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Yep, very common. I already replaced mine on Wagon, soon will replace on Sedan. I've bought this one: [ame]http://www.amazon.com/RADIATOR-EXPANSION-RESERVOIR-OVER-FLOW-1647074181/dp/B000E4TZA8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=automotive&qid=1281653696&sr=8-1[/ame]

Don't be confused by the title - it fits to Camry 94, 95 and 96 V6 (1MZ) (at least).
OEM will cost you $100+.
 

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I'd just patch those holes with silicone sealant, then search the salvage yards for a suitable replacement. New or not, I just can't justify paying more than $20 total for that part.
 

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Salvage yards will have same broken (or about to be) coolant reservoirs - no go.
The link I gave above is the brand new tank for $8.

To OP: you can drive as long as you want, this reservoir is not under pressure or something. Maybe just patch the holes by duct tape to avoid dirt going into your coolant.
 

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I faced the same problem and it would've very definitely blown my head gasket. You are lucky as you caught it in time.
I bought one from Amazon for $15+shipping. Dont go to the junkyard as its not worth it. Most of the plastic is in junk condition at the junkyard.
Get it done asap or you risk major problems if you run out of coolant.
 

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I am serious

WHAT? You are kidding, right? :eek:
No I am not. Those were the days when TN didnt happen to me yet and very new to cars. In my case I found an even bigger hole/crack in the reservoir and all kind of dust and dirt made the coolant gum up like a vulcan rubber:thumbsdow

Due to the gumming up and evaporation of coolant there was no mechanism left to dissipate the engine heat. Most likely that would've resulted in engine overheating. Overheating can likely result in cracks in the head gasket especially in a engine with 160K+ miles.I was lucky to catch it way early and save my engine.:)

Even after I refilled the coolant reservoir the coolant would still bounce around and leak through the cracks/hole. I put a patch using plastic adhesive on that hole till the time a new reservoir arrived from Amazon.:ugh3:

Mine may have been an extreme case but IMHO its better to be safe than be sorry later:clap:
 

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My 94 came with holes in the same exact spots, electrical taped at least 50 times wrapped around to seal it haha.
 

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My 94 came with holes in the same exact spots, electrical taped at least 50 times wrapped around to seal it haha.

Electrical tape FTMFW!!! :thumbsup: I did the same thing but I think I will get an aftermarket one that looks cool, rather than the stock one again.....Mine has held up for 2 years...lol:clap:
 

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Salvage yards will have same broken (or about to be) coolant reservoirs - no go.
The link I gave above is the brand new tank for $8.

To OP: you can drive as long as you want, this reservoir is not under pressure or something. Maybe just patch the holes by duct tape to avoid dirt going into your coolant.

I disagree with the blue text above. This is serious Gamble if you choose this path as You can destroy your engine by running it out of coolant!

When fluid is heated it expands, when it expands it has the option to go to the leaky tank. When it hits the leaky tank, it leaks and it doesn't return to the engine and if left unsupervised, your engine burns up over a $20 to $100 in materials! :thumbsdow

If need be and you can NOT address it now with the correct part, strap a 1 to 2 liter bottle in there somehow keeping it as high up as you can and having tube that reaches the bottom. Keep it full. This is a vital part of the cooling system and if running in hot climates could quickly cost you an engine.

Not trying to be harsh but its just not worth it to drive it like that.
 

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This is not a leaky tank. The holes are on top of it and coolant is not leaking from there, unless it is overflown.
But I agree: I would replace it anyway (and I did!). But, imo, there is no rush, as soon as the holes are covered by duct tape, electric tape, silicon, etc.
 

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^^
Thanks for clarification on that; that it does HOLD FLUID (lets say 85% of capacity), but would leak when full and/or sloshing about. It makes huge difference when the pictures are gone.

Where as a leak at the bottom, IF left unattended could destroy your engine.
 

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Randy is spot on and I was about to ruin my engine due to lack of that $15 piece of plastic bottle!! I spent a sleepless night worrying about blown head gasket until I tested using a block tester. I cant tell you how relieved I felt when block tester fluid didnt turn YELLOW. Had it turned yellow I would be yell(ow)ing myself (Pun intended!)
 
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