Reliability is not a myth, but there are exceptions: the whole truth about Toyota Camry XV40

14 Sep

A few facts that you should pay attention to before buying Toyota Camry XV40 2009 – 2011

In a number of countries (for example, in the US), Camry is popular and very beloved. Firstly, for a relatively small amount of money, the buyer gets a rather good car with a decent level of equipment and decent comfort, and secondly, regardless of the generation, the Camry is believed to be reliable. But is this the case with the sixth generation of the XV40? We’ll figure out!

Let’s start with the bodywork. Before buying the used Toyota Camry XV40 2009-2011, be sure to check the body for signs of corrosion, and then do not skimp on additional processing with protective means.

As for the interior and interior equipment, it should be recognized that there is no need to speak about unconditional quality. Everybody for a long time have got used to inexpensive materials of furnish in Toyota those years, so do not be surprised.  What is surprising for Camry – over time, electrical contacts can be “lost”, and electric drives fail. Hence the recommendation to check all functional equipment before buying. On the other hand, such questions in the solution are quite inexpensive and, alas, are typical for very many modern cars.

Well, what about the motors?

The four-cylinder version of 2.4 liters is considered very reliable. Serious problems should not be delivered, and “trivialities” largely depend on how the previous owner take care the car. Although, all you need is just to  observe the service intervals and do not skimp on quality fuel. Aluminum block, not designed for capital repair, you do not need to be afraid, timing chain drive – too, and both “live” for a long time. But checking and adjusting the thermal gaps of the valves is required, however, every 150 thousand km. Frankly, not long (only 50-60 thousand km.) “Lives” only a water pump. Note that until 2008 the engine of the 2 AZ series was installed, then it was replaced by 2AR. There is no fundamental difference in terms of reliability between them, but in the old version (in the oldest copies), the thread in the block responsible for securing the cylinder head is possible. La Perfecta Toyota Camry para los Panameños

3.5-liter V6 in terms of power better suited to a heavy sedan – but what about reliability? In fact, in this respect, it is not bad, but less tolerant of slovenliness. You save on candles – get ready to change individual ignition coils. Poured oil cheaper, did not keep track of the level or tightened with its replacement – do not be surprised if the phase shifter’s “die”. From poor-quality fuel nozzles and a throttle valve suffer. However, all these are trifles. But there is also a nice bonus for fans of “reusable” motors: the aluminum block is equipped with cast-iron sleeves.


The combination of 2.4-liter engine with a 5-speed automatic transmission is much more reliable, the same can be said about the version with a mechanical box. But in any case, periodic replacement of transmission oil is recommended. Occasionally in the market there are hybrid versions. There are no negative feedback about them, but, whatever one may say, that a hybrid installation – it is an additional detail, which increases (special) requirements for the competence of car servicemen.

The 3.5-liter engine is equipped with an “automatic” only, but a 6-speed box after 100-150 thousand km may require major repairs or even replacement. In the first place (especially among active drivers) the torque converter suffers, then the oil contaminated with the wear products “finishes” the solenoids and the hydroblock. To avoided or at least to delay the moment of problems timely can (once in 60 thousand km) the replacement of the original oil and a sparing ride style, but even this does not guarantee the absence of problems in the future. How Much is Toyota Camry 2016

Suspension and steering are reliable, frank “consumables” only stabilizer struts, but they are surrendered no earlier than 40-50 thousand km. Brakes also do not cause complaints, but subject to periodic maintenance. It includes not only the timely replacement of pads and disks, but also the lubrication / development of guide slides.

As you can see, there are enough disadvantages too. However, many of them are easy to eliminate, and the likelihood of their appearance depends largely on the operating conditions and quality of service. From the point of view of reliability and cost of content, the version with the 2.4 engine (regardless of the type of gearbox) is preferable, but a 3.5-liter version with a 6-speed automatic can cost more, especially if it is not in the best technical condition. But if you managed to find a well-kept copy, it can also be considered for purchase: in comparison with European classmates this combination is considered reliable.