me cool.

    And the Maxima, it's a great car too. Gets plenty of great reviews too and I wouldn't put it down either. But some have their share of problems too and it cost more too. Just look at the edmunds forums to start, and consumer guide's review isn't very possitive and doesn't get a 'best buy' or 'recommened' rating like the camry does. http://auto.consumerguide.com/auto/new/reviews/full/index.cfm/id/38767/
    But, the maxima isn't really Nissan's direct competitor to Camry either, beginning at a base price near a fully loaded camry. Nissan's Altima would be the direct competitor and is recommended by consumer reports, unlike it's bigger brother. I'd also suggest looking at the Sonata... though it'll take a few generations of Hyundais to convince me of it's resale and reliability, it's backed with a great warranty and has been getting great reviews too.

    The point is, unfortunately, some people unfortunately just end up with 'lemons' or other issues, whether minor or major, and others just have some expectations that may or may not be founded. For example, that bad review by cars.com by the three editors... one noted how unhappy he was with the leather, "it was stiff and cheap feeling," while the another editor said how happy he was with the leather, "to its credit, this camry had soft leather,"... so, as I said... it seems to be rife with perception issues. As for the actual measurable issues like ill fitting dash panel gaps, etc. Surely it's not acceptable, but occurs few and very far inbetween. Just read the doezens of other reviews by automotive journalists who have congratulated Toyota on it's latest efforts, or watch Edmunds.com's own video review... including one review by a journalist who is known to dislike Toyota and its' products... http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/27/AR2006012700832.- - - - html

    If you just google in 2007 toyota camry reviews, which I'm sure you have, you'll read a consistent and vast majority of automotive journalists have few quips about any quality issues, and none that i have seen about the transmission issues. If you should choose the Camry, discuss your concerns with the dealer and ask/inform them that you would like to thoroughly inspect the car when you pick it up, and refuse to accept it if there are such issues.

    Again, it's too bad that some such as Damon34 have had major issues with their new camrys, and it's a bigger shame they haven't been able to and repair these issues. But I can tell you that I am extremely happy with mine, the only issue I have is with design... I wish Toyota could have figured out how to have the increased structural integrity that the V-brace provides, while still allowing for the rear seats to fold down, since this is an everyday car for me. Oh, I wish Toyota would have offered this car in a Pearl white paint with a cream/off white leather interior aswell. So, I guess I'm not completely happy. I hope this helps, Let me know if you have anyother questions...
  • drjamesdrjames Posts: 274
    Hey damon34, do you have VSC on your Camry SE?
  • agnostoagnosto Posts: 205
    I am really excited and glad to hear positive feedback about the 2007 TCH as I did purchase today one and not sure what to expect from it (my first Hybrid ever).

    Tomorrow I am going to sell my 2006 4Runner LTD 4WD V8 to CarMax as I got tired of paying for gas so fast getting only 13-17MPG in city...
  • drjamesdrjames Posts: 274
    "I am really excited and glad to hear positive feedback about the 2007 TCH as I did purchase today one and not sure what to expect from it (my first Hybrid ever)."

    Congratulations! Keep us informed of what you think of your new Camry.
  • chuck28chuck28 Posts: 257
    Well, so far so good. On sep. 7th I got my car back after a valve body replacement. So far no RPM spike/flare. I'm hoping it stays that way? I will be more convinced in a few more days. Has anyone else had success with there RPM flare? Chuck
  • I think I will be going with the Camry. I plan on getting it by the end of the month. My schedule is too hectic next week. I will post when I get it.
  • Anybody who purchased camry after the TSB's, did you guys notice any problems yet? I am just wondering if the relatively new camrys have any problem.
  • drjamesdrjames Posts: 274
    I honestly beleive you will be more than happy, and I'm hoping for it. What model are you thinking about?
  • I like to lower the back windows for fresh air without a bunch of wind in my face. What's the point of having back windows if they are virtually unusable.
  • drjamesdrjames Posts: 274
    "I like to lower the back windows for fresh air without a bunch of wind in my face. What's the point of having back windows if they are virtually unusable."

    I could be dead wrong, but I don't think that's a unique problem to the 07 toyota Camry. A friend and I went golfing last weekend, he drove us in his new 06 Cadillac STS and had that 'booming' buffetting sound when only the rear windows were down.
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