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Close to buying a 2007 XLE...

Hi, was hoping for a little advice. I think the price is right but it has 148,000 miles. Looking at the maintenance records available I see the water pump, alternator, serpentine belt, and very recently the engine mounts have been replaced. Any other "gotchas" going forward I should be worried about? This car has a timing chain not a belt correct? So no maintenance interval for that? Thanks in advance!

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Oil burning is an issue, timing chain does not need to be changed for a long time.

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As Vangm25 said, if this is the 4 cylinder engine, there was an oil burning issue. There was a special service campaign to replace the pistons and piston rings with redesigned ones to stop the oil burning issue. This was not a recall; but rather a special service campaign that was done only after the original owner complained and an oil consumption test was done. The car had to be burning 1 quart or more of oil in 1200 miles to have the fix done. This had to be done within the first 10 years from the cars in service date or up to 150,000 miles. Your 07 is well past that 10 year in service date limit. I would call Toyota corporate at 1-800-331-4331 with the VIN in hand and ask them if the oil burning special service campaign fix was preformed on this car. If it wasn't, I would stay away from this car.

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More than likely, it was not. I caught mine because I heard about it and my classmate who worked at the dealer either "said it was burning oil" or it was actually burning oil. This was 2013 so just in time for warranty.

The 2AZ-FE is still a very reliable and very low maintenance engine. It's like a old Cummins Turbo Diesel, best engine out there except a little dowel pin will slowly back itself out until it destroys the engine. The fix? Add a tiny piece of metal to cover the hole.

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Thanks for the advice guys. So you think this is a deal breaker? I've read about people just accepting this issue and adding oil...a lot. Doesn't sound very fun.
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"Loose dowel rod??"

What?

Did I miss something??
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More than likely, it was not. I caught mine because I heard about it and my classmate who worked at the dealer either "said it was burning oil" or it was actually burning oil. This was 2013 so just in time for warranty.

The 2AZ-FE is still a very reliable and very low maintenance engine. It's like a old Cummins Turbo Diesel, best engine out there except a little dowel pin will slowly back itself out until it destroys the engine. The fix? Add a tiny piece of metal to cover the hole.
Which Cummins, 4BT or 6BT?
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Which Cummins, 4BT or 6BT?
Not sure, whatever has the dowel pin of death.

https://dodgecumminsperformance.word...dodge-cummins/

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Not sure, whatever has the dowel pin of death.

https://dodgecumminsperformance.word...dodge-cummins/
Looks like an issue for both. I thought 4BT was immune.
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As Vangm25 said, if this is the 4 cylinder engine, there was an oil burning issue. There was a special service campaign to replace the pistons and piston rings with redesigned ones to stop the oil burning issue. This was not a recall; but rather a special service campaign that was done only after the original owner complained and an oil consumption test was done. The car had to be burning 1 quart or more of oil in 1200 miles to have the fix done. This had to be done within the first 10 years from the cars in service date or up to 150,000 miles. Your 07 is well past that 10 year in service date limit. I would call Toyota corporate at 1-800-331-4331 with the VIN in hand and ask them if the oil burning special service campaign fix was preformed on this car. If it wasn't, I would stay away from this car.

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Called Toyota and they confirmed this service campaign work was not done. Also mentioned there was a recent refrigerant leak documented that I wasn't aware of. Think I'm gonna pass on this one. Thanks again...
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