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Stripped Pistons
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By not happy
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2002 Toyota Camry SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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I have been driving my Camry for 6 years. Very few issues until i hit 90k miles. My check engine light was on due to engine issue. Dealership said no big deal EVAP system not an issue. I had the whole engine drained and cleaned. 50 miles later, BING, light on. I took it to an independent service provider and they told me something is not right. Then at 130k miles, the engine pistons shoot through the casing into the combustion chamber. That could have easily started an oil fire that would have sparked into the gas chamber. The mechanic said Toyota has a serious engine design problem. Google Toyota engine issues, it is not an isolated issue. Toyota is waiting for another blow.


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the first 5 years great car


Worst Features

Get your engine looked at before your warranty is gone. The engine pistons are stripped by 90k or sooner. This is a serious condition and can easily lead injury or death. Next big Toyota cover up Stripped piston rods due to a known design flaw.


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2002 Camry - Great Car
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Sb0004clt
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2002 Toyota Camry LE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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I have an early production 2002 Camry. It is a great car, and exhibits the traditional reliability you expect from Toyota. This was the first year for this particular body style/chassis and the 2.4 VVIT engine. There were some minor early production mechanical problems experienced with the car including: manifold issues, belt tensioner issues, and leaking valve stem seals. These all occurred between 75,000 and 90,000 miles. I have since put another 80,000 (170,000) on the car and have had very few issues. Yes the car is boring and is has a soft suspension, but you will be hard pressed to find a car put together as well as this one. The driver-side leather seat is beginning to crack and t


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Reliability


Worst Features

Handling, Seat Support


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Toyota Camry - Made in Georgetown, KY
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Central Florida Man
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2002 Toyota Camry LE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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"Salsa Red Pearl" 2002 Camry LE, 2.4L, first year that it came with a timing chain, not a timing belt) and automatic transmission. I'm 6'1'' and fit comfortably. In daily commute driving, I average 28.5 mpg combined hwy/city on 87 octane gas (Melbourne, FL), and recently got 36 mpg Hwy between Warner Robbins GA and Melbourne FL (I strictly observe the 70 MPH speed limit). Some Camry years are known for leaking valve guide seals at about 70K miles - this one is no exception. Valvoline's high mileage oil has virtually eliminated this after about 4,000 miles use though. Lastly, this is one of the easiest cars to drive that I have ever driven - steering & pedals require very little effort.


Best Features

The powered seat; moves down to give me more head room, and back up and forward to give my 5'3'' daughter the ability to see and reach the pedals as she learns to drive. Also; dependability, efficiency, lots of room under the hood, excellent shifting characteristics, overall good looks.


Worst Features

Better quality valve guide seals, and more comfortable seats.


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Take Notes GM
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Albolski
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2002 Toyota Camry LE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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I bought the car with 80k on it and I have 107k miles on it now after just over a year. Had no problems. Ive done only standard maintenance (oil change, tires, etc) and changed the front brake pads. It's my 2nd Toyota car after a long line of GM failure cars that I purchased. GM Take note, this is how you get customers, if you build a reliable vehicle, they will come. If you're looking for a fun car to drive you will not get it with this car. It has no bells and whistles. You get 100% reliability and that is it.


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Reliability


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old reliable
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By jl
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2002 Toyota Camry XLE V6 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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I bought this car on sale when the 2003 models came out. Repairs have been slighlty more than I expected but I think it is because the dealer has pumped up service sales. With 100,000 miles the car still handles very well and is very quiet. Brakes seem to wear out more quickly than my last Camry and the AC has broken down twice with leaks but otherwise a great car.


Best Features

Heated leather seats and large trunk. Car is very quiet.


Worst Features

Seat belt retractors never seemd to have worked well after the warranty expired.


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