Winter Driving and Bad Traction on the 2002 Camry LE?

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Old 03 Nov 2005, 12:29 pm   #1 (permalink)
Ellie
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Default Winter Driving and Bad Traction on the 2002 Camry LE?

Hi folks,

I'm thinking about buying a 2002 Camry LE equipped with ABS, but have
some reservations about the car's traction on snow and ice.

I've read a lot of reviews (though mostly Americans ones) on the 2002,
and many owners are complaining about the car's wretched handling on
snow and ice. Given that I live in Canada, land of snow and ice, you
can imagine my concern. I currently own a 1999 model with ABS and I've
never felt afraid to drive in the winter. I'm hoping the 2002 isn't as
bad as some people make it out to be.

Can anyone tell me how their Camry handles in the winter? Also, could
it be that Canadian-made Toyotas are built specifically for Canada's
tough winter driving conditions?

Thanks,

E

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Old 03 Nov 2005, 08:50 pm   #2 (permalink)
Pszemol
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I would say the "handling" is very subjective and for a bad driver
every car is a dangerous one with "bad handling"...
I seriously doubt toyota made any significant changes to the body or
suspension between 1999 and 2002, or for USA/Canada markets.
You are satisfied with 1999 than you should be happy with 2002.
If you drive a lot in snow/ice just get nice set of winter tires - thats all.
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Old 04 Nov 2005, 04:42 am   #3 (permalink)
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Snow issues are tires not the car even Michelins go hard and slippery
after 4- 5 years, get new tires.

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Old 04 Nov 2005, 10:03 am   #4 (permalink)
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I found it pretty abysmal in even light snow. But I will caution that
is with the stock OEM Bridgestone Potenzas. Haven't had a chance to try
my new tires out yet, since we seldom see snow or ice.

Still I don't find this vehicle as solid feeling on handling as I would
like, even in good weather. My climate is fairly mild, so no real
problem, but if there is a lick of doubt regarding safety, I'd err on
the side of safe....

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Old 04 Nov 2005, 10:22 am   #5 (permalink)
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I own a 2003 Camry which came with the Potenzas and during the first snow of
the season (Spokane, Wa.) I was holding on for my life at the first stop. I
drove the car to the nearest tire shop and had them siped. What a
difference. The car handled much better and I got about 25000 miles on the
tires. Would not recommend those tires to anyone I know.
Aloha, BC

<timbirr@mailcity.com> wrote in message
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>I found it pretty abysmal in even light snow. But I will caution that
> is with the stock OEM Bridgestone Potenzas. Haven't had a chance to try
> my new tires out yet, since we seldom see snow or ice.
>
> Still I don't find this vehicle as solid feeling on handling as I would
> like, even in good weather. My climate is fairly mild, so no real
> problem, but if there is a lick of doubt regarding safety, I'd err on
> the side of safe....
>



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Old 04 Nov 2005, 01:37 pm   #6 (permalink)
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I live and drive in the snow belt north of Toronto. My 03 Camry with snow
tires will go anywhere. The all-season original equipment tires are great
in summer, but useless in snow. Spend a buck or two and get snow tires.
You'll be glad you did. Incidentally, Camrys for the Canadian market are
made in either Ohio or Japan. For our weather, they do get a heavy duty
battery...


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Old 05 Nov 2005, 07:57 am   #7 (permalink)
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MJS wrote:
> I live and drive in the snow belt north of Toronto. My 03 Camry with snow
> tires will go anywhere. The all-season original equipment tires are great
> in summer, but useless in snow. Spend a buck or two and get snow tires.
> You'll be glad you did. Incidentally, Camrys for the Canadian market are
> made in either Ohio or Japan. For our weather, they do get a heavy duty
> battery...


Thanks for the feedback everyone. I've already picked out a good winter
tires for the car, since the salesman came right out and told me that
I'd be lucky to get through the winter alive with the factory tires on.


I'm also going to double-check where the car was made, as I hear that
American-built 2002 Camry's are prone to quite a few problems (rattles,
crappy transmission, a/c leaks, etc). Of course, such complaints are
misleading because most people don't seek out discussion groups when
their cars are running fine. So I probably have nothing to worry about.


Still, I miss my 1999 Camry already...

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Old 05 Nov 2005, 09:56 am   #8 (permalink)
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"Ellie" <blinky@northco.net> wrote in message news:1131199026.314045.265640@g47g2000cwa.googlegr oups.com...
> Thanks for the feedback everyone. I've already picked out a good winter
> tires for the car, since the salesman came right out and told me that
> I'd be lucky to get through the winter alive with the factory tires on.


nice sale pitch - he is an expert :-)

> I'm also going to double-check where the car was made, as I hear that
> American-built 2002 Camry's are prone to quite a few problems (rattles,
> crappy transmission, a/c leaks, etc). Of course, such complaints are
> misleading because most people don't seek out discussion groups when
> their cars are running fine. So I probably have nothing to worry about.


You have nothing to worry about...

> Still, I miss my 1999 Camry already...


What is wrong with your 03 if you miss old 99 ?
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