2001 Toyota Camry CE from North America
We purchased a 2001 Camry in April of 2001. Immediately after we purchased it we realized we had a problem. The car sputters and kills when you try to start it. Toyota acknowledges that the 2001 Camrys have a "Cold Start" problem. They have replaced the computer, spark plugs, fuel injectors, fuel regulator, fuel pump and cleaned the engine. Nothing has worked... they are now resorting to making up lame reasons for my car's problem. Quotes from the Toyota Engineer include... "It's the gas in the south"..."It sat in the garage too long" (one day). "There was a change in the weather"...
So, apparently I have a Camry that I can't put gas in or I'll need to move to the north to drive or need to cover with a blankie.
I went back to Toyota of Slidell to trade it in and the General Sales Manager vowed he would take care of it. His version of taking care of it was to offer me "fair" blue book value for my 8 month old Camry - $11,000 - I still owe $16,000 - not to worry - he was going to allow me to refinance the remaining $5,000. He also offered me quite a deal on a new Sienna - just $100 over invoice. What a guy! He sure took care of me and my family. Thanks Toyota of Slidell.
Before buying a Toyota, you need to investigate. I am not the only person who has a Camry that doesn't want to start. Sadly, my problem pales in comparison to the problems some 2002 Camry and Sienna owners are facing - their engines are catching fire. Visit the National Highway Safety Transportation site - look under problems then consumer complaints.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 27th January, 2002
22nd Jun 2003, 18:27
Your sputtering problem reminds me of my 1989 Toyota Tercel which sputtered and stalled. When I moved North, the problem went away. I was satisfied with it overall though.
I bought a 2001 Camry and so far it has been a good car.
The ride is exceptional and I really enjoy it! The most annoying thing is the gas cap. If you tighten it enough a check light comes on. When that happens you have to pay the dealer to reset it for you. I don't like how the automatic transmission seems to shift too much. It's been a reliable car which I can expect from Toyota.
I don't think I'll ever go back to American cars. I believe the quality problems of American cars are a direct result of labor unions.