2002 Camry SE. Nothing But Problems!
previous camry owner

Winchester, KY

#44 Sep 30, 2009
google "camry blown head gaskets" and go to the forum. seems there is a major defect in the block.
CamKari

Portland, OR

#45 Nov 2, 2009
2003 Camry, gurgling dash, found out last monday I have loose/sheered head bolts in my motor and need a new one. My car is 6 years old. It will cost about 6K to fix, I don't have that kind of money right now...been reading the forums and lots of you out there with same problem, can't we start a class action suit and make Toyota make it right,$22k is a lot of money for a car to only last 6 years...There commercials on TV make it sound like you can pass your car on to your 16 year old kid when they learn to drive , ya right....Im serious...lets, hold them accountable...there is enough of us!!!!!
liner

Bronx, NY

#46 Nov 2, 2009
CamKari wrote:
2003 Camry, gurgling dash, found out last monday I have loose/sheered head bolts in my motor and need a new one. My car is 6 years old. It will cost about 6K to fix, I don't have that kind of money right now...been reading the forums and lots of you out there with same problem, can't we start a class action suit and make Toyota make it right,$22k is a lot of money for a car to only last 6 years...There commercials on TV make it sound like you can pass your car on to your 16 year old kid when they learn to drive , ya right....Im serious...lets, hold them accountable...there is enough of us!!!!!
Unless you have deep pockets, don't worry about a class action suit. Have a trusted local shop source a good used engine for your Camry.

“Liberal Teachers ruin Kids”

Since: Mar 09

Paradise Valley Arizona

#47 Nov 2, 2009
toyota's arent worth any heavy repairs
they are indeed throw away vehicles
camry junk

Bar Harbor, ME

#48 Nov 6, 2009
Not yet, with the junk toyota is building now ,its only matter of time!
Toyota is alllll hype!!
Just ask someone you know who drives one!!
Chris

Los Angeles, CA

#50 Nov 17, 2009
I have a stripped head bolt on my '04 Camry LE and was given the choice of heli-coil ($1900) or a new engine ($7000). Has anyone had luck with the heli-coil process?
liner

Bronx, NY

#51 Nov 18, 2009
Chris wrote:
I have a stripped head bolt on my '04 Camry LE and was given the choice of heli-coil ($1900) or a new engine ($7000). Has anyone had luck with the heli-coil process?
Heli-coils work very well. I'm assuming the 1900 includes removing the head, valve job, timing belt etc, as well as the heli-coil job. Installing heli-coils is about an hour or so at a machine shop.

“Liberal Teachers ruin Kids”

Since: Mar 09

Paradise Valley Arizona

#52 Nov 18, 2009
Chris wrote:
I have a stripped head bolt on my '04 Camry LE and was given the choice of heli-coil ($1900) or a new engine ($7000). Has anyone had luck with the heli-coil process?
just purchase a used engine
alot cheaper!!
liner

Bronx, NY

#53 Nov 18, 2009
Vance1 wrote:
<quoted text>
just purchase a used engine
alot cheaper!!
You don't get much in the way of used engines for under $1900 anymore.
Jerry

Cincinnati, OH

#55 Jan 13, 2010
My mother bought a 2003 Toyota camry because you hear of how dependable toyotas are. Well, at about 80,000 miles the heater started blowing cold. So, My brother and I changed out the thermostat thinking that was the problem. It did not fix it and the service engine light came on so I had the car diagnosed. It shoed the #2 plug was fouled out. I decided to put the car in the shop. After troubleshooting for 3 days the shop pulled off the heead and found that the rear head bolts were stripped and a helicoil would have to be installed. The tool costs $600 and you have to have a machinist do the work. The shop decided to replace the engine. $4000.After some research I fond that this is a common problem with Toyota's so I decided to call Toyota to see if there wa a recall. Nope. They were very sorry but it is our problem now because the warranty has expired. I was told that this is a manufacturing defect from multiple sources but I guess that Toyota found it to be cheaper to handle indivdual lawsuits than to back thier products when there is a legitimate problem. Once the car comes out of the shop (Three weeks later) I am taking my mom to the Honda dealer and trading in this lemon.
liner

Bronx, NY

#56 Jan 14, 2010
Jerry wrote:
My mother bought a 2003 Toyota camry because you hear of how dependable toyotas are. Well, at about 80,000 miles the heater started blowing cold. So, My brother and I changed out the thermostat thinking that was the problem. It did not fix it and the service engine light came on so I had the car diagnosed. It shoed the #2 plug was fouled out. I decided to put the car in the shop. After troubleshooting for 3 days the shop pulled off the heead and found that the rear head bolts were stripped and a helicoil would have to be installed. The tool costs $600 and you have to have a machinist do the work. The shop decided to replace the engine.$4000.After some research I fond that this is a common problem with Toyota's so I decided to call Toyota to see if there wa a recall. Nope. They were very sorry but it is our problem now because the warranty has expired. I was told that this is a manufacturing defect from multiple sources but I guess that Toyota found it to be cheaper to handle indivdual lawsuits than to back thier products when there is a legitimate problem. Once the car comes out of the shop (Three weeks later) I am taking my mom to the Honda dealer and trading in this lemon.
Jerry, I think your problem was with the repair shop. Sounds like they took you for a hayride. What difference does it make that the tool costs $600? You're not buying it for them, are you? "They" decided to replace the engine? You didn't have a say in it?
This is a fairly common problem with that series Toyota engine. While annoying, it's easily repaired with the heli-coils. Rebuilding the head and a new timing belt with the heli-coils shouldn't cost more than about $1000, give or take.
Reading between the lines, sounds to me like the shop botched the heli-coil job, thereby ruining the block.
Now that you have a (supposed) new engine you paid 4K for, why trade it in now?
camry junk

Bar Harbor, ME

#57 Jan 25, 2010
Jerry, I think your problem was with the repair shop. Sounds like they took you for a hayride. What difference does it make that the tool costs $600? You're not buying it for them, are you? "They" decided to replace the engine? You didn't have a say in it?
This is a fairly common problem with that series Toyota engine. While annoying, it's easily repaired with the heli-coils. Rebuilding the head and a new timing belt with the heli-coils shouldn't cost more than about $1000, give or take.
Reading between the lines, sounds to me like the shop botched the heli-coil job, thereby ruining the block.
Now that you have a (supposed) new engine you paid 4K for, why trade it in now?This guy does think he knows it all,, must be nice!!! He answers alot of posts but does not say much!!!
I wish I could know this much about toyotas, I never would have purchased one with the dangerous hesitation that becomes normal after the now ATLEAST three tsb's fail to fix this normal Problem maybe liner should be working on a fix????
You do not like the truth about my post than DO NOT READ !!!!
liner

Bronx, NY

#58 Jan 26, 2010
camry junk wrote:
Jerry, I think your problem was with the repair shop. Sounds like they took you for a hayride. What difference does it make that the tool costs $600? You're not buying it for them, are you? "They" decided to replace the engine? You didn't have a say in it?
This is a fairly common problem with that series Toyota engine. While annoying, it's easily repaired with the heli-coils. Rebuilding the head and a new timing belt with the heli-coils shouldn't cost more than about $1000, give or take.
Reading between the lines, sounds to me like the shop botched the heli-coil job, thereby ruining the block.
Now that you have a (supposed) new engine you paid 4K for, why trade it in now?This guy does think he knows it all,, must be nice!!! He answers alot of posts but does not say much!!!
I wish I could know this much about toyotas, I never would have purchased one with the dangerous hesitation that becomes normal after the now ATLEAST three tsb's fail to fix this normal Problem maybe liner should be working on a fix????
You do not like the truth about my post than DO NOT READ !!!!
Again my friend, what do YOU have to offer this guy? I'm sure he'll be enthralled to hear about how stupid you were in buying a car, then trading it back in because you didn't like it. And then complaining about getting screwed. What did you expect to happen when you trade a new car in shortly after buying it? I'm sure he'll want to hear the whole story!
camry junk

Bar Harbor, ME

#59 Jan 27, 2010
Another toyota recall, Did toyota find it was not the floor mats that kill????????
Just hope that people get the recall b 4 they get killed!!! According to net TOYOTA DOES NOT HAVE A FIX FOR THIS PROBLEM, Along with the DANGEROUS HESITATION/DOWNSHIFTING PROBLEM Any one think it might be same problem???? And maybe toyota can call this "NORMAL" when the so called fix fails to fix the problem and becomes normal. Ask toyota what the fix will be, Remember You are being told there is a recall, not to drive your toyota, But as of today 1-27-10 THERE IS NO FIX!!! And the people with the hesitation/downshifting problem After the now three tsb's fail to fix the problem and now normal, what if same outcome??? Toyota is junk!!!!!
jones

United States

#60 May 16, 2010
i have an 02 camry, and like some of you above it needs tires every 40,000miles or so..but the biggest problem was at 113,000 the timing "chain" broke and cracked the front cover... this was not the quality, or lack there of that I expected from a Toyota...never again...
liner

Bronx, NY

#61 May 17, 2010
jones wrote:
i have an 02 camry, and like some of you above it needs tires every 40,000miles or so..but the biggest problem was at 113,000 the timing "chain" broke and cracked the front cover... this was not the quality, or lack there of that I expected from a Toyota...never again...
I routinely get 60-65K on Michelin MXV4 tires. If I recall, timing belts should be changed at 90K on Toyotas. If you didn't, that's not the cars fault. If you did, maybe the guy who did the job screwed it up somehow.
Mike

Orlando, FL

#62 Jun 26, 2010
2002 Camry SE 4 CYL 5 speed 160k only have done 1 set of brakes, couple batteries, water pump, serpentine belt, tires. Looks and runs great clutch does not slip at all. I am hoping for 300K on this car.
Rick

Frederick, MD

#63 Aug 21, 2010
Have a 2002 Camry SE. 200k miles. Plugs and timing belt changed at 125k. Struts and towers at 180k. The 4cyl's sound like junk. I have a V6 and it runs like a champ. Problems with the cat converter and O2 sensors - replaced at 105k and check engine light already on at 185k. Hope to get another 100k out of the motor. There is a 'secret' recall on sludge buildup on the V6. Toyota extends the warranty to 8yrs/100k I think. Stick with a V6 if you buy this car.
liner

Bronx, NY

#64 Aug 22, 2010
Rick wrote:
Have a 2002 Camry SE. 200k miles. Plugs and timing belt changed at 125k. Struts and towers at 180k. The 4cyl's sound like junk. I have a V6 and it runs like a champ. Problems with the cat converter and O2 sensors - replaced at 105k and check engine light already on at 185k. Hope to get another 100k out of the motor. There is a 'secret' recall on sludge buildup on the V6. Toyota extends the warranty to 8yrs/100k I think. Stick with a V6 if you buy this car.
Agree about the 4cyls, but I bought mine used, so didn't have a choice. But, I sure do like the 35mpg on a trip!
Kevin SLC Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

#67 Oct 29, 2010
Camry LE; '02
Best car I've ever owned to include BMW, Chevrolet, Mazda, Nissan, Volvo, Subaru, Volkswagon, and Chrysler. 170,000 and still running like a dream. Only problem has been with the floor heater. Replaced servo once, but problem has resurfaced.

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