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I was just reminiscing as I was looking for a Camry and to help future friends that are looking into a Camry, what do we consider best to get?

4 cylinders burn oil and have manifold issues

What issues do the 6 cylinder have? The 6th gen 6 cylinder just sounds like an awesome Camry to have. Great on gas and uses timing chain.

Besides more difficult maintenance, why would someone not get the 6 cylinder Camry? I see it also has the better 6 speed transmission? Any common issues on the 6 cylinder???
 

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our 4 has not shown any sign of oil consumption in 85,000 miles we have driven it (2013 model).

When we bought our first Camry we test drove both the I4 and V6, there was not a significant difference in performance, to us, so we bought the I4, and drove it over 200,000 trouble free miles, that was an 03 model, replaced it with another I4 in 2013, no issues so far. The biggest difference is that I can change the spark plugs i. the I4 in about 30 minutes, taking my time. I have no desire to try the rear bank of the V6
 

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our 4 has not shown any sign of oil consumption in 85,000 miles we have driven it (2013 model).

When we bought our first Camry we test drove both the I4 and V6, there was not a significant difference in performance, to us, so we bought the I4, and drove it over 200,000 trouble free miles, that was an 03 model, replaced it with another I4 in 2013, no issues so far. The biggest difference is that I can change the spark plugs i. the I4 in about 30 minutes, taking my time. I have no desire to try the rear bank of the V6
2013 is 7th gen
 

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I have owned a 91 V-6 which was very fast standard shift could cruise at 90 all day long car had about 220,000 when I got rid of it ran like a sewing machine but rusted out. Since then I have owned 2 (97) 4 cyl. one had 220,000 miles on it ran perfect yet other one has about 190,000 still runs great burns no oil daughter has it. My current car my wife drives is a 2011 (4) cyl. with about 55,000 miles burns no oil but can't cruise at 90 and will not ride like a V-6 with heavier motor so I guess it depends on what you value on speed and ride or simplicity as far as I am concerned Toyota makes the best car out there try to find one in a salvage yard they don't break down only get into accidents because of poor drivers.
 

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Hey, so thought I should give some pointers to help you decide. I have owned an 07 4 cylinder 6th Gen Camry for about 160K miles (260,000KMS) before I sold it and then brought a 07 V6 XLE 6th Gen Camry which currently has 112k Miles (180,000KMS) on it. So I have a fair idea on the differences.

4 Cylinder Camry Benefits:-
1. Mileage is about 490 Miles on a full tank (90% Highways and 10% City)
2. Easy/Quick Maintenance - lots of space for hands to work around the engine block.
3. Cheaper Parts Generally

4 Cylinder Camry Drawbacks:-
1. Need to keep record or periodic maintenance especially for the timing belt. (Although I didn't face any high oil consumption issues at least at that mileage)
2. Feels very sluggish on highway overtaking
3. Engine noise especially at highway speeds due to high RPM since its a 5 speed gear box unless you get 2010 & 2011 models which have the 2.5L 6 speed
4. not that great in acceleration

V6 Camry Benefits:-
1. Mileage is about 450 Miles on a full tank (90% Highways and 10% City)
2. Smooth engine acceleration on low RPM's due to high torque
3. great acceleration even at highway speeds
4. Exhaust sound is nice when modded.
5. Less wear and tear for high mileage use as engine is stronger.
6. Timing Chain!!!

V6 Camry Drawbacks:-
1. Engine cavity is very small hence maintenance can be a pain!!!... and expensive !!!
2. Dont have to but its best to change the VVTI pipe as its know to rupture and if it does it can damage your engine.

Well those are the points that come to my mind for now and what I have experienced so far. Hope it helps!!
 

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Hey, so thought I should give some pointers to help you decide. I have owned an 07 4 cylinder 6th Gen Camry for about 160K miles (260,000KMS) before I sold it and then brought a 07 V6 XLE 6th Gen Camry which currently has 112k Miles (180,000KMS) on it. So I have a fair idea on the differences.

4 Cylinder Camry Benefits:-
1. Mileage is about 490 Miles on a full tank (90% Highways and 10% City)
2. Easy/Quick Maintenance - lots of space for hands to work around the engine block.
3. Cheaper Parts Generally

4 Cylinder Camry Drawbacks:-
1. Need to keep record or periodic maintenance especially for the timing belt. (Although I didn't face any high oil consumption issues at least at that mileage)
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The I4 has a timing chain.
 

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My 2009 V6 has 124,000 miles and runs and drives like new. The 3.5L V6 is the same engine is was used in the Lexus ES350 until the 2018 ES came out with the 300 HP direct injection V6. I want a new 2020 Camry but to get the V6 you have to pay for $10,000 worth of crap I don't want or need so I'm going to drive mine another few years because I'm not about to give up myV6. I have not done the spark plug change (otherwise flawless maintenance) because plugs are hard to get to get at and thus are expensive to replace. I'll replace them only if gas mileage deteriorates or the engine "throws a code." I get 25-26 mpg in everyday driving city driving ... maybe 10% highway.
 

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The V6 is pretty bulletproof. Runs forever with lots of power and fair gas mileage. Passing is a breeze with 270 ponies under the hood. NO major issues at over 200K.
 

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I have heard nothing but good things about the V6. Power is great and gas mileage is superb considering its a strong V6. All these manifold and oil leak issues dont exist. In fact, this is the same engine I believe on the Highlander which has great reputation. Uses timing chain for the first time in Toyota V6 history! Only issue is things are harder to replace but the benefits outweigh the negatives. If I could go back, I would switch. The extra gas mileage you get from the I4 is not a big difference.
 

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I have heard nothing but good things about the V6. Power is great and gas mileage is superb considering its a strong V6. All these manifold and oil leak issues dont exist. In fact, this is the same engine I believe on the Highlander which has great reputation. Uses timing chain for the first time in Toyota V6 history! Only issue is things are harder to replace but the benefits outweigh the negatives. If I could go back, I would switch. The extra gas mileage you get from the I4 is not a big difference.
2GR is a good engine and it is still in use only in a different variant. As long as you are willing to do the maintenance and replace the leaking rubber oil line then you are good. I prefer my 2AZ because you can't beat the simplicity and low cost overall.
 

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2GR is a good engine and it is still in use only in a different variant. As long as you are willing to do the maintenance and replace the leaking rubber oil line then you are good. I prefer my 2AZ because you can't beat the simplicity and low cost overall.
leaking oil rubber line? I was not aware this was a common issue. Now we are evening the race between the 2 cars. Any other common issues?
 

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leaking oil rubber line? I was not aware this was a common issue. Now we are evening the race between the 2 cars. Any other common issues?
 

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Loving my 4 banger more and more every day :)
 

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our 4 has not shown any sign of oil consumption in 85,000 miles we have driven it (2013 model).

When we bought our first Camry we test drove both the I4 and V6, there was not a significant difference in performance, to us, so we bought the I4, and drove it over 200,000 trouble free miles, that was an 03 model, replaced it with another I4 in 2013, no issues so far. The biggest difference is that I can change the spark plugs i. the I4 in about 30 minutes, taking my time. I have no desire to try the rear bank of the V6
The rear bank Plugs and coils are incredibly easy to swap out. I did both my 07 V6 and 11 V6 in less than 3 hours while filming to share on Youtube. The trick is removing the windshield wipers/wiper motor/plastic frame and metal bin holding it all together. (Takes about 10 minutes). With that removed, the rear bank is as easy as the front. Other Youtube vids are dealership or otherwise sponsored and advise you the whole top end has to be removed. Total BS.


Long story short: Get the V6 and a Throttle Controller. You WON'T REGRET IT! Both my cars are well over the 150K marker and still drive/look like new.
 

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The rear bank Plugs and coils are incredibly easy to swap out. I did both my 07 V6 and 11 V6 in less than 3 hours while filming to share on Youtube. The trick is removing the windshield wipers/wiper motor/plastic frame and metal bin holding it all together. (Takes about 10 minutes). With that removed, the rear bank is as easy as the front. Other Youtube vids are dealership or otherwise sponsored and advise you the whole top end has to be removed. Total BS.


Long story short: Get the V6 and a Throttle Controller. You WON'T REGRET IT! Both my cars are well over the 150K marker and still drive/look like new.
It's a game, remove the intake manifold or remove the cowl and MAYBE access them. Obviously you found the easier method so that is good.
 

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The rear bank Plugs and coils are incredibly easy to swap out. I did both my 07 V6 and 11 V6 in less than 3 hours while filming to share on Youtube. The trick is removing the windshield wipers/wiper motor/plastic frame and metal bin holding it all together. (Takes about 10 minutes). With that removed, the rear bank is as easy as the front. Other Youtube vids are dealership or otherwise sponsored and advise you the whole top end has to be removed. Total BS.


Long story short: Get the V6 and a Throttle Controller. You WON'T REGRET IT! Both my cars are well over the 150K marker and still drive/look like new.
Hmm, I want to say this is the same concept as the Nissan 3.5 liters and the Toyota Highlander but they have an issue with the manifold being on top of the spark plugs? What is up with the throttle controller?
 

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Hmm, I want to say this is the same concept as the Nissan 3.5 liters and the Toyota Highlander but they have an issue with the manifold being on top of the spark plugs? What is up with the throttle controller?
Throttle controller increases throttle input. You're not faster, the car just feels better when you are on the accelerator pedal.
 
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