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2008 Toyota Camry



  • All New Gen. Camry Owners:

    I have read that the new Camry comes with doughnut tire. Can it be replaced with a full-size tire? or would it just not fit in the trunk?

    Also, how good is the Toyota factory installed Navigation system when compared with Garmin Nuvi series in terms of accuracy & Points of Interest Database? Does it match up?

    Thanks in advance!
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666

    Nothing has changed from 2007 to 2008. One day the cars coming off the line are badged 2007, the next week they are 2008's.

    If I was looking for a 4 cylinder, I'd feel safe with another Toyota, and would probably choose that over a 1st year Accord.

    If I was looking for a 6 cylinder, I'd personally choose neither the Toyota or Honda.....and try to wait it out a year to see how the new Honda performs with all the early implementors, and see whether Toyota announces a fix of any sort for the flare.

    A 2007 Accord would be an excellent value and safe, if you can find one from what is left.

    I'm sure you'll get a zillion different opinions.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,667
    The only difference is for the 4 cylinder is the TSB that corrects the smoothness/hesitation issue is already done on the '08. I am not sure when or if it was done on the '07. But if you get an '07, it only takes a half an hour to apply the TSB.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    You're right that the new Camry (2007-08) comes with a temp spare, just like almost every other car out there (I'm not counting pickups or SUVs). I don't know if a full-size tire would fit in the well; my speculation is no.

    I don't know anything about the Camry's nav system.
  • Dealer had a couple 1 year used 07'Avalons....would prefer the camry for styling, but ok with the avalon. Anybody know when the avalon was last re-designed? Is it a different transmission than the Camry? Anyone know of any problems with it?

  • Thanks!

    The fact that most cars come with temp spares was a discovery for me. I've 98 and 00 Camry and both come with full size spare. Do you know if the new Accord comes with a full size spare?

    Don't you guys think that temp spare is a deal breaker for someone who frequently makes ling trips (>500 miles) especially night driving. I'm surprised that not many people have discussed this.
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    On a large SUV vehicle with a heavy GVW it would matter, but for the average typical vehicle a doughnut is fine. I used to not like it on principal, but then realized I've only ever needed a spare once in probably a million miles and it really is a waste of space and weight.
  • Avalon is huge and very comfortable. It has air suspension and I've heard that it has high cost of repair. I would advise that you should try to stick with the Camry because:

    1. More standard parts (hence cheaper & easily available)
    2. New Camry is bigger (for most people)
    3. More people have it (faster troubleshooting, push for TSB's etc.)
    4. Lesser depreciation over time

    e.g. transmission issues were there is Lexus ES 300/330 also but only got recognized once the defects of new Camry were highlighted.

    In my opinion it's always cost effective to stay with the more mainstream model. If you can comfortably afford to upgrade I would suggest an ES 350 rather than an intermediate Avalon.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Here is a list of discussions which may help you: Toyota Avalon group.

    In case you might be interested in the ES 350 that another poster recommended, here is the link to the ES group.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Toyota/Lexus were one of the last holdouts to stay with full-size spares for their cars. The Accord has had a temporary spare since at least 1995.

    It has been many years since I had to replace a flat tire; and I can't ever recall doing it on the side of a busy highway.

    But I check my tire pressure once a week, which is a great way to find out if you've got a nail or something else stuck in a tire, as the pressure of the affected tire will gradually go down compared to the other three. And on a long trip, I check them every morning before starting off. Gives you plenty of time to act before you're stranded.
  • mrdoonmrdoon Posts: 9
    I just bought an 08 Camry SE and I have experienced the problem that you describe when climbing hills or even moderately high overpasses. I have the 5 speed automatic so I just shift from D to 4 before I begin climbing. While this cause the engine to run at a higher RPM, at least I am able to maintain my speed without the annoying downshifting.
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Cruise control downshifting when climbing hills is to be expected, and will happen with every car. This downshifting problem would occur on roads where you wouldn't expect it to need to downshift. Prior to the TSB, it would downshift radically at even the slightest of pitches on an Interstate. I had one stretch of road (I think it's about 7 miles long), where it used to downshift about 20 times. None of my other vehicles would ever downshift, and now after the TSB applied the Camry doesn't downshift once.
  • mrdoonmrdoon Posts: 9
    I guess my frustration is twofold - first, I live in Florida so I would rarely expect it to downshift as it's pretty flat here. Second, I just replaced a 1998 Altima that never downshifted while the cruise control was on. With that said, I rent a lot of cars for work and the Camry's performance is typical of most of the mid-size (and smaller) cars that I have driven in the last 3-4 years.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Well, one thing to keep in mind is the '98 Altima had a 4-speed transmission. The Camry has a 5-speed, and the top gear is pretty "tall," meaning that the car will have to downshift into 4th for relatively small upgrades.

    More gears = more shifts, but greater fuel efficiency, at least in theory.
  • mrdoonmrdoon Posts: 9
    Don't get me wrong, I am pleased with the overall performance of my Camry and have found a way to deal with this minor annoyance.
  • My 2008 SE V6 Camry will not allow me to maintain a constant internal air circulation. After pushing the button in for internal air circulation the indicator light comes on for internal air. However, after a short time period the light goes out and I’m getting outside air. This is an issue because I allergies to a lot of different pollens. Is there something wrong or is there a sensor changing this setting automatically?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    If you do not have the A/C on/enabled many new cars will revert to fresh mode within a minute or two. In recirculate mode there is too much danger of the passenger cabin atmosphere's dewpoint getting to the point wherein the interior surface of the windshield (windows...) will fog over, sometimes VERY quickly or suddenly.

    This is moreso of an issue/problem with vehicles of asian or US manufacture that use the seriously FLAWED NipponDenso or Denso US climate control designs. Most vehicles of european manufacture use the Bosch design. Those and some US vehicles that do not yet use the Denso design are not as much prone to this problem.

    Human metabolism, breathing/perpiration, continually adds moisture to the "local" atmosphere and if there is no fresh air inlet, or "free" exhaust outlet, the Rh (relative humidity) could climb to the point of windshield fogging, especially during the winter months.

    Today's cars are too well sealed against "conditioned" air escaping and the A/C therefore having to work harder resulting in lower FE.

    This is an extraodinary problem for the Denso designs in that due to a unique patent they have, and insist on using, they do not have a method, cannot use a method, wherein windshield fogging can be quickly overcome.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Also your car has a pollen filter anyway, so it really shouldn't matter if the air is recirculated or not. Just make sure the filter is changed on schedule, or even more frequently!
  • I have the same problem with my 2007 Camry. At 800 miles I replaced my wheels at Discount Tire. I had vibration pronlem prior to it. I thought since I was going to get the wheels changed, it would be gone. Discount Tire store tried four times to fix it, but they could not. So I drove until 5000 miles. When I had the service done, I told about this vibration around 65 mph. I was told that it was fixed. But, right after I left the service I experienced vibration again. I scheduled another service. This time it seems better. However, I still experience vibration around 70. What do you think I should do? Has your car been fixed yet?

  • bobveebobvee Posts: 17
    After 2 trips to the dealer, the wheel vibration problem has been reduced somewhat, however I am still not satisfied. I am trying to get the dealer to do a dynamic road test using a dynamometer stand with rollers. As I drive the car over 75MPH (yes - I realize that is over legal speed limits), the vibration gets more pronounced. My concern is that the problem may not be the wheel/tires but perhaps a drivetrain issue.

    WWEST: appreciate your input/thoughts on this issue.

    Thanks - bobvee
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