2002 Toyota Camry Reviews - Page 2 of 8

2002 Toyota Camry XLE 2.4 4 cylinder from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.4 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired102 miles
Most recent distance122000 miles
Previous carAudi A4

Summary:

Fair car - costs too much

Faults:

Push button for hazard lights has popped into dash.

Alternator went bad at 70,000 miles.

Both gear shift lights, on dash and floor mounted lever no longer light up.

Drivers door latch went bad - inside of door.

No battery saver function for interior lights, as battery has drained for leaving light on. A 2002 $28,000 car should have this.

1-electric window motor.

Oil leak from transmission cooling line.

A/C leaks coolant - but no leak can be found.

The seat materials are worn, much more than 122,000 mile car should look. I have no children and I am only 120-lbs.

General Comments:

Over all I am happy with this car. Just too costly for what I got.

My old Audi had 50-x the trouble.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th March, 2009

2002 Toyota Camry LE 2.4L from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.4L Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance103000 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Great car, great value

Faults:

(1) The windshield cracked from -15C cold.

(2) The paint on the front of the hood chips easily. Had to get an aftermarket spray paint to cover up the chips.

General Comments:

I upgraded from the 4th generation Camry to this 5th generation, also with 5 speed transmission. It feels like a completely different car. It's the most reliable car I ever had. In 1.5 years of ownership absolutely nothing has gone wrong with it. I just change the oil myself.

Well with the exception of the windshield cracking all the way on the passenger's side. Happened this winter and the car was in the garage. The temperature hit -16C and I wonder if that's what did it, although it doesn't make sense.

Mechanically, it has been very reliable. I changed the brakes on it once. Just scanned codes the other day - no codes.

I love the way the manual transmission shifts, much better than the previous generation Camry. Smooth.

The power is very good and so is the MPG. I get 31MPG on highway only and mid-20's in mixed driving.

It's easy to work on. I changed the alternator belt on it and it wasn't that hard.

The interior is good. Handling is good.

The AC is so-so, nowhere near as cold as it is in say Subaru, but it might just need a recharge.

Nothing ever breaks on it so I hardly ever use my tools anymore. It just runs like a fridge.

My biggest disappointment with the Camry is that Toyota in its infinite wisdom dropped the station wagon way back in the 90's. I don't really want a sedan. I don't want an SUV, I wish they made a Camry station wagon with 5 speed.

What I heard on a forum (but not experienced myself) is that the automatic transmission can be troublesome, not shift right. No catastrophic failure however. Manual is far more reliable. If getting an auto, better test drive it carefully and change the fluids often.

I am not just picking on Toyota, many makers, both domestic and imports have issues with autos, even in brand new expensive cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th February, 2009

2002 Toyota Camry LE 4 cylinder from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired67000 miles
Most recent distance78500 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Runs and feels like new

Faults:

No mechanical issues.

General Comments:

We own a 1995 Camry LE with 225,000 so it was an easy decision to buy this one.

The 2002 is tight, smooth, quiet and runs beautiful. Great passing power, spunky for a 4 cyl. Comfortable seats front and back for everyone (husband is a big man).

Front wheel drive handles great on the snow and ice.

Roomy trunk.

Absolutely no complaints with this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st November, 2008

2002 Toyota Camry SE 3.0 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance128923 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

Not great, but better than an Accord

Faults:

Some transmission problems. As a high mileage driver (4000 per week) it can really hold you back.

General Comments:

The V6 is much nicer than the one that was in my '03 Accord, but I think that my '07 Optima's I4 blows them away.

The seats were better than Accord, better gas mileage, much cheaper overall ownership.

I would buy another Camry over an Accord, but I don't think I'll every buy anything but Kia again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th August, 2008

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 29 reviews