Re: 2002 Toyota Camry 4 cyl. driving impressions:

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Old 12 Mar 2005, 06:10 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default Re: 2002 Toyota Camry 4 cyl. driving impressions:

tom maclean wrote:
> My friend..when you buy this car please report back to us each 40,000
> miles! no comment
> Flashmuse wrote:
> > 2002 Toyota Camry 4 cyl. driving impressions:
> > 9/12/01
> >
> > Today I test drove (2) 2002 Camry's, both 4 cyl. auto trans.
> >
> > 1. Camry SE with no ABS brakes - noticed all the SE's on the lot

> > made in Japan. Felt great! Power was adequate for me (way more than

> > 1992 Camry 4 cyl.) The seats were comfortable, controls seemed

> > and easy to use. No complaints. The extra stiffness in the

> > translated into better road feel, without being too stiff or
> > punishing. Brakes felt fine. Air conditioning seemed slightly less
> > frigid than my old '92, (new unit has the new environmentally

> > refrigerant) but still adequate. Want to test the climate control

> > cold weather to see if you can split, and have cold air on your

> > and warm on your feet. (Helps me stay awake.) I liked the car a

> > and think it is slightly more fun to drive than the 2002 Honda

> > EX.
> >
> > 2. Camry LE: This sample had ABS brakes, but otherwise was equipped
> > similarly to the SE model. All the LE models I saw were made in the
> > USA. Noticed the slightly less stiff suspension, seemed mushy in

> > turns compared to the SE. The brakes felt very odd to me, seemed to
> > require way too much pedal travel to engage. I drove another LE
> > without ABS, and the brakes felt the same. I wonder if this has
> > something to do with the country of origin (different brake
> > components?) Anybody else bothered by the brakes on the LE?

Overall, I
> > thought the car was good, about equal to the feel of the Honda

> > but not as good as the new 2002 Nissan Altima or the Camry SE. The
> > Altima has some major shortcomings (for me) that put it out of the
> > running, even though it does drive nice. (Like the unavailable
> > Daylight Running Lights (DRL) and cassette player, both standard on
> > the Camrys.)

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