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Toyota Camrys
Vanity | Feb. 4, 2011 | Self

Posted on 02/04/2011 5:56:12 AM PST by Graybeard58

I own(ed) a 2005 Toyota Corolla, that I bought new in 2005. I had 100,000 trouble free miles on it, it was a stick shift and the sticker said 36/42 mpg. and it got that and better up until two weeks ago when my son totaled it. All I ever did to it was regular maintenance, new tires, oil changes, new wiper blades and that's it.

I will be buying a 2011 car in the next few days and am seriously considering a new Camry, loaded with stuff for $19,990.

Anybody here have one? Anything to say about them, negative or positive?


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My son, an F.R. member, who I won't further embarrass by pinging him, walked away from this, unscratched and unbruised:

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1 posted on 02/04/2011 5:56:13 AM PST by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58

How did he manage to do all that in a parking lot?


2 posted on 02/04/2011 5:58:37 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Graybeard58
I'm on my third stick-shift Camry. It's a 2005. Darn it, if I don't have to change the oil every once in a while!

ML/NJ

3 posted on 02/04/2011 5:59:38 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: Graybeard58

Are you saying you won’t follow Soetoro’s command to get a golf cart?


4 posted on 02/04/2011 6:01:12 AM PST by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: 1rudeboy

That’s the lot where it was taken after the wreck.


5 posted on 02/04/2011 6:02:21 AM PST by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58
I would recommend the Scion Xb. It has the same Camry engine with a lot more room inside. It's also cheaper than a Camry.
6 posted on 02/04/2011 6:03:34 AM PST by Azeem (The world will look up and shout "Save us!"... And I'll whisper "No.")
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To: ViLaLuz
Are you saying you won’t follow Soetoro’s command to get a golf cart?

Here in central Illinois, everything is frozen over but as far as I know, hell hasn't yet.

7 posted on 02/04/2011 6:04:26 AM PST by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58

I don’t know if I’m ever going to buy a new car again if I can help it. Let someone else take the hit on the depreciation. Even though Toyota’s seem to do better in having less depreciation than most cars.

With all of the reports of recalls, Camry’s are still fine cars. They made them uglier than they used to be.

I have never seen deals on Camry’s that I have seen in the last 6 months. If you have wanted to buy one, there has never been a better time to do so.


8 posted on 02/04/2011 6:05:47 AM PST by listenhillary (20 years in Reverend Wright's church is all I need to determine the "content of his character")
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To: Graybeard58

My ‘92 Camry has 289,000 miles on it. Runs great. Does not use any oil either. Only major service issue was fixing an a/c leak at 200,000 miles.


9 posted on 02/04/2011 6:05:57 AM PST by rawhide
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To: Graybeard58

I review cars. The Camry is still excellent, but why not also look at the Ford Fusion? Also, the Hyundai Sonata is great (though fugly), the Mazda 6 is also very nice, as is the VW Passat. You certainly can’t go wrong with the Camry, though.

Good luck!
Cheers
Jim


10 posted on 02/04/2011 6:06:19 AM PST by gymbeau (Free Tibet! (Limit two per customer))
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To: Azeem
I would recommend the Scion Xb.

I don't care for that look, kinda boxy to me.

11 posted on 02/04/2011 6:06:27 AM PST by Graybeard58
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To: gymbeau

I bought a 2011 Camry in September - the best running car I think I have ever had, great on gas mileage.


12 posted on 02/04/2011 6:08:24 AM PST by Free America52 (The White guys are getting pissed off. We beat Hitler Hirohito and Krushchev. Obama will be easy.)
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To: ml/nj
My Corolla was a stick shift too and after driving it for almost 6 years, I gotta confess, I got a little tired of shifting.

It's a trade off, a little more comfort and a little less gas mileage.

13 posted on 02/04/2011 6:08:46 AM PST by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58
My son, an F.R. member, who I won't further embarrass by pinging him,

What a good dad.

14 posted on 02/04/2011 6:09:22 AM PST by listenhillary (20 years in Reverend Wright's church is all I need to determine the "content of his character")
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To: Free America52
Thank you, that's what I want to hear. I guess my mind is pretty well made up and I'm looking for conformation.
15 posted on 02/04/2011 6:10:04 AM PST by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58

We’ve never owned a Camry, but had a Highlander with 130K on it. We changed oil every 5K miles and that’s it! Also owned a used first generation Prius - put 60k miles on it and sold it for more than I paid. Drove a second gen Prius over 200K. We now have a 2010 4Runner and a Tundra. Only complaint about any is the Tundra’s towing capacity. Re: the Scion: buy a Toyota made in the US, not a crap car made in China!


16 posted on 02/04/2011 6:11:29 AM PST by Repulican Donkey
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To: listenhillary
Thank you and lest anyone think I'm irresponsible for loaning my kid a car, he's no teenager he's 37 years old. He just hit a particularly bad patch of ice on I-74.
17 posted on 02/04/2011 6:12:55 AM PST by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58
Mrs. F. has a 2001 Camry. About 135,000 miles on it now.

It's been great/reliable. Just standard routine maintenance.

18 posted on 02/04/2011 6:13:17 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Graybeard58
the sticker said 36/42 mpg. and it got that and better up until two weeks ago

What's the mileage now?

19 posted on 02/04/2011 6:13:38 AM PST by palmer (Cooperating with Obama = helping him extend the depression and implement socialism.)
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To: Graybeard58

Don’t buy a hybrid Camry. Someone in my immediate family has one, and I’ve driven it. It’s a real dog, and has a strange feel.


20 posted on 02/04/2011 6:13:57 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: Graybeard58

Wow. Glad he wasn’t hurt. My dad has a Toyota Avalon and loves it but I prefer my Honda. I have a 1996 Honda Accord I refuse to let go of. Other than gas and the required service checks, I have had to do nothing else. I did have to have it towed once several years ago but Honda covered the price of the tow and the repair due to a defective part even though my warranty expired.
My husband says all women need a ‘Barbie Car’ like my Honda. One that invisibly keeps itself up, much like the toy pink convertible we all had growing up.


21 posted on 02/04/2011 6:13:57 AM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Graybeard58

Kid OK?


22 posted on 02/04/2011 6:13:57 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (V for Vendetta.)
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To: Graybeard58
My wife has a 2003 Camry {her third one} with over 125,000 miles. She was going to buy a new one but this one has been so trouble free that she can't bring herself to trade it in.

When she does buy a new car, there is no doubt what it will be, the only thing that she'll have to decide on is the color, because it will be a 4 door, 6 cylinder, Toyota Camry XLE same as this one.

I drove Mercedes for 35 years and 4 years ago switched to a Toyota RAV 4, All Wheel Drive and never looked back. Mercedes makes a terrific car. but on a price/performance basis, the Toyota beats it hands down.

I can buy two RAV 4s for the same price as a single Mercedes {I know I don't get the hood ornament} and have cash left over.

23 posted on 02/04/2011 6:14:55 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, in honor of Standing Wolf.)
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To: Graybeard58
I got a little tired of shifting.

I never notice. I've had only manual trans cars since 1965, except when I rent. I thought about getting an auto trans once for my wife, but she test drove one and didn't like it. She also recognized that about the only time an auto trans car is in the proper gear is when it is just starting to move and when it is cruising on an interstate, and you just don't have the same degree of control with an auto trans.

ML/NJ

24 posted on 02/04/2011 6:16:17 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: Disambiguator
Don’t buy a hybrid Camry.

Wouldn't even enter my mind.

25 posted on 02/04/2011 6:18:18 AM PST by Graybeard58
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To: mad_as_he$$

Not a mark on him.


26 posted on 02/04/2011 6:18:55 AM PST by Graybeard58
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To: mad_as_he$$

He’s a big man at 6’5’’ and he had the seat back as far as it would go and had the back tilted. He said the air bag didn’t even touch him.


27 posted on 02/04/2011 6:20:31 AM PST by Graybeard58
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To: listenhillary
I don’t know if I’m ever going to buy a new car again if I can help it. Let someone else take the hit on the depreciation.

The problem with that admirable plan is that Barry's "Cash for Clunkheads" accomplished its mission, which was to destroy as many serviceable used vehicles as possible to force people to buy new union-made vehicles.

Since the supply of good used vehicles is way down, their price is way up.

Sucks, but that's the way it is.

28 posted on 02/04/2011 6:21:09 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: Graybeard58

I love my Fusion.


29 posted on 02/04/2011 6:21:32 AM PST by lonestar
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To: Graybeard58
They go great in the snoooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. Looks as if his Guardian Angel was working overtime. ;D


30 posted on 02/04/2011 6:26:18 AM PST by Daffynition ( Live EACH DAY as if it were your last, but EXPECT that there still may be a tomorrow.)
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To: Graybeard58

I have never owned a Camary. However, I am on my second Tacoma with over 100k miles. I will probably buy a 3rd next year after we pay off my wives Honda Odessey.


31 posted on 02/04/2011 6:27:16 AM PST by woodbutcher1963
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To: Graybeard58

I’d say the fact that you son walked away, unscratched and unbruised, is a good enough reason to stick with your prefered brand.


32 posted on 02/04/2011 6:27:20 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmit in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: IYAS9YAS

you = your


33 posted on 02/04/2011 6:27:44 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmit in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: Graybeard58
It's a trade off, a little more comfort and a little less gas mileage.

In the past, I would have agreed with you. However, many new cars, especially the smaller and mid-sized sedans now get better mileage with the automatic, than they do with the stick (if a stick is even available anymore).

34 posted on 02/04/2011 6:30:15 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmit in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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Dude-- Go with the Camry.

I had a POS Chevy Cavalier that kept breaking down and GM basically blew me off. So in 2000, I bought a Camry. I am now on my second one.

35 posted on 02/04/2011 6:32:13 AM PST by Lysandru
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I got hit head on by a drunk driver in 2007 in my Corolla, and lived to tell the tale!

My dad's had about 3 Camry's-he loves them!
36 posted on 02/04/2011 6:32:59 AM PST by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: palmer
What's the mileage now?

Zero.

But if you mean what was it just prior to destruction, it was about 36/42 with the odometer just having passed 100,000 miles.

By the way, I paid $14,400 in cash for the car, brand spanking new. Six years and 100,000 miles later K.B.B. says that my car in "excellent" condition, with that many miles on it, retails for $9,115.

My insurance adjuster low balled me with $8,800 offer and he's going to pay for new tags (about $200), which is one whole lot better than I expected. Plus I have the use of a rental car that I can use for 30 days.

I'm a realist and I know they will get it all back over the years, if I live long enough, with increased premiums.

37 posted on 02/04/2011 6:33:55 AM PST by Graybeard58
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To: 1rudeboy

The more “stuff” you have loaded onto a car the more “stuff” will break or go wrong. GO BASIC!


38 posted on 02/04/2011 6:38:44 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: ml/nj

I love my little Manual Honda Civic. Drove it cross country, no issues. Just drove it through the snow and ice here in Austin, it was fun being king of the road with snow tires.


39 posted on 02/04/2011 6:39:44 AM PST by BenKenobi (one of the worst mistakes anybody can make is to bet against Americans.")
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To: Graybeard58

Don’t forget to check Edmunds for good car info:

http://www.edmunds.com/


40 posted on 02/04/2011 6:43:32 AM PST by radioone (Proud to be an enemy of Obama)
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To: stylecouncilor

I bought a new Corolla in 1974. I gave it to a sister in-law in 1985 with almost 500,000 miles on it and she added 150,000 before finally put it to rest. All I did was change the oil and once replaced the belts. Even a head-on accident didn’t slow that baby down. Next year, I’m going to buy my wife a new Camry.

“Hey, who put this Toyota emblem on my Lexus?”


41 posted on 02/04/2011 6:43:59 AM PST by ObamaMustGo2012 (Obama Must Go In 2012)
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To: Graybeard58
If you plan on keeping it a long time, I'd recommend comparing warranties too.
For example:Source
42 posted on 02/04/2011 6:44:45 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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DAMN FINE RESPONSE, SIR! ;-P


43 posted on 02/04/2011 6:45:25 AM PST by MortMan (What disease did cured ham used to have?)
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To: Graybeard58

Wow, Praise God your son wasn’t hurt.
We love my wife’s 2006 Corolla 5-speed stick. Here in the Carolina hills though it can be a challenge to drive sometimes. Before the Toyota she had a used Escort wagon (4-speed stick) it was a great car too.
Before that she drove a 86 Honda Civic (stick) for 17 years. I had a 94 Nissan pick up for 15 years. Then bought a 2007 F-150. Couldn’t be happier with the vehicles we’ve had and own now.


44 posted on 02/04/2011 6:46:21 AM PST by John 3_19-21 (If guns kill people ... then I can blame misspelled words on my keybord)
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To: Graybeard58

Glad to hear that. Amazing machine that took that kind of damage and left him unscratched.


45 posted on 02/04/2011 6:49:53 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (V for Vendetta.)
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To: Graybeard58

Is there any reason you’re not considering a gently used, 2009-2010 Camry? Dave Ramsey would approve. The teaser of “lower” interest rates do not come close to offsetting the first year depreciation of any new car purchase.


46 posted on 02/04/2011 6:51:55 AM PST by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar!)
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To: Graybeard58
Wouldn't drive a Toyota if somebody paid me. Not because of the cars’ quality, but because of Toyota drivers’ reputation: the most unpredictable and annoying on the road. If you notice somebody crawling 10 below speedlimit in the left lane - you can bet on Toyota. If some jerk cuts you off while talking on the phone, eating a pastrami sandwich, picking his/her nose with both hands - Toyota for sure. No lights in the rain? No turn signal? Not letting you merge? Toyota, Toyota, Toyota.
47 posted on 02/04/2011 6:55:26 AM PST by Samogon (Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. - Plato)
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To: Graybeard58

Save yourself trouble.Get 2011 Hyundai Sonata.Great car.


48 posted on 02/04/2011 7:01:37 AM PST by QQQQ
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To: Samogon
Needs some fixin':

Wouldn't drive a Toyota Subaru if somebody paid me. Not because of the cars’ quality, but because of Toyota Subaru drivers’ reputation: the most unpredictable and annoying on the road. If you notice somebody crawling 10 below speedlimit in the left lane - you can bet on Toyota Subaru. If some jerk cuts you off while talking on the phone, eating a pastrami sandwich, picking his/her nose with both hands - Toyota Subaru for sure. No lights in the rain? No turn signal? [BMW] Not letting you merge? [BMW] Toyota Subaru, Toyota Subaru, Toyota Volvo.


49 posted on 02/04/2011 7:04:01 AM PST by Daffynition ( Live EACH DAY as if it were your last, but EXPECT that there still may be a tomorrow.)
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To: Daffynition

Easy to park?


50 posted on 02/04/2011 7:04:29 AM PST by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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