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Toyota Camry: Problems & Solutions



  • tedinaztedinaz Posts: 8
    Finally (Nov 2003)got a 'factory tech' to confirm the auto tranny was very jerky (and he stated it was a common problem). On any upslope, when in 'cruise, the tranny fluctuates between one or more gears. (This never happened in our 1997 V6,same roads) . A month later at a social event a Toyota engineer told me a new program was available to correct the problem. In Dec 2003, The dealer supposedly installed the new program.
    There has been no improvement, it may even be worse. Has anyone else experienced this problem? Thanks in advance.
  • azguyazguy Posts: 23
    Thanks for the reply. It is weird in that it does it every time she shifts from P to D, not just once when she first starts the car, as the dealer says is "normal".The first visit to the dealer re this, they said it was a computer adjustment for "attentuators" and the ABS. I have an appointment w/ the service manager when we get back from vacation. It is rather loud....thanks, again, and if you have any other ideas, I am all ears.
  • chucko3chucko3 Posts: 793
    If the battery light didn't come on and the alternator still puts out 13+ volts, then your alternator is OK.
    If you have a 4-cycl., I would expect a slight a vibration when the A/C is on and stuck in traffic.
  • jasonljasonl Posts: 1
    I recently bought a 2000 Camry CE. It's VSV was replaced about two weeks ago because the malfunction light turned on. I smell gas fume three time during driving. I open the window, let fresh air coming in, then the smell doesn't continue to exist. Any one has similar problem?
    I think the smell must originate from my car, because there is no car close to me. Another problem the steering is not very easy when I park my car and press the brake. Honda's steering is very easy.
  • cam2003cam2003 Posts: 131
    There was two type of trans for 2003: 4AT and 5AT.
    Which one you refered to ?
  • joescarjoescar Posts: 30
    The car is new with about 10K and the tires were rotated at 6K and the pressure is checked weekly. The alignment is perfect and no damage has been done to the vehicle. Any other ideas?
  • tedinaztedinaz Posts: 8
    thanks for interest. the V6 XLE has a 5 speed auto. On a constant grade hill it will shift two or three gears (from 1800 rpm to 2200 to 3200 rpm) up and down, trying to maintain 50 mph Ted
  • tedinaztedinaz Posts: 8
    Lots of Luck!. Yes, they sent out a software reprogram early this year but it didnt help. I'm so sick of my 03 XLE (and the Toyota dealer )jerking, Im, planning to get a Mazda 6s hatchback or wagon. Tedin AZ
  • camry88camry88 Posts: 1
    Owner of a 1988 Toyota Camry: 180k miles, 4 cylinder. 18 months ago I replaced the radiator, fuel pump, water pump, spark plugs, distributor, timing belt, and battery; ran great!
    Drove from Idaho to Texas for the summer. Once in Texas it'd crank but wouldn't start on first try, always would on the second, (not enough gas injected?). How do I fix this? Once it started it would idle/run perfectly. After two months of this the transmission (up/down shifts) became jerky this morning. Not violent but definatly noticable.
    Are these problems related?
    I regularly change the air/oil filters. Found I filled the oil 1/4 quart high last week, I drained down to normal today. Gas tank is 3/4 full. Transmission fluid is at a good level/color. Checked for other leaks (paper under the engine overnight) but found none. Don't think it's the fuel filter-changed 18 months ago. I'm gentle on the car, HOPE the transmission isn't going out.
    What's wrong with the starting and jerking? Any help would be appreciated!
  • typesixtypesix Posts: 320
    The problem with cold starting may be the cold start injector timer not functioning properly. The timer tells a cold start fuel injector to squirt extra gas into the intake manifold when doing a cold start and it varies according to engine compartment temperature. It is a common item to replace in Camrys, I replaced it myself in my 89 Camry last year with about 190k miles. Dealer price for the part is $120-140.
  • flgalflgal Posts: 9
    I just purchased a new 2004 Camry LE about a week ago and have already noticed 5 problems:

    1) Water has been leaking into the right rear footwell, creating a little puddle that makes splashing noises when I turn quickly. The water is clear, and sogs up the area after driving for a few minutes. I took it in to the service dept of the local dealership and after 2 1/2 hours' wait, they came back to me saying that there was a crack in the bottom of the car, allowing exterior water in from the bottom from puddles, etc (it has been very hot out here in Miami and I have definitely not been driving through any puddles). They said it would require welding and sealant at the auto body shop, and at least a day and a half so they could remove the entire carpet, and shampoo and dry it, but that they can't touch the car until Tuesday due to the long weekend coming up. I think this is ridiculous. From doing searches on this forum it appears to be related to the A/C or drain hose. Has anyone else encountered this problem? Any suggestions on how to deal with dealership service departments on it?

    2) The alarm system's red LED light in the dash usually does not blink when armed (but blinks every once in a while). The alarm has been acting up, pretty erratically, and goes off sometimes when I am merely entering the car after disarming the alarm.

    3) Rattle that occasionally occurs in the front passenger side-curtain-airbag area.

    4) Driver's side automatic window does not go down automatically when pressed, though sometimes on good days it will go down automatically.

    5) To unlock all the doors of the car, must press the unlock button on the key 3x instead of 2x.

    Any suggestions on how to go about dealing with all of these problems? Any help will be much appreciated.
  • dekesterdekester Posts: 322
    A crack in the bottom of the car??? I'd demand a replacement vehicle! Also, get a second opinion from another dealer or independent body shop.....

    I wouldn't want a car with that kind of problem no matter IF they could "fix" it....

    Just my two cents worth....

  • conradkconradk Posts: 1
    Thanks typesix-- I think you're right. I'll look into getting that injector timer replaced, and let you know how it goes.
  • flgalflgal Posts: 9

    Thanks for your two cents. I got a second opinion at another Toyota dealership and they're pretty certain that there's a hidden A/C vent beneath the rear passenger floorwell that's causing the water to pool up. By this point I think there's a fair amount of water beneath the carpet because whenever I stop or turn suddenly, I hear what seems like a gallon's worth of splishing and splashing.

    The second dealer is very doubtful about the existence of a crack, but the first dealer's mechanic said that when he lifted up the car, a lot of water was gushing out of it. It's not visible per se, but clearly exists. It might be an area where two parts might have come together, and the glue/sealant wasn't properly keeping it together, but I'm not sure.

    I looked up the lemon law here, which requires 3 attempts at repair, ultimate inability to repair, and substantial impairment of value before being able to get a replacement vehicle. Do you think the dealership from which I bought it might replace it? I'll probably drive the vehicle up to him - he's about 2 hours away - to get the repairs done. Despite the fact that the carpet will have been sitting in warm water for at least 6-7 days, the local dealerships refuse to replace even just the carpet or mats...
  • lena132lena132 Posts: 56
    Owner of a 1995 Camry XLE V6. I need to clarify something. My windows have been acting up. The front two sometimes refuse to go down or up for some reason and the front passenger cannot have enough power to go down and if it does, it goes half way. Then you cannot get it back up. You have to manually, slowly pull the window shut. REALLY annoying.

    Does anyone know if it's the motor or I heard something about a window regulator. What is that?
  • dekesterdekester Posts: 322
    Well, if there's been water leaking and the carpet is soaked, I'd say THAT is a substantial impairment of value! I don't know what kind of A/C line could be that far back in the car; you usually get water dripping from around the A/C evaporator in the engine compartment - the normal puddle you see when the system is running.

    Try calling Toyota directly and see what they say. They can authorize a buyback or an exchange. If the dealership doesn't let them know about a problem, you have to.....

    Good luck....

  • bigfurbigfur Posts: 649
    My girlfriend has a 92 Camery with about 95K miles and in the last two years she has broken two radiators to a large crack right in the top of it in the plastic part. Im getting sick of spending 200 bucks a year for new radiators for this car. Anyone else has this problem???
  • drikannadrikanna Posts: 1
    I have a 1994 camry and I need to figure out how to remove the trim from the doors. I'm installing new speakers up front, and need to fix a rear power window. My Hanes manual says to "pry up and detach door handle bezel" yet I cant figure out how to detach it and don't want to break something. Any suggestions?
  • cam2003cam2003 Posts: 131
    Do you know if there were a TSB for this trans problem ?
  • zed421vzed421v Posts: 28
    I have a 2003 Camry SE 4 cyl. I find the rear suspension extremely bouncy when going over bumps, and I sometimes experience wheel hop when making turns.
    I've driven other SE's which are a pleasure to drive. Toyota tells me their is no problem with my car. Is anyone else with an SE experiencing these problems?
  • cam2003cam2003 Posts: 131
    I noticed when I drove SE V6 at dealer.
    I recommend to reduce pressure on rear tires by 1-2 psi since the rear is much lighter than the front car.
  • deepandeepan Posts: 342
    on a 97 camry with low mileage (70k kms). I was test driving the car
    and the shifter seemed to have a little more resistance when moving
    from park to reverse to drive. Could there be any issues with the
    transmission. the transmission itself shifed smoothly.
  • bjrownerbjrowner Posts: 3
    I just bought a 2003 Toyota Camry LE Sedan and am having problems with seeing out the rear window. The back of the car is higher than the front and that is obstructing some of my viewing capacity. Does anyone else have this problem/complaint? Does anyone know why Toyota designed the car to be higher in the back? Thanks.
  • rlwrlw Posts: 2
    I have the same problem with my car. I took it in and road tested with a tech and he said he had to call Toyota. They told him that they had 2 or 3 calls on this problem. Toyota recommends replacing the Valve Body in Trans. Parts ordered, will let you know if this stops the problem.
  • slov98slov98 Posts: 112
    do you mean that you can't see the trunk of the car while backing up? I think most everyone had that problem initially but you adjust quickly, use the side mirrors
  • rogmanrogman Posts: 24
    Thanks for the message. I hope the new part fixes the problem. I have been back to the dealership twice, but cannot get it to fail. During normal driving it only fails periodically. Very strange indeed!
  • bjrownerbjrowner Posts: 3
    Thanks for replying to my message. I guess I'll have to try to get used to it, but it just seems like it is a design flaw to make it so difficult to see out back over the trunk. Again, thanks.
  • jdeibjdeib Posts: 70
    Actually, It really isn't a design flaw. Most modern vehicles have a high trunk. It is one way they can have decent luggage space in a car of that size. I agree that parallel parking a newer car is not as simple as some older cars, but it just takes some getting used to. I have a 65 Olds 88 and it is probably one of the easiest cars to parallel park. The rear just slopes down. However, that car is long and low, so extending out the trunk worked. I don't think there could be a reasonable trade off to lower a trunk on a car of the camry's size.

    Your sensitivity to this attribute does not necessarily make it a design flaw. It actually is something that you should have been checking for on when test driving the various makes. But I think you will find that most sedans today have high trunks.

    When I'm not sure about parallel parking, here is what I do to make sure I don't scrape the curb(or bump the car behind): Angle the power side view mirror down until you see the curb, it works great. Some luxury cars now do this automatically for you. The only pain is that you need to return the mirror to your best angle when done.

    Good luck.
  • cam2003cam2003 Posts: 131
    At first I had hard time to do parallel parking but now I am used to with it and kind like it too (it blocks the head lights from car behind)...
  • deepandeepan Posts: 342
    how are they mounted. transversely (3 cyl in the front and 3 in the
    back near the firewall like in the Sienna) or straight (where 3 on one
    side and 3 on the other). With the latter it easy to change plugs while the former its darn hard to get at the rear 3.
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