Last post on Aug 22, 2006 at 2:43 PM
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Toyota Camry Solara, Toyota Camry, Sedan
#5240 of 5279 Re: 1995 Toyota Camry Cooling Problem [toyoman1]
Aug 08, 2006 (7:17 am)
If that includes parts, that is a very good deal.
#5241 of 5279 Re: 1995 Toyota Camry Cooling Problem [penizzle]
Aug 08, 2006 (9:04 am)
Hey, that's a pretty good deal even if it doesn't include the parts. Dealer quotes are in the range of $1000 plus.
Aug 08, 2006 (12:28 pm)
I hope that you all can give me some help. I currently own a 99 Camry with 117K miles. I was just going to trade it in for a new TCH, but when I started my car yesterday afternoon, I noticed a big plume of white smoke coming from the tail pipe. The mechanic that I use specializes in Toyotas said that it would most likely be the seals and maybe the rings. Now, to fetch a good price for the car, I should probably fix is, but then it means that I am spending more for a car that I was planning to. I would like to get an idea of how much it would cost to repair. If it is significant (the car's trade-in is only $4000), I would rather fix the other problems are are more minor as well.
The engine gets really bad gas mileage when I use gas with lower than 91 octane. (20 mpg with 87 octane but about 29 mpg with 91 octane) Is this something wrong with the car or is this just how the car was built.
The mechanism that enables the release of the fuel tank panel - Is it easy to replace and where can I find the replacement cheap?
Other than that, I have loved this car since day 1 (bought it new). I had the problem starting but not maintaining the rpm to keep the engine running for a while and no one know how to fix it until I found the mechanic that I use now. He only charges me $150 for the idle control unit and it has only been changed once. It will probably be time soon. It seems to go out every 60K miles. Once I fix the seals issue, I would like to know how long people have had before needing additional repairs other than regular maintenance. I am just wondering whether it would be better to just keep the car once I fix it rather than buying the new TCH, great as it may be. Please help.
#5243 of 5279 Re: 1995 Toyota Camry Cooling Problem [toyoman1]
Aug 08, 2006 (10:09 pm)
Also have him drain the radiator and engine block of the old antifreeze and you have a great deal change the antifreeze every 2 to 2 1/2 years even with the new 5 year antifreeze to help keep your engine block and radiator clean. Here is something you can also do when you get your car back take it to the local $2.00 car wash and wash out the front of the air condition what looks like a radiator that is in front of your radiator with hot soapy water and then go from the engine side and wash out the radiator not getting the engine wet. You will find a lot of dust mud bugs and whatever that will flush out helping your air condition to run cooler and radiator to help the engine run cooler. Don't forget to change out the transmission fluid every 20k miles.
Aug 09, 2006 (5:40 am)
Re: my concern about rear seat air conditioning vents on 2005 Camry LE, when I switch the airflow to the floor I do get cool air out of the rear seat vents BUT in a typical hot Texas summer day it is virtually useless so I have to switch back to regular front seat vents and try to direct the air to the rear seat which is also not very effective. Is there an e-mail address direct to Toyota where they respond to questions like this?
#5245 of 5279 Re: 99 Camry Issues [smile1017]
Aug 09, 2006 (6:54 am)
4 cyl or V6? We have a '99 4 cyl auto with 120,000 miles; gets 30 mpg on any kind of gas on the highway. So far only oil changes for maintenace, but we have only owned it about 2 years. We've been very pleased with it.
#5246 of 5279 Re: 99 Camry Issues [suydam]
Aug 09, 2006 (9:33 am)
It's a 4 cyl auto and does get anywhere between 29-30 mpg on 91 octane. When I use 87 the mpg goes to about 20-23. I have had regular oil changes and maintenance. Changed the timing belt 90K. I have been very happy, but now I'm wondering whether I should retire it and buy a new one.
#5247 of 5279 Re: Eddie G. [eg3941]
Aug 09, 2006 (9:33 am)
If the overall air ducting system is like my RX300 it really helps to close, or close slightly, those front (manual only, always open otherwise)air outlets near the left and right front windows.
That will "baffle" the dash outlets airflow, "forcing" more of the cooled system airflow out of the rear high level air ducting.
I have often considered adding booster fans inside the rear ducting to increase the rear airflow. Luckily we don't often have rear seat passengers plus do not have a lot of HOT weather here near Seattle.
#5248 of 5279 Re: Eddie G. [wwest]
Aug 09, 2006 (12:10 pm)
The 2002-06 Camry LE and SE, however, don't have "high level" rear air ducting.
There are vent outlets under the front seats only, and I haven't yet checked to see if cooled air comes out of them.
#5249 of 5279 Re: 99 Camry Issues [smile1017]
Aug 09, 2006 (12:14 pm)
There cannot be such a mileage discrepancy between 87 and 91 octane for the 4-cylinder engine. In fact, there should be none.
Are you comparing apples to apples: multiple fillups in the same kind of driving conditions? One way to check would be to take a long trip using regular going one way and premium coming back. Of course, this will only work if the traffic conditions are similar both ways and you're not going uphill one way and downhill back!