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#2644 of 8465 1994 Camry LE 4 cyl- Just past 160,000 miles
Dec 07, 2001 (9:18 am)
1994 Camry LE 4 cyl- Just past 160,000 miles Thought I would share. Car still looks great inside and out. I wax it and detail it 3 times a year. Sure the driven seat cloth is worn but hey after 160K.
I have always followed my own maintenance schedule(Toyota Dealerships):
-oil/filter change every 3k when new now about every 4K.
-Spark Plugs/Wires Distributor every 50K
-Timing belt and belts at 60K
-Battery at 5 years needed or not
- Transmission service at 50K Should do more like 30K
-AntiFreeze at 50K
Other than brakes, Tires, thermostat etc.. the only repairs/failures have been (all at Toyota Dealership):
-Water Pump at 90K
-Engine Mounts at 140K
-Front Left ABS sensor at 120K decided not to replace.
-Power Radio Antennae broke at 155K not replaced
-LCD Light on radio 130K not replaced
In the past month I was having a problem with the transmission. It was upshifting great but at sometimes the downshifting or reengaging after coasting it would bounce.
I took it to one Toyota and they didn't even recognize the problem. I then called a long time Toyota mechanic that left the Toyota Dealership near my house for another dealership 30 miles away. He came over my house and said it probably is just age related and that a this paper thin sheet toyota uses to smooth out shifting is probably wearing. But he suggested a power flush just ot make sure.
Well since he is the mechanic I trust I took a day off of work and went to him. He used quarts of transmission fluid, detergent and power flushed it. He did find some brass and chrome type filings but overall the transmission is in great shape.
It now shift like new although there is still a little slippage when reengaging after coasting.
Overall the car has been great. It has its creaks but it is trouble free.
One footnote - I put Michelin Xone's on and the they are great tires. Handling, noise and ride. Wet and dry. Waiting to see how they do in the snow.
#2645 of 8465 Spoiler on SE - great for over 50 crowd?
Dec 07, 2001 (10:15 am)
I doubt that people in their 30s and 20s care for that spoiler. It looks silly on a family car like the Camry, IMHO.
#2646 of 8465 Toyota 3.0 V-6 vs. GM 3.8 V-6
Dec 07, 2001 (10:17 am)
Several hundred messages ago, someone started talking about this. You can NOT expect the same torque out of smaller dispalecment engine. Up to 10 years ago, finding a V-6 engine in a Japanese car was an unusual thing. These days, it is a nesessity.
I am sure GM 3800 V-6 engine is an excellent engine, but when it sits in soft and floaty (and later on rattely/squeaky) Buick Regal, it is not as good as Toyota's V-6 sitting in a Camry. I get about 29-32 with premuim gas doing about 70-75 on highway. I do use premuim gas all the time, but I have used 87 or 89 octance before. the engine ran fine with no knock. Since the owner's manual says to use premuim, I will use 91-93 Octane gas. I doubt very much the 3800 engine gets better gas mileage than my Camry's V-6 when driven the same way.
I just bought a 92 BMW 325i 5 speed with 87K miles. the difference between Camry V-6 and this car's 2.5L L-6 is like night and day. Both are great cars with totally different ride and handling. Switching between the cars is quite an interesting experience.
In my opinion, 92-96 Camry V-6's are some of the finest cars out there. If you can find a clean one, and it is for sale, grab it.
Dec 07, 2001 (12:45 pm)
It's great for backing into tight parking spots.
Dec 07, 2001 (4:10 pm)
raybear hit the nail on the head! And it does make the rear end of the Camry looks a little more interesting when viewed directly from the rear. When viewed from any other angle it looks out-of-place.
#2649 of 8465 KEYLESS ENTRY
Dec 07, 2001 (6:59 pm)
How do i no if my 1999 Toyota Camry le v6 with is(fully loaded) which i bought sevral months ago from budget has keyless entry?. Maybe when i bought the car they didnt recieve the remotes but it has the receiver? Any help is great.
Dec 08, 2001 (7:07 am)
Take the car to a Toyota dealer and have them put the vin# into the TDN computer and do an inquiry on it. It should list all the standard equipment and options on the car.
#2651 of 8465 To CamryV6 ...Re: Keyless entry
Dec 08, 2001 (8:06 am)
I bought a used 2000 Camry LE (4 cyl) recently also without the remotes, but did my research prior to the deal. I determined that (at least in the 2000 year models..not sure about 1999s) because the car had a power driver's seat, which was only available in a "value package," it had to have the remote keyless entry system as well. You see, the value package also included the remote keyless entry system. During my negotiations I asked my dealer (not a Toyota dealer, but a Lexus dealer)to include the two working remotes in the deal, and they agreed. They soon found out that they are not cheap..about $128 each, and need to be somehow programed to work with the specific car. Calling Toyota was not very helpful to me in finding out how to program them, getting different answers from zone office and dealers about what it took, so I was glad that I had the selling dealer commited to making it work for me. I was told several different things even as far as "the main computer in the car needs to be changed for the remotes to work." I don't know what they ended up doing, but I have two working remotes now. Also, the Lexus dealer tried to get out of it, by telling me the car didn't come with the remote system. They had put the VIN into the computer as mentioned in the post above, but I knew that it is not listed as a specific option, but only as part of the value package, so they were stuck on their commitment to me.
Good luck on this and let us know what you end up doing. BTW, I had a keyless remote added to my Toyota Tacoma recently from Circuit City for about $165.
Dec 08, 2001 (10:14 am)
A few questions...on other models as this is the only place I see your posts. Will we be getting the Japanese or European Corolla for 2003? The last generation Celica had several different tail styles. The convertible had a different back than the hatchback. However, I noticed that some nonconvertibles had the convertible back. What determined this?
#2653 of 8465 Keylless enrty
Dec 08, 2001 (4:55 pm)
I guess i have to take my car to the dealership and ask.When i was in the process of buying the car I asked them if the car is equipted with key less entry and they said"um i dont think so"I bought the car from budget car sales.My car does have power drivers seat and its fullly loaded and the car still has warrenty.So i hope its equipted with keyless entry.