are Toyota Camrys still the darn-near-perfect car they were a few years ago?

  • rnch

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    Sep 20, 2010 11:22 PM GMT
    what with all the recalls they have been having as of late; it seems like the luster has dulled on all toyotas in general, and the camry model in particular.

    SO, Automotive pundits...is the carmy still the bulletproof, no fuss/mo muss, darn near perfect automotive magtag is was a few years ago?
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    Sep 21, 2010 12:34 AM GMT
    Sure why not? I see plenty of new Camrys on the road. That whole deal with the stuck gas pedal was blown out of proportion. Regardless of what car you drive.. remember that if your gas pedal "sticks" just pop the transmission in Neutral. You don't even have to push the button to release the shifter. Just push on the lever and it's done. Then coast to the side of the road.

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    Sep 21, 2010 1:27 AM GMT
    Who cares if they're bulletproof... They're ugly.
  • FloridaGuy71

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    Sep 21, 2010 1:38 AM GMT
    I personally think they're still a safe bet. I just bought a Toyota Venza in May. It's a crossover, based on the Camry. Absolutely love it. Rides really smooth and feels solid. I got an awesome deal on it too, considering the Toyota dealer was hurting for business.
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    Sep 21, 2010 2:10 AM GMT
    If I was in the market for a Camry, I'd buy an Accord, Altima or a Jetta instead. I've just never been a fan of Toyota the company or their styling. The other three cars just look better and have better performance too.
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    Sep 21, 2010 2:11 AM GMT
    Neither the Camry nor the Maytag are what they were.icon_cry.gif
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    Sep 21, 2010 2:13 AM GMT
    It's hard to define the "perfect" car. I mean, I'd say the Camry is far from perfect, although I do have high expectations from cars.

    That said, the Camry is still the rock-solid, reliable, functional, and great value it once was.
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    Sep 21, 2010 2:19 AM GMT
    LOL. Yeah, I think Camrys are pretty bland. But if you're looking for a reliable appliance car that can comfortably transport people, then it's a good buy.

    Personally, I'd rather get an Acura TSX V6. It's not as roomy as the Camry. But the styling is pretty aggressive and it's more fun to drive. You can get these for probably the same price as a fully loaded Camry.

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    Sep 21, 2010 3:37 AM GMT
    So Toyota recalling almost 4 million vehicles is now a government conspiracy? LOL!! Never heard that one before.

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    Sep 21, 2010 3:42 AM GMT
    here are the companies delivering the best right out of the factory. longevity is another issue.

    June 2010, J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, Car Ratings
    The top models in each segment are listed.

    Best Subcompact
    1. Hyundai Accent
    2. Toyota Yaris
    3. Honda Fit

    Best Compact
    1. Ford Focus
    2. Honda Civic
    3. Hyundai Elantra

    Best Compact Sport
    1. Mazda MX-5 Miata
    2. Scion tC

    Best Luxury Compact Sport
    1. Volvo C70
    2. Mercedes-Benz E-Class (coupe)

    Best Midsize Sport
    1. Ford Mustang
    2. Dodge Challenger

    Best Entry Luxury
    1. Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    2. Acura TL
    3. Cadillac CTS

    Best Midsize Luxury
    1. Lexus GS 350/GS 460
    2. Mercedes-Benz E-Class (sedan)
    3. Volvo S80

    Best Full-Size Luxury
    1. Lexus LS 460
    2. Mercedes-Benz S-Class
    3. Porsche Panamera

    Best Midsize
    1. Honda Accord
    2. Ford Fusion
    3. Chevrolet Malibu

    Best Full-Size
    1. Ford Taurus
    2. Buick Lucerne
    3. Nissan Maxima
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    Sep 21, 2010 3:49 AM GMT
    rnch saidwhat with all the recalls they have been having as of late; it seems like the luster has dulled on all toyotas in general, and the camry model in particular.

    SO, Automotive pundits...is the carmy still the bulletproof, no fuss/mo muss, darn near perfect automotive magtag is was a few years ago?


    Yes, Why? With all the government oversight into Toyota manufacturing, quality control, etc. Plus, the own company trying to spin of its reputation...think about it, it will be the safest car on the planet....but I would wait until the fall out comes down to purchase the newer models.
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    Sep 21, 2010 4:43 AM GMT
    Honda has had more CR-V's self ignite and burn than Toyota has had real unintended acceleration incidents. Not many know about the CR-V problems. Or about Honda V6 transmission issues. Or about self igniting Fit's.

    People love sensational news. If GM has a problem with cars accelerating out of control it might make a clip on the 5 PM news. But Toyota... well everyone loves to see the golden child fall from grace.

    Camry is still the safe bet. But the competition is looking good.

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    Sep 21, 2010 12:17 PM GMT
    I still <3 my 2001 Camry V6.
    The cops <3 it too, because my speeding tickets pay their bills. That thing is fucking FAST! icon_razz.gif