Here’s Why Mechanics Don’t Want You to Buy This Car

Here’s Why Mechanics Don’t Want You to Buy This Car

rev up your engines today I’m gonna
explain why this 2012 Camry with the 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine may be the
best used car on a planet to buy and why well the reasons are under the hood
because this has the newer design 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine it’s called the
2AR Fe and in 2012 this replaced the to AZ engine the one
that burn oil the AZ engines at bad piston rings and pistons Toyota replaced
a lot of them for free but they stopped their warranty period at 60,000 miles so
you go buy used one of those it could be an oil burner but that’s not the case
with this 2 AR engine it’s a solid engine I haven’t seen any problems in
them at all it puts on a little more horsepower than the older one about 20
horsepower more but the main thing is it’s a redesign they did not have piston
and piston ring problems these are solid reliable engines like Toyota was known
for making and transmission and this 2012 has the six-speed automatic transmission
which is a pretty bulletproof transmission the earlier ones that were
4-speed hey they were decent transmissions but the six-speed drives
better Plus gets better gas mileage now unfortunately for Toyota
later on after 2012 they started to put eight-speed automatics which they’ve had
nothing but problems with they just don’t shift right I’ve seen some of them
break down way too early with those eight speeds but this baby it’s got the
six-speed automatic it’s pretty much bulletproof so even though this has more
horsepower than the older engine it’s a better engine and with the 6-speed
automatic transmission it gets better gas mileage than the older one this
particular one a customer it’s 34 miles a gallon on the highway and about 29 mix
juice so it’s very economical expecially on highway but it’s really zippy it’s
got a lot of power to it it’s pretty much the perfect used car for somebody
who’s looking for an all-around good used car that you can fit a bunch of
people in have a reasonable amount of power and get great gas mileage
sporty the a/c but if you can say a lot of room inside sure it’s messy but nice
day car in a back and in the front and it’s got the usual sophisticated
electronics here’s the steering wheel with all the bells and buttons and modes
and it’s got the screen and very comfortable sporty seats I’ve rented
these things when I was on vacation man you can set them and you can drive five
six hundred miles no problems at all no sore necks nor sore backs
the well-designed comfy seats now this is a sporty version so it’s got all this
plastic stuff as you can see it’s hit the speed bumps and actually over here
when it came in here today this was sticking out I guess so I just
snapped it back in they golf world look and hey you’re gonna get rips and cracks
and pop these things in there not just get used to knock them back in if you
get something put it onto the hood it’s got Toyota’s old fashioned solid
reliability lots of working room if you got a really
old one you have to change gaskets it’s not crowded you can get in here work
easily look at the alternator location you could change this thing in five
minutes not crawling and grabbing well designed some cars heavy air filters to
take half an hour to get to and change look at this snap
there’s your air filter talk about easy to change and it’s got the usual giant
camry trunk look at that they got a lot of junk in it keeps going back way back
a lot of room in one of these and this particular one being a sport version
it’s got a beefed up suspension it really handles quite well you can really
zip around in this thing you’re not a race car I mean it’s got a top speed of
118 miles an hour that’s plenty fast enough to get around
in a totally dependable fun driving car who needs to go faster than 118 miles an
hour anyway all in all this 2012 camry four banger and the 6-speed automatic
may be the perfect used car for most people they got front desks back disks
all wheel disc brakes they stop great and being front-wheel drive you can get
away with driving east a winter without snow tires on him I got
a friend in Buffalo he’s got one you never put snow tires on it with good
dripping regular tires on the front with a front wheel drive then go quite well
in the snow they’re not like a rear-wheel drive car
that yeah you’re gonna have to put snow tires on it because it’s harder to push
in the snow than it is to pull and as you can see a camera can go through
multiple owners and still go down a road this one’s already on the third owner
was sold the last time by Carmax you can see the paint’s starting to chip
off from people hitting the plastic bumper but the car will just continue to
motor run down the road you can repaint on Posche them all up make them look
like a brand new car or you can just let them get dirty but still go rolling down
the road that’s why I picked this 2012 Camry it’s probably the best used car in
the world that you can buy because sometimes older is better oh god it’s a garbage truck I got to
wait now, so if you never want to miss another one of my new car repair videos,
remember to ring that Bell

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  2. I bought a 2011 Camry LE with the 2AR-FE engine and a 6 speed transmission with 47k miles on it and this video made my day!

    Toyota must have renewed their subscription to the Scotty Kilmer Channel!

  3. The person brought the car to have it fix, charging hourly for labor and making money of making videos , Come on Scotty lol

  4. This video was done in one take. Hollywood makes it seem like many angles and different cameras were used. Not true.

  5. Ha! Garbage Truck. That's where the NE accent shines threw. Yes the Camry might be (is) the best sedan built in America with more American parts than most……

  6. Haha love the outtake on that. Didn’t expect that which made it even more funny. As usual Scotty, I tip my hat to you sir. Words of wisdom.

  7. I used to have a 94 Camry V6 that would not die. I finally sold it as-is at over 320,000 miles with a broken water pump. Every plastic parts were breaking but are so cheap to replace. It was still on the original alternator and a/c compressor. Many times, I regret selling it.

  8. I had this generation also, but mine was a 2014 and was not reliable at all I traded it in and now have the 2018 Camry, I'll see how this one works out

  9. I am looking for a new or used car or SUV. You are being my amazing teacher. I'm watching you and closely studying and learning. Thanks for everything! I've discovered you right on time!

  10. Mechanics don't gotta worry because not everyone likes Toyota. There's the Euro car crowd, muscle car owners, heavy duty truck drivers, and a plethora of other people who would drive anything without thinking about what a horrible piece of crap their car is until it breaks.

  11. I was always afraid for folks that bought this model. This Camry came out after the giant tidal wave hit Japan. Thanks Scotty!

  12. Well my 2015 Scion xB with Toyota Camry 2.4L 2AZ-FE has no problems at all. Because they fix that recall of the oil ring back in 2008-2010, and they fix it in 2011. Mine is built proof as well. 2AZ, got 48k miles, 4 speed solid at. This box is a beast that last for a long time

  13. Scotty, you've turned me into a practical consumer with all your videos. Everyone needs to think like you. Excellent channel. Honest, practical and very insightful information. Bless you sir.

  14. Around my way these are the preferred choice of UBER drivers. You definitely want to avoid one that was used as a taxi in NYC! 👍👍👍

  15. Scotty is incorrect, the 2010-2011 also have the same 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine. My dads 2011 Camry has 212,000 miles with very minimal maintenance done to it. It’s been a good car to us the last decade or so

  16. mine 2TR-FE, 4 speed auto.
    yeah really reliable for a 2005 SUV. agree with u, this 4 speed auto quite decent…but lifeless.

  17. The Lexus LX 570, the new ones what’s your opinion on owning one of these vehicle 🚗 Are they dependable? Please respond I really appreciate it.

  18. Never had any luck with 4 bangers, prefer to use four liters more fuel per 100km and have the reliability of a Ford Barra engine.

  19. Yes the as scotty’s I got 2012 camry for 2 month it runs like new, smooth baby.. and really stable.. it ride like a honda 😘

  20. Hey Scotty, have you read this book called the Toyata way? It throws light on their 14 principles they follow to run the company. Very interesting read, I highly recommend it.

  21. Dont be fooled, this motor burns oil too. Every damn toyota 4cyl burns only. My 2009 toyota corolla with the 1.8 burns oil and has horrible cam or valve sounds and really bad dry startups. Dealer does oil changes on it with recommended oil too/ Gonna try lucas in it tomorrow

  22. Hi Scotty can you please talk about whether it's OK to just "change engine oil" (e.g. with a oil extractor pump) WITHOUT changing the Oil Filter at the same time? Is it really important to change oil filters as well? Thanks!

  23. Of course they made a Toyota that would last forever in2012. Everyone was told that the world was going to end in December of that year.

  24. Any thoughts on the torque converter for the 2014 camry that causes vibrating noise? Is it still a keeper or should it be replaced if its at 155,000 miles.

  25. And the search engine on auto trader/Craigslist app blows up for people searching for the '12 camry! Recent news, 2012 camry prices sky rocket bc of Kilmer. Love the behind the scenes bit Scotty.

  26. i have owned that exact car since new. Oil changes with synthetic every 5k miles . 140k miles on it now. But what's up with that noise on a cold start for the first second it is running. Its been doing it since about 50k miles. I asked the dealer befoe the 60 thousand mile power train warranty was up and he said it was normal. It's been a good car other then that.

  27. At 7yrs old the age is about right for a great value used car.

    This is a perfect video for Scotty video watchers that are looking to get away from expensive money pits. -More videos like this Scotty.

    I drove a newer Camry (2017?) and the fuel economy was exceptional on the highway 40mpg easy and even 45+mpg babying it. The new Corolla hybrid and Highlander hybrid are rated very high in mpg also.

  28. I believe this 2012 Camry with 6 sp auto has TX issue. As it ages, the ride becomes really bumpy. Toyota has recall for it, though not fully fixed.

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