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But be sure and remove it each and every time you have the car serviced, K&N filters have become famous for contaminating MAF/IAT sensors with oil and then subsequently coated with dirt particles.
Many thanks for the excellent advice. I'll be sure to have Toyota clean both sensors at my service intervals. I should have no problems with Toyota performing this service since they endorse and market the TRD air-filters for use on their products (let's hope I'm right)
When I bought the car, I checked with Toyota re: the TRD air filter and they stated that the use of this filter will NOT void the Toyota warrantee. In fact, I could have bought the TRD filter in their parts dept. at a high marked-up price (ie. $80).
People who have test driven 2008 LEs or heard about it, do you know whether the lag in throttle response problem in has been taken care of in the 2008 model? Also, is the problem prevalent in V6 models or only limited to 4 cylinders?
My $80 portable Audiovox radio that I have in my current car has a a 5 line display that lets you see the station name, station number, artist, and song all on one screen. Is it really true that a $25 - 30K car can't achieve this same feat?
I purchased an 08 Camry SE with the V6 engine. Have over 1400 miles on it and so far no problems with throttle lag or the transmission. The DBW system takes a little time to get used to it, but it works well.
What is different about DBW vs. traditional cable throttle?
If the system works properly then you shouldn't notice any differences.
My Honda cars had DBW since 2002 and never experienced throttle lag or other issues. Many people don't even know their cars have DBW.
Please clarify. My father-in-law is considering another Camry trading his 2004 XLE-4cyl.
"really try to accelerate" implies a HARD, serious level, downshift, TOUGH on the gearbox clutches if not FULLY and FIRMLY seated before the engine TORQUE starts rising in response to your depression of the gas pedal.
"To protect the drive train" it appears that Toyota and Lexus are using DBW to delay the onset of rising engine torque when you depress the gas pedal for acceleration in order to give the downshifting clutches in the transaxle time to fully and firmly SEAT.
This effect seems to be much more pronounced if by pure happenstance you have just recently "dithered" the gas pedal, on, then off, then back on again. My guess is that the previous shifting from this "dithering" results in EXHAUSTING any reserve ATF pressure and with the engine now at idle it might take a few seconds for the "smallish" volume ATF pump to rebuild the ATF pressure sufficiently enough to fully and firmly seat the newly downshifted clutches.
There is a TSB issued by Toyota in the spring of '03, shorty after adopting DBW for the Camry, that adequately describes the three circumstances in which this acceleration delay is most likely to occur.
Definetely look at other alternatives to the V6 Camry. If I would have know that my SE V6 would drive like it does before I bought it, I would have bought something else. It's all about the quality of the car and the transmission.
Look into other alternatives such as the Altima or Accord.
Have a great day :lemon:
Define "latest"/ We've covered this issue at lenght on the transmission problem forum. The problem was with early production V6 Camry from model year 2007.
There appear to be a few posts/complaints popping up here and there about '08 Toyota's and Lexiis with hesitation problems.
I am going to request the dealer to do a dynamometer type wheel test with the car on rollers and speedo at the 70MPH mark.
Anyone else experiencing this problem.
Try the V6 version and you'll be very pleasantly surprised.
Unless they have a good reason and can convince you to go to 32, I'd go with the door. If not, get it in writing that they set the pressure to 32 in case of any abnormal tire wear or potential problem you might run into. Just cover your [non-permissible content removed].
There was a problem very early in 07 models, called the snap ring problem. It was on the 6 cylinder, 6 speed automatics. This was a manufacturing defect, caught early, resolved in manufacturing, and the early cars that had this problem got new transmissions. Don't have to worry about this.
There was a problem with 4 cylinder, 5 speed automatics, which had symptoms of hesitation and/or cruise control constantly forcing downshifting. There were 2 TSB's issued to resolve this problem. I've posted copies of the TSB's and don't have the dates handy, but I believe the first was in October timeframe of 2006, which was superceded by one in Aug 2007. I've personally had both the hesitation and cruise problems. These TSB's have 'for the masses', resolved both of these issues. There are one or two folks who have posted on this board, that indicate that they still have a cruise control downshifting problem. The TSB is a software re-load, takes about 1/2 hour for the dealer to load.
There has been reported a transmission shift 'flare', which occurs on some 6 cylinder, 6 speed vehicles. This occurs usually only once when it is cold, and if I remember correctly occurs between either 1st/2nd, or 2nd/3rd. The symptom is that the transmission appears to not shift quickly enough and goes thru neutral, allowing the engine rpm's to flare up an additional 500-1000 rpm before it drops into the higher gear. You will find a posting with a video clip of the problem. Toyota has tried replacing solenoids, and replacing transmissions. Sometimes the problem is resolved, other times there are reported lemon law buy backs. To my understanding, this is still an outstanding potential problem.
I believe there might also be some owners with a hesitation on 6 cylinder/6speeds, but it appears very sparse and ill defined as compared to the more widespread earlier 4 cylinder issue. I've heard less on the boards about this issue.
No difference between Japanese and American assembled vehicles....same parts.
Personally, I don't have any concerns about recommending a 4 cylinder purchase, which are the majority of the models manufactured.
Others can correct if I've left something out.
I have read that the new Camry comes with doughnut tire. Can it be replaced with a full-size tire? or would it just not fit in the trunk?
Also, how good is the Toyota factory installed Navigation system when compared with Garmin Nuvi series in terms of accuracy & Points of Interest Database? Does it match up?
Thanks in advance!
Nothing has changed from 2007 to 2008. One day the cars coming off the line are badged 2007, the next week they are 2008's.
If I was looking for a 4 cylinder, I'd feel safe with another Toyota, and would probably choose that over a 1st year Accord.
If I was looking for a 6 cylinder, I'd personally choose neither the Toyota or Honda.....and try to wait it out a year to see how the new Honda performs with all the early implementors, and see whether Toyota announces a fix of any sort for the flare.
A 2007 Accord would be an excellent value and safe, if you can find one from what is left.
I'm sure you'll get a zillion different opinions.
I don't know anything about the Camry's nav system.
The fact that most cars come with temp spares was a discovery for me. I've 98 and 00 Camry and both come with full size spare. Do you know if the new Accord comes with a full size spare?
Don't you guys think that temp spare is a deal breaker for someone who frequently makes ling trips (>500 miles) especially night driving. I'm surprised that not many people have discussed this.
1. More standard parts (hence cheaper & easily available)
2. New Camry is bigger (for most people)
3. More people have it (faster troubleshooting, push for TSB's etc.)
4. Lesser depreciation over time
e.g. transmission issues were there is Lexus ES 300/330 also but only got recognized once the defects of new Camry were highlighted.
In my opinion it's always cost effective to stay with the more mainstream model. If you can comfortably afford to upgrade I would suggest an ES 350 rather than an intermediate Avalon.
In case you might be interested in the ES 350 that another poster recommended, here is the link to the ES group.
It has been many years since I had to replace a flat tire; and I can't ever recall doing it on the side of a busy highway.
But I check my tire pressure once a week, which is a great way to find out if you've got a nail or something else stuck in a tire, as the pressure of the affected tire will gradually go down compared to the other three. And on a long trip, I check them every morning before starting off. Gives you plenty of time to act before you're stranded.
More gears = more shifts, but greater fuel efficiency, at least in theory.
This is moreso of an issue/problem with vehicles of asian or US manufacture that use the seriously FLAWED NipponDenso or Denso US climate control designs. Most vehicles of european manufacture use the Bosch design. Those and some US vehicles that do not yet use the Denso design are not as much prone to this problem.
Human metabolism, breathing/perpiration, continually adds moisture to the "local" atmosphere and if there is no fresh air inlet, or "free" exhaust outlet, the Rh (relative humidity) could climb to the point of windshield fogging, especially during the winter months.
Today's cars are too well sealed against "conditioned" air escaping and the A/C therefore having to work harder resulting in lower FE.
This is an extraodinary problem for the Denso designs in that due to a unique patent they have, and insist on using, they do not have a method, cannot use a method, wherein windshield fogging can be quickly overcome.
WWEST: appreciate your input/thoughts on this issue.
Thanks - bobvee