Hello all! Beginning of this month I bought my 1999 Camry LE from the brother of the Original owner, it is very clean for a midwest vehicle and even came with the window sticker! It could use new struts all around and will need tires soon. Currently, I have cardboard in front of the radiator to keep the engine at operating temp, hopefully, due to a faulty t-stat. I have a new t-stat and valve cover gasket that will be replaced soon. I will test both the old and new t-stat. The valve cover gasket is definitely leaking, hopefully it is the only culprit. The car has 162,xxx miles on it, was always serviced regularly and the timing belt was replaced at 152k in May of 2018. I paid $1700 for it, probably could've gotten it cheaper but let's be honest I wanted a clean Camry, who doesn't!? So far all I've done is changed out the PS fluid, washed it, degreased the engine bay, cleaned up the interior, popped out the majority of a dent in the rear bumper, and polished the headlights, next will be an oil change and transmission fluid change. Next year once it starts getting warmer I will take care of any surface rust on the underside, fully detail the exterior and interior, touch up the paint, and maybe even try reconditioning the wheels.
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