The Tri-Camry Family
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Dosen't the 2001 Avalon have the 3.0L V6? $500-$600 to change the timing belt is reasonable, but replace the water pump with it too. (May add another $100) The labor is what's expensive. For 2001, it should be change every 90,000 miles. Do you happen to know if it has been done before?
The problem with the Avalon is that is unclear if it's interference or non-interference engine. If it's an non-interference engine, the engine will shut down if the belt snap and just need a tow. But if it's a interference, the heads will be damage when the belt break. Most likely it's a non-interference but no one is 100% sure. (Forums and dealerships show different info)
As for mileage; some people lease car every 3-4 years and are happy with that. Some will let people drive the price off of new cars and buy them used, while others will drive the same car for 15+ years. If the car is running good, then a little maintenance can give it many more years. But if you feel like it's time for a new car, nothing wrong with that if you’re financially ready. It's really a personal decision, but I will chime in that I find most vehicles begin to show major problems around 175,000 miles.
"Yūko" 2001 Camry 5S-FE/A140E @ 111k
"Sandy" 2002 Camry 2AZ-FE/U241E @ 176k
"Chihaya" 2012 Camry 2AR-FE/U760E @ 41K
Last edited by Yuko; 05-10-2011 at 11:39 PM.