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Old 09-25-2010, 05:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How long is the average life expectancy of a 97 camry?

I'm just curious as mine is up to 85K miles and I'm wondering many years I can get out of it, I love it, and I always will make sure it's in right shape, maintenance etc.
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8 years.










J/K

At 85K you should have years left... just maintain it and be happy!
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Keep up on maintenance and it will last a very long time.
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Itll last long as long as you baby it.

Good oil + filter, and drain and fill the tranny every other oil change(only takes an extra 10 min tops). Those are key.

If you see any rust spots, paint them over before they spread.
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211k on mine ... I am the 2nd owner ... maintenance is the key!
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Old 09-25-2010, 06:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Im at 185k with my second gen 3.5 and 175k with my first gen 3.5...Take care of it and it will take care of you...
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Old 09-25-2010, 07:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Whichever comes first:

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240,000 miles V6 - before repairs are worth more than the car
300,000 mile I4

2. 20 yrs- before safety considerations, gas mpg, and emissions check make the vehicle not worth owning

Having said all that the 1990s Camrys are among the most durable vehicles made.

So you should be able to see the car to 2017 or so - another 7 years.

Camry's average 22 MPG roughly (combined real world) - if this decade gas goes up to $5/gallon (which it likely will) - a more fuel efficient car may make more sense earlier than 2017.

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Old 09-25-2010, 07:14 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Average?

The average owner changes the oil every other year (when the oil pressure idiot light comes on), the coolant on the seventh anniversary, the brakes after they run into a car in front of them, and the half flat tires when the steel belts are rubbing on the road.

Average is irrelevant, given your stated approach to maintenance.
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Old 09-25-2010, 07:50 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Id say expect 200-300k miles if you do regular maintenance and don't beat on it too bad on the street.
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Id say expect 200-300k miles if you do regular maintenance and don't beat on it too bad on the street.
He's got 87k in 13 years, so you're suggesting another 17 - 30 years at the same pace. Not likely, especially if he's in the rust belt (like I am).
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with regular and proper maintenance. but probably at least 8 to 10 years
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240k for a V6? I beg to differ....I am 275k and climbing....and it hasnt failed me yet....and I am basic owner...so 3k oil changes, coolant when I feel the need, trans oil changes...etc.

I do upkeep it and I am getting some damn incredible mileage to boot
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The average life of a 97 Camry is equal to:

4 Ford Focus's + 3 Dodge Neon's + 2 Chevy Malibu's and 1 Saturn Ion

or about 55 Hyundai's
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Old 09-25-2010, 08:28 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Ah, but owning & driving any of the others will feel like enduring them for a loooooooong time..................
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The average life of a 97 Camry is equal to:

4 Ford Focus's + 3 Dodge Neon's + 2 Chevy Malibu's and 1 Saturn Ion

or about 55 Hyundai's

at least you didnt include Kia.....I drove mine forever
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