Test drive was a disappointment

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Old 26 Jul 2003, 09:10 pm   #1 (permalink)
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I test drove an 2003 EX V6. Seemed ok except for one aspect of unacceptable
performance.

I normally do not drive with a heavy foot. However there are times when I
need quick acceleration to merge, pass, etc.

What I found with the V6 (and also saw this with the 4) was as follows:

I would press on the one-half way down on the accelerator and there would be
a ONE SECOND pause with nothing 'noticeable' happening. Then there would be
a rapid increase in RPM, then a slam forward. Very disconcerting. Reminds me
of transmissions in the 70's.

The dealer could not understand my concern so we drove an XLE. Still the
same but not as bad. He told me that "no one" had ever complained before.

Then I went to the Honda dealer, and drove an EX 4. Much, better.

Too bad because the Camry has some other things that I like. But the above
would drive me up the wall.



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Old 26 Jul 2003, 09:42 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"Dusty" <remove-dusty@jadehouse.org> wrote in message
newswGUa.113$bQ7.42@newssvr22.news.prodigy.com.. .
> I test drove an 2003 EX V6. Seemed ok except for one aspect of

unacceptable
> performance.
>
> I normally do not drive with a heavy foot. However there are times when I
> need quick acceleration to merge, pass, etc.
>
> What I found with the V6 (and also saw this with the 4) was as follows:
>
> I would press on the one-half way down on the accelerator and there would

be
> a ONE SECOND pause with nothing 'noticeable' happening. Then there would

be
> a rapid increase in RPM, then a slam forward. Very disconcerting. Reminds

me
> of transmissions in the 70's.
>
> The dealer could not understand my concern so we drove an XLE. Still the
> same but not as bad. He told me that "no one" had ever complained before.
>
> Then I went to the Honda dealer, and drove an EX 4. Much, better.
>
> Too bad because the Camry has some other things that I like. But the above
> would drive me up the wall.
>

The transmission is electronic and has a learning mode where it adjusts to
your driving habits to determine shift points, etc. Might not work right for
you on a new vehicle. It also works better, and accelerates just as fast,
if you smoothly press down on the accelerator. Another option is to turn off
the overdrive button (on the shift handle) and then accelerate.


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Old 27 Jul 2003, 09:44 pm   #3 (permalink)
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perhaps a Camry is not suited for your driving habits, look for a sports
car.


"Dusty" <remove-dusty@jadehouse.org> wrote in message
newswGUa.113$bQ7.42@newssvr22.news.prodigy.com.. .
> I test drove an 2003 EX V6. Seemed ok except for one aspect of

unacceptable
> performance.
>
> I normally do not drive with a heavy foot. However there are times when I
> need quick acceleration to merge, pass, etc.
>
> What I found with the V6 (and also saw this with the 4) was as follows:
>
> I would press on the one-half way down on the accelerator and there would

be
> a ONE SECOND pause with nothing 'noticeable' happening. Then there would

be
> a rapid increase in RPM, then a slam forward. Very disconcerting. Reminds

me
> of transmissions in the 70's.
>
> The dealer could not understand my concern so we drove an XLE. Still the
> same but not as bad. He told me that "no one" had ever complained before.
>
> Then I went to the Honda dealer, and drove an EX 4. Much, better.
>
> Too bad because the Camry has some other things that I like. But the above
> would drive me up the wall.
>
>
>



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Old 28 Jul 2003, 02:52 am   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Test drive was a disappointment

Perhaps a 5 speed manual and choose your own gear...most autos are sluggish
for fuel economy, friends 5.0 litre V8 is slow in economy mode, performance
mode is ok though.

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"someone" <buyer@rogers.com> wrote in message
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> perhaps a Camry is not suited for your driving habits, look for a sports
> car.
>
>
> "Dusty" <remove-dusty@jadehouse.org> wrote in message
> newswGUa.113$bQ7.42@newssvr22.news.prodigy.com.. .
> > I test drove an 2003 EX V6. Seemed ok except for one aspect of

> unacceptable
> > performance.
> >
> > I normally do not drive with a heavy foot. However there are times when

I
> > need quick acceleration to merge, pass, etc.
> >
> > What I found with the V6 (and also saw this with the 4) was as follows:
> >
> > I would press on the one-half way down on the accelerator and there

would
> be
> > a ONE SECOND pause with nothing 'noticeable' happening. Then there would

> be
> > a rapid increase in RPM, then a slam forward. Very disconcerting.

Reminds
> me
> > of transmissions in the 70's.
> >
> > The dealer could not understand my concern so we drove an XLE. Still the
> > same but not as bad. He told me that "no one" had ever complained

before.
> >
> > Then I went to the Honda dealer, and drove an EX 4. Much, better.
> >
> > Too bad because the Camry has some other things that I like. But the

above
> > would drive me up the wall.
> >
> >
> >

>
>



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Old 28 Jul 2003, 01:24 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Press the gas pedal 3/4 down then, not cars are the same. It is an auto
tranny, so its kind of guessing where you want to get and how fast. Not all
cars have a linear throttle response either... I have 3 Nissan's and a
Camry, and it takes me a few minutes to get readjusted to the pedal feel and
downshift points of the gas pedal on each.

Nick

"Dusty" <remove-dusty@jadehouse.org> wrote in message
newswGUa.113$bQ7.42@newssvr22.news.prodigy.com.. .
> I test drove an 2003 EX V6. Seemed ok except for one aspect of

unacceptable
> performance.
>
> I normally do not drive with a heavy foot. However there are times when I
> need quick acceleration to merge, pass, etc.
>
> What I found with the V6 (and also saw this with the 4) was as follows:
>
> I would press on the one-half way down on the accelerator and there would

be
> a ONE SECOND pause with nothing 'noticeable' happening. Then there would

be
> a rapid increase in RPM, then a slam forward. Very disconcerting. Reminds

me
> of transmissions in the 70's.
>
> The dealer could not understand my concern so we drove an XLE. Still the
> same but not as bad. He told me that "no one" had ever complained before.
>
> Then I went to the Honda dealer, and drove an EX 4. Much, better.
>
> Too bad because the Camry has some other things that I like. But the above
> would drive me up the wall.
>
>
>



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Old 30 Jul 2003, 04:40 pm   #6 (permalink)
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"Dusty" <remove-dusty@jadehouse.org> wrote in message
newswGUa.113$bQ7.42@newssvr22.news.prodigy.com.. .
> I test drove an 2003 EX V6. Seemed ok except for one aspect of

unacceptable
> performance.
>
> I normally do not drive with a heavy foot. However there are times when I
> need quick acceleration to merge, pass, etc.
>
> What I found with the V6 (and also saw this with the 4) was as follows:
>
> I would press on the one-half way down on the accelerator and there would

be
> a ONE SECOND pause with nothing 'noticeable' happening. Then there would

be
> a rapid increase in RPM, then a slam forward. Very disconcerting. Reminds

me
> of transmissions in the 70's.
>
> The dealer could not understand my concern so we drove an XLE. Still the
> same but not as bad. He told me that "no one" had ever complained before.
>
> Then I went to the Honda dealer, and drove an EX 4. Much, better.
>
> Too bad because the Camry has some other things that I like. But the above
> would drive me up the wall.


The older Camry 4 cylinders in manual trans are very responsive in second
gear. Unlike 8 valve large capacity rivals, they actually pickup revs as the
5SFE goes past 3000rpm.

Jason


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