Toyota Camry Problems Used Car

The main disadvantages of the Toyota Camry with mileage (Toyota Camry XV40)
Toyota Camry - the most popular business sedan in the history of Toyota. The production of the Toyota Camry lasts more than 30 years, during this time the car became a real bestseller on the market, and, in recent years, was recognized as the best in the "price-quality" ratio. For the sake of justice, it is worth noting that there were few serious competitors for this car, especially in the CIS countries. In the secondary market, the Camry is one of the most popular cars, and, for this reason, there is a comfortable, spacious premium sedan at the price of a budget Korean in top-end configuration. It sounds really tempting, but the question arises, what problems will have to face after buying a Toyota Camry with a mileage of more than 100,000 km, and what should I look for when choosing this car in the secondary market. Now we will talk about this and many other things.

A bit of history:The name Camry (Camry) comes from the Japanese phonetic record of the Chinese character 冠 (kamuri), which has the meaning of "crown". To work, to create the first in its model line premium sedan business class, the company Toyota began in early 1980. Toyota Camry's debut (V10) took place in 1982, initially the car was only available in the Japanese market and was called Toyota Vista. Six months later, this model was exported to the US and Europe under the familiar name "Camry". The second generation was introduced in 1986, outwardly the car was not much different from its predecessor. The third generation Toyota Camry (V30) appeared in 1990, but was intended only for the domestic market of Japan. For export to the markets of the USA and Europe, another model with the index XV10 was developed, it was larger, heavier and differed in design, and, also, was available in the body of the station wagon. In Japan, the same car was sold under the name Toyota Scepter. The fourth generation of the Toyota Camry V40 was introduced in 1994, this version of the car was offered only in a sedan car, but, as before, it had a soplatform model "Vista". The car was intended only for the domestic market of Japan. The export version of Camry with the index XV20 was presented in 1996. The fifth generation Toyota Camry was introduced in 2000 in Japan. The world premiere of the novelty took place at the Frankfurt auto show in September 2001. Unlike its predecessors, the car got all the latest trends harmoniously combined with the traditional sophistication of business class cars, which contained only a minimal number of straight lines. The sixth generation Toyota Camry (XV40) debut took place in 2006 at the Detroit auto show. The history of this generation was relatively short, as for a prestigious car - official sales started in 2007, and in 2011 the next generation was presented. The reason for this was the low quality of the interior trim materials and the controversial design that scared off the old Toyota Camry fans and made them buy cars like Honda Accord and Nissan Teana. In 2009, the car dealership received a restyling version of the car, which, according to the manufacturers, eliminated the main technical shortcomings. The premiere of the seventh generation of the car (XV50) took place in 2011. The novelty differed from its predecessor with angular features in the design of the front end, as well as the lack of smooth lines and an improved interior of the saloon.

Toyota CamryThe problematic and weak points of the Toyota Camry (XV40) with a runThe quality of paintwork, like most modern cars, leaves much to be desired - scratches and chips appear even from a slight mechanical contact. And, behold, the corrosion resistance of the body does not cause any questions. An exception can be cars that have been restored after an accident by an artisanal method. To the weak places of the body can be attributed chrome elements (mutneyut and oblazyat) and a decorative bar over the license plate installed on the luggage compartment cover - the paint crackles (on many copies repainted). The paint on the leash wipers with time (3-4 years of operation) swells and clouds , the same problems are also present in wheel disks. On cars of the first years of production, the nozzle of headlight washers often wedges in the open position. The solution to the problem is cleaning from accumulated dirt. When inspecting, you should pay attention to the tank washer fluid, the fact is that it is very close to the bumper and can crack even with a minor accident. It is necessary to insert the pistol into the gasoline tank carefully, since very thin metal is used in the neck of the gas tank, there have been cases when sloppy owners pierced it with a pistol at a gas station. To eliminate the defect, you will have to change the neck to the pipe.EnginesToyota Camry was completed only with gasoline power units in volume 2.4 (163 and 167 hp) and 3.5 (277 hp) liters. As the operational experience has shown, both motors are very hardy and do not cause special trouble to 200-250 thousand km with timely maintenance. But, like any mechanism, these motors are not without weaknesses. The most common problem is the premature failure of belt tensioners, this occurs on a run of 80-100 thousand km. Symptoms - there is a slight snapping. Approximately the same resource has a cooling pump. About her swift death tell a pink coating and traces on the protection of the hood, the increased noise of the pump. The throttle block quickly clogs, so it should be washed every 30-40 thousand km, if you do not want to change the node ahead of time. The same procedure is recommended for the injectors installed on the motor 3.5. When using poor-quality fuel prematurely the oxygen sensor and mass air flow out of order. Four-cylinder motor 2.4 is prone to overheating in order to avoid serious troubles and high costs (when overheated, leads the head of the unit) flush the radiator cooling unit and the air conditioner at least twice a year. On most used Camry, oil consumption is about 1 liter per 10,000 km, for cars with a mileage of more than 100 thousand km this is considered the norm, if the flow is greater, then the problem will be further aggravated. The V6 engine 3.5 to 150000 km starts to burn individual ignition coils. Also, on cars until 2009, the common problem is the leakage of oil due to a leaking oil cooler tube (Initially, a plastic tube was installed, after restyling the oil pipeline was replaced by an all-metal). Often the owners are perplexed by the sudden error on the instrument panel Check VSC System, many owners insist that there is no need to worry, because the error is due to a "glitch" in the system and will pass by itself. If the error does not disappear for a long time, while the car is riding normally, check the sensor, it may need to be replaced. In the case of an unstable operation of the power unit and the operation of the sensor, the replacement of the ignition coil is most likely required. Also, the error can be displayed when the battery is malfunctioning. During engine start-up in a cold season, you can hear an unpleasant buzz and a metallic screech, the source is a "bandix" (Overrunning clutch, designed to "disengage" the starter with the running engine). This is due to the fact that the lubricant in the relay is not designed for low temperatures and with the onset of colds freezes and the "retractor" does not have time to get out. Eliminate this trouble will help replace the grease "Bendix" on the more plastic. Often a mileage of 130-150 thousand km requires the replacement of the generator pulley. When choosing a car should clarify its history, the fact that Camry often used by officials and businessmen who drove the drivers. As a rule, such cars worked for a long time at idle (in the winter, the salon was constantly warmed, in the summer they were cooled), and the car was serviced without taking into account the worked hours, and it turned out that the oil change was carried out for 10,000 km as prescribed in the regulations, but in fact it turned out 15-20 thousand km. In such cases, it is difficult to predict engine life (In normal operation, the engine can serve up to 500,000 km). 
Toyota CamryTransmissionToyota Camry (XV40) with the motor 2.4 was completed with two gears - a five-speed mechanics and a hydromechanical automatic machine, with a 3.5 engine installed only six-speed automatic transmission. The manual transmission is very reliable and almost does not cause problems to its owners. The only trouble that owners of cars with MKPP face is an increased vibration in the 5th gear with a sharp acceleration. In most cases, the culprit of this ailment is the wear of the clutch and the hub of the synchronizers of the gearbox. Coupling, with careful operation, is enough for 100-130 thousand km, but the squeeze bearing can ask for a replacement and for 60,000 km mileage. Symptoms - fuzzy and difficult to switch gears.
The second in reliability is a 5-step automatic machine, in most cases its resource is 200-250 thousand km. Its main drawback is the sudden refusal of the selector, but it's not worth it to be frightened, since the solution to this problem is a penny - you need to replace the end sensor, which is under the brake pedal. On some copies, in due course, contact disappears in the control unit of the automatic transmission (the new unit will cost 500 USD), it's good, we have already learned how to eliminate this ailment without replacing the unit (requires repair of the control unit). The problem of operation of the 6-step AKP directly depends on the manner of driving. If you drive constantly in the "sneaker to the floor" repair the box will be required on a run of 100-120 thousand km - the friction wears out. Symptoms are jerks at sudden acceleration and during switching from the third to the fourth gear, which are accompanied by clashing and perehazovka. When untimely maintenance and use of poor-quality lubricants to 100,000 km of wear products, the hydroblock channels are blocked. In both cases, repairs will not be cheap, around $ 1000, the replacement of the box will cost $ 2500-3000. To increase the transmission service line, it is recommended to change the oil in the box at least every 60,000 km. The main reason for the failure of automatic transmissions is overheating of the box. An additional cooling radiator is installed on the gearbox, and if it is not cleaned from time to time, the chances of overheating increase. Also, the resource box is influenced by the driving style, if you like to arrange races at traffic lights, count on the long service box is not worth it.Suspension characteristics of the Toyota Camry (XV40) with a runToyota Camry (XV40) is equipped with an independent suspension: in front - McPherson, rear - mnogorychazhka. In terms of comfort, Camry has always been known for a satisfactory ride and good energy intensity, but this has its drawback, the softness of the suspension does not add confidence in maneuvers at high speeds. As for the reliability of the suspension, in this respect, Camry is one of the leaders in the class. Stands and bushings of the stabilizer are nursed on 60-80 thousand km. At 80-100 km, external CV joints begin to knock (change in assembly with semiaxis). Silent blocks of the front levers will have to be changed every 120-150 thousand km (change with the lever). Ball joints and shock absorbers in case of careful operation will not disturb up to 150,000 km of run. Approximately the same number can hold the rear cross-arms. The steering system is also a lagoon, the rake starts to flow after 150000 km of run, with careful operation it can serve more than 200,000 km (replacement 500-600 cu). The steering tips and thrusts on the average serve 120-150 thousand km. One of the weaknesses of the helmsman is the spider joint of the steering shaft. After 100,000 km, GUR fluid may leak through the oil seals and high-pressure hose of the power-assisted pump. Vulnerable in the running gear is the braking system, and, more precisely, the front discs, which with excessive braking overheat, and, in most cases, deform and crack. Symptoms - beating in the steering wheel when you press the brake pedal. In this case, the rear discs serve more than 100,000 km. Guide slides are prone to sour, to avoid expensive repairs, they are recommended to lubricate at each maintenance.SalonThe interior of the Taiot Camry is made of inexpensive finishing materials, because of this the car received a lot of criticism not only from experts and bloggers, but also from owners who have long maintained the car. Most of all, the leather trim of the seats received criticism, which quickly loses its original appearance. On some specimens with a range of up to 100,000 km, cracks appeared on the skin. Not better things are with the fabric upholstery (quickly rubbed off). Many questions are caused by noise insulation, there is a feeling that it was installed at the AvtoVAZ plant (during heavy rain in the salon you will have to talk on elevated tones). The build quality also leaves a lot of questions, who collected the car and where it cost more than 25000 USD. The front seats are very soft and do not have lateral support. As for the reliability of the electrician, there are some problems here. Over time, the dashboard begins to bugger. On many cars with a run of more than 100,000 km there are problems with the air conditioning - the compressor breaks down. The evaporator of the air conditioner starts to "spit with dandruff", this ailment appears as a result of the oxidation of the evaporator, which will have to be replaced (about 500 cu).
Toyota Camry. Salon
Toyota Camry - reliable, comfortable and inexpensive to maintain the car for, relatively, little money. Unfortunately, it is not devoid of minor shortcomings, but, for the sake of justice, it is worth noting that most of them can be eliminated without much difficulty and for reasonable money. When choosing a used Camry is better to give preference to the copies released after 2009, as sedans of this age have almost no weaknesses.
  • Spacious salon.
  • Comfortable suspension.
  • Reliability.

  • Very low noise insulation.
  • Low quality of interior decoration materials.
  • Deformation of the front brake discs.

If you are the owner of this model of the car, please describe the problems that you had to face during the operation of the car. Perhaps, it is your feedback that will help readers of our site when choosing a car.
Yours faithfully, edition
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