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Toyota Camry Hybrid Accessories & Modifications



  • mrpatmrpat Posts: 24
    please let me know which toyota dealer and if you have it installed, let me know if you are satisfied.
  • plknjplknj Posts: 121
    One of the best dealerships I have ever come across and are tech savy with countless upgrades is Lawrenceville Toyota on Route 1... it's a small, comfortable dealer. Ask for Shanon as she handles all the upgrades.
  • mrpatmrpat Posts: 24
    thanks for the info, Ill check it out
  • plknjplknj Posts: 121
    Was just at my dealer and specifically asked how my xenon headlights would void the warranty?

    The answer was that if some electrical problem occurred in the area where the wiring has been changed that most likely it would not be covered by my warranty.

    I was also told a story how a Toyota mechanic saved $100 on an alarm system at Circuit City and then had a mechanical problem related to the installation of the alarm which ended up costing him $2,000! They also said that since my headlights have been installed for months I probably have nothing to worry about and that most legitimate after market installers will usually stand by the work they do.

    Which confirms the stevedebi post about warranty's
  • Woodgrain dash trim -

    Do you know who sells the best? Is it or or Anyone have an experience with their products or the installation (I assume professional installation is best- do you know anyone in the LA area?) It seems like one can over do it with the trim kits, and that using only some of the appliques looks more elegant. Does anyone have photos or personal experience with this? Any thoughts on the best woodgrain color for the gray leather interior?

    Other accessories I'm considering include:

    Floor mats - is there a middle ground between the heavy duty all weather mats and the clear plastic ones? I'm looking for something unobtrusive that would also catch spills.

    Rear bumper applique - do you think this is necessary. I saw there already is a protected area by the the lip of the trunk?

    Sport shift knob?? - anyone have experience with this accessory? Does it only come in black?

  • hybcanhybcan Posts: 1
    I travel a lot in Canada and they are using metric system. It is any chace to cenge the speed from Mile to Km and F to C ?
  • kimikopikimikopi Posts: 2
    Hi! I bought a base model Blue Metallic for 25k. In the future, is it possible to change to leather seats and add the Navigation system if I want them?
  • plknjplknj Posts: 121
    Regarding the dash - I have been considering adding a molded woodgrain dash... the other kind looks like the plastic it is. My dealer will install it for $595 which is a bit high. I installed the other dash kit on my Saab... it was easy but I wasn't thrilled with the look. You can also Google 'dash kits' and get a few more options. Please tell me what you decide.

    As for floor mats.. try the berber... they have held up well in two of my cars.
  • I have a 2008 Camry Hybrid, and am wondering if bumper guards can be installed. Since its chassis is supposedly identical to that of Toyota Highlander, and there are tubular bumper guards for the latter, is it possible to install them to the Camry? Has anyone tried installing bumper guards on Camry Hybrid?
  • plknjplknj Posts: 121
    To make a long story short... got into an accident... hit by a Dodge Ram pickup... the pickup won. Ten thousand dollars of damage turned into... get this... a $26,000 bill.

    Yes, if they knew they would have totaled it... Parts were over $15,000 with two modules totaling $7,000.

    My Toyota dealer took my car to the after market shop and had my headlights installed... a bit to my surprise. Because it is minimally invasive they weren't threatening me about voiding my warranty.
  • jm89jm89 Posts: 1
    Has anyone heard that Toyota put a hold on BSM sales due to bad adhesive?

    A dealer told me that and I take everything they say with a grain of salt.

    I have the 50th Anniversary Edition TCH and the parts guys didn't know they existed!
  • lzclzc Posts: 483
    I've had them on a TCH for about 11 months. No problems.

    Toyota still includes them as an available accessory on their web site.
  • acco20acco20 Posts: 211
    The body side moldings are not available for the 50th anniversary model. Your paint is the blizard pearl color and the camry hybrid does not list the body side moldings in blizard pearl. BSM in blizard pearl are available for the Avalon, but they will not fit on the Camry. I had one dealer offer to get the moldings in a basic white color,and paint them blizard pearl,,,,, I passed. I am quite sure the spoiler is not available in blizard pearl for the camry either.
  • Where did you get the accessories?
  • plknjplknj Posts: 121
    Has anyone found wiper blades that they really like? It is tie for me to replace the original and am exploring options. Thanks...
  • patflapatfla Posts: 14
    Mon-Fri I'm generally driving the TCH alone. I often put books, backpack, etc in the passenger seat.

    Which sets off the 'put on your seat belt beeping and warning light'. Which lasts about two small blocks as I drive out of our neighborhood.

    Any way to turn this off (and back on of course)?

  • Yes, I've found it annoying too. The easiest solution is to buckle the passenger side seat belt, or simply leave it buckled all the time if you typically drive alone.
  • In northern NJ, the dealer also said the BSM sales are on hold because of an adhesion problem. This was after I took delivery of a 50th Anniversary Edition TCH and I had their body shop install pearl painted BSM. No problem this far- after three months.

    Because of the problem, I asked the dealer if they would give me my money back for the BSM if they fell off and they said they would just stick it back on.
  • lwittlwitt Posts: 7
    I have been installing moldings for the last 30 years. In the last 2 there has been more demand for a perfect painted molding rather than vinyl. I can get what you need, and the instructions are user friendly. 50,000 mile / 5 yr warranty. Any toyota and almost all other makes are available
  • plknjplknj Posts: 121
    Have had my car since December and the molding has been fine... had to put on new molding on the driver side because of an accident... will see if there is a problem... but has not been for a month.
  • lvwlvw Posts: 14
    The dealer can easily reprogram the warning to either match the few notes from the driver position or silence it entirely. Had mine done recently, when I had the car in for a regular service. Easy enough, of course, to simply buckle the seatbelt, but also very easy to get the warning changed.
  • Forum members,

    I am the brand new owner of a 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid, and I have a few questions. The first question (for now) concerns the VIP Security RS 3200 Plus system. Has anyone had it installed after initial purchase? Is it worth paying the extra few hundred dollars to have the Toyota dealer add it on my vehicle or is the factory standard engine immobilizer/door arm/disarm system sufficient enough? Is it worth the extra money to have alarm sounding capability and glass breakage alarms? I like bells and whistles and was wondering if it is worth the money (probably around $360 installed plus tax). I will look forward to your advice.

  • Your TCH looks great! Where did you buy the wood trim and how much? Did you install yourself? Thanks.
  • I recently bought a new Camry Hrybrid with the voice activated navigation system. I am not a stupid person, in fact I handle computer tech support, but I find it to be pretty much worthless. It is probably about the most user unfriendly system I have ever encountered. I took it back to the dealership and even they couldn't figure it out and suggested I come in for one of the classes they hold. Personally, I feel that a system should have a logical enough sequence of steps that you should at least be able to operate the basic functions without having to waste your time going to class to learn it.It is incredibly frustrating. Just to make a voice call you have to go through 4 steps. I love the car but feel I have been ripped off having paid somewhere around $2,000 for this worthless piece of garbage. Am I alone here or has anyone else encountered these problems?
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    I have not tried more than once to figure out the voice activation. The navigation is decent but I've been several places where the roads are not shown on the map. However I absolutely love the energy screens and this should be standard in every TCH. I would probably be bored with this car if not for these features. Worth $2K. Probably not. But I would not want a TCH without the energy screens and that's the only way to get them.
  • plknjplknj Posts: 121
    The amazing thing is that a great car manufacturer should put an inoperable "voice activated" system and the worst GPS system I have ever used in one of their cars.

    Love my TCH and I too like all the bells and whistles, am quite computer savvy and have completely given up on using either of these functions. I am quite skeptical that even a Toyota taught class would help, having read and reread the manuals... but if you can make it work beyond adequate, I would be interested to know how.
  • acco20acco20 Posts: 211
    Most voice activated systems work better if you talk FASTER. Say the words you want the system to understand almost faster than normal speaking. Try it ....maybe it will work with your system. I do not use the voice activation, but I will try it also. "If you use bluetooth phone system another example would be to speak the "dial by number" command quickly. Not 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1,,,,,,,,but 111 111 1111. This works better to. hope this helps.
  • I am glad to see that I am not the only dummy out there. I just find it amazing that a great car manufacturer like Toyota would even put such a useless piece of equipment in their car. I will try the tips being offered and let you all know how the class goes. :cry:
  • oacoac Posts: 1,594
    I am glad to see that I am not the only dummy out there. I just find it amazing that a great car manufacturer like Toyota would even put such a useless piece of equipment in their car.

    Isn't that really a very harsh statement to make? The Nav with voice guidance is a "useless piece of equipment"???? What exactly do you need that requires voice guidance? When driving, the Nav is de-activated for entering locations, only in Map mode. And if you needed to enter a destination, you'd be packed somewhere which should make use of your hands free to get it done.

    I mean, people just loves to complain for the heck of it. I own an '08 TCH with Nav. I never use the voice guidance cos I can certainly use my fingers on the touch-screen to enter info I need to find. I also have an '03 LX470 with Nav, and a '99 LS400 with Nav. I have seen the evolution of Toyota's Nav system from the Gen-1 (in my '99) to the gen-7 in the TCH. I've never had to read a manual to operate these systems. Even my 15-yo finds it pretty easy to use....

    This isn't rocket science folks.... The Nav system is written in a language you can understand. So what's the problem? Could it be our expectations far exceed the reality of these machines we buy???
  • That's interesting. You pay up to $2000 for a voice activated nav system and you don't care if the voice works. I guess you are the kind of customer Toyota loves and this system is made for. It is obvious that you have missed the whole purpose of having a voice activated system. IT IS SO YOU CAN MAKE PHONE CALLS AND OPERATE THE NAVIGATION BY TALKING TO IT SO THAT YOU DON'T HAVE TO STOP AND PULL OVER! I see that you have alot of experience with the Toyota system. Have you ever tried to use the system on an Infinity, Nissan, Honda or Acura? I have, and I was up and running in minutes without even having to look at a manual. That is the expectation I have for this system. You're right, I'm not a rocket scientist but I do have a college degree so I should not have to go to Toyota CLASS (yes they do have them) and get another one.
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