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· Camry Freak
2021 Highlander
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Wow. How many miles are on that red Camry?

The quality of Toyota paint has fallen over the past decade for a few reasons, cost, environmental regulations, and so on.

A lot of manufacturers are experiencing the same issues with paint on newer cars. Each new Toyota that I buy has paint that is slightly worse than the Toyota that it replaced. The paint on my 1998 Camry was pretty great- and still looked good for the most part after 100,000 miles. The 2007 Camry that replaced it had paint that chipped pretty easily from rocks or other road debris. I noticed the first scratch in my 2022 Highlander within about two weeks of buying it.

I don't think that a recall is in the cards. Recalls are generally for safety-related defects. Toyota could extend the warranty or offer a service campaign for the paint- but that's doubtful. Toyota did extend the warranty on the paint of some colors/models- but the 2018+ Camrys weren't included. It generally was their Blizzard Pearl paint that was used on a bunch of different models that caused the most problems.

That red Camry is the worst that I've seen of the 2018-2023 Camry generation. I just had a 2021 Camry SE in that color as a rental- it had 61,000 miles on it and the paint looked pretty rough- with lots of weird scratches and chips. Strangely- none of them were in the normal places that you'd expect to find them- the hood/front bumper/mirrors still looked pretty good.

Since Toyota charges $400 for this red color- you'd think that it would hold up a bit better.
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