9th Sep 2007, 16:14
Sounds like you should have bought another Buick, since apparently it has set the standard for the Camry to live up to.
11th Sep 2007, 21:54
Thanks for reading my review. I did not write it to spark another huge, endless, and pointless Toyota vs. Buick debate though. The reason that we did not purchase another Buick was that Buick does not currently offer a car that we really had any desire for. We liked our Regal because it was sporty and relatively unique as most other people drive LeSabres (yawn) and Centuries (double yawn). While I admire the LaCrosse, it was simply overpriced for what we were looking for, and the Lucerne is too huge for our needs. We chose our Regal over a Camry in 1999 because the same model-year Camry did not suit us as much, but we chose the new '07 Camry because it met our needs more closely than the current Buick products.
Also, we did not just compare Buick to Toyota, because I do think of them as entirely different breeds of cars. We looked at everything from Buick, Honda, Mercury, Nissan, Hyundai, and Subaru. The Toyota just happened to be what we wanted this time around.
There is really no such thing as a "domestic" or an "import" anymore as all cars have parts from various countries in them now. Our Buick was built in Canada, our Camry was built in Kentucky. Interesting. Also, our Ford F-150 and BMW 3-series have parts from Japan, China, etc. all throughout them just like our Buick and our Camry.
Also, until other people start making my car payments, I will buy whatever I want, not what other people THINK I should buy.
11th Sep 2007, 22:02
Our Camry came STANDARD with EVERY feature that we had to pay much more for on the Regal. Also, this car's build quality is much better, and it is much more comfortable on the road, as it is ten times quieter and absorbs bumps more effectively without losing any grip.
I will never regret buying the Regal, it was fantastically reliable, but the Camry has really pleased us and we feel that it was, in fact, an UPGRADE.
12th Sep 2007, 06:28
I think Toyota has set the standard for all domestic vehicles. Cadillac and Buick had to look up at it for years and now they are finally close with only Cadillac looking down slightly... not too far a head is Toyota. Buick has a long ways to go still... What the heck? The new Buicks are so generic and offer nothing different that a Japanese car would have offered 8 years ago.
12th Sep 2007, 14:57
Compare a Camry to a Cadillac CTS-V sedan technology features... why buy a Camry?
13th Sep 2007, 10:12
I hate to tell you comment 06:28, but my 13 year old buick has features that I know Camry didn't have 8 years ago or has recently got such as automatic climate control, automatic headlights, power seats, lamp warning system, factory alarm and maybe some other features. Get off your high horse, Cadillac and Buick are luxury cars. The new 07 Camry's I'll admit are nice, but don't get yourself too caught up in how good your toyota is.
13th Sep 2007, 15:00
Given that the resale value on a CTS is so bad, you could get a CTS out the door cheaper than a Camry.
13th Sep 2007, 15:55
06:28, I think you are exactly right about the current Buick designs. In my opinion the previous Park Avenue and LeSabre were far more attractive than the current offerings with their classic coke bottle bodies. I would seriously consider the LaCrosse even though I prefer large cars, but the Lucerne is far too generic for me. I hope the next Buicks are more akin to the sexy Enclave.
14th Sep 2007, 13:23
This review is about a Toyota and it should not be used as a battleground for a Buick argument. Buick is one of the best cars that anyone can buy, and so is Toyota, and neither brand needs to make any apologies about quality as they are generally the safest bets out there.
14th Sep 2007, 14:29
Accords and Camry's were compact cars back in the hay day. My 1994 Accord didn't even have a power seat or auto climate... My 1992 Buick Roadmaster did. But you know what? Two different cars; two different classes; different prices!
My Accord lasted to 258,000 miles when I traded it, and my Buick went to 135,000 miles before it was sold to some auto ranch because the Chevy dealer wouldn't dare sell it.
14th Sep 2007, 19:26
15:00 imports are always inevitably about resale it seems... although the import owner was at the time was only commenting on technology. I could care less about resale... I would rather focus and have a better drivetrain, less repairs, features, ride, performance and a far superior warranty so the preference in our household is definitely now with new GM's and no more new imports.
16th Sep 2007, 12:55
GM offers the best with their 20 year old W body and Ford performs well with their 30 year old panther platform. The quality is really building with these cars, and they are so more much reliable than any import which goes through a design change every 4 years.
The engines in domestic cars and a lot better too. They use the best plastic gaskets in the engine which allow good flow of power in the engine, allowing 60,000 miles of trouble free driving till the gasket goes out. Not to mention the Dex cool which helps extend the gaskets to 65,000 miles. This is why year in and out the domestics are the highest gross selling vehicles in the world, and why they win every award in news publications.
28th Oct 2007, 18:44
Update: 5,000 miles.
I am the original reviewer. We took the Camry in for its first oil change and the dealer reprogrammed the transmission to eliminate the hesitation that we and so many other owners have been experiencing. This fix worked, and the car now accelerates beautifully, with no hesitating whatsoever. Other than that, everything has been perfect and we are still enjoying the car very much.
I do believe that this car is good for you physically. When driving it, fatigue just melts away and I can feel my blood pressure getting lower as it just does everything so wonderfully and you forget about the hectic world outside.
On a side note, our old Buick Regal is performing superbly for the new owners and I would recommend one for anyone looking for a used car that is quite affordable.
17th Nov 2007, 20:58
I too, own a Buick Regal AND recently, purchased a '07 Camry LE, for Toyota's apparent high quality, reliability, and fuel economy of the 4 banger.
The '95 Regal Custom model (base), it has alloy wheels. It has light sensor for automatic headlights. It has dual climate control. It has "pistons" for supporting the hood.
Try looking for ANY of those standard features in a base 1995 Camry.
I often don't compare the two even though they are within the same price range. Buick is luxury, and Camry is economy.
If you open the '07 Camry door wide, and look behind the front fender at the door hinge, you can see clearly, a large piece of black styrofoam. And now suddenly anyone can explain how these cars sip fuel.