Left-hand drive vehicles of Europe, Japanese and American assembly as well as right-hand drive vehicles imported from left-hand drive countries can be found on the market. Dealer cars were equipped with two types of engines: in-line four-cylinder 2AZ-FE with capacity of 167 hp and V-type six-cylinder 2GR-FE with capacity of 3.5 litres with power of 277 hp. The vehicles with 2.4 liter engine were equipped with two types of transmissions: 5-speed automatic transmission or 5-speed manual. The 3.5 litre V6 was equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Vehicles imported by non-official dealers include vehicles with hybrid powertrain (production period March 2006 - December 2008): 2.4 litre 2AZ-FXE four-cylinder petrol engine (147 hp) and electric motor (33 kW, 1.6 kW*h), total power is 192 hp Transmission - variator.
The main drawback of the Toyota Camry xv 40 - The body paint is sensitive to external influences, with scratches and chips remaining even with minor mechanical contact. Car body is highly resistant to corrosion - it is fully galvanized, the zinc layer is 9-15 microns, except for cars that have undergone poor quality body repairs (the thickness of the factory paint layer is 95-130 microns). Another weak point is the plastic boot liner above the number plate recess, which is cracking the paint. The chrome-plated bodywork will also become dull and chipped over time. Design features include the headlamp washer nozzle jamming in the open position (more common on pre-styling cars), often caused by contamination.
2.4 litre (2AZ-FE)
This engine is prone to overheating, which can cause the cylinder-head geometry to be impaired. Oil seals and piston rings can also be damaged. Flush the radiator and air conditioning radiator cells at least once a year to avoid costly repairs. Most cars with mileage over 100,000 km are affected by oil leaks, an average of 1L/10,000 km.
The balancer - its gears are made of polymers, so durability is not to be expected. Water pump (pump) - Has a short life and needs to be replaced after approx. 60-70k km.
The overrunning clutch of an alternator pulley has a service life of about 100 thousand km.
3.5 litres 2GR-FE
Prior to the 2009 modification there was a possibility of breaking the rubber section of the oil cooler pipe, which led to a rapid loss of oil and possible engine damage. As this defect posed a safety risk, it was subject to a recall campaign - the old-style tubes were replaced with all-metal ones. It is worth mentioning that, when the tube rupture occurred while running and the oil loss was detected only by the pressure switch, the engine was running under oil starvation for a while, which resulted in serious mechanical problems - scuffing, cranking of liners, etc. This is worth considering for any car with 2GR-FE that comes from the factory with an older tube - as the operating history and circumstances of possible replacements are unknown, they are all at risk.
Water pump (pump) - coolant pump leaks and noise.
Ignition coils - failure (prior to 2009). Noise in cylinder head area at start-up and possible timing related errors. Errors related to VVT control valves. Problems and errors on idle speed control system (before 2009). Faulty overrunning clutch in alternator pulley. Oil cooler hose leaks (pre 2009). - Oil leaking at cylinder head joints.
In general, both engines are durable and reliable, do not give much trouble on average up to 250-300 thousand km with timely maintenance.
5 speed manual transmission
The manual transmission has proven itself. The trouble the owners face is the vibration in 5th gear during sharp acceleration. The cause is often wear of the clutch and synchromesh hub.
This transmission is a bit less reliable, but also does not cause much trouble. Average life is 200-250 thousand km.
Selector malfunction (The malfunction is often due to a broken brake light limit switch). Loss of contact in automatic transmission control unit.
6 speed automatic
This transmission is the most problematic, with aggressive driving or untimely maintenance the average service life is 100-150 thousand km.
Often the cause of failure of the box is:
Overheating - The automatic transmission cooling radiator should be cleaned periodically. Clogged oil passages - Untimely maintenance and use of poor quality materials. Friction clutches wear out - Aggressive driving, sudden acceleration from a standstill, etc.
The suspension on the Toyota Camry is independent: McPherson in the front and multi-linkage in the rear. In general, the running gear is reliable and does not cause much trouble:
- Stabiliser struts and bushings have a life of 60-80 thousand km.
- External joints 80 - 100 thousand km (replaced complete with half-axle).
- Silent blocks of front arms are replaced in assembly with arms, average life 120-150 thousand km.
- Shock absorbers, ball joints and rear wishbones have an average life of 120-150K km.
- Steering rods and knuckles - 120-150 thousand km.
- The rack is used 150 - 200 thousand km.
The disadvantages are the front brake discs - under intensive braking they overheat, can become deformed and cracked.
The interior of the car is made of inexpensive materials because of what and received a lot of negative reviews:
- The leather on the seats quickly loses its original appearance, with cracks appearing in some cars with mileage over 100,000 km.
- The fabric seat upholstery fades quickly.
- Poor lateral support for the front seats.
- Poor interior noise insulation.