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To change direction. Opinions of Toyota cars?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by larry_minn, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. NH Trucker

    NH Trucker Needs coffee...

    May 4, 2009
    Concord, NH

    My wife's water pump was covered under warranty also.

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  2. cphilip


    Oct 17, 2006
    Clemson SC
    My wife has a Prius. Other than a dash rattle that developed that they made one unsuccessful attempt, so far, to fix, its been a good car. She loves it. And, yes, regularly gets the 50 mpg's.

  3. byf43

    byf43 NRA Life Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Southern Maryland
    I've owned several Toyota(s) over the years.

    Currently drive a 2011 Camry SE to/from work everday.
    Average 28 mpg in town.
    Driving to Blacksburg, VA, get 34-36 mpg, driving the speed limit.

    4 cylinder engine. 2.5L I think. 179 hp.
    Right gutsy car!! Glad I bought the 4-banger instead of the V-6.

    The ONLY things done to this car in 37,600 miles, is oil/filter change (Mobil-1 oil. 0-20w) and rotate the tires.

    The ONLY thing that I do NOT like about this car, is the "bleeping" oil filter. Instead of a "Spin-On", it's a "Cartridge". :puking:

    The only other "Toy" in the 'fleet' now, is a 1993 Lexus es300.
    139,000 miles. Needs a little attention. (Small oil leak. Tune-up.)
    This car still gets 28-30 mpg hwy.
  4. SC Tiger

    SC Tiger Big, educated kitty cat!

    Aug 27, 2011
    South Carolina
    Not sure on a Toyota but my wife's 2.4L 4-cyl Accord (2006) has as much power as her previous car - a 3.1L V6 Malibu. The bottom end is a little less but not very much.

    The Japanese are wizards with four cylinders.

    As for Toyota's reputation - well, they got that rep for a reason.
  5. SC Tiger

    SC Tiger Big, educated kitty cat!

    Aug 27, 2011
    South Carolina
    My Civic had that on the rear deck (behind the rear seat).

    I stuffed napkins in there to fix it.

    The dealer took out my napkins and used some sort of tape. Worked just as well.

    I also had to put weatherstripping on the bottom of my license plate and between the plate and the frame to keep it from rattling.
  6. BradD


    Jun 22, 2000
    If it's anything like our 2008 Sienna, I wouldn't recommend it. Lots of little things such as:

    Coating coming off the front bumper.

    One power sliding door stopped working about a year in.

    Interior plastic on both front doors snags as one opens the door. The fastener failed on one side.

    The controls are stupidly laid out. For example, the driver can lock the power windows, but that includes the front passenger side also. If I only had a quarter for every time my wife has said "please unlock my window." That function is for the kids in the back, not for the wife!

    Cup holder spring never did work correctly, so it wouldn't latch in the retracted position.

    Carpet fastener broke in no time.

    I have at least four other similar things, but won't type them. It's just got "cheap" written all over it.

    The finale is the helicoptering that happens if one opens only one or both rear windows. Very loud thumping sound from the airflow. One has to open at least one front window to make it go away. That might be the most extreme design flaw I've ever seen in a car that people actually buy. The first time we were going down the road and opened a rear window, I couldn' believe my ears. Do they not use wind tunnels during design?!?

    Not much of a toyota fan at this point.
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2013
  7. DanaT

    DanaT Pharaoh

    I wish my car had a power button. Imagine being able to push a button and make a car fast. That is just awesome.
  8. DanaT

    DanaT Pharaoh

    In addition to the "power" button did it come with a Race gear? You know that one with an "R" to put the car in race mode?
  9. Inyo Tim

    Inyo Tim Senior Moment

    When did GNG ever have a direction? :supergrin:
  10. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    I got nothing bad to say about Toyota Camry or other Toyota products because my adopted parents are on their third 4Runner and second RAV with the second RAV being a V-6 instead of V-4.

    I am only miffed that their third/current 4Runner only has a weak ass V6. No giddyup like the previous V-8.

    However, I must say that there's nothing "interesting" about Toyota products with the exception of the Lexus LFA. They're about as bland as it can get. Regular vanilla bland.
  11. kd608


    Jan 25, 2012
    we have a 2000 camry 4 banger and a 2008 sienna v6 have never had any issues with either one and love both, of course i may have a bias since i work at the camry plant
  12. Steve0853


    Aug 18, 2003
    North Carolina
    Toyotas are no good unless you want reliable, comfortable transportation at a reasonable cost.
  13. Old School

    Old School

    Jul 22, 2001
    Wilmington NC USA
    2006 Solara Convertible sle v6. No problems, going on 7 years of routine maintenance only.

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  14. vart


    Feb 17, 2000
    The Palouse
    Uhhh... Nothing??:dunno:
  15. FCastle88


    Sep 24, 2009
    Did they check the windshield cowl for the rattle? My 2008 RAV4 has a loud rattle that I thought was the dash, turns out there's something loose under the windshield cowl that's knocking against the cowl. The windshield cowl is known for causing rattling on several Toyota models, including the Prius. Usually either something is loose under the cowl, the cowl itself fits loosely, or the cowl is hitting/rubbing against the windshield. My RAV4 seems to develop a new creak or rattle every few months. I keep having to stick rubber bands or little pieces of paper in gaps in the dash, around the windshield, the pins that hold the ceiling liner in place, etc. It's ridiculous how many parts of the interior are loose or just poorly designed. A shaft in the steering column was replaced under a TSB to fix a clunking noise in the steering.

    So far it's been reliable, though last fall during an oil change the dealer said the water pump was leaking and they replaced it under my CPO warranty. It's been in for several recalls in the last year and a half. The suspension is terrible, and overall construction is cheap and flimsy. The interior electronics are outdated and boring. I'd say Toyota is probably still near the top in reliability, though not as reliable as their past vehicles that built their reputation. Their interiors and electronics are cheap and boring compared to what the other manufacturers are putting even in their economy cars. Toyota got too comfortable at the top and let quality slide. The new Camry and RAV4 do look like an improvement, though I haven't driven them. My next vehicle will probably be a Hyundai or KIA.
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2013
  16. cphilip


    Oct 17, 2006
    Clemson SC
    Not sure but I kind of doubt it. Ill have to ask them to check on that when I take it back. I don't really want to make a special trip just for that but I probably will have too. All the paper work mentions is removing and refitting dash and something about misaligned parts and foam. Not really sure what part. But it started rattling again on the way home.

    I forgot to mention that I do have an old 86 Toyota pickup truck. Back when they were just called "pickup". With the 22R motor. They had there classic known issues. For one they ate up the timing chain tensioners every 150K and then proceeded to eat the motor up if you ignore it. Otherwise they ran forever. If you just knew to stop the minute the chain started rattling and deal with it that is. But this one I have, I am the second owner and the first owner did all that. And he kept every single record of every single thing he ever had done to it. Its just at 152K now and runs like a top. Its a 5 speed manual and the 52R in this one is the last of the Carb equipped ones at that. Its got that patina to it now. What now is desirable as Shabby Chic. Plus its 30 mpg's all day long on old technology.
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2013