I am debating on whether getting a 2004 LE V6 or Inline 4.
Besides the obvious differnece of the engines, the V6 has 4 disc brake and 5
speed auto trasmission. Are these two extra features make the V6 safer and
a smoother ride than the inline 4?
Also, are the Camrys make of galvanized steel? Is the dealer's rust proof
package recommended for Toronto, Canada owners?
Welcome fellow Torontonian.
I own a 2002 Camry LE V6 and I drove both the 4 Cyl and the V6 and bought
the V6 because of the increased smoothness, refinement, power, and the 4
wheel disc brakes. I would suggest you drive the exact model you want both
LE as the tires and vehicle dynamics may be different in the different
models. Also, the 2004 Camry LE V6 has the Power Seat option which I would
recommend as well as the Moon Roof option. I wanted to get Power Seats,
Moon Roof and the JBL sound system but that was only available on the XLE
back in 2002 and costed about $6K more. Not worth it in my books. Now I
think the different with the power seats and sunroof on the LE is $2K MSRP
or about $1500 cost. Well worth it I would say.
I doubt a mid priced car like a Camry is galvanized steel. Mercedes S class
or Audi perhaps. As for dealer rust proofing, I went with the Symtech
dealer rust proofing because it was a 12 year rust proofing that is done
every 2 years. In retrospect, I would have not taken the dealer rust proof
but gone to Krown Rust Control or Rust Check for their annual drippy rust
proofing. This has been rated the best in Canada.
If you are not a member of the APA (www.apa.ca), I would suggest you become
a member as they can get you dealer cost and save you good money on the car
and offer top dollar on your trade (if applicable). I saved about $1600 on
my Camry and got $500 more for my trade of my Ford Taurus.
The APA works with Ken Show Lexus/Toyota so I would suggest you get the
dealer cost and email EVERY Toyota dealer in the GTA for the best price for
the model and color you want. I did that and found my vehicle in Milton.
Let me know if I can be of help.
Thanks Car Guy for your advice.
I am inclined to get the V6 because of the increase smoothness.
About the power seat and moonroof package, I like the power seat because I
used to the same feature of my previous Sable. It was particully useful for
me because I am sharing the car with my wife.
I am not too crazy about the moonroof someone said it may weaken the
structure of the car. Any opinion on this?
I can get the Camry through a auto broker at very resonable price. Have you
heard any horror stories about buying cars from brokers instead of Toyota
For safety, you can get the optional side airbags and curtain airbags
package, which is available on the 4cyl and V6.
You can get the Vehicle Stability Control w/Traction Control on the V6
only. This is a great system, and I have it and tested it myself
many times on my SE, to my satisfaction. Traction control comes in
handy when you're stuck on that snowy parking spot, assuming of course
you have good tires, not those sucky Bridgestone Turanzas or Potenzas
that sometimes come with the car.
ABS is available on 4cyl, standard on V6. Also very useful system.
Yes, the V6 is much smoother and more capable.
Rust package; I don't see why you would need it except if you live in
an extremely harsh environment. I live in chicago where winter is
really harsh; add to it the salt on the roads. In 2 years I have
*not* noticed rust on the car including the under-carriage except the
normal rusting of the exhaust pipe.
The option packages you mention are not available individually in Canada.
To get the side airbags and other options, one needs to get a package that
gives you that and stuff that one may or may not want.
I guess in the US with 10x the market, you have more selection.
Sorry, I wasn't trying to imply the options could be gotten
individually. In fact if you go to www.buyatoyota.com (US) there are
only 3 option packages available for the LE V6. So you are kind of
stuck if you are too specific in the options you want. You either end
up getting stuff you don't want, or getting nothing at all.
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