2006 Camry SE Good Car?

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Old 08 Sep 2009, 05:32 am   #1 (permalink)
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Is this the last of the really rugged Camrys, or the first of the
chintzier ones? It has 55k miles on it, and service records, supposedly.
Any known issues? Thanks in advance. (We were looking for a Corolla, but
this is going for less than they are at the moment in this locale - $13k.)
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Old 08 Sep 2009, 05:33 am   #2 (permalink)
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Leftie wrote:
> Is this the last of the really rugged Camrys, or the first of the
> chintzier ones? It has 55k miles on it, and service records, supposedly.
> Any known issues? Thanks in advance. (We were looking for a Corolla, but
> this is going for less than they are at the moment in this locale - $13k.)



Dang, sorry - it's the four with automatic.
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Old 08 Sep 2009, 04:12 pm   #3 (permalink)
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On Sep 8, 3:33*am, Leftie <N...@Thanks.net> wrote:
> Leftie wrote:
> > * *Is this the last of the really rugged Camrys, or the first of the
> > chintzier ones? It has 55k miles on it, and service records, supposedly..
> > Any known issues? Thanks in advance. (We were looking for a Corolla, but
> > this is going for less than they are at the moment in this locale - $13k.)

>
> * * Dang, sorry - it's the four with automatic.


yes it is a good car buy but I prefer a 2007 cauae it is a redesigned
one
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Old 08 Sep 2009, 07:10 pm   #4 (permalink)
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msrdude wrote:
> On Sep 8, 3:33 am, Leftie <N...@Thanks.net> wrote:
>> Leftie wrote:
>>> Is this the last of the really rugged Camrys, or the first of the
>>> chintzier ones? It has 55k miles on it, and service records, supposedly.
>>> Any known issues? Thanks in advance. (We were looking for a Corolla, but
>>> this is going for less than they are at the moment in this locale - $13k.)

>> Dang, sorry - it's the four with automatic.

>
> yes it is a good car buy but I prefer a 2007 cauae it is a redesigned
> one



The trouble with the redesign is they apparently made them cheaper,
with looser engine tolerances to compensate for lower quality
components. From what I'm reading 2006 is the last year of the previous,
hopefully rugged, generation.
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Old 08 Sep 2009, 09:48 pm   #5 (permalink)
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On Sep 8, 9:10*pm, Leftie <N...@Thanks.net> wrote:
> msrdude wrote:
> > On Sep 8, 3:33 am, Leftie <N...@Thanks.net> wrote:
> >> Leftie wrote:
> >>> * *Is this the last of the really rugged Camrys, or the first of the
> >>> chintzier ones? It has 55k miles on it, and service records, supposedly.
> >>> Any known issues? Thanks in advance. (We were looking for a Corolla, but
> >>> this is going for less than they are at the moment in this locale - $13k.)
> >> * * Dang, sorry - it's the four with automatic.

>
> > yes it is a good car buy but I prefer a 2007 cauae it is a redesigned
> > one

>
> * * The trouble with the redesign is they apparently made them cheaper,
> with looser engine tolerances to compensate for lower quality
> components. From what I'm reading 2006 is the last year of the previous,
> hopefully rugged, generation.


I have a 2000 Camry and my parents have a 2006 Camry. Both great cars.
My grandparents have a 2007 Camry with almost 100,000 kms on the dial
and not a noise. My parents car (2006) seems to be excellent as-well.
It has almost 150,000 kms on it now and again no problems thus far. My
2000 has over 200,000 on it now. It has needed some minor fix-ups but
nothing huge. I have also read that it was true that the 2007 Camry
was less rugged then the outgoing model, but my experience with it has
been nothing less than perfect. Hope this helps. My opinion, I would
get the Camry over the Corolla. Its bigger, more powerful and still
excellent on gas!
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Old 09 Sep 2009, 12:16 am   #6 (permalink)
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camryguy89 wrote:
> On Sep 8, 9:10 pm, Leftie <N...@Thanks.net> wrote:
>> msrdude wrote:
>>> On Sep 8, 3:33 am, Leftie <N...@Thanks.net> wrote:
>>>> Leftie wrote:
>>>>> Is this the last of the really rugged Camrys, or the first of the
>>>>> chintzier ones? It has 55k miles on it, and service records, supposedly.
>>>>> Any known issues? Thanks in advance. (We were looking for a Corolla, but
>>>>> this is going for less than they are at the moment in this locale - $13k.)
>>>> Dang, sorry - it's the four with automatic.
>>> yes it is a good car buy but I prefer a 2007 cauae it is a redesigned
>>> one

>> The trouble with the redesign is they apparently made them cheaper,
>> with looser engine tolerances to compensate for lower quality
>> components. From what I'm reading 2006 is the last year of the previous,
>> hopefully rugged, generation.

>
> I have a 2000 Camry and my parents have a 2006 Camry. Both great cars.
> My grandparents have a 2007 Camry with almost 100,000 kms on the dial
> and not a noise. My parents car (2006) seems to be excellent as-well.
> It has almost 150,000 kms on it now and again no problems thus far. My
> 2000 has over 200,000 on it now. It has needed some minor fix-ups but
> nothing huge. I have also read that it was true that the 2007 Camry
> was less rugged then the outgoing model, but my experience with it has
> been nothing less than perfect. Hope this helps. My opinion, I would
> get the Camry over the Corolla. Its bigger, more powerful and still
> excellent on gas!



Thanks for the helpful post. I've read some of the reviews at
kbb.com, and it seems that the 2002-2006 generation had some problems in
the early years on some individual cars, but they ironed them out
nicely. That's what makes this car appealing: low mileage, recent
vintage and the end of the production run instead of the beginning.
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Old 10 Sep 2009, 06:56 pm   #7 (permalink)
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Leftie wrote:
> camryguy89 wrote:
>> On Sep 8, 9:10 pm, Leftie <N...@Thanks.net> wrote:
>>> msrdude wrote:
>>>> On Sep 8, 3:33 am, Leftie <N...@Thanks.net> wrote:
>>>>> Leftie wrote:
>>>>>> Is this the last of the really rugged Camrys, or the first of the
>>>>>> chintzier ones? It has 55k miles on it, and service records,
>>>>>> supposedly.
>>>>>> Any known issues? Thanks in advance. (We were looking for a
>>>>>> Corolla, but
>>>>>> this is going for less than they are at the moment in this locale
>>>>>> - $13k.)
>>>>> Dang, sorry - it's the four with automatic.
>>>> yes it is a good car buy but I prefer a 2007 cauae it is a redesigned
>>>> one
>>> The trouble with the redesign is they apparently made them cheaper,
>>> with looser engine tolerances to compensate for lower quality
>>> components. From what I'm reading 2006 is the last year of the previous,
>>> hopefully rugged, generation.

>>
>> I have a 2000 Camry and my parents have a 2006 Camry. Both great cars.
>> My grandparents have a 2007 Camry with almost 100,000 kms on the dial
>> and not a noise. My parents car (2006) seems to be excellent as-well.
>> It has almost 150,000 kms on it now and again no problems thus far. My
>> 2000 has over 200,000 on it now. It has needed some minor fix-ups but
>> nothing huge. I have also read that it was true that the 2007 Camry
>> was less rugged then the outgoing model, but my experience with it has
>> been nothing less than perfect. Hope this helps. My opinion, I would
>> get the Camry over the Corolla. Its bigger, more powerful and still
>> excellent on gas!

>
>
> Thanks for the helpful post. I've read some of the reviews at
> kbb.com, and it seems that the 2002-2006 generation had some problems in
> the early years on some individual cars, but they ironed them out
> nicely. That's what makes this car appealing: low mileage, recent
> vintage and the end of the production run instead of the beginning.



We looked at it this evening. Decent shape, and the oil was changed
regularly, but it appears to have had *no* other service - not even
brakes, at 55k miles! Shouldn't Toyota have suggested a trans flush by
now, or are they try for 'low cost of ownership at the expense of
longevity...?

The carpets were pretty dirty, too. Not loose dirt, stains...
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