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#3128024 - 09/17/13 08:32 PM Camry SE V6
RN89 Offline


Registered: 05/07/13
Posts: 91
Loc: Texas
Tell me about the Camry SE V6... I am particularly interested in the 3.5 Toyota engine. I've heard the thing has great power and can keep up with much more expensive machines!

How about driving dynamics?

Going to look at and drive one tomorrow and wanted to get some opinions before I head to the dealer. Thanks in advnace!

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#3128100 - 09/17/13 09:25 PM Re: Camry SE V6 [Re: RN89]
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Dont know about the current ones, but my MIL has an 01. Threw its AT at 88k miles or so in severe Caribbean service (hills and curves beyond what you would see here). For reference, their 02 accord 4 cyl lost its AT at 28k.

It definitely climbs and pulls well. But at least of that vintage, its ride is so soft and its turning radii so poor that if we have to drive the inlaws' cars, we VASTLY prefer the accord. It is better in every way down there. Makes the tight turns better, tighter suspension does better on the roads, etc.

Ill be interested to know what you find out about driving dynamics on a test drive. Please test a regular and an SE back to back. Not sure if the SE is just cosmetics.

I think personally Id prefer an Accord Sport with MT, even if it meant 4 cyl. These big 4 cyl engines these days do pretty decent. The camry is too much of a couch to me.

But looking forward to your findings on the latest one!!

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#3128121 - 09/17/13 09:51 PM Re: Camry SE V6 [Re: RN89]
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I would say if you want a V6 to not look furher than an Altima. The VQ engine is awesome.. I would take one over the Toyota all day long if I wanted the V6 power.. That being said I don't think there is anything wrong with the Toyota 3.5, I just don't like the car it's in.
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#3128235 - 09/18/13 05:15 AM Re: Camry SE V6 [Re: RN89]
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I have not heard bad about that motor in Camry, but the motor in the RAV4 sometimes had water pump problems, and it was not a cheap fix. Maybe it is easier to work on that mill in the Camry?

Have not had complaints about our non-SE. But it is a boring car to drive. I don't see how adding power will bring it alive. Not unless if the chassis is tightened significantly, and then it'd still be a large car.
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#3128341 - 09/18/13 07:45 AM Re: Camry SE V6 [Re: SLCraig]
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Originally Posted By: SLCraig
I would say if you want a V6 to not look furher than an Altima. The VQ engine is awesome.. I would take one over the Toyota all day long if I wanted the V6 power.. That being said I don't think there is anything wrong with the Toyota 3.5, I just don't like the car it's in.

I'll do you one better and say you'd get the best power from the J35 V6 in the Honda Accord and do so with a refinement that the VQ doesn't have all while returning better MPG.

Now for some magazine test racing all c/o Car and Driver:
Accord:
0-60: 5.6s
1/4: 14.1s @ 101
Camry:
0-60: 5.8s
1/4: 14.3s @ 101
Altima:
0-60: 6.1s
1/4: 14.6s @ 100






Edited by gofast182 (09/18/13 07:57 AM)
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#3128365 - 09/18/13 08:22 AM Re: Camry SE V6 [Re: RN89]
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What model year Camry? It matters. I have driven a 2013 Camry with the 3.5L V-6 and was duly impressed with the poise the car had. And this was an XLE model, not the sportier SE. It drove completely different from the 2011 Camry I used to have. I'd say take one for a drive. It's a nice engine in a nice car.
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#3128733 - 09/18/13 03:13 PM Re: Camry SE V6 [Re: RN89]
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Registered: 01/25/06
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I've sure it's a great car, and speedy in a straight line. However, the Camry has never been known to be "engaging".
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#3128847 - 09/18/13 05:21 PM Re: Camry SE V6 [Re: RN89]
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Registered: 07/26/04
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My friend had the top o' the line model as a loaner when her Tundra was in on a rust recall. She called it her "mini vacation" because it was some much nicer than her 2002 Tundra V8.

V6 as unbelievably powerful. She took a full throttle blast up the on ramp and it was actually exhilerating.

At 32K, they aren't exactly giving them away.


Edited by simple_gifts (09/18/13 05:23 PM)
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#3128862 - 09/18/13 05:35 PM Re: Camry SE V6 [Re: RN89]
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Registered: 01/12/05
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Would rather get a used Maxima. If you're looking for driving dynamics, a Camry is the wrong place to look.

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#3128899 - 09/18/13 06:11 PM Re: Camry SE V6 [Re: RN89]
RN89 Offline


Registered: 05/07/13
Posts: 91
Loc: Texas
Alright peeps..so the V6 in the Camry is amazing. Screeching tires out of the parking lots bc the salesman said so. He is a Corvette enthusiast and was very surprised at the power this family sedan had.

I purchased a fully loaded, pre-owned (one owner) 2012 SE V6 model with 25k miles on it. Still smelled new, and according to carfax those miles were put on quickly.

So far the car is great. I just cant get over the power from a family sedan. Great car that should last me a long time!
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#3128902 - 09/18/13 06:18 PM Re: Camry SE V6 [Re: RN89]
Vikas Offline


Registered: 07/22/05
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Congratulations! Just remember not to volunteer that you broke your kiddy's piggy bank to put down payment on this or your APR is low low of 39.9% etc :-) Seriously, don't volunteer or disclose financial aspect of the deal so that you will not be given unsolicited advice.

Which other cars did you drive in this price bracket?

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#3128905 - 09/18/13 06:19 PM Re: Camry SE V6 [Re: RN89]
Vikas Offline


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gofast; 5.6 0-60 sounds insanely fast for the Accord! Is it V6 manual?

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#3128918 - 09/18/13 06:38 PM Re: Camry SE V6 [Re: Vikas]
RN89 Offline


Registered: 05/07/13
Posts: 91
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: Vikas
Congratulations! Just remember not to volunteer that you broke your kiddy's piggy bank to put down payment on this or your APR is low low of 39.9% etc :-) Seriously, don't volunteer or disclose financial aspect of the deal so that you will not be given unsolicited advice.

Which other cars did you drive in this price bracket?


lol, believe me, I will spare myself!
I drove the Altima..which my wife has a 2011 and it drives very nice, but I didnt want two of the same cars. And I've heard of much transmission troubles with the new gen Altimas.
The Accord is nice, but to get a V6 you had to get a EX-L and it was above my price range.

Overall, my wife and I are very happy with the purchase. Although, she didnt understand why I wanted a V6, but inside every man is a race at a redlight...and now I am prepared! haha

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#3128938 - 09/18/13 06:57 PM Re: Camry SE V6 [Re: Vikas]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 33792
Loc: New Jersey
Originally Posted By: Vikas
gofast; 5.6 0-60 sounds insanely fast for the Accord! Is it V6 manual?


Sure is fast!!

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#3129066 - 09/18/13 08:58 PM Re: Camry SE V6 [Re: RN89]
GenSan Offline


Registered: 04/27/10
Posts: 552
Loc: WV
Congrats on the new Camry hope it serves your needs well. If you bought it for excitement than you bought the wrong segment but if you bought it for proven reliability in a family sedan and more than enough power for when you want some spice here and there than it was the right choice.

Here's what Car and Driver had to say: LINK.

Keep us updated on how you like it compared to the Altima.

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