2002 Camry LE - 1st year of model change - safe to buy?

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Old 26 Oct 2006, 09:06 am   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2002 Camry LE - 1st year of model change - safe to buy?

I'm told you should avoid the first year a new model comes out.
My current Camry is a 97, also the 1st year of a model change.
I did have more problems than I would expect from a Camry, (The suspension
is a problem)

Would I be better off to look for a 2001 (last year of the 97 redesign) or
2003 ( the 2nd year of the 2002 redesign ?
What outweighs the other. Improvements in the new model like a more powerful
4 cyl engine. or the problems that can occur in a new models first year.

We're their any issues with the 2002 redesign that I should look out for?


Thanks for any input..

Steve


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Old 27 Oct 2006, 09:01 pm   #2 (permalink)
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On Thu, 26 Oct 2006 10:06:10 -0400, "comcastss news groups"
<srivet@starprintingcorp.com> wrote:

>I'm told you should avoid the first year a new model comes out.
>My current Camry is a 97, also the 1st year of a model change.
>I did have more problems than I would expect from a Camry, (The suspension
>is a problem)
>
>Would I be better off to look for a 2001 (last year of the 97 redesign) or
>2003 ( the 2nd year of the 2002 redesign ?
>What outweighs the other. Improvements in the new model like a more powerful
>4 cyl engine. or the problems that can occur in a new models first year.
>
>We're their any issues with the 2002 redesign that I should look out for?
>
>
>Thanks for any input..
>
>Steve
>


I bought a used 4 cyl. 2002 LE 16 months ago, it was a lease
return. So I guess I took all the chances, it now has 95,000
KMs without a single problem in those 16 months. I wanted a
2002 because the engine had a timing chain, so no more $500
belt changes.

My previous Camry was an 89, also without any problems at
160,000 KMs. except it was due for a timing belt change. The
2002 has more power and gets better fuel economy, what more
could you want.

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Old 11 Nov 2006, 10:01 pm   #3 (permalink)
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I've had my 2002 from brand new and have had no problems. Had to fix a minor
squeak in the dash though but that's it.77000km on it so far.


"comcastss news groups" <srivet@starprintingcorp.com> wrote in message
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> I'm told you should avoid the first year a new model comes out.
> My current Camry is a 97, also the 1st year of a model change.
> I did have more problems than I would expect from a Camry, (The suspension
> is a problem)
>
> Would I be better off to look for a 2001 (last year of the 97 redesign)
> or
> 2003 ( the 2nd year of the 2002 redesign ?
> What outweighs the other. Improvements in the new model like a more
> powerful
> 4 cyl engine. or the problems that can occur in a new models first year.
>
> We're their any issues with the 2002 redesign that I should look out for?
>
>
> Thanks for any input..
>
> Steve
>
>



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Old 12 Nov 2006, 10:26 am   #4 (permalink)
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On Sun, 12 Nov 2006 04:01:18 GMT, "LOKI" <the_murphinator@hotmail.com>
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>I've had my 2002 from brand new and have had no problems. Had to fix a minor
>squeak in the dash though but that's it.77000km on it so far.
>
>
>"comcastss news groups" <srivet@starprintingcorp.com> wrote in message
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>> I'm told you should avoid the first year a new model comes out.
>> My current Camry is a 97, also the 1st year of a model change.
>> I did have more problems than I would expect from a Camry, (The suspension
>> is a problem)
>>
>> Would I be better off to look for a 2001 (last year of the 97 redesign)
>> or
>> 2003 ( the 2nd year of the 2002 redesign ?
>> What outweighs the other. Improvements in the new model like a more
>> powerful
>> 4 cyl engine. or the problems that can occur in a new models first year.
>>
>> We're their any issues with the 2002 redesign that I should look out for?
>>
>>
>> Thanks for any input..
>>
>> Steve
>>
>>

>


I bought my 2002 Camry XLE I4 in November, 2001. Initially there was a
problem with a cavity in a shift solenoid in the transmission casting
that caused it to clunk and a lurch when shifted into Drive from
Neutral. My dealer diagnosed it correctly the first time and repaired
it by replacing the transmission with a brand new factory unit.

I also had significant dash board rattles. The dealer kept the car for
a day and a half. They disassembled the whole dash and packed it full
of foam tape to stop the noise. It has been quiet since.

Total cost of these repairs to me - $0.00

RunneBiker
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Old 13 Nov 2006, 09:45 pm   #5 (permalink)
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The 2002 generation has a transmission that shudders during 4->3
downshifts, as if it's hunting for gears. It's got the same strut mount
noise problem and rotors that warp, if not already replaced under
TSB'ed warranty. Make sure the intake manifold was replaced under
warranty as it makes noise. Steering can wander a bit because of the
front mounts. Rear mounts can get noisy like the 97s. The Denso oxygen
sensors were real crap, and can shorten or take out the catalytic
converter ($$$). But at least you don't get the waste spark system in
the earlier generation that halves the life of plugs.

The 97 generation has engine sludge problems and a cheesy suspension.
The idle air valve plugs up much more often than earlier 5sfe/1mzfes I
guess after they took out the oil cooler. I guess Denso never really
solved the same crappy heater sensor problem since 97 on. The new
carbon evap canister can disintegrate and spew carbon dust into the
system, causing EVAP purge MIL related lights.

How about getting a 06, with all the TSBs applied?


comcastss news groups wrote:
> I'm told you should avoid the first year a new model comes out.
> My current Camry is a 97, also the 1st year of a model change.
> I did have more problems than I would expect from a Camry, (The suspension
> is a problem)
>
> Would I be better off to look for a 2001 (last year of the 97 redesign) or
> 2003 ( the 2nd year of the 2002 redesign ?
> What outweighs the other. Improvements in the new model like a more powerful
> 4 cyl engine. or the problems that can occur in a new models first year.
>
> We're their any issues with the 2002 redesign that I should look out for?
>
>
> Thanks for any input..
>
> Steve


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Old 14 Nov 2006, 05:31 am   #6 (permalink)
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<johngdole@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> The 2002 generation has a transmission that shudders during 4->3
> downshifts, as if it's hunting for gears. It's got the same strut mount
> noise problem and rotors that warp, if not already replaced under
> TSB'ed warranty. Make sure the intake manifold was replaced under
> warranty as it makes noise. Steering can wander a bit because of the
> front mounts. Rear mounts can get noisy like the 97s. The Denso oxygen
> sensors were real crap, and can shorten or take out the catalytic
> converter ($$$). But at least you don't get the waste spark system in
> the earlier generation that halves the life of plugs.
>


what kind of noise does the manifold make? can you send a TSB for it?
also, any info on *The Denso oxygen sensors were real crap, and can shorten
or take out the catalytic converter ($$$).*

thanks...

mike.................


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