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2008 Toyota Camry



  • exlerexler Posts: 129
    See my latest post------------
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    The more gears you have the closer the engine can be kept to the RPM level that results in the lowest engine frictional effects. It took lots of cars out in the market with CVTs, Continuously Variable Transmissions, to get the industry to wake up to the fact that more available gear ratios equals better FE.

    In the past it has always been the large displacement engines that get matched with gearboxes with lots of ratios when in reality it was the purchasers of small displacement engines, likely purchased specifically for the FE advantage, that could get the most benefit.
  • goobeegoobee Posts: 8
    I can confirm that I'm having tranny problems with my 2008. I've had my 2008 Camry XLE V6, 6-speed auto since October, 2007. It currently has ~9400 miles and other than multiple interior rattles, it's been trouble free. Last month I started noticing an odd transmission issue. The issue is felt at speeds 40 miles or less during street driving or slow freeway traffic. It happens intermittently and is difficult to duplicate on demand.

    The issue occurs like this - I'm driving and the transmission seems to become "loose" (sorta like an exaggerated pause in stepping on and releasing the clutch on a manual transmission) and the engine increases RPMs about 1000 to 2000 and then "reconnects" and drives normally.

    Initially, I thought they were sloppy up shifts but it doesn't always involves gear shifts.

    When I described the issue to the dealer, the service writer told me it was because the transmission is "electric" and shifts differently than other trannies.

    I didn't mention the word "flare" because I wasn't sure if this is the symptoms associated with flares.

    After doing a bunch of Googles for "flare", I'm pretty sure I'm affected.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    "After doing a bunch of Googles for "flare", I'm pretty sure I'm affected."

    Take two aspirin and call your dealer in the morning. Tell them you want the flare TSB done on your car. Should take care of it.
  • mal22mal22 Posts: 1
    hi everyone, my name is mallory ward. i am a 3rd year student in college and i have to do a persuasive speech on toyota vehicles. i was wondering if someone could give me a little insight on the good opinions on the camery? if so let me know if it is ok to site you as a source on my speech. thanks to everyone for taking the time to answer any questions i have.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Hi Mallory! welcome to the forum. First the correct spelling is Camry which means a small crown and it's derived from the Japanese word "kanmuri". Toyota has an obsession with crowns. The Corolla also means crown as in the crown around the sun. They also produced a car called the Corona which also means crown in spanish. Anyway, the Camry has been the best selling car in the US for the last 9 out of ten years or it might be 10 out of the last 11 years. I've lost track.

    It's currently on its sixth generation (2007-present) and it has grown substantially from when it was first introduced in the US in 1982 (first generation) and it looked like the typical econo-box of that era. The Camry is one of the most reliable vehicles ever made by Toyota. The biggest competitor has always been the Honda Accord which is a fine automobile in its own right.
    It is built primarily in Georgetown Kentucky, and also in Japan for US distribution. Toyota has several plants in North America as one of their commitments is to build the cars they sell in the country they are selling them.
    There is a ton of info I could give you and I don't want to bore you so let me know specifically what it is you need to do. You mentioned persuasive, in what way?
    :shades: :shades: :shades:
  • exlerexler Posts: 129
    Suggest you visit a area Toyota dealer for visual material to take to your speech class--I am sure they would help you on that---speech Profs always like visual exhibits if I remember right from too many years ago----I have only had 2 Cammys and 6 other different Toyotas----Maybe some useful data in Consumer Reports Magazine would help in your presentation to persuade others to buy Camrys--in that mag they have various ratings from readers and consumers who sent material to the mag on how they rate different Camry components and overall ratings-you might also ask the dealer for suggestions on this speech idea-----Ask for the general sales manager..Many of these people are very nice and would respect what you are doing in that speech. Best of luck and there are many informed people that post on this site that no doubt will chime in more to help you.
  • exlerexler Posts: 129
    I am sure your college library has Consumer Report mag--if not your town library would --new and old issues alike--------
  • exlerexler Posts: 129
    Just my opinion--most people do not have to be persuaded to buy Camrys--they go to a dealer to get the best price and iron out little details as trim,etc
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Very true.
  • 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!

  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Your 09 will be worth more than the 08 five years from now. I would go with the 09.
  • 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.
  • 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 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?
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