Simple, but expensive: is it worth buying a Toyota Camry XV40
Unlike some “business fellows” like the Honda Accord, the sixth generation Camry does not indulge buyers with a choice of body: there are no station wagons or a coupe, although in some markets like North American, the Camry Solara coupe and convertible were offered. The restyling carried out in 2009 didn’t change the car too much – small external differences and the color touchscreen of the multimedia system instead of a monochrome display can hardly be considered an argument in favor of buying a restyled machine. However, taking into account the fact that the model was produced from 2006 to 2011, the oldest copies are already more than 12 years old, so it makes sense to look for a fresher car – and the budget of 700 thousand suggests a choice from the “above average” price category. However, this does not mean that it is absolutely impossible to find something decent for 550-600 thousand – you just have to search for longer and examine it more carefully.
Camry body has good corrosion resistance and in the absence of serious accidents it may well have a minimum of age-related defects. The rust on the doorsteps and doors is not too annoying, except that the wheel arches can noticeably bloom. Another surprise can be hidden inside these very arches, mostly rear ones: pile lockers accumulate dirt and moisture, which often leads not only to corrosion, but even to rotting of the panels that they are designed to protect.
Traditionally, there is also a hood in the risk zone: for “route” cars, it can be fairly beaten with stones. In this case, on the hood, you can clearly see one of the key “weaknesses” of the body Camry: thin paintwork. It is impossible to consider this a real disadvantage – you just need to take into account that the paint layer is thin, and the possibilities for polishing and restoring scratches are small. In many ways, therefore, additional protection of the body with special coatings is quite popular among the owners. Well, in the number of unpleasant features, you can include the traditionally weak body chrome: it becomes cloudy, peels off and is extremely reluctant to resist mechanical stress.
During the inspection, attention should be paid mainly to the emergency past: it is this that has the most destructive effect on the condition of the body. The bottom can be inspected to ensure moderate corrosion of the subframes, and at the same time to inspect the power panels, spare wheel niches and suspension attachment points. Given the pragmatism of most owners, these vehicles rarely drive so friskyly to beat the landscape and other road users. But the high popularity of the car makes the average portrait of the owner heterogeneous, so it is better to carefully check the past of the chosen car in all the free bases, as well as paid services like Autotech, where you can track down the emergency past and recorded mileage. In addition, it is important from the point of view of legal purity: given the high liquidity of the model, it is to a certain extent in demand among car thieves.
Speaking of hijacking, it is worth mentioning the owners’ love for various anti-theft systems related to this. You should definitely find out about them before buying, so that one day you will not be left without the opportunity to travel by your own car without consulting the former owner. Well, and even intervention in the electrical circuit – it is always fun for the subsequent repair.
The Camry can be a little surprising, except for MacPherson struts in the back, instead of the more familiar multi-link, but otherwise it’s simple and unsophisticated. There are no especially expensive elements like air bellows or controlled shock absorbers here – you should pay attention to typical nuances like the condition of wheel bearings, the collapse of the rear wheels, the state of silent blocks and so on.
The transmission of the sixth generation of this Toyota is also not distinguished by unusual solutions – the all-wheel drive right-hand drive versions are difficult to be considered indicative. About 10% of cars in the secondary market is equipped with a five-step mechanics, which is a proven and trouble-free box with an index of E351. However, the bulk of business-class cars, as it should be, has an Aisin automatic gearbox – depending on the engine, this is either a five-speed U250E or a six-speed U660E. The first one works in tandem with the “younger” motor, which in many respects provides its excellent resource. As a rule, “for the drive” buy cars with a more powerful 3.5-liter V6, and from the base 2.4-liter unit, reliability is first expected. If they didn’t just expect the same from the box, but put a minimum effort in the form of an oil change every 50-60 thousand kilometers, it has a chance to pass more than 300 thousand without repair. However, this does not mean that it does not need to be inspected: after basic checks for the absence of oil leaks, as well as jerks and shocks when switching (including from R to D and back), you can turn to a more thorough diagnosis.