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New member, high mileage old Toyota review #5418797 05/01/20 10:12 PM
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Just joined , hello everyone. My 2000 Camry 4cyl (5sfe motor) is sitting at 299,996 miles and I thought I'd just go over my last 12 years owning this car before it hits 300k. I guess a really late used car review! I bought this car in late 2008 with 75,000 miles from the original owner who strictly used it in town and they were selling it for a new Highlander . I wasn't specifically looking for a Camry or a Toyota for that matter but I really needed a car and this one fit the bill, it looked brand new. To summarize, this car has by far exceeded my wildest expectations on what an 8 year old white Camry could ever be.
This car has seen me through a marriage, subsequent divorce, a child, many jobs, school, death of parent, different states. Oregon, Florida, Missouri... Back to North Carolina. There were times I could barely put gas in it and times I could afford to buy a new car. Fast forward, I still drive this car every day and pretty much everything still works and I still have ice cold a/c. The only time it left me stranded (in a parking lot) was when the harmonic balancer fell apart at around 200k, the same time I had the timing belt replaced with was original and surprisingly in decent shape according to the mechanic. In my opinion these were part of Toyota's overbuilt product period. Thanks everyone.. Glad to be here.

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Cool story, welcome! We have an 01. It was moms car my 3 kids keep trying to kill it hit curbs in the winter, taking out wheels and bearings hit rebar on a parking lot BLOCK, taking g out the radiator and condensor. Drove it an hour with a stick thermostat, taking out the engine. I just keep fixing it


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Re: New member, high mileage old Toyota review [Re: tomcat27] #5418805 05/01/20 10:32 PM
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I had a new radiator installed due to the old one drying up and leaking, new valve cover gasket, breaks, tires, belts. The engine and transmission still perform great.
The only part that seems to be noticably aging is the suspension. With its age and mileage I think I'm going to retire the old girl. If I could buy a new 2000 Camry, I'd be all over it! Oil changes rarely went over 6,000 miles, sometimes I treated it to synthetic, sometimes regular.
It never seemed to make a difference. Oh and I'd roughly estimate 60-70% of the apx 220,000 I've driven it were interstate miles. That little 5-sfe motor is a trooper.

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Re: New member, high mileage old Toyota review [Re: Jeff8820] #5418833 05/01/20 11:37 PM
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Have you serviced the transmission?
Which fluid? Thanks!


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Re: New member, high mileage old Toyota review [Re: JeffKeryk] #5418838 05/01/20 11:49 PM
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Yes, drained and refilled about every 3 years, or 45k miles. Mostly Valvoline maxlife. Power steering fluid was also flushed with the same maxlife about 5 years ago.

Re: New member, high mileage old Toyota review [Re: Jeff8820] #5418875 05/02/20 02:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Jeff8820
I had a new radiator installed due to the old one drying up and leaking, new valve cover gasket, breaks, tires, belts. The engine and transmission still perform great.
The only part that seems to be noticably aging is the suspension. With its age and mileage I think I'm going to retire the old girl. If I could buy a new 2000 Camry, I'd be all over it! Oil changes rarely went over 6,000 miles, sometimes I treated it to synthetic, sometimes regular.
It never seemed to make a difference. Oh and I'd roughly estimate 60-70% of the apx 220,000 I've driven it were interstate miles. That little 5-sfe motor is a trooper.



Grats on such a long lasting Toyota. I work as a Service Advisor at a Toyota dealer and high mileage cars like yours are quite common, not so sure about their new stuff though. I suggest looking into KYB complete strut assemblies. We use these quite often to provide our guests with a quality lower cost option vs oem struts.


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Re: New member, high mileage old Toyota review [Re: Jeff8820] #5418909 05/02/20 06:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Jeff8820
Yes, drained and refilled about every 3 years, or 45k miles. Mostly Valvoline maxlife. Power steering fluid was also flushed with the same maxlife about 5 years ago.


Can you imagine how much longer that A/T would have lasted if you used the OE fluid as many on this board recommend*...J/K.
That era Camry were bulletproof. I know a guy who picked up one fairly cheap with about 100K and has over 200K now....great cars..
I have no doubt that my 2008 Corolla could make 300K if I still drove it a lot...but it has become a back-up car....another great Toyota model year...

*I have used Toyota and Mobil 3309 exclusively in my Corolla because I bought a case of the latter after the first change of Toyota fluid
...but I have used Maxlife and Valvoline Import (blue container) in my Hyundai with great results....I'll probably use it next time in the Corolla.


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Re: New member, high mileage old Toyota review [Re: Jeff8820] #5418922 05/02/20 07:03 AM
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Jeff8820, Welcome.
Congrats on keeping the old girl going as a daily driver.
It seems to me late '90's to early 2000's cars of so many makes seem to last and are uber reliable.
Imagine the financial benefit you gained by keeping your Toyota on the road without ANY car payments for so many years!
welcome

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Got my kids two of these both 2001 same engine. These cars have been through accidents and fires and keep running great. [Linked Image]

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solid cars indeed👍

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My daughter's '06 Corolla perished at 180K when totalled. No injuries. Inspired , we bought an '09 Camry. It ran well too.T-boned by a stop sign runner. We bought the 16 Camrys due to past performance. Oil and filters only so far. grin2


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Re: New member, high mileage old Toyota review [Re: Jeff8820] #5418966 05/02/20 08:59 AM
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I just did oil and checkups on a guys pair of 2007 SXEs One, 4 banger at 250 the v6 at 310. The 4 cyl looked like a 5 year old car while the 6 had the usual North country rust. It burns oil but runs like a champ so he lets his daughter drive it. One thing you need to watch with those old guys from rust country is the rear suspension mountings. This one had the mount for one of those ready to pull apart. Luckily I know a guy who will actually repair that sort of thing where no body shop would go near it. The trade in on a new Camray was $600 so he’s just going to keep it for his bang around work car once the welder does his deed and junk it when the engine finally gives out. I guess the daughter gets the new one down the road.
Those are great cars, Maby some of the last of them when you factor in all the gadgetry. I know full well our 18 and the daughters 19 XSEs aren’t going to go anywhere near that far in miles or years.

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Our 1997 Camry is up to 64K miles now. I figure we will drive it until we are tired of looking at it. Solid little car.


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Re: New member, high mileage old Toyota review [Re: Jeff8820] #5418981 05/02/20 09:13 AM
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Not unusual at all for a Toyota to go 200-300k and still look new and everything still works. In my extended family-71 Celica 250k (my first Toyota, bought it used in 72 ), several Celicas 83, 84, 85, 2000, 2005, 2001 Tacoma currently at 240k, 2001 seqouia, 87 Corrolla that hit 500k, 93 Lexus SC 400 still runs great but the AC just quit and the speedometer started reading slow. Some were totaled in crashes before they made high mileage, but no one was hurt too bad. Just amazing engineering and QC on most of them.

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Camry's are nice cars.


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