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Toyota Camry: Problems & Solutions

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  • c0kec0ke Posts: 44
    sounds like the same experience I have run into on my 2002 LE V6.

    The dealer changed the rotors and pads on the rear when the OD was around 1700 miles. But my son-in-law had noted the ridges forming (like you're noticing) when I had only 400 miles.

    Dealer didn't have a clue then or later at 2400 miles when some lesser ridges again began to form on one or the rear rotors.

    I'm going by the dealer this week for an oil change now that the OD is at 5000 miles (3K since last change) and ask them to take another look.

    Frankly they don't seem to have a clue on anything off the beaten path. They also don't seem to have a good communications path to report these findings for someone to research.
  • george00george00 Posts: 81
    An uncomfortable driver's seat is a MAJOR problem. I've already spent over a thousand dollars, and gobs and gobs of time, trying unsuccessfully to get it fixed. I'm rapidly reaching the point of getting rid of the car.

    As for Toyota responding to email, they did - they told me to see the service manager at a local dealership for diagnosis of my problem. I don't need a diagnosis - I know what's wrong - I need a fix. They didn't even address my question of whether seats from other models would fit my Camry. Evidently I can expect no help at all from Toyota. Besides, if they cared about their customers, they would be monitoring this forum. Do you think they are? Their pretense that they never heard of a problem like mine suggests they are not - after all, they're selling Camrys right and left, so why should they care?
  • mreededmreeded Posts: 2
    My 2002 Camry LE is having problems with the paint chipping off the grill in the front. It seems like a cheap piece of plastic with a thin coat of paint on it. I've had it replaced and it's doing it again.

    Anyone else experiencing anything similar?

    Mark
  • wilcoxwilcox Posts: 581
    Has never had anything go wrong with it.

    I was thinking about getting a new one, but have decided to keep it and put 16 inch wheels and a new stereo in it.

    I wants to upgrade my 1996 Camry V6 with a set of 16 inch styled wheels. Anyone else ever do this? How's do they ride? Do anyone have a clue wheres I's coulds finds a nice like new set for sale...like reasonable?

    Capt. Upgrade
    tmwilcox@southernco.com
  • wanna2002wanna2002 Posts: 23
    I purchased my XLE V6 in November and I was experiencing a severe rattle coming from my dash for the first month of ownership - it was a squeaky rattle, emphasized on bumpy roads and cold weather ... very, very annoying. Dealer checked it out and found that there was not enough insulation in a spot near the left front speaker. This totally fixed the problem.

    I am experiencing very shaky braking though, which started right after my first 7500 service. Will be bringing the car back in next week to have this checked. I am a bit disappointed to have experienced any problems with a brand new car, but have been happy with the service when necessary.

    Anyone experiencing rattles in the dash should have no problem getting it fixed by the dealer. It's sooooooo nice having that quiet ride!
  • Can go to this government site to check other reported problems; is a defects investigation site. Don't have to file a complaint, can just be nosy. Can also check out other autos, too. It is:
    www.nhtsa.dot.gov
  • curlyqcurlyq Posts: 54
    Well I heard from "the office of the President of Toyota" today regarding my Camry Solara's paint chipping problem. 23,000 miles and nearly 150 paint chips while driving in the Chicago suburbs and Toyota tells me my paint is NOT defective and therefore, not covered under there warranty. However they were kind enough to fax me an arbitration form. Some customer service? Guess I will have to look into other options including class action lawsuit and local TV Station "Problem Solvers". Customers should not accept this poor quality of paint when spending 20-30K on a new vehicle.

    Webguyster, since you are in my area, are you interested in pursuing Channel 2 problem solvers?

    Any other owners interested in pursuing a class action lawsuit over the paint chipping issue?

    Lastly, has anyone gone through arbitration with Toyota? Anyone won?

    A COMPLETELY UNSATISFIED CUSTOMER,
    Curly
  • curlyqcurlyq Posts: 54
    Well I heard from "the office of the President of Toyota" today regarding my Solara's paint chipping problem. 23,000 miles and nearly 150 paint chips while driving in the Chicago suburbs and Toyota tells me my paint is NOT defective and therefore, not covered under there warranty. However they were kind enough to fax me an arbitration form. Some customer service? Guess I will have to look into other options including class action lawsuit and local TV Station "Problem Solvers". Customers should not accept this poor quality of paint when spending 20-30K on a new vehicle.

    Webguyster, since you are in my area, are you interested in pursuing Channel 2 problem solvers?

    Any other owners interested in pursuing a class action lawsuit over the paint chipping issue?

    Lastly, has anyone gone through arbitration with Toyota? Anyone won?

    A COMPLETELY UNSATISFIED CUSTOMER,
    Curly
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    as the hosts will start deleting them
  • mjday1972mjday1972 Posts: 76
    I've got a 2002 Camry with 3500 miles (it's 7 months old) that has some paint chips as well. I also live in the Chicago 'burbs, and I hit a lot of rocks (a few fell off an overpass and cracked my windshield and scratched my hood a few weeks ago). From what I understand, most of these automotive paints are made by a small amount of companies (PPG for example)and that since they moved to water based paints, the quality isn't what it used to be. This is also a problem with more companies than just Toyota. As such, I don't feel it necessary to pursue a class action lawsuit against Toyota at all.

    Please don't contact channel 2, that woman on the show annoys the heck out of me!

    Good luck with your endevours.
  • sampittssampitts Posts: 1
    I have Camry LE 4cyl 2001. Like the car very much in most of the cases. But the whole vehicle VIBRATES or SHAKES VIOLENTLY while driving in not-so-heavy RAIN.
    If the weather is dry, then I do not see problems. Showed it to Toyota mechanic. He could not recreate it (obviously lack of rain on that day).
    Did anyone has similar problems? How to fix it.
    Thanks in advance for your help,
    Sam.
  • john345john345 Posts: 6
    I had a bad creaking, groaning noise in the bottom portion of the power driver's seat shortly after I bought my SE. On the 3rd trip to the service department, they finally took out the seat and adjusted the tension on the springs. That solved the problem for about 4 months. Now I'm starting to hear the groaning, noisy springs again. Just wondering if my seat is basically flawed, or if anyone else has heard this noise.
  • gp4gp4 Posts: 9
    I never had paint chipping problems before this car, and I've had a lot of cars. I think the paint on the new Camry is thinner or cheaper or something, it shouldn't chip that badly. More cost cutting by Toyota at the expense of owners.
  • paul29paul29 Posts: 178
    Where is the chipping occuring ? Bumper or hood or both.
  • kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
    I had a '95 V6 LE, and would occasionally get this at a specific speed. Found out this was due to the tires being out of balance. It would usually take me 3 tries with my local tire dealer to properly balance the tires, but this would cure the vibration.
  • kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
    I ended up putting 215/60/15s on my 95 Camry. This greatly improved the handling, while only marginally hurting the ride.

    With 16" tires, the ride will deteriorate, but not substantially. Just depends on how much you value handling and looks versus ride. You will still have an excellent ride with the 16s.
  • dgh2dgh2 Posts: 4
    I have a 1997 Camry; 4 cylinder engine; 50,900 miles. It stalled after sitting in traffic for an hour but started again and ran rough for a minute or so. I called the dealer and was told it was a problem with the EGR valve--and that was a common problem with '97 Camry's. It would cost me $400 to replace it, but the dealer suggested that I continue driving it until it got much worse. Has anyone experienced a similar problem? Also...isn't the EGR valve part of the emmission control system and part of the extended warranty required by the US government? Does Toyota have to replace it at their expense? Thanks.
  • rubicon52rubicon52 Posts: 191
    Lots of Solara owners complaining about easily chipped paint (including myself). You may want to read paint related postings on the Solara forum. The consensus seems to be that Toyota (as well as other manufacturers) is using a more environmentally friendly painting process which is resulting in less durable paint finishes.
  • hfriedmanhfriedman Posts: 5
    I took delivery of my new Camry in January. I have loved it! Except 2 weeks ago I started to hear a rattle, as if the right rear door wasn't closed all the way (it was closed all the way). The rattle is getting a bit worse and is very annoying, in an otherwise quiet car. I will take it to the dealer, who said they don't know anything about this problem. So thought I'd get a heads up and find out if any of you have had this problem and what is the solution. Thank you for your help!
  • hfriedmanhfriedman Posts: 5
    I took delivery of my new Camry in January. I have loved it! Except 2 weeks ago I started to hear a rattle, as if the right rear door wasn't closed all the way (it was closed all the way). The rattle is getting a bit worse and is very annoying, in an otherwise quiet car. I will take it to the dealer, who said they don't know anything about this problem. So thought I'd get a heads up and find out if any of you have had this problem and what is the solution. Thank you for your help!
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