2004 Toyota Camry SE 3.3L from North America
Valves broken at 75333 miles
Valve train on the number one cylinder broke without reason. The car was well serviced and taken care of. Regular maintenance was done per the book.
Very surprised at this failure, as the Toyota name goes with quality, especially the Camry.
With only 75333 miles on it, my mechanic was simply stunned, as was I.
Toyota was no help, and was unconcerned with my request for a failure analysis on the engine.
I have bought my last Camry. I will stick to the Honda Accord.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 8th October, 2008
4th Jul 2011, 09:16
Camry 3.3??? Where did you come up with that??? The V6 ones are 3.0L!
5th Jul 2011, 15:10
I'm sorry you got taken by ad hype. 2004 was the year that Toyota really started declining in quality. I'm sure yours probably has the exhaust system dragging on the ground, just like every 2004-2006 Camry I see. Toyota was too cheap to put a proper bracket on these cars to hold the exhaust, and after a couple of months they end up on the ground. This was also about the time the quality control started going down on the car's mechanical components as well. There was engine sludging and a number of other very serious issues.
Always do some research before buying any car based on ad hype. Much of what you read in ads can be very misleading. Toyota has an ad out now saying they are the "best selling cars"...and that is true in the WORLD market, but in the U.S. GM outsells them 2 to 1. Even Chrysler outsells them in the U.S. In fact in June 2011 Kia/Hyundai outsold Toyota 2 to 1 in the U.S.