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Old 02-19-2007, 10:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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3rd Generation 1993 Camry SE, How much longer will my Camry Last

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I just recently found your forum and this is my first post, I have a 1993 Toyota Camry SE V6 with a 5speed transmission, This Car has been a very faithful mode of transportation for me over the last 14 years. The car currently has 250K Miles, and I am starting to worry about how much longer the car will last. I have been very diligent about changing the oil, by following the stickers usually placed on my windshild or door jam give or take 1000 miles . I have never really invested any money in the car as the car has never had anything brake. I checked my recipts and the only thing that I have changed in the last few years was a radator at 165K Miles. The car is really starting to need things, The suspension is completly shot, there is a small leak on the transmission, and the car needs a new timing belt, according to my recipts, the last time the belt was changed was at 118K miles. I would like to know if anyone has had this kind of milage or higher on there V6, and how many miles they had on there V6 when the engine died. I've read posts where the I4 has hit 300k miles, but never on the V6. I would like to know what the cost was to replace the engine. I trying to get an idea as to how much longer my camry will last, I am really attached to this car and would be very sad to see it go. The car is in really good condition cosmetically and everything works. I would like to keep my Camry as long as possible.

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Old 02-19-2007, 10:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The onlt major issues I hear woth the 3VZ-FE (thats the engine code for your V6) is the head gasket can blow. I was in a junkyard in FL last month, and saw a couple V6's in the junkyard, and 2 had over 200k mies. One was at 272k, andother around 225k. There is also one here in CT at my local yard with over 200k miles, but is there only because of an accident. Suspension, if yuo can do it yourself, should not be too much money ($500). Timing belt has a LOT of miles on it, and will be some $ unless you can do that yourself.
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Old 02-19-2007, 02:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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haha, my car has 211k miles. original factory timing belt, new radiator 2 years ago, new motor mounts...holding my breath though...
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haha, my car has 211k miles. original factory timing belt, new radiator 2 years ago, new motor mounts...holding my breath though...
Is yours a V6 XLE? If it is, it looks almost identical to mine
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hey, lo_wang (lol) i could prolly put mony on the fact that your car would run better with a new timing belt, and it would be safer with a new water pump too.
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Old 02-20-2007, 05:19 AM   #6 (permalink)
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your car will last a long time. you do however need to keep up on maitenance and make sure you use quality fluids. remember to use premimum fuel, change your oil regurlary, change the coolant once a year or so, replace your trans fluid(you don't want whiney gears and worn bearings from old fluid). i have two SE V6 5spds and they are wonderful cars. the rear lateral links are prone to failure, so keep that in mind. any other advice about maitenance should really be common sense.
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I would definately recommend getting your water pump replaced with the timing belt, I had mine replaced at 169k miles when it was in the shop after my accident. What else... Motor mounts could probably be replaced too, and suspension components. Everything else was already mentioned. Keep her running!
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Best way is to plan the refurbishment...start someplace and work up on your list. Group the work where they are related...timing belt with water pump, etc.....a bunch of good folks here can work you up a list.

Then do it. You will still enjoy the car and you will not be stranded one day where you can snap and dump your good old reliable KAMARY (As the Japanese would say it).
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IT WILL LAST LONG IF YOU TAKE GOOD CARE OF IT.......
MY ONLY HAS 73XXX SO I STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO...
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Don’t hotrod the engine or try power shifting etc. Both are hard on an aging engine and drive train. The engine and trans is reliable enough if not run out of oil or water (both have happened to owners). The routine maintenance and issues you talk about are common as the cars miles add up. Continue routine and the car should be OK.
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