22nd Apr 2007, 21:58
I am the original author of this review.
In response to the post about the transmission problems; I have experienced none. After reading your post, I searched the net for more information about the problem, and it seems that early 2007 models were experiencing problems with 2nd and 6th gear. On the Straightline website: http://blogs.insideline.com/straightline/2006/04/toyota-reaches-out-to-customers-re-2007-camry-transmission.html
They reported that a Toyota representative was in their forums and helping people to get their transmission issues resolved. It also said on the website that Toyota released an official statement acknowledging the transmission problems, and they said they were working with people on a case-by-case basis.
I've tromped on the throttle more than once in my car - both using the sport manual mode, and automatic - without any problems. I'm glad you made that post, because I'll know to keep an eye out if something does seem weird... so thanks!
28th Apr 2007, 12:58
I remain skeptical of the overall reliability of these cars may I remind you that It is still very much new. Second I used to make body parts for those very vehicles and they are thin about 3mm at the base of the door as I remember 1.5 on the out side of the center pillar and the same on the inside. Also the vibrations that you would here are dampened out by something called a silencer,some little plastic piece that adsorbs vibrations so the points that there are metal to metal contact with out anything holding them together don't chatter. This is important due to the lack of weld beads that is a solid seam where the metal plates are fused instead you have spot welds. Secondly who buys Toyota for the sporty handling. I also notice the BMW likeness if one takes the overall silhouette it has many characteristics similair to the Bimmer. So if you like the lines why not get a BMW if I am not mistaken they held a Consumer Reports top recommendation for a decade. BMWs are probably more reliable than a Camry as you see more of them in Europe than Toyota's and a great many are older makes too.
5th May 2007, 12:20
2007 Camry 4cyl LE that I purchased in May 2006 has the hesitation problem that is mentioned all over the Internet sites. It's most obvious on a cold engine when you need to accelerate rapidly and merge into moving traffic. It has been serviced twice for this serious problem, even had TSB 065 performed back in October, but the problem persists. My local dealership told me there is no fix and that I've been added to their "list". So much for the best selling car in this country.
4th Jun 2007, 21:34
I am the original Author of this review.
I wanted to do another post now that I have a little over 17,000 kilometers on the odometer now. No mechanical problems to speak of, but I must say that it is a bit tricky to parallel park. The body design curves inward at the back, and the truck is rather high, so I find myself unsure of how much distance I have directly behind me. The other thing I find a bit challenging is not getting too close to a curb for fear of scraping the alloy rims. I already got too close once and put a small scratch on the front right rim...ouch! I still don't have any hesitation problems. I've never experienced this hesitation problem so if someone has experienced it first hand I'd like them to post and let me know what I should be looking for. I was also not overly impressed with the manual sport shifter. It mechanically functions well, but I don't like how the transmission will shift down to a lower gear while in manual mode-if it can do so without over reving. I can understand the you get more power when the tranny shifts down for you, but I just wish I was in 100% control. I feel like the manual mode cheats for me.
As for the comment above where someone in the U.K. said BMW must be more reliable than Toyota because there are more BMW's over there, I should mention that in Canada the ratio of Toyotas to BMW (based off of what I have seen) is about 10 toyotas to 1 bmw. BMW's are VERY expensive here. Toyotas are much more affordable. I would personally love to buy a BMW M3 as my next car. But I would have to do a lot of saving because there about $40,000 more for a comparable car.
8th Jun 2007, 09:46
My sister's 2006 Rav4 has that same hesitation when cold. I recently drove it for a week when she was on vacation and was not impressed at all.
13th Jun 2007, 17:01
I agree with the original poster on the review as I own one too.
BMW 3 is a poor mans BMW and cannot be even compared to the outstanding 2007 Camry in terms of reliability. My Camry handles better then my previous 7 Series BMW, which I got rid off because after the warranty went it fell apart. I feel BMW does not make quality vehicles, just an expensive status symbol. Toyota drives excellent, and is superb value for the money, it costs me pennies to purchase and run compared to a BMW, so in other words I will invest money I save on my vehicle into a profitable stock.
Toyota is #1 at the end of this year. Other cars just don't compare to a Toyota.
14th Jun 2007, 03:42
I use to make the exact same comments about my Acura TL and compared it to BMW at the time. I wish I had bought BMW.
14th Jun 2007, 15:38
You think your BMW would never need repairs? You must live in the city and drive 2,000 miles a year.
14th Jun 2007, 19:35
I probably would have the original transmissions and also have rear wheel drive with BMW M Series.
14th Jun 2007, 22:59
Toyota needs to stop assembling cars cars in America...
I refuse to by a japanese car not made in japan. Look at the Acura TL and Mdx, the 2 lowest quality cars in the acura lineup... made in Ohio.
15th Jun 2007, 15:27
Funny you should say that...
I know several people who own Japanese cars, and the only ones that were trouble free were made in America, the two people that bought a Japanese cars actually made in Japan were undependable pieces of junk! How ironic! Personally tho, I wouldn't recommend any Toyota vehicles, even USA made ones because they treat the employees badly and refuse to allow unions.
19th Jun 2007, 13:35
Before someone slams me about working for a car company, let me say that I work for a security company NOT any car company.
My 2007 Camry LE 4cyl is not exhibiting any hesitation. It does not take off like a rocket either nor would I want it to. The car is giving me a very quiet ride which is very important to me. As a back yard mechanic, I am impressed with both the simplicity and advancements of the engine & transmission. My car is still very new, only 1500km. When are others feeling this hesitation?
C'mon, comparing the cars of today to the cars of the late 60's is like saying you know as much today as you did back in university!