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All-New 2012 + Toyota Camry



  • suydamsuydam Posts: 3,239
    Interesting. I also have owned a Maxima which we have loved dearly. But I plan to replace it in a year or so with a Toyota Camry Hybrid. Clearly I'm more impressed with it than you are. I thought the ride was very smooth and the interior way above the previous Camry. But the mileage is especially what I would like to have and don't in my current Maxima.
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  • ttbttb Posts: 40
    In the setup menu under vehicle, you can adjust the sensitivity of the automatic headlight.

    Regarding the one touch window up/down feature, your dealer can fix it for you.
  • chase9chase9 Posts: 1
    I purchased the new Camry 2012 on the 19th of Jan. Sometimes when I try to start the car i.e. pressing the Engine Start button, my car goes dead. I know i am starting the car correctly, i.e. pressing the breaks and pressing the start button. Does anyone else have this issue?
  • oparroparr Posts: 74
    Just got a 2012 Camry and the engine has no exhaust manifold cover. In fact, none of them at the dealership had covers. The first explanation given by a salesman was that Toyota stopped using the covers because they rattled over time. This I didn't buy so I asked one of the head mechanics. He said they originally had covers but the new up-stream O2 sensor was longer than the original so they had to abandon the covers. Said I was the first one to notice this. What a load of crock.

    When you fly the hood, the lack of a cover sticks out like a sore thumb. The 2009 that I turned in looks more refined under the hood because of this.
  • ttbttb Posts: 40
    Can I replace the low beam stock halogen bulbs of a 2012 LE with Philips H11 Crystal Vision Ultra bulbs?
  • I have the same issue - there is a weird 'tink...tink..tink" coming from the front door panel. The tech took it a part - added insulation. Still there. He is checking with the regional rep but no solution yet.
  • auttautt Posts: 20

    I just bought a Super White 2012 Camry SE V4 with Entune Nav and Soft-Tex power leather trim seats with black cloth inserts. I have driven it very little but did get on the highway, and long roads cruising at 45. Didn't hear any weird sounds. Also the one-touch mirror works for me. Didn't notice anything. The lights are always on auto and they behaved appropriately and promptly where I am concerned. My only complaint is that Toyota used cheap speakers and could have tuned there standard sound system a little bit more so that it sounded better. The 2012 Passat standard sound system was better sounding in comparison. Of course it sounds good compared to sounds systems from earlier in the decade. The SE suspension is not too bad, glad I went with v4 and got the 17'. I think 18' would be a bit too uncomfortable for a Camry. Love the "simulated" steering, felt it was better than the LE steering. Love Entune though the graphics are atrocious for 2012!! Look more like 2004 level. Tried XM, HD, Entune Pandora. All worked great! Love the voice guided navigation but wish you could do more Siri like natural commands. Overall, for a compromise family sedan with lots of space, reliability, safety and comfort, I would say the SE V4 with entune Nav and SoftTex leather trim with black cloth inserts is a good buy!
  • I have a 2012 Toyota Camry LE 4 cylinder. With the key ON engine OFF (the second position) , I hear a high pitched electrical noise from under the hood. Its a nonstop "eeeeeeeeeeeeeee". Its driving me nuts and no I do not have tinnitus LOL. The sound continued even after vehicle is running, although most was muffled by the sound of the engine. I was told by a friend that its probably a relay but I thought relays made clicking/ buzzing noises and usually stops in a few seconds.

    Anyone else here experiencing the same problem? Thanks in advance.
  • I have had my 2012 Camry SE since October and now over 6000 miles. There is an unbearable constant humming/tire treat noise that starts at about 40MPH and continues. As if I have those large truck tires in the car. After the 5000 miles tire rotation, was even worse. I replaced the MXV4 with MXM4 and now it is even louder. There must be something wrong with the suspension. I read a few other messages about same issues. Is anyone experiencing this and has anyone found a remedy? I have had 3 other Camys and none had this issue.
  • My friend has a similar issue but he hasn't done anything so far. I'm glad now that I couldn't work out a deal for a SE back in Nov. :shades:
  • rikki90rikki90 Posts: 5
    edited March 2012
    aight so im driving on a city road with 200 miles on the car. All of a sudden the check engine light comes on. And im like wtf. Then the traction control light comes on and i move to the right lane in case [non-permissible content removed] hits the fan. A few secinds later the gas pedal becomes unresponsive sometimes giving acceleration sometimes not. Then the check oil light comes on. Keep in mind the other lights are still on. Once the oil light comes on i pull off to a side road and just as i do the car stops running. Dead silent. I turn the car off. Pop the hood and Check the oil dipstick and it reads full. Get back in the car and turn it on. All lights are off but check engine still on. I decide to drive it to the dealer. On the way the traction control light comes on and im like oh [non-permissible content removed] its going to all happen again so i pull into a target turn off the car wait a few minutes and turn it back on. Trac control light is off now but check engine still on. Dealer is 3 blocks away and i make it there without anymore lights coming on. Its been there since 3pm thurs and nobody has called to tell me what the frick the problem is.

    The main reason I brought a camry was that I know the car was going to last me 10 yrs... with zero problems... This is only the 1st week.

    Please respond if you have any suggestions.

  • I bought 2012 Camry SE 2/20/12 with Bridgestone terranza tire, and they are loud tires compare to my old 2001 Solara se w. terranza serenity tires. This is my first time buying a first model year Camry , b/c there's most likely trim and fitting problems. I found passages side rear window trim was installed incorrect. the vertical trim is not locked on horizontal top trim. the vertical trim is starting lift from cross wind and creating wind noise.
  • klunkmanklunkman Harrisburg, PAPosts: 76
    Wow. Didn't realize Toyota developed a 4 cylinder in a V configuration. Learn something new everyday.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,680
    The 2012 Camry has an exhaust manifold cover, except for the California emissions models. This is just like the 2007-2011 models. So if you like good looks under the hood, don't buy the CA emissions models.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,680
    Sorry to hear that, but you will be fine. They'll get it fixed, and it will be fine in the future. Sounds like an usual manufacturing error with the ECM to me.
  • viper07viper07 Posts: 6
    Sorry to hear about the build quality issues with your new Camry and that your car came with Bridgestone tires. My 2012 XLE built in early December 2011 also has build issues. The gap between the hood and left fender is about twice the gap of that between the hood and right fender. The left front headlight does not line up with the hood. The paint on the drivers side between the top of the doors and the back strip on the roof has faded areas where the paint did not blend properly. The driver's bottom seat cover was not put on straight. The window tint the Gulf States Toyota distributorship installed has air bubbles in it by the center mount brake light. The left rear quarter window looks like they used a damaged piece tint to cover the window. My Camry was built at the Subura of America plant in Indiana.

    The local Toyota dealership could possibly correct some of the issues, however from past experience with the dealerships body shop I'm better off driving a new Camry that looks like it has been in an accident.

    After noticing all of the defects I decided to purchase a Toyota Extended Warranty from Jerry Johnson the Warranty Manager at Midwest Toyota in
    Hutchinson. He is a super nice guy and I saved about 50% on cost.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,680
    edited March 2012
    My 2010 built in Kentucky had and has ZERO issues. I try to avoid the first of a new generation car built by anyone because of potential build quality issues. The good news is they are generally easy to repair, under warranty, and then you are good to go. But still annoying.
  • naatz1naatz1 Posts: 188
    I just bought a new 2012 Camry XLE 4 cyl cosmic grey with grey leather, convenience pkg (BU camera), and entune/nav. Our MN dealer is one of the new no dickering dealers and while I was skeptical we paid $27,170 incl destination which was a few hundred under both true car and cosumer reports "great prices" vs $29,380 MSRP. Compared to other vehicles we looked at, this Camry had the best pricing for all except for the Kia Optima. This vehicle and the 3 other Camrys driven were all Indiana built so since this was a dealer trade from Wisconsin I suspect Indiana is the source for the upper midwest? Quality in 300 mis of driving is good and I plan to do some wax tests this afternoon in our crazy 80 deg MN late winter and will look over the paint close + we plan a fully loaded 200mi trip tomorrow for more mpg checks. So far I am amazed how much room the Camry has compared to our former 300M and with almost $4 gas am pleased getting almost 30mpg in town and measured a best case (flat road, no wind or AC) 40mpg this week on a 70mph 40mi freeway drive. We plan to keep the Camry 10 years and use it for road trips to see family 200mi away and for snowbird winter trips. I will say getting the 17" Mich Primacy highly rated ( tires helped swing the deal vs cheaper tires all but the Passat used and our sales rep said they met with Toyota a while back to convince them buyers would pay more for better tires. In the past 10 days 5 of 6 XLE 4 cyl all sold too.

    I did debate the extended warranty service contract since I have never done much more than break even on four Chrysler/Jeeps contracts even with employee pricing and Toyota's reputation is so good. I negotiated from the initial $2400 quoted for the 10 year/120k mi full coverage zero deductible down to $1575 which is fully refundable in the first 3/36 and then linear prorated refundable and $50 transferrable. I don't know if it's really employee price but my reference point is paying $1000 for an employee priced 04 Chrysler 300M full coverage (but $100 deductible) contract that only took an existing 7/70 engine/tranny warranty and added full coverage to 7/70. Additional details on my three weeks of car shopping vs comparative brands is on my post to the Prices Paid forum.
  • I just got my 2012 Camry LE yesterday and I have a question about the USB port. Can I leave my iphone cord connected to the USB port all of the time and just connect the other end to my phone when I am in the car? I was wondering if the cord draws power from the car when the car is off and the cord is connected? I know it would be a little bit if true, but did not want anything drawing power off the battery when car is off.
  • dlin00dlin00 Posts: 2
    I just bought a new 2012 Camry SE weeks ago. It has only 400 mileage right now. Days ago I happened noticed that the Camry made a loud noise by itself when it was parking on my driveway. The car has been parked there for 5+ hours with key off and no one touch it When the noise happened. The noise seems come from the under the car on the rear side. It's pretty loud (sound as zzzzzz...)and last 5 minutes constantly then disappear itself. Last night the same thing happened again while the car parked inside my garage. Again it has been parked there for 6 hours with key off.
    Has anyone have similar experience with the 2012 carmy?
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,680
    Perfectly normal. My 2010 does the same thing. Your owner's manual will tell you that it is some kind of emissions check, I think. It is in the owner's manual, so you can get the details there.
  • dlin00dlin00 Posts: 2
    Thanks a lot mcdawgg. I went back to check the owner's manual. It does mentioned that the sound caused by the fuel leakage evaporation checking. So looks like it's not a issue.
  • parsnipparsnip Posts: 4
    check your oil. I bought a new 2012 Camry 2 months ago. I heard odd noise in fact wasn't sure if it was in car or outside next day heard noise and took to local service station as red light came on for second then went off. It was a sun and dealer closed. I said to the attendant " can u please check my oil. A red light came on. I'm sure it's not my oil it's a brand new car. ". He dipped i "youre 4 qts low.".
  • parsnipparsnip Posts: 4
    I had almost identical problem although my red light only came on once. Car did stop dead night before when I was going about 4 miles an
    N hr in a parking lot. My car is Camry xle 2012 with 2500 miles!!! Went to gas station guy said 4 qts low! I was beyond upset. Car now at dealers. First time said they couldn't find anything wrong. Second time " piston not working right "
  • pegasus17pegasus17 Posts: 536
    ref: 176
    Hard to believe 4 quarts low. So much for "dealer prep" nowadays. Are they saying the oil was consumed or never there?

    Why so many quality issues on this NEW Camry? Is it the Subaru plant in Indiana that is the cause or something else? Inquiring minds need to know!
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,680
    I have a hard time believing 4 quarts low. On the 2.5L I4 engine, I think the capacity is 4.7 quarts, so that means there was next to no oil in the engine. If you were down to 3 quarts, or 1.7 quarts low, I would think that would be enough low to cause a low oil pressure light. But down 4 quarts? Sounds funny.

    See what they say at Toyota Nation forums - no big quality issues that I know of.
  • mazerunnermazerunner Posts: 13
    edited April 2012
    I was recently involved in a car accident, so I've been looking at getting a new car. The 2012 Camry was on my list, so I visited the local Toyota dealer. Much to my surprise, ALL 2012 Camrys have automatic transmissions, even the SE models.

    Seriously? I know that manual transmissions aren't exactly popular, but would it have killed Toyota to at least make 10% of their Camrys have stick shifts? I honestly can't believe a car that sells this well does not have a manual transmission. Very disappointed. I guess if I want a Camry with a stick, I'll have to find a used 2011 model or hold out hope that the 2013 model will bring it back.

    I guess I'll have to look at an Accord or something else because I don't do automatics. Toyota, if you're listening, getting rid of a manual transmission on a car this popular is a very bad move.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,680
    I completely agree about the manual transmission. I have a 2010 6 speed manual Camry.

    I noted in 2009 when shopping for a manual, for BOTH the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord, only about 2.5% of the new cars on the lots were manuals. I was using the Edmunds new car search for all dealers within 500 miles, and I selected new Accords and Camrys with manuals. For both cars, about 2.5% were manual, 97.5% auto. I also read somewhere recently that Honda was doing away with manuals.

    When I found a dealer with my manual Camry, the sales guy told me that they don't sell well, sit on the lots for too long, and confirmed that only 2-3% were manuals. And that was in 2009. And he said it was not much better for Corollas and Civics, even though they are smaller, cheaper.

    I can say that I really like my rare, 2010 manual Camry! I guess if I want another, I'd have no choice. The 2012 Camry is extremely nice, but if I was looking for a new mid-size right now, I would have to skip the Camry because of the lack of manual tranny. :sick:
  • bgfiveohbgfiveoh Posts: 1
    I heard the same thing on our new 2012 Camry LE. I believe it is the fuel pump cycling.
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