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Considering a 2017 Camry SE

Hi Folks,

I've been lurking for a little while reading different threads in preparation for buying a 2017 Camry SE. I found one locally, a 2017 Camry SE with 23k miles. I've settled on the 2017 because it is a known quantity, or should be this late in that generation's run. I considered a used 2018 or 2019 SE or considering the incentives on sedans a new 2019. However, this will be strictly commuter/daily driver for me I don't think the value is there for a new or late model used. My commute is about 55 miles one way, so the mileage will add up quickly.

I have been looking for something with a little warranty left on it. My commute is about 55 miles one way, so it won't last long. I figure any problems should have already popped up or will during this time.

It is the standard SE; it doesn't appear to have any additional options. Is there anything to look out for when test driving/inspecting at the dealership? Any known problems to look out for? Carfax is clean, but I intend to check out the normal areas for evidence of repairs.

If I pull the trigger on this car, are there any known issues I should look for after purchase to try to have handled before the warranty expires? I know loose seat is one, for example. Is odor for the HVAC an issue? I thought I saw a thread on that.

Thanks in advance!

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looks like you are doing everything correct and know what to look out for. i have heard some complaints about A/C odor but i think it's hit or miss, i have had no problems with mine and i keep my camry as cold as a meat locker. yes there can be some "rocking" in the drivers seat but again it's hit or miss, i have 2 seperate drivers seats that i use and one does have a little bit of play and the other is solid

as far as the powertrain, the gen 7 is excellent. the engine and transmission are proven to be reliable with regular maintenence

inspect the carfax closely for maint records and note if the previous owner was rental/fleet/commercial because this reduces the cars value since it was a rental. look for personal or personal lease. be sure to search around area dealers, sometimes its worth driving out to get a good deal on a car

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inspect the carfax closely for maint records and note if the previous owner was rental/fleet/commercial because this reduces the cars value since it was a rental. look for personal or personal lease. be sure to search around area dealers, sometimes its worth driving out to get a good deal on a car
Thanks for the reminder on the looking closer at the Carfax. I just glanced over it originally for the big red flags. It was first titled as a private lease, but only for 25 miles? May have been a dealership loaner or program car? The second owner purchased/financed, had it the remaining miles, and then the car was repossessed.

The good news is the 5,000 mile services were performed on time; 5000, 10000, 15000, and 20000.

Decisions, decisions. Anyway, thanks again for the reply.

Also, the Camry is listed for $16,280. Seems to be lower than market price in my area for a low mileage, clean Carfax example. Edmunds shows that it's been listed on their site for around 100 days and price has been dropped several times. I did request a quote and was provided $16,280 plus tax, tag, fees. When asked about reducing the price further they said it is as low as they are going to go on the vehicle. I may hit them up again over the holiday weekend and go after reducing their ridiculous doc fee.

The only disappointing thing is know some got really great deals on new 2017 SEs as the 2018s were released, paying about $600 more than this one is listed for.

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not sure if it is a problem but check the ac drain and make sure it is functioning correctly and not putting water back into the floorboard underneath the carpet.

happened on mine and toyota fixed it and cleaned all the carpet and let dry - had it for about a week to do the work and fortunately it was covered under warranty.

But they told me about the clips on the drain not put on right or faulty from the factory so just make sure that the drain is working correctly
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The only thing I would be concerned about is the SE has a firmer ride than the LE. Some people prefer the firmer ride. I have a 2015 that I bought used in 2016 with 21k miles. Now at 92k miles with no issues. Do the regular maintenance and enjoy.

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The only thing I would be concerned about is the SE has a firmer ride
Thanks for reminder to be pay attention closely to the ride comfort during the test drive. I read a few posts about that. I think I will be OK with the firmer ride, since some describe the LE and XLE as a little too plush or having a little too much body roll.
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