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Toyota Camry 2006 and earlier



  • johndoe6johndoe6 Posts: 12
    So, did anybody purchase a new Camry this weekend? Tell us about it if you did. Where is all the Camry people this weekend?
  • gp10sne1gp10sne1 Posts: 2

    I just purchased a 98 that came off lease with 16K miles so I thought it would almost like new. I'm a little disappointed because I'm hearing a sound like a click or ping sometimes when I change gears or when the auto trans is about to shift. I had my friend go through the gears while I looked underneath and the tranny sounds solid but the sound almost seemed to come from the exhaust. I have to schedule an appointment at the dealer but thought somebody out there might have experienced this already. Any help will be appreciated.

  • I think anything around 200 is fine. I have a 1998 XLE V-6 .. I see a lot of Camrys around and ALMOST EVERY ONE is a 4-cyl LE. So my question to all of you is, considering MOST of you will probably get a 4 cyl anyway what real difference does it make. By the way I will get nothing less than a V-6 and probably nothing less than an XLE on my next Camry (I've been spoiled) I am also considering a Lexus ES300. With the new 5 speed auto in the ES300 the are looking at 0-60 in the 7.5 second range, plenty fast. Keep in mind Toyota/ Lexus cars are very efficent. Case in point the Infiniti Q45 has 340 horsepower and the Lexus LS430 has 290 horsepower, the Lexus runs 0-60 in 6.4 seconds and the Infiniti runs it in 6.5. I will own nothing but a Toyota/ Lexus because they are bullet proof. My parent have a 99 Acura TL and have had a few problems with it, My Camry has been trouble free for 82,000 miles. I've done nothing but change the oil,and air filter..
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Does anyone know the actual figures (percentage split) that Toyota sells, of Camry I4s vs. Camry V6s? I agree that LE 4s run the majority, but, in this region, NJ, there are also seemingly alot of CE 4s and LE V6s. These are the ones I've seen most.
    UM can the new one frekin come out! I'm tired of reading about the Altima (I really don't like the rear end styling by the way).
    I think Nissan has made a huge advancement with the 02 Altima, but I really question their ability to dethrone the new Camry. Only time will tell I suppose.
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    ...73% of Camrys produced are LE models, I think that includes the I4 and V6. I have only seen about 4 XLE models in my area, and most that I see have out-of state tags on them, the XLE is almost never found in my area, due to the Avalon, people love them around here in S.c, and the South in general.
  • I didn't mean it the way it sounded, just meant that 192 horsepower would be alot for me to handle, dont think I could handle a car with that much horsepower.. That's all... Didn't mean to offend ya... :)
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    When I was speaking with my local Toyota dealer about whether I should buy a V6 engine or not, he told me the 4 cylinder is very efficient, and the V6 accounts for only 10% of his dealership's yearly sales. Although it would be nice to see more technology in the Toyota V6, the demand isn't really there and so I think Toyota invested more time and money into the 4 cylinder engine.

    One thing I'd like Toyota to improve with their Camry V6 engine is to recommend regular unleaded and not premium fuel. Even the Cadillac Northstar V8 manages well with regular unleaded.
  • rward99rward99 Posts: 185
    Toyota is upgrading the 4-cylinder engine in the 2002 Camry. I don't have any details right now, but an announcement should be coming soon. I believe details will be released this week. They unvail the 2002 model in the plant to the employees on Wednesday afternoon, so probably either Wednesday or Thursday morning there will be some information.

    Production of the new model is still down this week, while they do the quality inspections.
  • edwardh5edwardh5 Posts: 130
    a dealer told me 95% are 4s
  • I guess that makes me feel good, I have the top 1 % of Camry's. I read somewhere the new 4 cyl will be a 2.4 with 160 horsepower and more torque. Don't let anyone fool you. The V-6 is incredibly smooth and sounds quite good at upper RPM's ...
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    According to a recent Press Release, as well as info on Toyota's web page, the 2002 Solara is using the 2.4L DOHC VVT 4cly producing 157hp and 163lb. ft. torque. It seems logical that the 2002 Camry will be sharing this engine.

    concerning %V6s- it seems that it varies widely by region, cause I do see quite a few up here, I can't believe that only 5% are sold with the V6.
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,238
    Go try and find a 3rd Generation V6 coupe. A few years back, I decided I wanted one and it took me over a year to find one. Ended up with a 94 V6 red with tan leather, and only 13K miles. Didn't want red, but at that point I didn't care. Lowered it, put Z-rated tires on, some KYB struts and a few engine mods. Handled as good as any $25,000 sports car but still had a great ride. Would run 130mph smooth as glass. Sold it three years/50K miles later for $1000 less than I paid for it. Try that with a Mustang, Z28, or any other low priced sports car. I'll bet many people here have never even seen a V6 coupe they are that rare. Heck the 4 banger coupes aren't that common.
  • sinjin_dogsinjin_dog Posts: 84
    When I was buying my 2000 LE (4cyl), my dealer (one of the larger dealer in my area) told that they sell 11 to 1 ratio (4 cyl vs 6cyl).
  • yankeryanker Posts: 156
    in this topic a while ago the subject of blue smoke upon startup was discussed. What is the cause and how serious is it? I have 74000 miles and havwe changed oil every 4000 miles.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722 my '97 Camry was due to valve stem seal wear. Oil in the cylinder head runs down past the seals into the combustion chambers as the engine sits. On startup, the oil is burned and goes out the tailpipe as blue smoke.

    It's not critical to fix immediately, but will get worse. If you're in an area where emissions tests are required, your car may not pass.
  • s852s852 Posts: 1,051
    It looks like the 2002 Camry is going to be the only mainstream 2002 family sedan available with a navigation system. The new Altima does not have it and the Accord or any domestics also do not have it for 2002.
    The 2002 Maxima will have it available, but the 260 HP Maxima SE or GLE are a little more upscale and expensive than "typical mainstream" family sedans. Otherwise you will need to get a near-luxury sedan like a TL.
    Hopefully the 2002 Camry will be very nice and the GPS will be full-featured and DVD-based.
  • If anyone cares here's some pictures of the ES300. The Camry should look pretty close. Also go to page 3 for interior pics. Let me know what you think !!

    1) go to ES300 Model

    2) 2002 ES300 Official Pics

        The pics are on page 2 and 3 !!

  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    Both of my parents work for Toyota (which saves me around $2000 on a new car :-) )and very soon I shall be driving and I have several decisions to make on what car I want. I have several 2002 models in mind. These are the ECHO, Corolla, Celica, Camry (redesign), Solara, RAV4 and Matrix (2003). The ECHO, Matrix and Corolla would be loaded. Celica, RAV4 would be moderately loaded while the Solara and Camry would have few options on them. I want a vehicle that can get me from point A to point B in an efficient and safe manner although it needs to be stylish, practical and easy to drive. I don't want a vehicle that wouldn't be utilized. (example-I have no use for a Land Cruiser nor an MR Spyder) I also want a vehicle that gives me a good view of the road. Someone I know has a 91 Civic...and I love how I can see the front end of the car from the passenger seat. My vehicle would definitely be automatic, have ABS and side impact airbags (if available) and a CD player. I want to know which vehicle would best suit my needs. I deeply appreciate everyone's advice.

    BTW--I love the 2001 Lunar Mist Metallic Camry with black pearl emblems with shiny silver wheels....the 2002 Camry is going to slam the Accord and all other sedans. It will have GPS and other features that will endanger the Avalon's luxury territory. I have inside info. My parents have been up close to the new Camry. By the way....from year to date....the Camry has sold 198k units and the Accord 216k with the Taurus trailing Camry by 1k. Honda makes good cars but Toyota does it better. Go with the original....choose Camry. Toyota interiors are also nicer and more ergonomic than Honda. The past Civics have been atrocities. Take a 97 Camry and set it next to a 98 Accord. The headlights are the same shape. Look at the tail lights. Cover the white upper area of the Accord tail lights and you have a narrow red/pink area that resembles the Camry. Honda must think that the Camry is good enough to copy. (This case is also appearing in Sienna/Odysseys and 1999 Celica/current Integras along with Chrysler 300M/Concorde headlights/2002 Acura RSX headlights)Honda needs to get some originality. All the Toyotas came out before the Hondas/Acuras too. Go with the original...not some look-a-like IMHO.

    2002 Camry pictures
  • jtw229jtw229 Posts: 7
    I have a 99 LE V6 and have been extremely happy with it since day one. I am, however, considering going to a larger car such as a used Lexus LS 400 or a new Crown Victoria for safety reasons. Both of these large cars have great crash tests records as does the Camry from what I have seen. The aforementioned large cars, however, have 750 pounds on the Camry and, all things being equal, offer better protection in a crash I would guess. Is my logic of "bigger is safer" accurate? Opinions would be appreciated.
  • s852s852 Posts: 1,051
    If everything were otherwise equal, if a larger car hit a smaller car, the people in the larger car would be safer in that situation.

    Plenty of insurance and goverment test results and statistics are available on the safety history of the Camry.
  • driver36driver36 Posts: 57
    Does any body knows when is the next generation Camry coming out?
    I'm in the market looking for a family car by the end of this year. And wonder if I can catch the new Camry!
    thx for any input!

  • I totally agree with you on Toyota quality. My parents have an Acura TL and a Toyota Tundra, they drive the Tundra on dirt roads and it's still comletly rattle free after 20K miles. The TL has about 30K miles and has been to the dealership more than once !! My Toyota (japanese built) has 82,000 miles and has nary a rattle. Also has anone else had problems with Acura/ Honda automatic transmissions. They are horrible, not near as smooth as Toyota/ Lexus automatics. Same for the motors. They lack the silky smooth operation of Toyota motors. And regarding the LS400 versus Crown Victoria, I would get the LS400 hands down, the're awesome cars. Take care
  • Check out those ES300 pitures and let me know what you think ...
  • s852s852 Posts: 1,051
    I drove a 2000 EXV6 and the 4-speed automatic transmission was not that smooth, but the engine was very smooth. I drove a 2002 TL base model and both the engine and 5 speed automatic were silky smooth on that car.
  • har1bushhar1bush Posts: 207
    Go with the original....choose Camry

    hmm that's gotta be the first person who thinks the Camry's design is ORIGINAL! maybe it's the first one to carry on the most boring design on the road today... i dunno... If anything I'd say that Honda copied their own design from their previous models -- look at the past 3 generations of Accords, as well as the Legend, TL, CL, RL... you are a fool if you can't see their resemblance.
  • ludacrisludacris Posts: 185
    OK...just saw the pix of the ES300 and I gotta say the Camry looks much better...that ES looks like a blob lol
  • wenyuewenyue Posts: 558
    Here is a pretty good article about the 2002 Lexus ES300. Check it out. It does sort of look a little bit rounded. ;)

  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    Honda has been known to make pretty harsh feeling transmissions. Fortunately, they do tend to be pretty reliable. As a Toyota salesman, I hate admitting anything good about the competition, but the truth is, there is nothing wrong with Honda transmissions. They just don't shift real smooth.
  • kroliphkroliph Posts: 75
    Just got the new issue of Automobile magazine. They had pictures of the new Camry and ES300. The styling of these new cars leaves allot to be desired. It you ask me, I'd say they sort of look like something from Hyundai. Maybe the Camry needs to go through an ugly duck stage like the 1996 Taurus. The new Altima is definitely a better looking car.
  • sbell4sbell4 Posts: 446
    Each dealer will have at least one 2002 on its lot by August 17th.
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