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Toyota Camry 2006 and earlier



  • lmacmillmacmil Posts: 1,758
    NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Toyota Motor Corp., the leader in sales of hybrid gas-electric vehicles, is reportedly set to announce a hybrid version of its Camry sedan, the best-selling U.S. car model.

    The New York Times reported the announcement is expected Tuesday. It is to be built at the company's Georgetown, Ky., plant that makes the Camry, making it the company's first U.S.-built hybrid.

    Toyota has scheduled a press conference to be held simultaneously in both Georgetown and Washington D.C. for 11 a.m. ET, though it has not disclosed the subject matter.

    The company makes a hybrid-only
  • andrelaplumeandrelaplume Posts: 934
    I heard that after 5 years the battery component may need to be replaced at a cost of thousands of dollars. Can this be true? That can not be good for the resale value of any car. Does this mean you must dump the car after 3 years? Are these vehicles designed to completely recycleable? Won't folks start complaining about auto graveyards....? I want better gas mileage like everyone else but it seams no one wants to get away from gas. Interesting how gas prices have 'adjusted' themselves just as the hybrid cars start to roll out.

    Sorry to get off topic.......
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
  • lmacmillmacmil Posts: 1,758
    The Honda Accord Hybrid comes with an 8 yr/80,000 mile warranty on the battery. I expect the Camry will be similar.
  • phd86phd86 Posts: 110
    Don't worry:

    Of course it has clear coat. Meguiar's makes some good products but also some cheaper stuff which is what you tried. Even their good stuff takes alot of patience.

    Yes, use a cleaner. I use "mother's" (based on a tip on this site). It is a 3-step process that takes ~4 hours for the car (cleaner, sealer, then wax), but it works. zero swirls. zero haze. zero scratches.

  • I have a 2005 Camry V6 with 800 miles. I drove from the Boston area to Cooperstown NY over the weekend 270 miles (95% highway) and got 30 MPG. I used premium fuel, no AC and had cruise control set at 72 MPH.
  • lmacmillmacmil Posts: 1,758
    "I drove from the Boston area to Cooperstown NY over the weekend 270 miles (95% highway) and got 30 MPG."

    That's terrific. I think I'll try premium on my next trip.
  • canddmeyercanddmeyer Posts: 409
    Hi y'all. I just rented a 2005 LE 4-banger while my 2003 4Runner was being repaired, and thot I'd share my opinion. The vehicle road nicely although road imperfections were easily felt through the seat. The suspension, though soft, sure let a lot of bumps be felt. The steering had oversteer, and wasn't as precise as my 1999 Accord. The high speed handling was tail happy. The car was very well insulated and road noise was almost non-existent. I liked the automatic headlights. This car had a sunroof. I loved it. I'm tall and was able to wear a hat and still clear the sunroof. The Camry with a sunroof has more headroom than my 4Runner w/o a sunroof.

    As for MPG, the vehicle averaged 25mpg and my usage was 75% city, so I'd say the mileage was fantastic.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Are you sure you mean "oversteer"? Due its front drive and forward weight bias, the Camry is a resolute understeerer. And your comments on ride imperfections are the first I've read, the Camry is regarded as having one of the better rides in the segment.

    Thanks, though, for the review!

  • jcfcjcfc Posts: 5
    I've a 2005 Camry and could you please tell me how to reset the maint. req. light. I've looked at the manual but could not find the instruction. Thanks much !
  • larryt22larryt22 Posts: 125
    Try this. It works on the 2004 Camry. Hold down the odometer reset button with the car turned off. While the reset button is pushed, turn on the ignition. In a couple of seconds you should hear a beep which means it has been reset.
  • moeharrimoeharri Posts: 108
    Turn the car off, hold the trip/odometer stick and keep holding it while turning the key to accessory/on position (you don't need to start the car). Keep holding it until you see the odometer count down from like 5 to 0 or so--you'll know when it's reset.
  • kreativkreativ Posts: 299
    Question for '05 Camry LE or SE owners with the optional VIP RS3200 Plus security system installed:
    Does the VIP R3200 Plus include the Glass Breakage Sensor? Or were you told you had to pay extra for it?

    I'm pretty sure the Glass Breakage Sensor is included in the VIP RS3200 Plus package, but am getting conflicting information depending on who I talk to at my local Toyota dealership.
  • fredvhfredvh Posts: 854
    Does anyone know how long yet they will continue to manufacture the 2005 Camry and/or the date of the changeover to the 2006?
    What changes, if any, will we see for the 2006 Camry?
  • petlpetl Posts: 610
    Since a major change is due for the 2007 Camry, there should be no changes for the 2006 model. Some have posted that the 2007 may be released in early 2006 (as a 2007 model).
  • So, I have the sylvania silver star's and they aren't that bright. They are nice and white though. but I was wondering what the difference was between the halogens and the xenon bulbs. is it the same type of bulb with different gases?, or is it a completly different bulb that won't work with the halogen housings. Basicly, can I get xenon bulbs for my camry?
  • kenymkenym Posts: 405
    Why not get rid of some of these read only boards after a period of time? Seems kind of silly to take up space after all nobody can respond to them anyway. Some of your read only boards are over a year old.

  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    We have read-only discussions going back a lot further than a year. No reason to get rid of them as we don't have a storage problem and most of them have a lot of useful information that is available when the proper search tools are used.

    If you want to discuss this further, click on my name and send me an email. We aren't the least bit on topic with this conversation. :)
  • fredvhfredvh Posts: 854
    Is it too late to special order a new Camry XLE I4 auto? At what date do they stop taking orders? I am interested in the XLE I4 auto with the VSC/Side bag package but I cannot find it. Thanks in advance for any insight. I will try a dealer if I cannot find the answer here.
  • lmacmillmacmil Posts: 1,758
    Generally June is too late to order the current model year. They will probably start building the 06 models in August.
  • First time user to this forum and it looks informative and fun! Weeee! Anyways, I own a 1993 Toyota Camry, 4 cyl. 5S-FE 2.2 liter which was a hand down bought brand new by my padre. It has 172,000mi. and it runs like a champ. I'm looking to spice up the performance a bit for increased hp and more torque. All the so-called "speed enthusiasts" who I have talked to say to by a new car, but I can't let go of this beauty because of the memories we've had and mainly because this car still has more life to live!!! I've thought about investing into a cold air intake and a new exhaust. That seems like the first step to modification. Will a new intake provide any improvements to this silent cheetah? And are there any other combined modifications I can think about investing in? (I live in Arizona so it gets as hot as a spicy meatball here.) Keep it rockin', this forum kicks butt!
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Hi - welcome! We have a relatively new Speed Shop: Tuning & Modification board that may interest you, also. Have fun!
  • lmacmillmacmil Posts: 1,758
    You've got a 130 hp engine. Even if you increased the hp by 10% (which would be a healthy increase with intake & exhaust mods), you'd barely notice the difference. The car is probably worth less than $2000 and putting $500 into mods would probably not increase the value $.01 for most potential buyers. Just enjoy it as reliable transportation and save your money for something newer. Good luck.
  • lmacmillmacmil Posts: 1,758
    My wife's Highlander came with them. Looks like the fronts are attached by the same screws that hold the fender liner on. The rears look like they use a different method. Can it be done on the rear without drilling new holes?
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    I added aftermarket mudflaps just to the rear of my '04 Camry. I drilled holes into the leading edges of the rear bumper cover (and one hole on each side into the fender liner); there's no other way to do it. I would never consider drilling into metal because of the potential for rust, but of course the bumper cover and fender liners are plastic.

    I decided to forgo the OEM mudflaps because they don't extend far down enough for sufficient protection, and of course they cost a lot more. The front wheels don't really need mudflaps on the Camry, IMO, because the lower body panels don't curve inward.
  • qamanqaman Posts: 2
    How do you "reset" the Maintenance Required on the 04 Camry.
  • typesixtypesix Posts: 320
    Procedure is in owner's manual.
  • lmacmillmacmil Posts: 1,758
    "I drilled holes into the leading edges of the rear bumper cover (and one hole on each side into the fender liner."

    Do the screws just screw into the bumper cover and liner or are there nuts? I wouldn't think the plastic is thick enough to support the mudflaps without nuts.
  • larryt22larryt22 Posts: 125
    Read 7746 and 7747
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