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Toyota Camry: Problems & Solutions

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  • You mean $1200 right? We had a new engine put in our Rav under warranty as well. We basically followed the book as though the engine was new. By the way, less than 20K miles later and it needs a valve job. Toyota says it is out of warranty and they can do no more. Sadly this was after I purchased my 02 Camry. Couple this with the Camry rattle issues and I might be in a Honda right now.
  • camryman5camryman5 Posts: 10
    andrelaplume:

    Actually, they told me $12000, not $1200. Seems high if you ask me. I am very disappointed with the '02 Camry (Although I believe '02 is the first year of the new design). I might go with Honda for my next purchase if the problems continue. I have always heard that Camry's are so great...not in my opinion. My '97 Grand Am blows away my Camry in terms of maintenance BIG TIME!!!

    Thanks for your post!
  • rivermanriverman Posts: 5
    Help! I have posted a rather long reply to someone last night on the pulling issue, can't find it now. I am having terrible problems and after the fourth attempt at repair, the factory rep said it was ok to have the pull and to adjust the wheel by having to tap or hold it!!!! Toyota has assigned a lemon rep or something like that to me, but I have been told my only option, for now nobody will touch the car, is arbitration. There is a tsb out on it, I have it, and feel stuck. Please let me know anything you have, even case number or incident number if possible.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,023
    Your original post is here in the Solara topic in Sedans.

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  • I own a 1993 Camry XLE with factory remote locking and security Fob. Recently, and on an intermittent basis, the parking and taillights which flash momentarily when pressing the locking/unlocking position on the Fob, have remained on. Once unnoticed they stayed on long enough to drain the battery. Any cause identification, solutions or suggestions for resolving would be greatly appreciated
  • lilgreg56lilgreg56 Posts: 12
    TRY THIS WEB SIGHT REGARDING TSB

    WWW.ALLDATA.COM

    DEALERS DONT WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT THIS SIGHT, BEACUSE THAT CANT LIE ANY MORE ABOUT PROBLEMS!!!!
  • lilgreg56lilgreg56 Posts: 12
    NOT SURE IF THE PULLING WAS CORRECTED AT THE DEALER OR NOT, I KNOW WHAT THE PROBLEM IS AND SO DO THEY, BUT THEY ARE PLAYING DUMB.
    THE PROBLEM WAS KNOWN BY TOYOTA IN 2001, I HAVE 2002 CAMRY. GET BACK TO ME IF YOU NEED SOME HELP.
  • lilgreg56lilgreg56 Posts: 12
    THERE IS SOMETHING CALLED TSB (TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN)
    THE ARE 2 ITEM #S THE MAY PERTAIN TO YOUR PROBLEM, TAKE THESE #S TO YOUR DEALER.

    ST002-03 ISSUED DATE JUNE/03........STEERING COLUME NOISE WHEN TURNING
     SORRY THERE WAS ONLY ONE TSB #

    GO TO THIS WEB SIGHT AND YOU CAN GET ALL THE TSB #S FOR YOUR CAR. I HAVE A 2002 CAMRY SO I FEEL YOU.

    WWW.ALLDATE.COM
                       GOOD LUCK
  • Hi I have a 99 camry and its time for 4year 60000 mile service to be done. WHat I was wondering is the car only has 48k on it they are telling me it needs done now what I was wondering is do you think it would be ok to wait tell there is 60k on the car or should I do it now? I only put about 4k miles a year on it now it is our 2nd car. Thanks
    Darcy
  • lilgreg56lilgreg56 Posts: 12
    SORRY ABOUT THE BAD WEB SIGHT ADDR. BEFORE, I NEED TO CHECK MY SPELLING BEFORE I SEND. THE WEB SIGHT IS WWW.ALLDATA.COM, NOT WWW.ALLDATE.COM

    SORRY FOR ANY PROBLEM THAT MAY HAVE HAPPENED
  • chucko3chucko3 Posts: 793
    The CEL is intermittenly on and off. The dealer could not find any code for it.
    Does anyone know what it might be?
  • themoon77themoon77 Posts: 102
    Sounds like an Oxygen Sensor to me. Intermittent flashing of the CEL is a good sign that it is failing.

    Edge
  • chucko3chucko3 Posts: 793
    The dealer checked out the Oxygen sensor. It's OK.
    What bothers me is the CEL came on and stayed on for a few days then went away for weeks then back on again.
  • lilgreg56lilgreg56 Posts: 12
    I HAVE A 2002 THAT DOES THE SAME THING, CAMRY HAS KNOWN ABOUT THE DRIFT SENCE DEC/01 THATS RIGHT 2001, THERE IS A TSB # THAT TELLS THE DEALER OF THE PROBLEM AND HOW TO CORRECT IT. THE NEW # AS OF FEB.4TH OF O4 IS ,,,,ST002-04. TELL THEM YOU WANT THE DRIFTING FIXED PER THIS TSB #.
    WHAT THEY WILL DO IS REMOVE YOUR STRUT ON THE LEFT SIDE AND TURN A PLATE OR SPRING 25MM COUNTER CLOCK WISE AND THAT WILL FIX IT.

                            GOOD LUCK
  • lilgreg56lilgreg56 Posts: 12
    YOUR PROBLEM IS KNOWN BY TOYOTA SO MUCH THAT THERE IS A TSB # FOR THE PROBLEM,GO TO THEM AND TELL THEM YOU WANT IT FIXED UNDER THE TSB# ST002-03.PER JUNE OF 2003.

                        GOOD LUCK
  • dekesterdekester Posts: 322
    All caps is considered shouting.

    Thanks.
  • camryman5camryman5 Posts: 10
    POINTING OUT THAT ALL CAPS IS CONSIDERED SHOUTING, IS CONSIDERED ANNOYING.

    THANKS.
  • solara00solara00 Posts: 81
    Let's go with annoying over shouting....PLEASE!!

    Annoying I can ignore. It's hard to ignore your BIG LETTERS!!
  • lilgreg56lilgreg56 Posts: 12
    Sorry about the caps all, no disrespect!!!
    Just wanted to help as much as I can. Im just so mad how Toyota is hiding all there problems with the new Camrys, then playing ignorent, even when there are tsb#s.
  • solara00solara00 Posts: 81
    You know, I do have a question. I realize we all come here for information. Do we tend to see only (or at least more) complaints than maybe the "average" Camry buyer has? In short, most people don't tell you how good the service was at restaurant A, but they will tell you when service was bad.

    Another way to ask this....do the people who really have NO problems just not get on these forums? Or do "no-problem-Camry-people" not exist?

    I'm looking at an XLE V6 Camry. Looks nice and we've had good luck before with 3 Toyotas. Any chance I can get one in 2004 that really is good?

    Thanks!
  • dougb10dougb10 Burlington, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 185
    Solara00...you are probably right about that. Those with no problems just don't have the same incentive to post their thoughts. I guess I am one of them. We have an '03 Toyota XLE (now has 16,000 km.) and this car has been flawless.
    I am very picky about stuff that doesn't work right and am sorry to hear about the problems some people have on this forum.
    Can't say enough about our Yota...have a big grin every time I drive it and have Tina doing her thing through the cool sound system.

    Doug
  • solara00solara00 Posts: 81
    We have a '94 XLE V6, a '97 XLE V6 and a 2000 SLE V6 Solara. My personal favorite is the 97, but all three have been tremendously good cars for us.

    The 2000 Solara has a few more rattles than either the 94 or 97, and we've had a slight left pull alignment problem.

    But none of these problems have been to any degree that would make me decide to go away from Toyota at this point. If we go ahead with the purchase of the 04 XLE, I'll let you know my thoughts. Good, bad, otherwise.
  • junepugjunepug Posts: 161
    We own a 2002 Camry V6 LE, asembled in Kentucky, with 17,000 miles. We have not experienced any problems with the car nor have we heard any rattles. It is possibly the best new car we have purchased in 40 years of auto purchasing experience.
  • dekesterdekester Posts: 322
    Really have had nothing to complain about. I just had a question about the tranny "kick" and it's probably me not being used to the drive by wire system. We experienced a creak in the dash, but it was when the temps were at 20F or lower. Nothing else to report, but we "only" have about 3680 miles on our LE V6.

    Dealer was a dream to buy from and service at. My wife had purchased a new Tercel in 1991 and we put 72000+ miles on it until this past Summer when the relay from the control box to turn the cooling fan on went out. Spent some time and $ replacing what we thought was wrong - found out how to just leave the fan running all the time and it never overheated after!

    I figured if that lil' 1.5 Liter four banger couls survive my heavy foot - and I was exclusively a V8 RWD man - and still come back for more, Toyota won me over. I was always a non-import buyer, but I've been impressed.

    Sure there are those who have lemons, but so do domestic and European import owners. My father in-law has a 2003 Mercedes E320 that has spent a lot of time in the shop for computer replacement, a new radiator, trans work, etc.

    My brother in-law who was a Mercedes buyer and owned a few GMC Suburbans bought a Sequoya!

    Toyota quality is the main reason we bought the Camry last September. If they made a wagon, the dog would be able to take trips with us, but I don't want her in the car....yet!

    Deke
  • hboydhboyd Posts: 98
    1) My front brake rotors warp every 10-20K miles; (Steering wheel shutters when I brake); I have to get rotors re-lined and/or new pads about every 18 months; Any suggestions?

    2) Idle-speed control valve gums-up constantly -- about every 5-10K miles; (car won't hold idle in morning); four ISCVs replaced under warranty, but problem always comes back. Any suggestions?

    These are my two on-going major problems that I am having with my 1995 Camry LE-4cyl;

    Can anybody recommend a good Toyota mechanic reasonably near Disneyland in Southern California?

    Thanks, Martin
  • larryk7larryk7 Posts: 2
    Ok, this is frustrating. I keep getting code PO135 (Bank 1, Sensor 1, Heater). I changed the 02 sensor that is immediately in front of you as you face the engine from the front (2000 Camry V6). Best info I had said this is Bank 1, Sensor 1.

    I did however use a Bosch sensor and spliced/soldered the wires. I am confident the wires are OK. Do I have the right sensor located? Or, is the other sensor before the cat Bank I, Sensor 1?

    I had all codes cleared after I replaced it, but the light is back on. Just had the code read again a few minutes ago, and once again it is PO135

    Any help appreciated.
  • I have two issues with my brand new Camry.

    1. when turning right there is a pulsing in the steering wheel...the dealer replaced the entire steering rack with no success, any ideas what is wrong?

    2. Also, when turning the steering wheel to the extreme right, contact is made between the side wall of the tire and the inside of the right wheel well, is this normal?

    PLEASE HELP!
  • csaxoncsaxon Posts: 8
    larryk7 The one you see facing the engine from the front is heated O2 sensor (Bank 2 sensor 1) The one in the rear of the engine is heated o2 sensor Bank 1 sensor 1. This from page EM 30 of the factory repair manual. It also helps if you know if it's a california model..they have some things different but not this.
  • hank2hank2 Posts: 75
    I believe most of us like the reliability of the Camry, which is why we are here. Unfortunately, we have learned to have higher standards and are disappointed when the Camry doesn't live up. And I believe they should live up to their reputation for reliability, because I would go buy a Honda or something else, otherwise.

    That said, I have a 1989 Silver Camry DLX with 200K miles, which cost me about $14K new and about $2000 in repairs over the past 15 years. That does not include normal maintenance. But it does include extended wear, such as water pump, alternator, air conditioning, mostly in the last 4 years. Then engine sounds looks and sounds perfect. I consider that NO Problems.

    The only reason I'm getting a new car (which is why I'm here) was as preventive maintenance, before I have to put money into the car. However, I have no problem giving this car to my nephew for free. I figure that's a $2000 gift, and his father expects that it'll be a bargain, even if he (father) has to pay $2000 for repairs over the next few years.

    - hank2
  • My friend has had her '04 Camry Solara SLE V6 fully loaded (nav) for about seven months. Anyway, her brake light came on the other day, but the dealer can't look at it until Thursday. Has anyone else had this problem, and if so what was the solution. She is scared that her brakes will fail and I told her it is probably a sensor or something.
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