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2003 Toyota Camry Ratings

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Toyota Camry 2003
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    5/13/2003 3:13:44 PM

    2003 Toyota Camry - LE V6 (A5)

    Pros: My favorite feature I guess is the V6 engine very smooth change in gears and no vibrations. I feel sometimes I'm just along for the ride. effortless driving.

    Cons: I guess what I like least is the alloy wheels

    Advice: If your looking for a comfortable ride and performance without having to spend a fortune. THE Camry is a very economical buy in the short and long run.

    It is a very smooth ride for such a inexpensive car. I bought the Camry LE V6 and after breaking it in it is even more a pleasure to drive. Sometimes I turn on the car and don't realize it's on and by mistake try to restart. It is very quiet compared to other cars like Honda and Nissan that I have pulled up next too.

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    5/7/2003 1:53:47 AM

    2003 Toyota Camry - XLE V6 (A5)

    Pros: Responsive engine; quite and comfortable ride; large trunk

    Cons: Instrumentation lighting; lack of performance

    Advice: If you are in the market for a quality family car that delivers as advertised, buy the Camry.

    I recently purchased a 2003 Toyota Camry. After driving the vehicle for two months I have come to following conclusions. The Camry is a well built solid feeling car with a soft ride. The V6 engine is responsive, but lacks performance punch. However, the Camry is advertised as a family type car so the buyer should not expect to be driving a BMW 7 series. Yet, from a V6 engine I expected a little more 'umph'. Despite the performance shortfall, the engine is still the highlight of the Camry with a transmission that shifts smoothly from gear to gear. The engine mounts are engineered to reduce vibration and noise. Even at high engine rev you would hardly hear any sounds from the engine comparment. Indeed, there were several times where I started the engine and could not tell if it was running or not. Now that's quite. The interior is comfortable, but not impressive. The Lexus E300 has a better interior layout, but cost several thousand dollars more than the Camry. In my opinion the Camry's interior is a close cousin to the Lexus' interior. The Camry's dash layout is simple and easy to learn. There is a lack of gadgetry that you might find in a Mercedes or BMW. However, I prefer simpicity so I can concentrate on driving. The only question and/or problem I have with the interior is why is the instrumentation cluster illuminated in a soft white color and the stereo and climate controls illuminated in green? Overall the Camry is an excellent buy, and back up by Toyota's reliability it should be a long satisfying purchase.

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    4/24/2003 11:24:50 AM

    2003 Toyota Camry - LE (M5)

    Pros: I like the design aspects and creature comforts of the vehicle. Very generous amount of trunk space. Maybe too much.

    Cons: Poor rear visibility. Difficult to back this car up.

    Advice: Try the manual transmission. Its a lot of fun.

    I bought this car sight unseen, but having driven a 2002 model. This is not Toyota's finest iteration of the Camry, but it is a solid vehicle with minor considerations. Good family sedan, and large amounts of trunk space. There are some design aspects that need to be addressed: There are no hooks or open holes in the trunk lid to allow bungee cords to be connected to secure the trunk lid when carrying large cargo. Difficult to see back of vehicle, poor rear visibility. The way the windows are designed, they allow water to pool at the window base, which, during winter, can freeze and keep the windows from opening. The starter motor sounds like an inferior American starter motor, not a well designed japanese model. It's difficult to get used to if you drive japanese models exclusively. The rear windshield doesn't have enough defroster lines, and doesn't clear the whole window. The 2.4 liter 157 bhp VVTi engine is supposed to give smooth power over the entire rpm range, but the engine has a power curve just like my 1990 2.5 liter v6 used to. Starting about 3400 rpm to about 4500, the power is great, but outside that range, the power isn't very linear. The integrated security system causes the vehicle to lock itself too quickly. Alarm system is annoying to deal with, and is inconsistent about it's locking action. For example, I'm not certain whether the vehicle will lock itself if you leave the trunk lid open. The panic button on the key fob remote is too easy to hit. Also, the vehicle alarm arms itself while you're in the car with key in the ignition. There is no airbag disable switch for smaller drivers who must sit close to the wheel. There is an intolerable low frequency vibration with rear windows down, front windows up. This was never a problem with my 1990 Camry. Fuel efficiency is good, but not great. I've been getting about 24 mpg around town, which isn't much better than the 22 I was getting with my older 1990 V6 Camry. However, on the highway, I'm getting well over 30. My model appears to have a flaw with the manual transmission. 3rd gear is rough, and vibrates at times when engine power is applied. The synchronizer is probably mis-aligned or otherwise broken. While it hasn't been a problem yet, someday, the transmission will likely need to be disassembled and fixed. The clutch starter interlock sometimes prevents the vehicle from starting unless the clutch pedal is pressed completely to the floor. This is difficult to do unless you have a very narrow foot. Interior floor trim can prevent complete depression with a wider foot like mine. Trunk space is incredible. I can easily get my mountain bike in the trunk (with both seats down), and have plenty of room left over for a full load of groceries. I was able to carry my treadmill (a wide 18' model) in the trunk, with the lid open. Unfortunately, to get that trunk space, Toyota sacrificed a lot of rear visibility. The rear windshield is small and doesn't afford a very good view of what's behind you. I've been talking to Toyota about getting a tow hitch installed (so I can fit a tow-hitch bike rack) but the dealer tells me they have no tow package for this model. Kind of a bummer.

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    4/8/2003 1:35:47 PM

    2003 Toyota Camry - XLE V6 (A5)

    Pros: Covered already.

    Cons: I have covered it.

    Advice: Check, test and buy this great sedan if your budget allows it!

    I thoroughly checked this sedan. True, it needs a little more h.p. But I like its new 5-speed AOD. It rides smooth. It is comfortable. It has enough seating and cargo room. And it needs a power passenger's side seat. Otherwise, it is a great sub-compact sedan. I highly recommend it. This is the XLE V6.

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    12/20/2002 3:32:53 PM

    2003 Toyota Camry - SE V6 (A5)

    Pros: Quality and comfort

    Cons: Tail light

    Advice: Don't hesitate to buy it

    I would definitely recommend this car to everyone out there.

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    11/26/2002 3:04:29 PM

    2003 Toyota Camry - XLE (A4)

    Pros: Looks

    Cons: some road noise

    Advice: good value

    Pound for pound Camry is a good choice of vehicle. It's predictable, sound , and reliable. Two options I would highly recomend are side impact screen, (due to the low rate (2) given by the crash test for side impact) and lumbar support seats to and comfort for long trips. The four cylinder is adequate unless you feel the need to get to the next light or traffic jam faster than the other guy. The XLE is loaded but the options are simply a matter of choice. If you want to keep the price down the LE is still a fine car. I did feel that there is a bit more road noise than past years. Take a look at the Altima and the Accord I don't think you could go wrong with either choice. I bought the Carmy over the others because of the great deal and this will make my third time owning one so I was a bit bias.

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    11/6/2002 1:22:10 PM

    2003 Toyota Camry - LE (M5)

    Pros: The Toyota trustworthy quality-commitment

    Cons: nothing

    Advice: If you value a car that you can use and trust

    First of all the view from the driver's seat gives me a safe overview of the entire traffic-situation. The car makes driving easy, and it moves quick enough. Not sporty, but muscular. The kids enjoy the space in the back-seat, and my wallet enjoys the fuel economy.