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#3195247 - 11/22/13 09:07 PM 1997 Toyota Camry - What kind of oil???
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Registered: 02/19/13
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Loc: Phoenix, AZ
As the age old question goes... WHAT KIND OF OIL DO I NEED!?!?

I couldn't find much about this car on here so I figured I'd ask.

Tomorrow I'm picking up a 1997 Toyota Camry 2.2L automatic with 185k miles for $1,700, going and seeing it today I noticed the oil filter was a little loose, I'm pretty sure that was the leak so I'm not worried at all. I know nothing about its previous history, I think just quick lube shops.

My question is what oil to use on it? I'll put about 12k per year on it I'm guessing and will always be up to temperature, not really short tripped. I have tons and tons of Valvoline NextGen Maxlife 10w40 I'd like to use on it but won't be heart broken if not.

The guy I'm buying it from says he bought it 3 years ago at around 100k and he drives to Colorado all the time which is what has made up the miles. I'm having a timing belt put on it too. Anything else I should watch out for?

Also what kind of filter? I always use Wix on my truck so Wix or a Toyota filter?

This is the craigslist ad: http://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/cto/4203857115.html
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#3195254 - 11/22/13 09:19 PM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry - What kind of oil??? [Re: Nick1994]
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Had a 98 camry and we used 5w30 Kendall high mileage. Pennzoil would be great for 6k intervals twice a year
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#3195260 - 11/22/13 09:32 PM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry - What kind of oil??? [Re: Nick1994]
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It's spec'd for 5w30 but will probably be fine with the 10w40, especially in summer. Makes good sense to use the tons of stockpiled Valvoline.


Edited by Kuato (11/22/13 09:33 PM)
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#3195279 - 11/22/13 09:58 PM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry - What kind of oil??? [Re: Kuato]
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Originally Posted By: Kuato
It's spec'd for 5w30 but will probably be fine with the 10w40, especially in summer. Makes good sense to use the tons of stockpiled Valvoline.


+1

When your Valvoline stash is gone, any decent 5W-30 with your favorite Wix filter will do.
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#3195289 - 11/22/13 10:12 PM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry - What kind of oil??? [Re: Nick1994]
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20w-50 down in AZ.

especially with that mileage.

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#3195294 - 11/22/13 10:24 PM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry - What kind of oil??? [Re: Nick1994]
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I would use 5W30 in Phoenix winter and either your stash of Valvoline NextGen Maxlife 10w40 or 50-50 mix of 10W40 and 5W30 in summer.
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#3195306 - 11/22/13 10:48 PM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry - What kind of oil??? [Re: Nick1994]
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Registered: 04/13/13
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You could mix 0w20 or 5w20 in with it, or just run the 10w40. Nice find by the way! Looks like a clean little car.
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#3195310 - 11/22/13 10:58 PM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry - What kind of oil??? [Re: Nick1994]
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It is a sweet runner although it looks like it was painted by a 7 year old with a can of Krylon, maybe I'm too picky, but I don't really care I need reliability with good mpg.
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#3195337 - 11/22/13 11:46 PM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry - What kind of oil??? [Re: Nick1994]
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Registered: 10/17/07
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97 camry would run off just about anything, but i think in AZ, 10w40 maxlife would be a great choice. Even if you didn't have it stashed. Forget 20w50, that will just use more gas. Focus on a good cooling system before it gets hot again.

I'd also grab some maxlife ATF, do a drain and fill on that trans, and change the steering fluid as well. Should be dexron as well.


Edited by dareo (11/22/13 11:49 PM)

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#3195359 - 11/23/13 02:21 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry - What kind of oil??? [Re: Nick1994]
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With the 5S-FE being a sludger, I would keep the intervals down with conventional oil and no more than 5,000 miles with a decent synthetic. Whichever you choose to use.
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#3195362 - 11/23/13 03:09 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry - What kind of oil??? [Re: Nick1994]
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I'd use the stuff that you have stocked up. After it runs out whatever you want in 5w30. You can't go wrong with them Wix filters.
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#3195370 - 11/23/13 04:40 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry - What kind of oil??? [Re: Nick1994]
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5W30/10W30 depending on the outside temps. Typicaly, that's all you'll need.
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#3195390 - 11/23/13 06:50 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry - What kind of oil??? [Re: Char Baby]
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I have been running my 95 2.2 for the last 35k with Super Tech Synthetic 5-30 7k OCI. All has been great. Mine was spec'd for 10-30 outa the factory (at least that's what the oil cap says).
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#3195392 - 11/23/13 07:01 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry - What kind of oil??? [Re: BISCUT]
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Those 95 Camry's were unbelievable cars. We had many in the family with 92-96 Camry's and they never seemed to rust. The '95 was especially great due to it being the last year for the OBD-I and NYS Inspection. Love that!


Edited by Char Baby (11/23/13 07:01 AM)
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#3195400 - 11/23/13 07:09 AM Re: 1997 Toyota Camry - What kind of oil??? [Re: Nick1994]
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Registered: 10/09/11
Posts: 3371
Loc: USA
$1700 with that many miles and a spray can paintjob?
Seriously,I wouldnt have given over $500.

Be aware,the rear trailing arm bushings on these cannot be replaced and you must buy new Toyota arms for $300 each.
Just saying..

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