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Toyota Camry 2006 and earlier



  • sbell4sbell4 Posts: 446
    the "chair height" is taller to allow better ingress and egress, improved visibility and an increased sense of control. The front seats feature new cushions that use dual-density foam for comfort and support. On the driver's seat, the redesigned lumbar support is more comfortable.

    There are nearly 1.7 inches more front seat travel, nearly an inch more room between the driver and passenger's seats and nearly 1.5 inches more room between the front and rear seats. The radio and heating/cooling unit has been moved up on the dash for better visibility and easier operation.
  • sbell4sbell4 Posts: 446
    As noted before there isn't an ashtray or lighter as standard equipment but it will have the two power outlets! I do not know if the optional lighter takes away one of the outlets.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Is it true that the V6 will be more or less the 200hp variant lifted directly from the Solara? Has it been modified at all to reduce weight or fuel consumption? What about the US spec SE model... I'm sure many of you have seen, from a previous posting, (that listed a Camry site, the speculation that the SE will be unavailable with a 5sp stick? Arrrggghh...

    Any confirmations?

  • edwardh5edwardh5 Posts: 130
    One of the main complaints - by edmunds, click and clack, and consumer reports was that the seat cushion was too short, front to back.
    Has that changed?
  • sbell4sbell4 Posts: 446
    I do not know. We will not know until the car is here next month. Spec sheets are informative but at times misleading. An inch here and 1/2 inch there may not seem like much but can be considerable in the way a car feels.
  • sbell4sbell4 Posts: 446
    2.4L DOHC 157 horsepower 162 torque

    3.0L DOHC 192 horsepower 209 torque

    ALPHA01 It appears the 2002 Solara is still available in a 5 speed but the southeast region is not buying any for the month of July.
  • wenyuewenyue Posts: 558
    192 hp? That's less than the current Camry V6. That doesn't make any sense to have a weaker engine than the existing V6.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    CA Emissions spec versions of the current Camry have lower hp ratings.....133 for the 2.2-4cyl and 192 for the 3.0V6.
    Toyota was probably aiming for the ULEV or SULEV rating for all next generation Camrys sold hence the lower hp. That really frekin sucks. I hope the car (V6) didnt gain too much weight.
    Man, that really sucks.
  • I clicked on the hyperlink ,and all I saw was old Camrys from the year that I have which is a 94 ,and 95 or 96.....No New Pics of the 2002 Camrys. (sigh)
  • So the 2002 Camry remodeling will be almost similar but not exactly to the Japanese Camry? Right? Is the Camry even being remodeled? If so, then could someone explain please. I'm very confused..

    Is 2002 gonna look like the picture that is at the website

    or a little different or what? Please explain. (sigh)


  • Hi,
    You said in a post that your friend test drove the 2002 Camry at the George Town Plant, well did you two trade pics of the 2002 Camry or anything?
    I'm very confused. wenyue said in post #1076 that
    the 2002 Camry model is the Japanese model,and that the steering wheel is on the right which is a obvious feature for foreign countries. My question is, Is the 2002 Camry gonna be the same model
    that are shipped to the United States because wenyue said that they are gonna be a little different? Camrys are made in Japan and Kentucky,now how can they make the 2002 Camrys for Japan ,and then make a the Camrys a little different for the U.S. ?Makes no sense to me. Am I making myself clear or am I confusing you? Please help...
    Courtney :)
  • lenscaplenscap Posts: 854
    I don't understand what you find so confusing. Hopefully I can help. The all-new 2002 Camry will be in dealers early-mid August. It is the car in the pictures at the mag-x website. The Kentucky plant makes the cars for both the US and Japan, and of course there are differences. Japanese versions have the steering wheel on the right side, US versions on the left. Bumpers will be different because there are different safety/crash standards in the two countries. Plus, some trim pieces and options may be different. But they're all built on the same assembly line, and they're probably 99% the same car. Just like in the Tahara plant in Japan, the Toyota Celsior and the Lexus LS 430 are built together. They are the same car, just one is for Japan and one for the US. This happens in plants all around the world. The Mercedes M-Class is built in Alabama, yet different versions are built for, again, different parts of the world. It's not confusing, it's car-building economics.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Sunshine- when that page opens up, click "Skip Intro". there ya go.

    It was posted by a someone a couple days ago, it does not have full pictures of the camry just about 8-10 zoomed in shots of exterior parts.

    Click on each pic. there's also a brief spec page. you can get to that by clicking "CLICK HERE"

  • sbell4sbell4 Posts: 446
    No one will say until the car is sitting on a dealer's lot next month that the car in the pics are the same car but it really is. You will not see any offical pictures or literature on the 2002 Camry from Toyota Motor Sales until September 1st. The release date is still the 15th but it may be moved up to the 9th because 2001 Camry is selling out faster then expected due to incentives. Honda is ahead of Toyota by about 18000 cars year to date and Toyota wants each dealer to have plenty of Camry for the rest of the year. Spy pics appear from time to time but it is almost impossible to take any pictures of the car at the plant. When a plane goes by the test track there are several sheds the driver is radioed to park the car under until clear. I was at the plant right before the Avalon redesign and it was the same thing then. I took a picture of a wrapped Avalon going to the track from a pretty good distance, it made me feel good but you couldn't tell any features or design of the car because of the masking. The Camry is a drastic body style change aimed toward more of the younger buyer and still keep our core clients as well. The LE is the entry level and we will represent around 73% of all the Camry sold. The car is available in the 4 and the 6. The SE is the sport edition and will have fog lamps, spoiler, different front fascia etc. The XLE is still the luxury edition withe the SE and XLE having a factory package option that does give the Navigational system. The nav system is the best I have ever been introduced to with it being adjustable in different positions to help prevent glare and can calculate routes in an average of 3.5 seconds. The negative is the 6 disc in dash CD changer that I am used to being in the top of the line Toyotas can not be used because of space constraints when the nav is installed. The single disc can be accessed by pressing a button and the the nav system opens to allow access to the cd player(I may be wrong on that last part). I saw the car back in November at Toyota's dealer meeting in Vegas and can't really remember a lot about it because it was up on stage with effects and smoke surrounding it. It was a teaser shot still in the concept stage at that time. I have spoken to three people that have driven teh car and all have said that the car is not very photogenic and you really have to see the car to get a good understanding. I hope this helps any confusion, simply put it seems to be a nice car and I think the Accord had a good chance of being # 1 this year until the redesign.
  • lenscaplenscap Posts: 854
    I wonder why Toyota didn't design the car to accomodate the in-dash 6-disc and the nav system. They did on the Lexus LS 430.
  • Rick,
    Ok, now I understand... Thanks for clearing up my confusion... :)
    Courtney :)
  • Thanks! :) I understand now! :) You and lenscap have been of some help.. Have a great weekend! :)
  • Hi Joe,
    Thanks for the little help you gave me, it helped.. I love the 2002 Camry, I'm defintely gonna get a 2002 Camry...
    Thanks again Joe!
    Courtney :)
  • edwardh5edwardh5 Posts: 130
    I can do without the nav systems.
    Do we have a problem in america with people getting lost?
    That can be fixed by a nav system?
  • tommy38tommy38 Posts: 32
    New Camry bigger, quieter, better looking
    Toyota's popular sedan moves from `sensible' to `sensual'
    Alex Law

    NEW LOOK: The Camry has been redesigned for 2002, making it roomier, quieter and less box-like.
    Toyota will launch a bigger and improved version of its Camry sedan this fall. The general goal is to give the car more personality while bolstering its reputation for brick-like reliability.

    Details on the 2002 Camry, including official photographs, have not been released by Toyota Canada, so the actual final offerings may be somewhat different.

    But, with enterprise, it is possible through various channels to put together an idea of what to expect.

    Camry's fifth generation gets its first all-new chassis in 10 years. The intent is to create a larger, tighter, quieter car.

    On that improved superstructure, Toyota has styled and packaged a Camry that moves from "sensible to sensual."

    To that end, the North American arm of the Japanese firm is going after after a less bland look, a more aggressive ride, and equipment levels that deliver a "mass-market car with a niche-market feel."


    That last goal is to be reached by offering model grades that are "based more on consumer tastes than on buyer budgets." How that will work in this country has not yet been explained by the folks at Toyota Canada, so we'll have to wait and see.

    What we know for certain is that the new Camry is significantly bigger than the model it replaces, which follows a pattern that's been going on for some time as Toyota learns to design cars for North Americans rather than adapt Japanese cars for them.

    Camry's key dimensions are all going up for 2002. The wheelbase is now 2,720 mm, the overall length is 4,806 mm, the width is 1,796 and the height is 1,409 mm. Those are considerable expansions in automotive terms and will result in significant increases in interior roominess.

    There was also a concerted effort to raise the new Camry's H-point, which is more or less the position where the occupant has primary contact with the seat. This makes it easier to access and provides a better road view.

    To make this interior room more comfortable, Toyota apparently took great trouble to reduce Camry's noise, vibration and harshness levels. The key to this is always a more rigid chassis and body, and Toyota says this was accomplished.

    They also crafted a body shape that is more aerodynamic, which helps raise fuel economy as well as lower side noise.

    An appreciation for a car's exterior shape is always a personal thing, but it can be said that Toyota stylists made a pronounced effort to make Camry more attractive and have, to some extent, succeeded.

    People who've seen it say it has a lot less of the appliance look that is a hallmark of the current model.

    Camry's natural audience will never require that it be "a driver's car," but Toyota does want it to be a little more responsive in its next iteration. To that end, the suspension uses a MacPherson strut with a stabilizer bar up front, a dual-link strut with a stabilizer bar in the back, gas-filled shocks, and an anti-vibration sub-frame.

    To power the new Camry, Toyota has created a new base four-cylinder and retained the optional V6.

    The new engine is a 2.4 L twin-cam 16-valve inline-four that develops 157 hp at 5,600 rpm and 162 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. It has an aluminum alloy block and head, and distributes the 87-octane fuel through a multi-point electronic fuel-injection system.

    For the 2002 model, the 3.0-L V6 delivers 192 hp at 5,300 rpm and 209 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm running high-octane gasoline through its multi-point electronically-controlled fuel injectors.

    Both engines will come equipped with a five-speed manual transmission, but there'll also be a new four-speed automatic available.


    Toyota says owners can expect these powertrains to give superior launch capabilities to the current model, which is the result of some more aggressive tuning and the lesser curbweights.

    As for the curbweights, the four-cylinder models will run from 1,400 to 1,460 kg and the V6 lineup will run from 1,495 to 1,542 kg.

    In the U.S., the Camry will be packaged as the LE, the XLE and the SE, with each set to deliver a higher level of content in a more focused fashion — the volume model, a luxury model and a sportier model.

    It's worth pointing out that Toyota did not contribute any of this information, so there might be variations when their decisions are announced.

    Contact Alex Law at
  • s852s852 Posts: 1,051
    If you can do without the navigation system, then just don't order one.
    Navigation system is a feature that many people want instead of dealing with paper maps, just like they may want a higher end JBL stereo upgrade when the standard radio can be lived with by most.
  • ccam206ccam206 Posts: 4
    I own a 1996 Camry LE 4-cylinder w/ 49,000 miles. Love it but for one thing. It takes a bumpy road just fine, no noises to be heard. However, when it goes over more of a "dip" than a bump it makes a sound that I can best describe as "ch-ch". Happens all the time since the car hit 30,000 miles. Drives me crazy. I've had a few mechanics drive it & 2 of them said it is just a suspension compression noise. I've noticed it in other Camrys as they've driven by me. It does not bottom out as in question 20 but could this also be something with the springs? I planned on keeping the car a while but this may make me get rid of it. Any ideas? As I said, I've heard it in other Camrys so hopefully someone can point me in the right direction.
  • tcpip1tcpip1 Posts: 121
    If you know the cost of the Nav option, please post it here. I am hoping that the cost of a Nav system will decrease as demand increases.
  • vchengvcheng Posts: 1,284
    There are two parts that may be the cause of the noise described by ccam206: The inner ball joints on the steering tie rods, and the front strut mounts. There are TSBs out for both.

    These were recently replaced on my 2000 Camry. 90% of the noise is gone. The struts are also due to be replaced, but there is no TSB for these as far as I know.
  • mod7mod7 Posts: 13
    Does anyone know about the colors of the 2002 Camry? I am interested in light or medium Blue. Thanks.
  • mrl699mrl699 Posts: 6
    I'm looking to buy a Camry-after reading the posts I think I'll wait till the 2002s. In terms of price, the dealer I went to to test drive is AutoNations-John Elway in Denver. They say they offer "no-haggle" pricing. Is this true? Do they bargain anyway? What's your experience?
  • I saw a 2001 Camry today with a "carriage roof" (canvas). It looked very sharp. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with these roofs, i.e. upkeep, fading, damage etc. Also, not sure whetehr to wait for the 2002?
  • bimmer4mebimmer4me Posts: 266
    Why not buy a Lincoln or Cad...cruising the red light district...are you for real?
  • steveb84steveb84 Posts: 187
    If you want to see a photo of the new Camry, stop by your local dealer and see if they have any info on the 2002 Sienna. There is a mini-brochure available with details on Sienna 2002 changes, but on the back is a photo of the 2002 Camry. Our dealership got them a few weeks ago, not sure if it was a mistake or what. But I would call it the first "official" 2002 Camry photo.
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    PLEASE scan that picture and email it to me if possible. I will stop by the dealer sometime this week and see if they have a Siena brochure.
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