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Old 22 Sep 2004, 07:36 am   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 96 camry V6 with 170K miles. I just failed PA state inspection due
to leaking seal on the steering rack, bad rear brake pads, and lastly wiper
blades. The wiper blades and brake pads are no big deal; however, the
steering rack is a major concern. There are many other things wrong with
the car as well. Those items include noisey rear struts. I think they
maybe the problem because I hear a banging noise coming from the rear
right everytime I drive over a bump. I also need a cv joint boot on the
driver's side outter axle boot. Mine is in two pieces. Last spring I had
the car to the dealer to have the rear main seal replaced, the third
timming belt installed, front brake pads and rotors turned fo ra total of
$1100.00. the thing wrong with the car now will cost me another 1800.00 at
the dealer to have repaired. Should I have these items fixed or is this car
starting to nickel and dime me?
BTW I am the origional owner and the car has never been in a wreck or
shows any body rust or dents. Interior in is mint shape as I dont smoke or
eat in the car. What to do??

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Old 22 Sep 2004, 10:36 am   #2 (permalink)
Art
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Used cars are cheap. No one can make your decision. Shop around for a late
model used car and have it checked out, then decide. Or buy new if you have
the bucks. Be aware that late model Toyota's are not as great as earlier
ones from Japan.


"mustang65" <gcoggins@gdrs.com> wrote in message
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> I have a 96 camry V6 with 170K miles. I just failed PA state inspection

due
> to leaking seal on the steering rack, bad rear brake pads, and lastly

wiper
> blades. The wiper blades and brake pads are no big deal; however, the
> steering rack is a major concern. There are many other things wrong with
> the car as well. Those items include noisey rear struts. I think they
> maybe the problem because I hear a banging noise coming from the rear
> right everytime I drive over a bump. I also need a cv joint boot on the
> driver's side outter axle boot. Mine is in two pieces. Last spring I had
> the car to the dealer to have the rear main seal replaced, the third
> timming belt installed, front brake pads and rotors turned fo ra total of
> $1100.00. the thing wrong with the car now will cost me another 1800.00 at
> the dealer to have repaired. Should I have these items fixed or is this

car
> starting to nickel and dime me?
> BTW I am the origional owner and the car has never been in a wreck or
> shows any body rust or dents. Interior in is mint shape as I dont smoke or
> eat in the car. What to do??
>



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Old 22 Sep 2004, 05:42 pm   #3 (permalink)
JP
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Default Re: should I sell or keep?

If you trade your car in on a new one right now, the dealer will take the
needed repairs in consideration when estimating its value. One way or the
other, you loose.
I am faced with a similar dilemma with my 93 4 cyl. It's an excellent car,
worth fixing, despite the 267,000kms on the clock.
The clunk at the rear could be the lower suspension bars. Those are
expensive.
You need to figure on average how much you spend on maintenance every month
versus the cost of a new car. When comparing the 2 figures, keeping your 96
might make more sense than you think.

Best

JP


mustang65 wrote:
> I have a 96 camry V6 with 170K miles. I just failed PA state
> inspection due to leaking seal on the steering rack, bad rear brake
> pads, and lastly wiper blades. The wiper blades and brake pads are no
> big deal; however, the steering rack is a major concern. There are
> many other things wrong with the car as well. Those items include
> noisey rear struts. I think they maybe the problem because I hear a
> banging noise coming from the rear right everytime I drive over a
> bump. I also need a cv joint boot on the driver's side outter axle
> boot. Mine is in two pieces. Last spring I had the car to the dealer
> to have the rear main seal replaced, the third timming belt
> installed, front brake pads and rotors turned fo ra total of
> $1100.00. the thing wrong with the car now will cost me another
> 1800.00 at the dealer to have repaired. Should I have these items
> fixed or is this car starting to nickel and dime me?
> BTW I am the origional owner and the car has never been in a wreck or
> shows any body rust or dents. Interior in is mint shape as I dont
> smoke or eat in the car. What to do??



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Old 22 Sep 2004, 08:05 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: should I sell or keep?

Buy a new one --- it will only be 15 times more expensive than the repairs
on yours -- depreciation cost will be about 3 grand a year.

Find a decent indepent garage and get it fixed.

"mustang65" <gcoggins@gdrs.com> wrote in message
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> I have a 96 camry V6 with 170K miles. I just failed PA state inspection

due
> to leaking seal on the steering rack, bad rear brake pads, and lastly

wiper
> blades. The wiper blades and brake pads are no big deal; however, the
> steering rack is a major concern. There are many other things wrong with
> the car as well. Those items include noisey rear struts. I think they
> maybe the problem because I hear a banging noise coming from the rear
> right everytime I drive over a bump. I also need a cv joint boot on the
> driver's side outter axle boot. Mine is in two pieces. Last spring I had
> the car to the dealer to have the rear main seal replaced, the third
> timming belt installed, front brake pads and rotors turned fo ra total of
> $1100.00. the thing wrong with the car now will cost me another 1800.00 at
> the dealer to have repaired. Should I have these items fixed or is this

car
> starting to nickel and dime me?
> BTW I am the origional owner and the car has never been in a wreck or
> shows any body rust or dents. Interior in is mint shape as I dont smoke or
> eat in the car. What to do??
>



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Old 23 Sep 2004, 12:34 pm   #5 (permalink)
Jason James
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"mustang65" <gcoggins@gdrs.com> wrote in message
news:167c603572ad7e00f0f5d00f52e700fa@localhost.ta lkaboutautos.com...
> I have a 96 camry V6 with 170K miles. I just failed PA state inspection

due
> to leaking seal on the steering rack, bad rear brake pads, and lastly

wiper
> blades.


The PS is the expensive one there. It maybe worthwhile to checkout a second
hand unit,..but a thorough inspection and warrenty is a must in this event.



The wiper blades and brake pads are no big deal; however, the
> steering rack is a major concern. There are many other things wrong with
> the car as well. Those items include noisey rear struts. I think they
> maybe the problem because I hear a banging noise coming from the rear
> right everytime I drive over a bump.


May only be a bush gone. If the car is still stable at speed over bumps in
the road, the struts will go for a while yet.


I also need a cv joint boot on the
> driver's side outter axle boot. Mine is in two pieces.


Provided the CV is not dmaged/worn, boot replacement should be a couple of
hours labor.


Last spring I had
> the car to the dealer to have the rear main seal replaced, the third
> timming belt installed, front brake pads and rotors turned fo ra total of
> $1100.00. the thing wrong with the car now will cost me another 1800.00 at
> the dealer to have repaired. Should I have these items fixed or is this

car
> starting to nickel and dime me?


That sounds too much, unless the rear suspension is badly won. I dont like
using dealers for repair work,..they charge like wounded bulls.


> BTW I am the origional owner and the car has never been in a wreck or
> shows any body rust or dents. Interior in is mint shape as I dont smoke or
> eat in the car. What to do??


If the car otherwise has no problems,..it would be a good 'hand me down' or
a second car. It is afterall, the 'devil you know'.

Jason


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