The Toyota Camry is loved and respected in Europe, and both new and used cars are popular. The Toyota Camry 40 body was on the European market from 2006 to 2011, during which time it underwent one restyling in 2009. That's a lot of water since then, but the 40 body sedan is still popular on the aftermarket and its well-maintained owners sell it for more than they once bought it at a dealership.
The Camry's body design, 11 years after its sale, doesn't look dated gray, but rather the design is still relevant today. Headlights can be halogen or xenon, halogen headlights were installed on the first two models.
Metal in the Camry XV40 is of high quality and has a full galvanizing, no serious rust spots, even in sedans first years of manufacture, provided they have not been bodywork repairs. Pockets of corrosion should be warned when buying, as it is a direct sign of shoddy bodywork.
Camry XV40 has a good level of safety, the equipment may include electronic stabilization systems front and side airbags, side curtains, as well as driver's knee airbag.
Cabin in Camry XV40 ergonomic, but by modern standards, many may seem outdated, but in my opinion it looks good, and the finishing materials are quality and wear-resistant. In my opinion the light leather is the best looking set. The sitting behind the steering wheel is comfortable and predisposes to long journeys, the front seats may have an electric drive.
The rear seat is also comfortable and spacious, even behind a tall driver. Seats can be fabric or leather, in some configurations you can find in the interior decoration of wood inserts, the decision now looks irrelevant, but in those days inserts on wood could be found in many cars of this class. The boot is large with a capacity of 535 litres.
Suspension in Camry XV40 is power-hungry and comfortable, in corners the car is rather wobbly. Front and rear suspension is independent. Ground clearance is 160 mm. Suspension is strong enough and if you service the suspension with non-original, the repair of suspension is reasonably priced
The Camry XV40 was fitted with two chain engines:
2.4L, 167bhp, 2AZ-FE, the engine is available with both a five-speed manual and a five-speed automatic. The engine has 16-valves without hydro-compensators, aluminium block with cast-iron liners and one phasing unit. Motor resource is about 400 thousand km. The mechanical can say forever, automatic transmission is also reliable and with adequate operation and maintenance resource to the first overhaul can exceed 300 thousand km.
3.5 L, 277 hp, 2GR-FE, available only with six-speed automatic, the box with a 3.5 liters engine goes about 150 thousand km. 277 hp six-cylinder engine has deserved the title of a legend, and was installed on many models of Toyota, Lexus, and even Lotus. The engine has an aluminum block with cast-iron liners, 24-valves with hydro-compensators and two phase shifters. With proper care the engine life can exceed 400 000 km.
As a mechanic and owner of a small service station can say that Camry XV40 is a legendary car that can be bought after years and if you find a serviced sample with mileage of 120-180 thousand km residual trouble-free resource is enough for more than one hundred thousand kilometres. Unfortunately, prices have now increased so much that the Lada Vesta in the basic configuration is worth a million rubles, so in my opinion used Camry for their money, a good option.