Purchased a 2004 LE V6 Camry used. Already have a 2001 LE V6. '04 model has a different body style that is vastly quieter and somewhat larger. The 04 was the first year for the 5 sp auto on the V6 and improves mileage on trips and decreases noise at high speeds, but the transmission shifting is much worse (and erratic) in the city than my 01. All TSBs have been applied. Dealer indicates it is operating as designed. Transmission also now requires Toyota fluid (vs Dextron 3 for 01). Ride seems somewhat smoother, but this is less noticable than the improvement in cabin noise. Rear doors are longer, making exit/entry more difficult. Trunk went from large to absolutely huge.
Haven't tried an 05 or 06. I suspect the transmission shifting issues have been improved in later years.
Overall this is a nice car. This is my 1st Camry and I'm pleased with the car. I like the 5 speed even though is does hesitate when shifting. On the highway this is a sweet car and doesn't hesitate to go when you hit the pedal. I know one thing I will probably never go back to a american car brand the quality is no match and the design shows they thought everything out to benefit the consumer. I will definitely consider Toyota when the time comes to buy another car. It is fun to drive in nice weather with the sunroof open and the radio playing as you cruise down the road.
Engine, upgraded stereo (200 Watt system) ABS four wheel disc brakes, sun roof, f &s airbags, large trunk, auto locking doors, power outside mirrors, remote trunk release & gas tank release,
Heated outside mirrors, auto-dimming mirrors, power passenger seat, MP3 capability, remote radio/cd/cassette control, fog lights as an add on option, remote start - I added this as an aftermarket option.
Have only had my LE-V6 for a couple of
weeks but my last was a Saturn LW300
and you can't compare the two. This is
my 5th Toyota and they have all been
good, dependable autos. This latest
Camry is smooth, powerful enough,
quiet, comfortable and very easy to
drive. My wife feels the same way
about the car. So far no regrets.
Dealer was great and worked the
Edmunds figures perfectly. A very easy
buy since I was well prepared to deal.
The engine, ride, comfort, style and,
so far, gas mileage - which has
surprised me - and the dash layout,
which is simple but functional.
Auto dimming mirrow should be
standard, as should side airbags.
Would also like radio controls on