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2009 Toyota Camry

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  • Hey Guys,

    Just a quick thanks for having an awesome board like this, that the average person could go to to get answers.

    I just purchases a 2009 Toyota Camry SE, that came with a manufacturer installed alarm system.

    My question is, what would be the best (quality,affordability) Remote Start System to install?

    And also is it possible to have the remote starte installed in the Key that came with the car (which only has buttons for lock, unlock, trunk and panic) instead of having those big clumpy remotes attached to the key.

    i.e. Like is it possible to put it in the door unlock function button that when you unlock the doors then hold it down for five seconds the car starts....

    Thanks in advance for your help... the board is great!

    - Anthony
  • Hi, Since yesterday the tire pressure indicator comes on when i start the car in the morning. It stays on in the morning. In the afternoon when i take it for lunch it comes on but goes away after some time.

    Do i need to take it to my dealer to check it out?

    Does anybody noticed any vibration when the rear defogger button is pressed. I notice a little vibration when it it pressed. Is it normal??
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    By the afternoon your tires have been "pre-heated", the day is warmer, and now after you dirve it some distance the HEATED air in the tire(s) will have expended enough to meet the minimum pressure level of the TPMS.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    Sounds to me like you need to add air to the tire. As long as I'm writting this just a little something for those of you with tire monitors. When you have the tires rotated MAKE SURE the dealer calabrates the tires to their proper position. Mine didn't and I noticed the left front was 2 lbs. low but when I checked it before adding air the pressure was perfect. A few weeks later it was down around 4 and checked again. Ok. So I figured I would put this on my list for next oil change. A week later it was down 6 lbs and the display was on all the time so took it to dealer and they discovered that whoever rotated tires didn't reset the monitor system and it was another tire that was really low. I could have ruined a tire thinking everything was ok but it really wasn't.. Got a free oil change for their mistake.
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    don't forget to check the pressure in your spare!
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    A number of vehicles don't maintain individual wheel location setting, they just monitor 5 sensors and turn on a singular TPMS warning light. There is no resetting the wheel location when you rotate tires, but then you have to check all of the tire pressures to find the one that is low.........which you should obviously do anyhow if you get a warning light.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    On my wifes Caddy it reads each tire so you take it for granted that left front tire is 22lbs. instead of 30 which it calls for you check that tire and when it is right on the money you think that the monitor in the tire is defective not realizing that some idiot at the dealer when he rotated didn't take the extra one minute to use his hand held gadget to re sync. the wheels to the proper places. On the cheap setups I can see having to check all tires. Even my sisters cheap HHR has digital readout of each tire pressure.
  • I owned a 1998 Camry and loved that car. Drove it 100% problem free for many years and it still looked and ran great when I sold it. This year I looked into buying the 2009 model and was very disappointed. I'm not knocking Toyota because they have a reputation for making really good cars, but this current version of the Camry is not as good quality as the ones prior to 2007. I test drove an SE V6 and was dismayed at the low grade interior plastics and some of the panels not matching up properly in the spaces---something I NEVER imagined I would ever see in a Toyota vehicle. I liked the car except for these things. From what I've heard, some of these cars are built better than others. I don't know.

    But the thing that turned me off from the car was the awful blue plastic centerpiece on the dash and the HUGE toy-like buttons that look and feel like they would easily wear and break off. These things have just got to go because they make the interior of an otherwise beautiful car car look very cheap. I still cannot believe that Toyota actually put this in the Camry. I even asked the dealer if there was an option to upgrade to a different interior layout without the blue plastic stuff. He said there wasn't. Two weeks later I went back to the dealer and test drove the car again because I really wanted to buy another Camry---even got approved for their 0% deal. But I just couldn't get past that blue plastic stuff, and that was the only reason I did not buy the car. I really hope Toyota removes this design from the next update of the car. I know some people might like it but I think it looks terrible.
  • cubssoxscubssoxs Posts: 139
    Hey everyone, I have a 2009 Toyota Camry SE (4 cylinder). I have had it since August and just put 5000 miles on the car. Overall, it seems like a smooth riding car and I am very happy with it. Before I got this car I knew they were going to refresh this generation camry and I was wondering if anyone knew when that 2010 model is coming out. Although I already have my Camry I am just curious to see the changes to the refreshed model.
  • Does anybody has experienced any vibration when the rear defogger button is pressed on the 2009 camry?

    there is a little change in the rpm as well.
  • Out of curiosity (as I haven't had a need to use it before), I turned the rear defogger on this a.m. & did notice a vibration. I could feel it in my seat -- almost like one of those massage cushions. Maybe I'll leave it on all the time & it will help with the seat being uncomfortable as that issue still hasn't been worked out. As to the RPM, I didn't notice any change.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    I can't see why it would vibrate the seat -- or cause any vibration at all. In any case, the defogger times out after about 10 minutes, because it draws a lot of electrical power.

    Santocs - I really wouldn't worry about it.
  • waltchanwaltchan Posts: 123
    Wow, I haven't noticed any vibration at all in my Japanese-made 2009 Camry, and I use it a lot. All I hear is a click sound at the fuse section to turn on.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    Are we supposed to be impressed with your [non-permissible content removed] Camry? It sure don't impress me.
  • waltchanwaltchan Posts: 123
    No impressions are needed. I only share my experience.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    Yea right thats why every post included the [non-permissible content removed] Camry as in gee I don't have that problem with my Camry that was built in Japan, or something very similar.
  • berriberri Posts: 4,189
    Most Camry's and their drivetrains are built in Kentucky.
  • waltchanwaltchan Posts: 123
    Last time I've been to a Toyota dealer, 99% of Camrys they have in stock are made in Indiana. You can tell by the VIN #.
  • atb2atb2 Posts: 30
    I was at the dealer recently and the Camry(s) I looked at were built at TMMK in Kentucky. The one I bought in April was also built there.

    http://www.toyotageorgetown.com/
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    It doesn't matter where they are "built" (assembled..?), they're the best value overall in the class for a FWD passenger car.
  • atb2atb2 Posts: 30
    Agreed; perception used to be the "J" vins were superior in build, fit and finish, etc. I don't think that applies now.
    Resale, reliability, safety, on and on - best value overall in class as you stated.
  • atb2atb2 Posts: 30
    Yes. It did just as described; a 1-2 second vibration mostly in the steering wheel and probably a 50 rpm drop, then it recovered slightly. It's more pronounced in D than Park. Amp draw must be substantial. I suspect the V6 does not react this way.
  • exlerexler Posts: 129
    I get a vibration in my 4 cylinder 08 Camry automatic when driving at a steady 50 mph in"D". When I put it in "4" this does not happen. This has nothing to do with the rear defogger as it is off. Any ideas on this?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    It would not be considered "normal" to drive the Camry consistently in "4" rather than "D" so you may have a mechanical resonance that was inadvertently overlooked, maybe even intentionally so.

    A 4 cylinder mated with a CVT or 6 speed would have been a better match, those are coming.
  • notmybmwnotmybmw Posts: 101
    My educated guess is that you are (or at least your transmission is) "lugging" your engine in an attempt to live up to its EPA gas mileage claims. Check your tach to be sure. When you hear the vibrations, I'll bet your engine is turning about 1300 to 1500 RPM. This used to be considered a "fast idle"; now it's what mfg's strive for as an engine "cruising" speed. It's VERY tough on 4 cylinders to achieve this since they are inherently less smooth to begin with, compared to engines with more cylinders to "round off" the bumps of the compression/firing strokes.

    Drive in 4th when around town and you'll notice all this "commotion" will all but disappear. (and your throttle response will be better if/when you need it). Just don't forget to put her back in "over-D-rive" when you get out on the highway and "up to speed" so that you DO get that great MPG!

    Cheers,
    Scotty
  • waltchanwaltchan Posts: 123
    I don't agree at all. See post #7019 at "Prices paid and buying experience" thread. I was laughing my [non-permissible content removed] off at how lousy the assembly quality is in one of Indiana-made ones.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    while waiting for an oil change for my rare, Japanese-made 2009 Camry, Still at it I see on the other forums though you tried telling us that wasn't so. :P
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Oops....!!
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Let's move on, please.
  • exlerexler Posts: 129
    Thanks WWEST for the reply---How can I rid the vehicle of this mechanical resonance?---- As I am not too mechanically inclined I need more explanation regarding that issue-- I do not know if that TSB-0069-08 would have any value regarding correction of this matter--I read that TSB relates to vibration issues between 30-45 mph . I never had this issue with my 02 - 4 cylinder---4 speed automatic . I take it from your post you do not feel this 4 is a good match with a 5-speed automatic. Thanks for the input on this matter.
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