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1995 LE 2.2 L 4 cylinder, 5S-FE. 515,007 miles, runs almost like new, all systems performing well. Original engine and transmission/differential (AC is cold, initial temp 37.8º expansion valve works intermittently, would soon need replacement). It will soon, under it's own power, make it's terminal trip to the auto salvage yard crusher.

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ody and interior are in fair condition. There is a small rust area on the driver side rear quarter panel and across the top windshield frame.

Since new, it has been driven in a Midwest rust belt state. Never garaged, until 2017. The quality of the manufactures paint was excellent. Waxed and buffed twice a year.

Washed usually every two to three weeks, more in the Winter, particularly the underside areas.

Two unexpected repairs, caused by debris in the roadway, each resulting in replacement of the exhaust system flex pipe. In 2001, ran over a tire on the highway, going about 65 miles per hour, at night. It happened again in 2011, when unable to avoid another tire in the roadway, while driving in heavy traffic.

All other parts of the exhaust system are original. The original alternator was replaced in 2008 (409k miles, voltage regulator).

Has original, upper and lower radiator hose (annual coolant flush, hoses are in like new condition), vacuum lines, oxygen sensor, master cylinder, AC compressor, evaporator, receiver dryer, condenser, expansion valve, power steering pump, plug wires and more.

One check engine light in 2004, replaced the EGR valve.

The original starter (450k miles) was replaced by the dealership in 2012, after misdiagnosing an intermittent starting problem. DIY, replaced the Neutral Safety Switch, which fixed the starting problem, with helpful information from the Toyota Nation forums.

In the spring of 2004 (250k miles), an intermittent problem started. It would start missing, losing power, then regain power. Eventually there was a crank/no start.

The dealership had a difficult time correctly diagnosing the problem. Checked fuel system, vacuum lines, some of the electrical system components. Installing a new distributor cap/rotor, did not fix the problem. Replacing the ignition coil (it had a hairline crack) fixed the problem.

In 2013, (478K miles) DIY installed four Quick Struts, front/rear sway bar links, and upper/lower control arms.

In 2015 (492k miles), the Camry was offered at no cost, to a relative. In the interest of safety, four new tires were installed (Bridgestone 205/65R15 Ecopia Ep422). A complete front and rear brake job (new rotors/ wheel cylinders, hardware, replacing the original, calipers, rotors, wheel cylinders).

The front brake pads (only OEM pads used) over the years, were replaced three times, averaging over a 160,000 miles between replacement. Rear brake pads were replaced once, at 492k miles.

After inspection of the brake lines, because of some corrosion, all new brakes lines were installed.

Because of excessive bushing wear and noise, the rear adjustable control arm bushings were replaced.

Confident, with proper maintenance, it could run another 100k or more miles.

After the work, the relative did not want the Camry. For the last four years it has been driven very little, under 6k miles per year. Recently completed a 450 mile trip, averaged 32.7 mpg, at an average speed of around 70 mph.

It has been a very reliable car. But for a few operator error caused problems, for example, allowing the fuel light to indicate empty once to often, causing failure of the fuel pump, from frequent low fuel levels (unaware fuel helps cool the fuel pump motor). Happened in 2008, since then, the fuel tank has never below quarter full.

Cost of ownership per mile to date: Includes purchase price, finance charges, maintenance, service, repairs, insurance, fuel, license fees and other miscellaneous cost (sound system, four radio's, broken driver side door handle, installed alarm system, ect).

Performed 145 DIY oil changes, using Quaker State 10W 30 oil (3,500 average miles), and adding a half quart of Rislone Engine Treatment with every oil change. Used OEM genuine Toyota oil filters. Mostly used OEM parts and fluids for all maintenance and service.

1995 – 2019: 15,394 gallons of fuel consumed

$28,924 cost of fuel (lowest price per gallon, 0.86¢ highest $3.94) average $1.88

33.4 miles per gallon average (about 75/25 highway/city). For many years the commute to work was just over 2 miles during the week (averaged 25 – 28 mpg). Highest fuel economy was 37.3 mpg on a 900 mile trip, with a strong tailwind, for most of the trip.

Total cost of ownership so far: $88,286, which is about 0.17¢ per mile. If depreciation is included, 0.21¢ (depreciated down to zero, or scrap value), which is approximately $307 per month, $376 per month with depreciation included.

From 1995 to 2012 almost all service and scheduled maintenance, was preformed by the dealership (image of a late 90's early aughts dealer recommended service brochure), so the cost were significantly higher then an independent service shop

A valve adjustment was done once, in 1997 at 60k miles (not sure if it was a recommended manufacturers service). Had five timing/drive belt changes, since the original belts were changed at 60k miles.

Last timing/drive belt change was in 2012 (475k miles). Installed a new water pump and thermostat (replacing the original water pump and thermostat). Also installed new oil seals.

Last year, with assistance, replaced the head gasket (some oil seepage) and harmonic balancer (rubber ring deterioration).
 

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What a shame. Keep it going! Don't give it up. If you can afford dealership service, you can do this!

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Yes, it is a crying shame that such a nice looking Camry is going to the scrape yard.

FYI..............................

My 1992 Camry XLE (Japan made) with over 530,000+ miles has had countless Timing Belts and Water Pump replacements, so much that I lost count. However, the timing belt replacement was done by complete kamikaze effect and not by paying attention to a specific mileage.

My Camry's original Alternator gave up at around 430,000 miles.

My Camry's Fuel pump gave up right at 445,000 miles.

And at present, my Camry's entire Power Steering System is being replaced at 530,000+ original miles.

Engine abd Automatic transmission is still going strong and Engine still has original fuel injectors.

EDIT: My 5S-FE 2.2 Liter Engine has NEVER had any Valve adjustment!

Look at it this way, you can purchase a newer car (used) or a new one, and still have to pay for maintenance, one way or another.
 

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Okay Gals and Guys,


Some of you might just reach my 1992 Camry XLE Mileage (Odometer Reading) since I ride in a Van Pool Vehicle to work and I just place one (1) mile round trip to the Van Pool Vehicle meeting place.?


However, I have worked late and have been forced to participate in Testing at work so, I have place a few more miles and it is as follows:


My beloved 1992 Camry XLE (Japan made) has reached 528,673 original miles and still going strong and without rebuilt history!

The 5S-FE still have the original factory Fuel Injectors and the Rack & Pinion assembly is Factory as well!

(The Power Steering Pump & High Pressure Hose still worked but, was leaking so, it was replaced three months ago!)

Okay, let see...........................

Again, my Camry is on it's 2nd Instrument Cluster:
https://www.toyotanation.com/forum/103-camry-3rd-4th-gen-1992-1996-1997-2001-1st-gen-solara-1999-2003/1310833-1992-camry-xle-2-2-liter-auto-speedometer-tachometer-problem.html

So, the present reading of the newer Cluster is at: 175,635 miles. The reading of the newer Cluster when acquired: 132,977 miles <--Initial ownership from Salvage Yard.


The reading of the original Cluster from factory: 486,015 miles <---Reading when removed from vehicle.

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Calculating the miles traveled with the newer Cluster: 175,635 - 132,977 = 42,658 miles


Calculating the TOTAL Miles for my Camry XLE: 486,015 + 42,658 = 528,673 original miles:grin:



This past week, replaced all QUICK Struts, Frontal Sway Bar Bushings & Sway Links plus Spark Plugs and Spark Wire Sets (NGK's).?

Greetings good people!

Well, just on the topic of actual mileage of my beloved 1992 Toyota Camry XLE (Japan) here's the latest mileage and it has inched a little higher. There has been some NASTY distractions on Power Steering items (repairs) that has really bothered me to no end. The good news is was today I canceled the PRO SHOP appointment to replace my Camry's RACK & PINION as it has gone back working like nothing ever happened????

Okay,

The present reading of the newer Cluster is at: 179,389 miles.

The reading of the newer Cluster when acquired: 132,977 miles <--Initial ownership from Salvage Yard.


The reading of the original Cluster from factory: 486,015 miles <---Reading when removed from vehicle.

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Calculating the miles traveled with the newer Cluster: 179,389 - 132,977 = 46,412 miles


Calculating the TOTAL Miles for my Camry XLE: 486,015 + 46,412 = 532,427 original miles

In other news I am expecting an UGLY HURRICANE to hit us by Sunday night!
 

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jlm256, Great record-keeping! Sounds like it's under-carriage rust that's signalling an end to your car's long time on the road. Seventeen cents a mile is pretty cheap. Maybe a forum member will have an interest in carrying your car on to that additional 100K.

My 2000 1MZ FE (V6) Solara is currently at 511,000. Original engine and transmission are still working great. I was adding 2-3 quarts of oil between 5,000-mile oil change intervals but recently did a valve stem seal replacement job along with the routine timing belt/spark plugs/water pump change. I'll try to provide a 5,000-mile update in the thread I started for that job but looks like my oil usage is going to be less than a quart now.

I hope to change out the brake fluid soon.
 

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I would like to re-apply for the number 11 spot on the high-mileage list.

I've installed EL gauge overlays & replaced the bulbs inside the instrument cluster with LEDs.
To the best of my knowledge, the car is still on the original engine, original transmission, and original upholstery. Front bumper, grille, headlights, & front turn signals upgraded to 2000 - '01. Rolling on 16" Lexus ES300/ES330 9-spoke satin finish alloys wrapped in 205/55/16 rubber. Math says speedo is accurate to a ½% of factory wheels/tires. Front brakes are drilled & slotted rotors being pinched by ceramic pads.
The last two upgrades were 1. swapping the rear brakes from drums to discs from a V6 Camry, & 2. installing a 6½" touch-screen double-DIN stereo with Bluetooth.
To Do List: Move backup camera wiring from clip-on rearview mirror with embedded 3½" LCD monitor to the new stereo. Re-wire relays for low-beam headlight to prevent accidentally leaving headlights on after parking & shutting the car off.


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Just as a reference, today I went to AutoTrader, picked all cars over 200k miles in the whole country. Then I only selected those with concrete numbers from carfax. Guess what, top 2 are both Ford trucks.

1st place: 2003 Ford F350 XLT, 1FTWW32F63EB18931, 845,770 miles.
2nd place: 2008 Ford F450 XL, 1FDXF46Y08EA17957, 691,000 miles.
3rd place: 2006 Toyota Tundra SR5, 5TBET34176S542731, 553,756 miles.
4th place and the first non-truck: 1997 Honda CR-V 4WD, JHLRD1850VC016662, 474,586 miles.

Sees quite a few Camry here can beat that CR-V easily, haha.
 

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Greetings good people!

Well, my beloved 1992 Toyota Camry XLE (Japan) was sold to a very nice family that moved down from North Carolina. The gentleman was really interested in my Camry with all the work done to it and I was ready to move-on to other things. I was ready to move to another vehicle that I had my eye on since Feburary 2019 here's the latest mileage and it has inched a little higher. I am confident that this Camry will serve this family well.

Okay,

The present reading of the newer Cluster is at: 180,300 miles. (MY FINAL MILEAGE REPORT - VEHICLE SOLD)

The reading of the newer Cluster when acquired: 132,977 miles <--Initial ownership from Salvage Yard.

The reading of the original Cluster from factory: 486,015 miles <---Reading when removed from vehicle.

Calculating the miles traveled with the newer Cluster: 180,300 - 132,977 = 46,412 miles


Calculating the TOTAL Miles for my Camry XLE: 486,015 + 47,323 = 533,338 original miles (MY FINAL MILEAGE REPORT - VEHICLE SOLD)
 

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Man, I thought you were going to keep it forever. You kinda misinformed us. What is your new ride?

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Man, I thought you were going to keep it forever. You kinda misinformed us. What is your new ride?

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So sorry to have inferred that I was going to keep it forever
Man, I thought you were going to keep it forever. You kinda misinformed us. What is your new ride?

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So sorry to have inferred that I was going to keep it forever!
Did not mean to have misled anyone and instead got to say that about two (2) years ago the entire Evaporator and most importantly the expansion valve was replaced. I did that myself and it was a tough job as you have to remove at least four (4) electronic boxes and one is the ECM. These Camry’s have had issues with expansion valves and I did verify using Pro Gauges and pressure pointed to expansion valve stuck wide open. AC did cool but, not to the extent to my liking and levels that should have when someone replaced compressor, dyer, AC cut-off switch and brand new Condenser!

The trunk wires were getting worse and since this was an XLE the inner rear trunk lights were not coming on, no matter how hard and many slices with solder I made.

The clock reel was replaced about 3-years ago and the donor reel is ONE unit containing ALL windshield wiper switch control and light switch, no they are not modular! The ball bearing that holds the freaking wiper control came lose inside and no longer gave the driver indication of where it was in terms to speed (intermittent, normal or full speed). Since this plastic assembly that holds all these switches needed once again to be replaced and other nagging issues I decided to let it go to a good family who previously had a 1996 Camry when they lived up in North Carolina.

It comes a point in anything in Life that nothing lasts for ever and I found my new ride through a nice former (retired) co-worker that has been begging me to take over his work vehicle, the 2000 Nissan Maxima GLE. This car has been recently painted and came with new Alternator, new cooling fans, recent battery and tires. So far I have replaced both drive CV drive axles, sway bar links and Both Liwer Control Arms that came with new bushings and new ball joints. The Maxima has great power and the 3.0 Liter V-6 provides the same MPG as the 92 Camry at 27- MPG highway and 25-MPG combined.

I still owned the 2014 Toyota RAV-4 and will be looking here from time to time.

Keep those Camry’s on the road!

Regards,
Carlos
 

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Guapoman, good luck with the Nissan. That's the brand I would go with if I can't get a Toyota or a Honda. Hope you will keep track of your old car to see how long she keeps running. Without seeing others here with crazy high mileage, I wouldn't feel as comfortable taking trips in mine without carrying a spare engine and transmission along just in case.

qqzi, I could be wrong but I'll bet both of those Ford trucks wee used for long hauls, maybe hotshot driving. That's a good way to rack up lots of highway miles with very few heat-up/cool-down cycles. I talked to my parts guy at the local Toyota dealership recently and he said both of the Toyota pickups (Tundras I think) that racked up a million miles (the owners scored free new replacements by Toyota) were hotshot drivers.
 

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I guess so too. Highway long-distance delivery with light load is the easiest way to soak up miles with minimal wear. Maybe a lot of cars just did not have a chance to do it. Also those Ford trucks are not common place 150 varieties. They are more expensive so the owners have more incentive to fix something expensive.

With Guapoman gone, you are the one with the most miles and being active at the same time. Congratulations!
 

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Food for thought......if you know your car has engineering to allow it to go four, five, six, or more hundred thousands of miles, would you take better care of it?

I recently changed out the brake fluid in my 2000 Solara but I didn't even think to do the same job in my 1998 Tacoma until I was putting away the brake line bleeding supplies. What was I thinking? That truck only has 104,000 miles on it but the brake fluid is presumably two years older....why am I neglecting a vehicle that has hundreds of thousands of miles of future life while I'm babying my daily driver that's probably only got another 100,000, optimistically?

Maybe this is a little afield of the "just post your mileage" format for this thread but it's ultimate value is to show us how far our old cars really can go if only we will take reasonably good care of them.
 

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qqzi, Thanks for the congrats. I'm hoping to roll on up to second place some day since I do put a lot of miles on each year. Sorry to see guapoman sell his car but at some point it doesn't make financial sense to keep up repairs as they get more expensive. Hoping guapoman will report the mileage if he keeps in touch with the buyer. Sure, I'm competitive and want to be number one in mileage but it's more comfortable to have a whole fleet of high mileage cars up here since that just says our cars are more likely to go farther! I think the point isn't to be number one or to be in the top five but to see how far Toyota's can go. I think it's routine for 18-wheelers to go millions of miles but they may get engine overhauls in there...at the very least, they try to keep them running and it's a totally different kind of use than our daily drivers. I run about 500 miles a week and they probably go more like 5,000 miles a week.

Amazing to think how many $$ these 300,000-500,000 mile cars have saved us! Hopefully we no longer buy full coverage insurance, hopefully haven't had a car note in YEARS, and some of our friends have bought three or four cars during the time we have only owned one. I guess I should add that most of these Toyotas haven't had any really expensive work needed on then. My next door neighbor has a fairly new Dodge pickup and he just had over $1,000 of work done on his brakes. Most of our Toyotas haven't even run through the first set of brake pads during the time he's had that truck, much less needed some kind of expensive brake work...calipers I guess. I've heard other people brag about their cars..."oh man I love that car! It's got 175,000 miles on it and I only just recently had the engine rebuilt!"

It's discouraging to see news that at least some of the newer Toyotas aren't being made with the same quality. All the more reason to keep the older models on the road.
 

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It's discouraging to see news that at least some of the newer Toyotas aren't being made with the same quality. All the more reason to keep the older models on the road.
Yes, I can tell you with certainty that the newer Camry's with the newer Engines can't touch the GEN3 / GEN4 on their design for Long Life as a Road Warrior and still provide years of reliable transportation.

My newer Maxima GLE from 2000 vintage gets almost the same MPG as my old 1992 Camry XLE with the 5S-FE Engine! Plus, the Maxima 3.0 Liter V-6 is Timing Chain! ;)

We shall see what sort of twists and turns I get with the Maxima. It is mighty faster than my 92 Camry for sure!

Enjoy your 2nd place badge on mileage!
 
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