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OT: Toyota Camry

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by claybrdr, Dec 27, 2007.

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  1. claybrdr

    claybrdr Well-Known Member

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    Thinking about getting one for the wife. Any comments regarding 4 cyl vs 6 cyl, etc? They seem to enjoy a good reputation. Been told the hybrid is a waste of money.
     
  2. School Teacher

    School Teacher Well-Known Member

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    We purchased a new 2007 Camry 4 cylinder LE in March and have driven it approximately 6000 miles. The 4 cylinder provides plenty of power and feels like a much larger engine. Gas mileage on the road is over 30 MPG and around town is about 23-25 MPG.

    We are well pleased with the front and rear seat leg room and the superbly quiet and soft ride. We would buy another Camry in a heartbeat.

    We don’t drive aggressively and don’t need a V6. I would test drive a Camry with each engine and decide for yourself what you like best.

    A Camry traditionally enjoys high resale value. As Toyota has been making this model for over 20 years, they seem to have the engineering well thought out. The build quality is excellent.

    The Camry replaced a Mercury Cougar which was a decent car. We looked at a Mercury Milan which was not bad. The Camry is made in the USA.

    You may want to look at the new Chevy Malibu or Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan as an alternative.

    We really like the Camry.
     
  3. chatbrat

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    IN my opinion all hybrids are a waste of money. Their mileage stinks unless you live in an urban setting & spend lots of time in bumper to bumper traffic, great if you are a NYC cab driver. What do replacement batteries cost? How long do they last? What will resale be when you have to sell the car & the battery life is at its time limit? For the extra cost of the option you can buy a load of gas.----Phil
     
  4. Rem870TB

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    I received my 2004 Camry as a company vehicle in Aug. 2004.

    It has about 72,000 miles on it and is near the odometer reading where our policy requires us to order a replacement.

    We can order whatever we want; and I will be ordering a 2008 Camry.

    I have had 9 company vehicles in 31 years, this was the first Camry. Every previous car has had issues from minor annoyance to tow it off the lot. The 2004 Camry drives and operates just like it did in Aug 2004. It is the first comany vehicle I have not been "chomping at the bit" to get rid of.

    My Camry is a 4 cyl. and I do a lot of hwy driving. It is no 1960's muscle car but I have no issues, it will pass trucks and cruise at 70 mph all day. I have largely got smoking the tires at stop lights out of my system now (I have a Yamaha FJR1300 to ride when I feel the need for speed). I have to be careful not to run the speed up more since it is quite "smooth".

    We just bought my wife a 2008 Camry LE 4 cyl, based on runing Camry's for 14 years; as I said, I will be oredring one at work in the next month or so for my company car.
     
  5. jbmi

    jbmi Well-Known Member

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    We looked hard at the Camry this fall when the wife wanted to replace her Toyota Highlander. We also test drove a Buick LaCross, Ford Fusion, and the new Ford Torus. But when she drove the Saturn Aura is was love at first sight. Aura came out in direct competition to the Camry, Car & Driver did a head to head with each and picked the Aura. It has much nicer interior with more room for me (6'5" 280 lbs.)looks about the same on the outside and rated the same for mileage. The big advantage was price. GM had $500 off plus another $1200 for family & friends discount plus we got an additional $500 rebate about two weeks after we bought. We also got $3000 more on the trade-in of the Highlander than the Toyota dealer would give us. Our local Toyota dealer would not budge on price. We've only had it for 4000 miles but it's a darn nice car.
     
  6. chatbrat

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    Take a look at the Hyundai Azera, 10 yr 100k warranty---just finished a cross country round trip from New Bern NC to Laguna Hills Ca---avg 29 mpg----heated seats are great for the back on long trips---we had a Volvo S-80---this is as good----Phil
     
  7. Gold E

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    '01, 92,000mi., 4-clyl.

    Absolutely no problems so far.

    The car looks, runs, and drives like the day we bought it.
     
  8. missemucho

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    The V-6 has auto trans problems; first Toyota sedan that Consumer Reports didn't recommend in a long while. The 4 cylinder is still highly recommended.
    You might also try the Honda Accord; handle and drive better than the Camry. They're both 200,000 mile plus cars. I'd only buy a Hyundai if my plan was to run the wheels off it. Their resale is terrible, even though the car itself is supposed to be good.

    John
     
  9. lumper

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    If its for your wife she deserves a Lexus.

    One thing to remember ... when you go test drive the Camry be sure that your sales dude is standing there when you begin to take out your gun cases and put them in the trunk of the Camry while commenting on if they are going to fit or not. Be sure he sees and helps you and mention the guns again during negotiations.
     
  10. g7777777

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    Camry -- good vehicle- actually great when you compare them with something like a Ford

    4 cyl is the onen you want I think- we had that and it gave good mileage and had good power-- and has made a couple of trips across the Rocky Mountains

    87,000 miles in 2.5 years

    regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  11. kelly andersen

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    I have a 07 camry also. Great car, I have had 4 toyotas and every one has gone over 250k without a lick of trouble save for regular maintainence stuff(brakes, alternater and belts).They're resale value is unreal also. I just leased a new ford fusion also, It is a very nice car also. each has it's good points. ford made it hard to pass up the fusion with the deals thet have going.
     
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    Its simply the best car made for the money you pay for it. Only the 4 banger is needed....lots of power! Of course, you can always downgrade to a cadillac!
     
  13. claybrdr

    claybrdr Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the suggestions.
     
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    Lumper that was actually pretty funny.
     
  15. mixer

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    Had a chance to drive both the Camray XLE with the 268hp V6 and the LE with the 168hp I4 for a week each over the last two weeks. While you can smoke the tires with the V6 and the 6 speed auto/manual transmission, the I4 really surprised me with it's performance. If you want a great car with all the bells & whistles get the XLE with the V6. There is also about an $8k difference in price between the XLE and the LE.


    Eric
     
  16. jimx200

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    I test drove a Camry before buying my Mazda 6 sedan. The Toyota had too much road noise at 65mph and the handling was weak. The Mazda has a much "tighter" sport suspension and really handles well. Mine came with the air bag safety option (6 bags) and ABS with 4 wheel discs. At 40k miles, not one little problem. Oh, and made in Flat Rock, Michigan. It's my understanding that Ford has a 20% ownership in Mazda. No recalls in the past 5 years for the Mazda 6 sedan, but their has been 4 recalls for the Camry...oh, what a feeling.
     
  17. crusha

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    We got an '07 Camry for my wife this summer. It's the 4-banger and we're very happy with it. Plenty of power for general use. Made at SIA plant in Lafayette, Indiana...one of our local Indiana Trapshooters is Mfg. Mgr. there so you know it's good! Not many miles on it yet, but I must say it's a very smooth riding vehicle, very impressive. Plenty of room inside...although my wife always sits hunched up over the steering wheel, when I get in to drive it I can move the seats way back to suit my driving style and it feels great.


    My wife was driven to the Camry by a terrible (and at times endangering)quality experience with a Chrysler vehicle. We looked at the Ford Fusion also and it's a nice-looking car outside, but weren't crazy about it inside and didn't believe the price was worth it for something made in Mexico.


    To get in a workplace plug here, the '08 Accord also looks like a neat vehicle, so you might also consider it...just a bit larger than the Camry (it's an arms race between Camry and Accord, and every generation vehicle seems to get a little bigger).
     
  18. RunGunIPSC

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    I have a 2005 Camry SE V-6. It averages 26 MPG & I drive it hard. No trouble so far whatever. 27,000 miles If it is ONLY to & from transportation you need,get the LE 4. If you really like driving,get the SE V-6. I drove both,big difference esp. in the trans & RPM level. That said,if you have the money to spend,look very closely at the Infiniti G-35 esp. with the sport suspension. This is the finest moderately priced car I have ever driven. Just stay away from the pricey upgrades. Even my wife,who could care less as long as it starts & gets there,commented how nice it was. My buudy has had Benzs for the last 20 yrs said it could replace his Benz for him. I did not get one because the nearest Infiniti dealer is 250 miles away. Long way to go when the service lite pops on. PS,I know cars,I owned a Corvette body & mechanical repair shop for 14 years.
     
  19. smsnyder

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    4 cylinder, resale better and run for ever. Also consider subaru AWD. i own two of them and i am a wholsaler.
     
  20. cubancigar2000

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    I have had four new ones. The last time I bought a 4 cyl ( by mistake) instead of the 6. Its all you need. I get great mileage. The only thing good about the 6 is the resale is better. I put over 300,000 miles on one of them without anything but a timing chain. Try that with a USA made vehicle
     
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