Buying a 93 Camry

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Old 22 Apr 2004, 04:55 pm   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking at a 1993 Camery with 183k on it. Could you all give me a
little direction on what to look out for? Thanks.
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Old 22 Apr 2004, 05:59 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Worn out struts ($1000 dealer installed), timing belt (normal maintenace
$200), split CVC joints ($400) and wrong speed rated tires..

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> I'm looking at a 1993 Camery with 183k on it. Could you all give me a
> little direction on what to look out for? Thanks.



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Old 22 Apr 2004, 06:07 pm   #3 (permalink)
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183000 everything and anything , get a pro to look at it the list is
endless.

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Old 22 Apr 2004, 07:48 pm   #4 (permalink)
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I had a new 1992 CAMRY XLE V6 and the car was given to charity at
150,000 miles.

here is a brief history of service problems:

My driverside power window died at about 90,000 miles but I used
it 2x a day for years.

My rack and pinion steering went at about 110,000 miles, still
driveable but needed repair.

My engine mounts started to go but were still ok

My radio blew an amplifier, i.e. the right side of the car
lost all audio (I often played it loud over the years).

My driver side door handle broke (again, opened daily for 10+ years);

A tie rod on the back of the car (underneath) had a bolt sheared off
(no doubt to the numerous potholes in NJ). My son and I fixed it
outselves.

But the car was reliable for driving and I used it heavily every day.
for the amount of use I gave it, I consider the 1992 model very
reliable and I bought the 2004 camry as a direct result.

Hope that helps.

Joe

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>I'm looking at a 1993 Camery with 183k on it. Could you all give me a
>little direction on what to look out for? Thanks.


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Old 22 Apr 2004, 08:08 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Also look for leaking power steering rack
($500 rebuilt unit) and leaking rear main
seal between engine and trans ($500).

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Old 23 Apr 2004, 07:48 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Tom Sours wrote:
> I'm looking at a 1993 Camery with 183k on it. Could you all give me a
> little direction on what to look out for? Thanks.


Exhaust system
timing belt
struts
02 sensor
batterie

the usual stuff

JP


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Old 24 Apr 2004, 11:50 pm   #7 (permalink)
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Hi,
first check if it was in an accident that the frame
needed to be 'adjusted'

I would not buy a car if it was through a big accident...
mainly because if the body shop just a poor job, it will
be very difficult to work on the car (as things will be
misalined and hard to get to)

Then ask for any service records.

If service records are not available,
then look for what might have been replaced recently

Here is what I have been replacing on my Mom's
'92 4 cyl, 100K miles camry

1) battery
2) alternator
3) now actually, working on struts (got Monroe struts for
$60 front, 53 rear (plus 30% off when I mail in coupon
to 'advanced autoparats')
4) spark plugs
5) valve cover gasket
6) air filter

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I plan to do the following things

7)coolant flush/replace
6)automatic transmition oil/pan gasket
8) fuel filter
9) timing belt
10) I have one more leak to figure out (possibly
from the oil pump)


we are in south florida, so the body of the car
never saw snow/salt -- no rust underneath. And overall
the body is excellent (paint is now dull, but that's
because of Florida's sun)).





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Old 24 Apr 2004, 11:59 pm   #8 (permalink)
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forgot one more thing (in additon to my previous reply)
changed both cv joints boot (as the car was shaking
when accelerating from around 45mph) it was $300 by
a mechanic

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Old 25 Apr 2004, 07:10 pm   #9 (permalink)
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Don't forget brake fluid and power steering fluid.
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> forgot one more thing (in additon to my previous reply)
> changed both cv joints boot (as the car was shaking
> when accelerating from around 45mph) it was $300 by
> a mechanic
>



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Old 26 Apr 2004, 09:51 am   #10 (permalink)
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I have a '92 with 192,xxx on it.

replaced
struts, radiator, oil pan gasket, timing belt, stereo, 3 of the 4 power
window regulators. Had the A/C converted to R134 and recharged. The tail
light failure sensor went bad too, but that's been about it aside from the
usual maintenance.

-JCM900


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