The Toyota Camry has been a very successful vehicle model for Toyota, since 1983, when it was introduced with the intent of competing with the sales-dominant Honda Accord. The 2000 model updated the body design in an attempt to appeal to a wider fan base. Dual cassette and CD players became standard in all models, and the tail lights were enlarged for both aesthetic and safety purposes. While Camrys are known for being reliable vehicles, the 2000 Camry had some problems that were fairly common among the various editions.
The 2000 Toyota Camry had frequent issues with the Air Fuel Ratio sensors in the engine. Sensor failure will result in the car having problems, while running, as well as triggering the "Check Engine" light. The engine starts to use excessive oil as the oil supply starts to gel. Following a proper oil change and engine maintenance schedule can help nullify and possibly prevent this problem.
There have been multiple consumer complaints regarding the plastic interior controls of the 2000 Camry cracking or breaking off over time even when the interior is well-maintained. The repairs for these problems can generally be inexpensive since the plastic parts are cheap and do not require significant labor in replacing them. However, the issue is annoying for consumers, especially those who recently purchased the car used.
Cruise Control/V6 Engine Combo
2000 Camrys with a V6 combo and cruise control may have a warped accelerator cable housing that results in the cable fraying and ultimately breaking. This could result in the throttle suddenly reverting back to idle speed or the car maintaining current speed regardless of the position of the accelerator pedal, and this greatly increases the odds of an accident occurring. The affected Camrys came out of Kentucky factories, and a recall was issued in 2001.
The rear axles in some 2000 Camrys were not properly heat-treated in the factory, resulting in the axles being more fragile than normal. This could result in the axle shaft breaking over time and requiring immediate replacement. Toyota recalled the axles in June of 2000.
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