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2008 Toyota Camry

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  • jo14jo14 Posts: 12
    Would you advise the purchase of the 4 cylinder 08 or 09 LE? If I read everything correctly here, there are no major differences (excluding price and rebate) between the two correct? Is there any advantage to buying one over the other? Will there be a difference/disadvantageor advantage in 5 years when I resell this car i.e. if I put 15,000 miles per year on it.

    FYI: This car will replace my 02 6 cylinder LE which I've been happy with.

    Thanks in advance for any advice you provide!

    Jo
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Your 09 will be worth more than the 08 five years from now. I would go with the 09.
    Mackabee
  • exlerexler Posts: 129
    I traded last Oct a 02 for a 08 for $11700 difference plus tax--it had 76000 miles--Both were LE 4's automatic--Last saw 08's were being discounted $1500s--if you can get a 08 at $2500 less than an 09 it may be a good deal-----don't know what a dealer will work with you on an 09--demand for Camry may be down due to gas--see what they'd do on a Pruis if you do not need a bigger car--or a Corolla, check out various dealers if you can---------------------check out a 08 certified also--has a better drivetrain warranty but I believe only 1 year on other components--------
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Camry is no slouch when it comes to fuel economy. Most 4 cylinder Camrys average aroudn 33-34 in the highway. Prius is the hottest seller right now and I doubt if anyone is discounting them. We are out of them at my store and have six coming in the first half of May with two already presold at MSRP. 08 Camrys are also getting scarce so if you are going to make a move it's best to do it now.
    Mack
  • exlerexler Posts: 129
    Suggest you go to NADA website and get your cars retail value--then try to deal retail to retail or close as you are comfortable with--suggest you also go to Edmunds.com--click on " tips and advice" at the top of page--then see CONFESSIONS OF A CAR SALESMAN-on that site -------------- -a most interesting read-------------------------NADA used car prices are in my opinion higher than Kelly ---------
  • exlerexler Posts: 129
    Are 09 Camry Hybrids a vehicle in demand and getting MSRP also--with gas as it is, are they worth the difference in price? Always curious if the hybrids used car price decline more as years go on due to the need to replace the battery in I believe 8 years---may be wrong on that 8 year thing. I do not know the cost to replace the battery? I always like reading your posts--enjoy your humor---you know the vehicle.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Everything that has high fuel economy ratings is in demand right now. The 09 Corolla is beginning to take off. The Camry hybrid we are also out of as I thought we had one on the lot but I couldn't find it yesterday to show to a customer. The battery and synergy drive have an 8year 100k mile warranty. That doesn't mean they will only last 8 years. Remember this technology was proven in Japan for three years before it came to the US. The first Prius was running in Japan from 1997 to 2000 and then we got it in 2000 with second generation technology. The current Prius has third generation technology and the second gen technology was licensed to Ford and Nissan by Toyota so we are still one generation ahead of everyone else. All the first gen Japanese Prius are still running. The first question I asked when we first got the car in 2000 was "How long will the battery last and how much will it cost to replace?" I was told the battery pack would last "the life of the car" which at that time meant 15 years or 150k miles or more.
    You may have read reports on Consumer Reports about the time it takes to recoup the money spent on a hybrid versus a just gas car. If I recall correctly they said it would take 5 years or so. They based it on gas prices then and also on maintenance costs which are actually really low as the only maintenance needed on them is regular oil changes, tire rotations, etc., on the gas side of the car only. The electric side is maintenance free. If the battery pack needs replacement and the car is out warranty it costs around $3200.00 dollars.
    So the difference in price may not be worth it to some customers but they do feel like they are contributing to a cleaner environment and most if not all Prius owners say they would buy another one if they had to replace their Prius. It has the highest loyalty rating of any car.
    :)
    Mackabee :shades:
  • exlerexler Posts: 129
    Thanks--very complete answer--I see from CR that Pruis owners very loyal--I sat in one but the dash seemed very large--I know you cannot compare the sizes of the Camry and Prius interiors so in the future I would consider a Camry hybrid.--As you said "gas prices then"----as they increase the time element would shorten, I think.
  • exlerexler Posts: 129
    That is unless the price of the car also goes up-- I forgot about that element.
  • bmlexusbmlexus Posts: 755
    is built primarily in Georgetown Kentucky, and also in Japan for US distribution

    Its also built and assembled in Japan? As i know the camry that japan assembles is only for the Asian market and the design is different and a little bigger, its also sold in some countries by the name of toyota aurion

    Any1 know about this?
  • bmlexusbmlexus Posts: 755
    Yes, the do build them in Japan for us. Not as many as they used to but still do. Ours are mostly built in Georgetown Ky

    So both camrys are same some are coming from japan but most are made in Georgetown Ky?

    Any quality difference for the japanese made is it better?

    I really like the aurion better where is the aurion built only in japan?

    And IMO the aurion it looks even better then the lexus ES350.

    Nice pics especially of the aurion

    thanks
  • exlerexler Posts: 129
    Any reason Toyota does not make the side body moldings standard like the ones made overseas--just curious? So they can keep the MSRP down? I now see they are offered as an option by the dealers-- around $123 plus installation---
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    Prodigy is cool, just due to the standard fog lights alone.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    So both camrys are same some are coming from japan but most are made in Georgetown Ky?

    Yes, most are US built. I can't see any quality differences. You could take the VIN#s off a Japan built and a US built and you can't tell the difference. There is still the perception that the Japan built are better. Having owned both Japan and US made I can tell you they are both great cars. :)

    The Aurion is made in Australia and some parts of Asia:
    China, Taiwan, Phillippines, Malaysia, (not Japan). It replaced the Toyota Avalon in Australia and New Zealand and it's basically a seventh generation Camry with different back and front. In some Asian countries it is also sold as a Camry. (See pic below) I agree, I think it looks way better than the ES350.

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    Mack :shades:

    p.s I'm going to have to resize the picture. It's taking up the whole screen!
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    p.s I'm going to have to resize the picture. It's taking up the whole screen!

    It appears you did indeed do that and I thank you very much. For the record, any time a picture you post pushes up under the right sidebar, it should be resized not to do that, even if it's only a little bit. The reason for that is that if the picture appears in the first post on the page, not only is it cut off, but so are the next several posts.

    If you post your pictures on your CarSpace page and then use the automatically generated code to display them here, they will be automatically resized and you won't have to worry about.

    End of Public Service Announcement. :P
  • exlerexler Posts: 129
    Is the Camry still the best selling car in the USA?
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Yes it is!
    Mack
    :)
  • exlerexler Posts: 129
    Thanks--any idea what is second?
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,667
  • exlerexler Posts: 129
    Thought that may it--Thanks
  • Can an owner change the customization codes mentioned in the owner's manual? Ex: length of time the lights stay on when the doors are locked at night; the message that appears in the radio when it's turned on each time.
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Not that I've been able to figure out.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    If you're a "good" customer dealers will often waive the charge.
  • Dealership replaced the water pump on my wife's 05 Camry at 30,000 miles under warranty (they said the original was leaking and had seized though I had not noticed any coolant loss or noise). Now, at 50,000 miles, they say the water pump is leaking again and they will replace it under warranty. I have never had a water pump on any vehicle fail with so little mileage on it. What could cause this? Just bad parts or possibly the belt under too much tension or something else?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Or your dealer could be "soaking" the manufacturer for unwarranted warranty repairs.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    wwest could be right. Were there any leaks or loss of coolant that you were aware of? Also, if the pump had "seized," I think you would have heard unusual noise when the engine was running, likely accompanied by eventual overheating.
  • When I had a water pump seize it was loud. Yours is run by the timing belt I really doubt they did the change in the first place.
  • agoldagold Posts: 2
    Unfortunately, I am a victim of Toyota's miracle engineering that requires that in order to replace a $250 water pump the engine must be disassembled or removed at any rate, costing roughly $1,500 in labor for a total of almost $1,800! Are you kidding me? I am disgusted and would never recommend this car to anybody. Making matters worse, I brought the car into a dealership to have them check out the pump when I noticed that it wasn't sounding right and they said it was fine. Three months later it goes when I'm driving on the highway at night and thats where I remained for 2 hours before I could get it towed. Apparently their mechanics aren't any brighter than their engineers.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    What model year? You don't have to remove engine at any rate.
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Ahhh...actually that is true. For a V6... the engine needs to be pulled to replace the water pump.
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