2002 Toyota Camry Reviews - Page 6 of 8

2002 Toyota Camry LE 4 cylinder from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired20 miles
Most recent distance37500 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

Good car, but poor support

Faults:

EV-AP leak in gas fill neck.

General Comments:

Dealer claims that corrosion is causing vacuum leak, but it is a longitudinal weld down the neck that is allowing the atmospheric air to leak past the o-ring seal on the gas cap. Neither the company, dealer or the extended warranty will cover. Can you imagine! The emissions control system corrodes in less than two years and the manufacturer will not cover it? I was charged $50 for the trouble I.D. and got a quote for $500 for fill neck replacement.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th October, 2004

4th Nov 2005, 18:27

Toyota is the best in quality, but my experience with some dealers have been??? I have ordered yet another Toyota because of the product, not the dealer! Some dealers have their noses in the air, and others are excellent... Chose your dealers wisely!

2002 Toyota Camry LE 2.4 liter VVT-i 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.4 liter VVT-i 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired37985 miles
Most recent distance59770 miles
Previous carKia Sephia

Summary:

The Camry is a superb, reliable car

Faults:

My car has operated very reliably.

Everything in the car works flawlessly.

General Comments:

The 2.4 liter engine is very smooth and refined for a 4 cylinder. There are V6 engines that aren't as refined as this engine. Very quiet operation too. I love the cariable valve timing feature and drive-by-wire throttle.

The seats are extremely comfortable. They have really good contouring for extended comfort on long trips. These seats lack some lateral support, but that's okay. The Camry is not a sports car and shouldn't be.

This car is very roomy. The placement of the gages and ergonomics is great. The only complaint I have is the audio system is placed a little too far out of the reach of the driver. Steering wheel radio controls would help a lot.

I really enjoy the ride quality that is a hallmark of the Toyota Camry. Whether its tar-strips, potholes, rough roads, the Camry glides over them as if you were riding on air. The handling could be better, and the tires tend to lose their grip a little too easily.

I take my Camry to my local Toyota dealer for maintenance according to the Passport plan. The cost of maintenance at the dealer is a bit high, but the service there and atmosphere is second to none.

Overall, if you want a comfortable, reliable mid-size car, then you can't go any better than Camry.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2004

28th Sep 2004, 03:40

Flawlessly, ya right.

14th Apr 2005, 05:19

Steve Jackson, if it sucks?? Why is it the Best selling Sedan in America?? please explain.

3rd Jan 2006, 16:13

Not all cars are perfect. My 2002 Toyota Camrys driver's power seat broke at 10000 mile's.They make about 500,000 Camrys a year.Dave, Maryland.

20th Aug 2007, 19:26

I have 121k miles on my 02 Camry LE. Bought it new with the 100k 7 year warranty. I did have the trans begin to slip between 1st and 2nd at 97k and they replaced the trans NO problems, no questions. Other than regular oil changes, plug change and anti-freeze at 60k, there has been no problems.

I do need new struts front and rear, noticed my tire noise increasing and rear tires are getting choppy.

I get 34-35 mpg highway and 28-30 city. The ride is very comfortable and the interior has held up very well.

I say this taking in consideration I spent $1200 for the extended warranty and glad I did, I love this car and will buy a plug-in hybrid Camry when they come out.

I am not a dealer and do not work for Toyota.

2002 Toyota Camry 3.0 V6 CDX 3.0 V6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance35700 miles
Previous carToyota Carina

Summary:

All you could want from a car, and more!

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

This car has been a joy to own. It is the most comfortable car I have ever driven with fantastically comfortable leather seats and a super smooth ride. It is quiet and possibly the most refined car this side of a Rolls Royce. Handling is a little soft and wallowy, but it is still very sure-footed.

The V6 engine provides lots of power and the auto gearbox is super smooth. The mechanicals are doubtless very tough and will be capable of a very high mileage. I think with only 35,000 miles on the clock my car is barely broken in.

Some say it looks bland, but I think its sweeping lines are classy and elegant. It is a great shame that the Camry is not more popular in the UK as it is a very underrated car.

Lots of standard equipment including electric seats and climate control and one of the best stereos I have ever sampled.

The only negative point about this car I can think of is the running costs. It is a bit heavy on fuel (24mpg), but I think it's worth it. The worst aspect of the running costs is depreciation. It's value drops like a stone.

The pros definitely outweigh the cons though and I would buy another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2004

16th Dec 2005, 21:24

Sadly not in the UK. They are extremely poor for holding their value, which incidentally makes them excellent used buys.

I've just bought a 2003 V6 example from a Toyota dealer with SatNav and only 36,000 miles for 1/3 of it's original price, for those who are not interested in a badge and want an entry level Lexus, then look no further.

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