2018 Camry Hybrid LE at Three Years

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  1. CamryDriver

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    Not much has changed with the car since the 2 year review here:

    2018 Camry Hybrid LE Two Year Review | PriusChat

    There are some noises and rattles that have not been found. One time the most annoying noise was just the seat belt clip but some of these noises seem to actually be coming from the car. It is only an issue on certain back roads so I forget all about it, until I'm on one of those roads.

    The biggest change is that I retired, in part because of CV19 and now I rarely drive. The Camry just sits most days and I'm thinking we don't really need 3 vehicles.

    We need a truck to do truck stuff, my wife's car is paid for so we are thinking of getting rid of the Camry. I hate selling stuff so there is a good chance we will never get around to selling. I've given stuff away rather than sell it in the past but the Camry is a bit too expensive to just give away...

    We never got Andriod Auto for this model, did we (just the apple version)?
     
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    Maybe you can sell it to a PriusChat'er? (y)

    Do you hook up a battery minder when the car sits idle? I'm doing that with our vehicles during the pandemic downtime. Really helps keep the 12V batteries topped up.
     
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    mikefocke Prius v Three 2012, Avalon 2011

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    My gosh, Toyota actually pay for access to the routines necessary to provide Android Auto?!?! Give a buyer a post purchase benefit!?!?

    What do you think this is, a Tesla forum?
     
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    we have 3 vehicles we're not using, but they are 05, 12 and 13. will hang on to them since they all run great. i keep an eye on the 12 volts.
    2013 camry is still perfect after 7 years, and i would trade it in for a new one if toy came out with a deal, but the new admin is likely to make that unlikely
     
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    I feel under-carred - with only ONE.

    Maybe it's time for the MidLifCrisis RED Sports Car?
     
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    In my lifetime I had 4x nice overpowered sports cars and in midlife had a "reverse crisis" and bought an underpowered hybrid and then the Camry. Got it out of my system and will never go back to a sports car. I mean if you never had one maybe you should splurge and get one but really they are overpriced junk.

    Tires don't last and are expensive, they are cop magnets, they waste fuel, they have a poor ride, they are not reliable, mine leaked (3 different ways), insurance is expensive, they have low ground clearance, worthless in bad weather/snow, etc.

    If you go over to the Corvette forums you will see page after page of known issues with these overpriced hunks of junk. Don't miss mine at all but some guys do.
     
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    Trollbait It's a D&D thing

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    Cheaper than a mistress
     
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    We don't get Corvettes here - but people I've known who've bought most sports cars have found them expensive to keep going. About the only ones which seemed to hold together well are PORSCHEs - I've known a few people/relatives with them.

    And - it's a matter of getting in and out. I have a mate, slightly younger and fitter than me, bought an MX-5 (MIATA?), and we went out for a drive. I drove home - loved being back with a 6sp Manual, the noise was good (aftermarket I suspect).

    Then pulled up to my house and "how do I get out of it?". I think it was - take the key out to make sure the steering is locked - then you have something to grab onto.

    Had a friend who, at my age bought a Rolls - about 12 yrs old. He drove it everywhere, loved it. Had to sell it a year or so before he died because he moved to a retirement village - and the garages were too small for a Rolls. Well, he could get it in - but he couldn't get out of it once it was in.
     
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    Thanks for the advice on the battery minder. I've got several topping off the boat and Jet Ski batteries but it might be time for one on the Camry as well.
     
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    Or a horse.
    ...
    Or a boat.
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    Or an airplane. (I have a friend with a Beech Baron that he flies almost weekly and have a rough idea what he spends. :eek:)
     
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    We've had our 2018 Camry Hybrid LE for 3 years now as well with approx. 31k miles on it. The car has been great. I've done a couple oil changes, tire rotations, windshield chip repairs on the unit. 51.4 mpg (car computer calculated) lifetime driven as a normal vehicle mostly by my wife.

    When we purchased the car, we were forced to get the moonroof with a package that we did want, and the moonroof is rarely used. The moonroof is essentially useless to me.

    We are an Apple family, so the CarPlay in the Camry is super-nice to have. Wireless CarPlay would be even better. I don't think that it is possible to get Andriod Auto on the 2018 units with the stock heads.

    And speaking about accessories, we use the heated seats mostly to keep pizza warm on the drive home from the pizza place. We do occasionally use the heated seats for their intended purpose of heating our rears. :)

    We are a Toyota family. The Camry sits in the garage and the 2013 Tacoma is outside in the driveway. Nowadays, the Taco gets more miles than the Camry.

    All-in-all, I think Toyota did a great job with the 2018+ Camry. I'm looking forward to the day when the Camry only comes with solid-state batteries or a hydrogen cell. :D
     
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    A friend's wife and kids got into rescuing horses, so I've heard about their costs. Though, I would like to buy his boat.:cool:
     
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    1.3 Alfa, 1.6 Alfa, Porsche 914 1.6, Porsche 986 2.5, Porsche 986S 3.2

    The last 2 were quite reliable, yes the maintenance was expensive (11 quart oil changes and $1,300 tires) but in 5 years I visited the dealer once for a seat belt light and did the rest myself or with private mechanics.

    My last 2 cars were hybrids. Last 7 cars in the family were Toyotas, 3 hybrids now shopping for another. My hybrids will each have more HP than the first 4 of my 5 sports cars. I've always been about the driver and not the right foot pressure. Though I was once coming out of the Indy 500 and traffic was moving, a cop waved me to go faster and I was at 100 in a 1.3.

    The Porsche Boxsters were daily to work commuter cars. I did buy them used and with automatics as my commute was a killer. Both silver, no tickets in 8 years. The others were all red and I was young and foolish. Amazing how I've changed. And the Boxsters are appreciating.
     
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    My toys were as follows

    Black Dodge Daytona Shelby Z Turbo. Fun car but torque steer was crazy and the turbo was almost impossible to get just right. One had to feather the clutch just so and even after a year of driving it every day it was still a 50/50 shot if car would go or not. Dumping the clutch too fast would bog it down and feathering too lightly would have a similar result. The torque steer was so bad I considered the car dangerous to drive so only one year later I got a..

    White Mitsubishi Starion Turbo. My favorite sports car of the bunch. The turbo was not so fussy and the climate control was excellent.

    Silver Collector's Edition Corvette with 2 tops which both leaked.

    Black Corvette Hardtop with a solid top which also leaked in different ways (window, trunk and AC unit). I kept the black one long enough to have plenty of little problems. Lovely car but I don't miss it.

    My 2018 Camry Hybrid has more power than the 1st couple of sports cars and gets far better mileage and it does not leak!
     
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