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What have you done to your 5th gen camry?

I bought a 5th gen camry (2005) and I want to make it more appealing. I put a new double din radio and subs on the inside, and I'll be ordering a wood grain dash kit from carid. is there much else I can do? Anything on the outside?

Got any pictures of yours?
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I say you can lower it with lowering springs and a nice set of SE V6 (05-06) or Gen6 SE Wheels and call it a day. Add in factory fogs too. IF you really have money, you can try look for the body kit that came as a package add-on by some dealerships for Gen5's.

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Welcome to the community!

Check out these "stickies" among the intro threads above:

What did you do to your Gen 5-6 Camry today?

and pix here:

Official Gen 5 & 6 Camry picture thread! "Please Keep Chat to a Minimum".

As for me...I upsized/upgraded rims from 15" steelies to 17" alloys, (functional and aesthetic improvement), tinted windows, painted the roof black, and just blackened out the lower grill. Next up will be in-door LEDs.

Have fun....

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You can do a lot with lighting, like a full LED interior conversion, like I did here:


Or you can put fancy halo projector lights on it if that's your thing:


Also things like tint and wheels will make your car stand out.
Post up some pics, did you get the SE and/or V6 model?
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Leave it alone and invest $$$$ in a no-load mutual fund that tracks the S&P 500 index. You'll never recover the dollars you spend customizing the vehicle. It's a Camry for *%#%@ sake.
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I would suggest that putting a small amount of money into "freshening" the car that encourages you to keep it for a few more years does act as an "investment" of sorts. Too many people succumb to "lust for the new" and buy new before they really need to...

....holding on to a car longer would allow you to put money aside for buying a new(r) car with more money down and paying it off sooner.
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I would suggest that putting a small amount of money into "freshening" the car that encourages you to keep it for a few more years does act as an "investment" of sorts. Too many people succumb to "lust for the new" and buy new before they really need to...
Agreed here. Small, yet tasteful mods will freshen and customize the look of your car without looking too over done or waste too much money. This is especially true for a plain jane car like the Camry, which blends in with a lot of other cars.

My mistake when I bought my first car (Gen 5 Camry) was I upgraded the headlights, added spoiler, tints, LED interior, stereo, grille, wheels, etc and ended up selling it after only 10 months.

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Beyond maintenance and repaires, I budget $300 or so each year for each "refresh"...rather than doing them all at once.

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I started with what I needed (tint, better wheels and tires), then paint to prevent worsening deterioration, and then moving on to the camera. This year's LEDs are for aesthetics.

Next year will be the last of the paint (rear bumper is peeling, some spots are losing their clearcoat), and in two years will see the last new set of tires I expect to put on the then 14 year old car....by then I'd expect repairs to start adding up and depending on those expenses I will have to decide whether to keep the Kitacamry or let it (sadly) go.

Owning a car long-term requires a budgeted plan for the life of the car.

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speedkar9, how did you install all of those interior lights? did you wire under the carpet, above the headliner, etc.?
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speedkar9, how did you install all of those interior lights? did you wire under the carpet, above the headliner, etc.?
Thats how I did mines. I ran em under the carpet along the rest of the harness. The door lighting, I ran two circuits thru each door (kinda time consuming) via the door tubing.

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Regarding the lighting circuits, where did you start them? Somewhere at the fuse box or added to an existing wiring source? The poor interior lighting is one of my main complaints about the Camry.

Here are some other mods you might consider:

1. Chrome door handles from a Lexus ES300/330 (Not covers, actual handles). You'll lose the passenger key lock (although there is an eBay store selling handles with that hole), but they add a subtle touch of class. $40-60
2. Get this -- chrome rims from the same Lexus (Not satin finish!). They're only 15", but they're factory and look slick and the Toyota/Lexus center caps swap out.
3. Strut tower bar from an SE, Solara, or ES. Cheap at junkyard.
4. REFRESH with new floor mats! I think this is the most obvious way to make our cars look new again.
5. Leather steering wheel from a leather-fitted model. I bought mine for $12.
6. Add in a leather shift handle from the same model. $8
7. Leather center console cover.

Plenty more inexpensive improvements that keep your car fresh and new feeling. I'll try to remember a few more things.
What about the 50 watt LED back up lights? Those should be pretty sweet.
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Couldn't you use the driver side lock cover to use on the passenger side? I was thinking to do this to my 2004 SE Camry, but seems like a PITA to remove the handles.

Anyhow, here's what I've done so far.

Added lights to the center storage. *not pictured, LED for cup holder spot*


I had a LED ahesive strip, but found it too tacky, so I ended up doing this.



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Good idea, I think you could use a second driver's handle for the passenger side. But I'm not certain.

I really like your door lights, that's a great mod. What source did you hook all those lights up to?
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Good idea, I think you could use a second driver's handle for the passenger side. But I'm not certain.

I really like your door lights, that's a great mod. What source did you hook all those lights up to?


For the door panel lights (lower), I tapped into the ceiling light/Dome. Each door has two circuits. Tapped into the dome light circuit and then into the center shift console for night driving light w/ a dimmer module.


I'll see if I can get a snap shot on how my door panel looks at night.

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