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Also the dealer says that it will not be factory installed but dealer installed. He says the same thing about Sunroof, I am more worried about the quality of the options installed by dealer as against the factory installed ones.
Any help and suggestions are more than welcome
as far as leather, i imagine there are much fewer 4 cylinders with leather--- i wonder, why do you want leather? stick with cloth, find a 4 cylinder with factory moonroof, and maybe some other options like a jbl radio ... personally i do not understand the allure of leather.
I'm not sure about the road hazard and stuff included. I think the X one has the same traction rating so if the price is about the same I would say that's a good deal.
I'm in North Carolina so I don't see very much snow here either. Good Luck, Max
As for the dealer installed roof and seatcovers...wait a little longer and get a an XLE with these options installed from the factory. You will be much happier in the long run with their operation and durability.
An I4 is an Inline 4 cylinder. The only other kind of 4 cylinder is a flat 4 like on the Subaru and the old VW Bug where you have two cylinders lying flat and directly opposed to each other.
Some of us chuckle to ourselves when we hear the term V4. Most of us keep that to ourselves to avoid insulting others.
Hope this helps. Also, my dad has Michelin Symmetrys on his Aurora and they do very well for an all-season tire. The Symmetry's may be quieter. I really don't know which are better since the two cars are quite different.
I can say this without a doubt: buying Michelins are worth the money.
Folks, keep in mind, the treadwear rating is an independent number that has NO relivence between mfrs. It is an independent rating system that is not regulated by anyone..... This is NOT true for ABC ratings for temp and traction.
carguy5000, Thanks for the info. traction is something I'm really paying attention to.
My Camry is extremely tiring to drive on the freeway because of the continuess steering wheel adjustments required to make the car go in the correct direction. It is TOO sensitive to the road crown, moreso if the road is lower on the left(tilted down to the left), the car just drifts left quickly. When the road is tilted to the right, it behaves well and does not drift however. I did take it in for an alignment to the dealer at around 900 miles, and it has helped a little, but this is REDICULOUS. What a WASTE of money to have bought this car. I know the problem is with the car, and not me, because I have driven a friends 1999 Honda Accord a few times, and her car drives effortlessly. The steering on the Accord adjusts automatically on its own to compensate for the crown(tilt) in the road, enabling you to go straight with little effort.
On my Camry, I have also noticed that the car drifts slightly to the left even on level roads.
I have General Tires. Could this be the problem? I've checked the tire pressure and they are all the same, 32psi. Could it be my weight? I am 240lbs.
I've noticed all the new Accords have Michelin MXV4 Plus on them, and my friends Accord has these tires as well, and it drives wonderfully. Has anyone put this on their Camry? If so how does the car drive? Can anyone think of any other problem? Please help! It is driving me nuts!
Thank you in advance.
I had a 1996 Camry that I upgraded to a 15"x7" wheel. There was a distinct difference over the std. 14"x5.5" wheel.
The Camry is what it is, and there is nothing wrong with the steering, you just need to understand what its limitations are and adjust accordingly.
I have logged almost 200k miles on Camrys, they are great cars, however, when I noticed the shortfall in my '96, I did something about it.
I'm going to upgrade to Michelins or Goodyears down the road. Good Luck!
Also, I had a bad tire once that made the car pull (drift) to one side. Try moving the tires around to see if one (or more) are bad. I'd start by switching the left front tire to the right front and see if it pulls an opposite direction. If not, move both fronts to the rear and see what happens. An out of round/bad tire can cause the car to pull and won't be found during an alignment.
I don't think keeping 26 psi will help. If reccomendation is 26-32, Don't use 32, somewhere moidway between 26-32 depending on how u load ur car. I use 30 on my accord.
Post 315 will help u I guess. Other thing is do test drive other Camry at dealers or friend's to check whether u observe the same thing. I don't think car should pull. I have driven many rental Camrys & founf them OK on freeway upto speeds of 80+ miles.
Why? Because car makers want you to have the smoothest ride possible so you will like the ride of the car.
But this comes at a big cost in the treadwear of the tires. Adding 3-4 lbs of more air to the recommended pressure will normally give the tires another 20k or so of wear. I'd rather have a little stiffer ride with the much longer lasting tires.
Sales figure is down 5% from 1999 though. Accord sales figures remains flat (quite impressive feat by Honda, considering many models experience sales drop).
i don't think any more or less of a car based on its sales figures... if taurus outsold both accord and camry, i wouldn't rush out to buy one...
personally, i've owned both hondas and toyotas, and both have their pros and cons over the other..depends on personal preferences...if i owned 2 toyotas in a row, and had no problems with either, i'd still probably lean to buying an accord, if only for the change of pace. cars can get boring after awhile.
i did get my coinbox replaced in the solara, under warranty-- the dealer replaced both the coinbox and the lower trim panel.... if you live near a toll road, the accord might be the way to go..it has a dandy coin box, while the camry/solara has quite a lame one...
the steering wheel mounted audio controls in the accord V6 ex don't thrill me, cause if i understand things right, if you're listening to 760 AM on the dial (WJR Detroit), and wish to to get to 700 AM (WLW Cincinnati), if you use the audio controls on the steering wheel, you have to go "forward" through the presets to "get back" to 700 AM.
on the other hand, i don't think toyota has a keyless trunk release, while accord does... i could see some use in that.
i'm probably off-topic anyway, so i'll quit.
If that's true, that says to me that this strut problem is big enough to warrant a recall. Is anybody else "on hold" with this situation? How long have you been waiting? I'm curious.
I also can't get much heat to come out at foot level, even with the fan on highest level and dial cranked to max heat. Anybody know if this is a simple adjustment, or could the heater core in dash be clogged? I get plenty of heat when using the defroster (which activates A/C), so getting heat isn't the problem.
Thanks for any feedback on either problem.
The car just doesn't handle the slip very well even with Traction Control.
Could it be that the V6 has too much torque and the wheels break loose too easily? Any suggestions?
Generally I drive 5-7 miles + over speed limit.
Does it worry you ? Now face this:
# of vechicles I passed doing 80: ZERO !!
# of vechicles passed me: virtually all of them!!
Why ? They were driving atleast 10 miles over the speed limit. I saw 2/3 cops alongside the freeway didn't mind 10 over the speed limit.
Sometimes you have to speed just to stay safe in the traffic. (Chicago: psoted limit 55 on 6 lane freeway. People in leftmost lane: 85 !!)
Sebring95, I'm curious to know about your 92 with 175k. I really wanted the 3.0 in the 92 but couldn't afford it at the time. How much of its life have you owned it? I hear about many 4cyls gettinginto high mileage easily, but few v6s.
I hate to think what a valve job will cost on the 24valves. Have you done it? Have you had to replace the tranny?
I was told the v6 auto trans has more electronics than the four's and is quite expensive to replace. Is gentle driving/meticulous maintainance a factor in your case? Lastly, was it made in Japan or US?
Yes, silver is one of my favorite colors too. Hope your Jeep works out for you. I guess the 97 Cam is gone.
I'm not very easy on a vehicle, and that's one reason I've been such a Toyota fan. This car has been nearly flawless for the most part. I have all the records on it and the only repair I've made that was abnormal was the front drivers power window regulator and the power antenna motor.
I'm not really a maintenance freak. I have changed the oil at 4K to 5K mile intervals. Flushed the coolant system every 30K miles. Timing belt was changed at 80K miles. I'm on my third set of plugs, second set of wires, third set of front pads, second set or rear pads, just changed the front rotors & tranny fluid was changed at 100K miles. Recently the factory CD player started giving my wife fits. Everything else functions as normal, pretty much like new. I figure the thing has to start breaking down, but it hasn't yet. The wife likes it better than the 97 model we have, and so far hasn't picked out a replacement. It's paid for itself 3 or 4 times really.
But why not consider the Honda Accord also, the direct competitor to the Camry?
only has 32,000 miles on it and has all the Toyota Service
records. Did I get a good deal? I think it was a steal myself with the low miles. High blue books is around $15,500. I prefer the 92-96 body style which is why I did not opt for a newer camry.