99 Camry - Buying advice

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Old 07 Apr 2005, 11:17 am   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone,

I am looking forward to becoming a proud owner of a Camry, the most
reliable car in the world! I would like to seek some expert opinions on
the car from you owners who drive it day in and day out. The car I am
planning to buy is:

1999 Toyota Camry LE
Black Color
54,600 miles
Title clean, no accidents, verified carfax

The car was owned in Connecticut for 2 years and so rust is quite
evident. The original mats are missing and the carpet needs definite
shampooing. Also, the car smells sorta bad. I have heard about ppl
complaining of the car smelling like dead rat or rotten egg... this
wasn't as bad but definitely unpleasant. I found this interesting in
the trunk though...the temperature was in the upper 60s, lower 70s and
the tar from one of the boards over the spare tire had begun to melt a
bit...I understand that the car is black but does it get SO HOT to melt
the tar a bit..it wasn't like the tar was flowing but it sure did get
soft.

The KBB value for this car is at 7200 USD roughly. Could someone
comment on the gas mileage for this car? Also, at speeds abve 65,
there seems to be a little vibration on the steering wheel and the car
itself...is this normal? The other questions I had were:

* What are the common failures on these cars?
* How does this car do on gas..what is the avg city/hwy mpg ? [MOST
IMPORTANT CONSIDERING CURRENT GAS PRICES, I GUESS!!


Please feel free to furnish any other piece of information I need to
know/check before buying the car. I really appreciate all of your help
in this regard.

Thank you.
Guru.

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Old 07 Apr 2005, 01:17 pm   #2 (permalink)
joe fonebone
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On 7 Apr 2005 09:17:40 -0700, "rc" <ramsee@gmail.com> wrote:

I picked up a gray '99 Camry LE with 95,000 miles Dec. 2003 and paid
$6000. The 4-cylinder gets me about 35MPG highway with the 4 speed
automatic with no A/C, and about 18-23 around town.

The vibration sounds like wheel balance and or tires. When I got
mine, it had some Michelin tires which were in fair condition, but it
had some vibration as well - new tires and 4 wheel alignment cured
that. I also had to put new upper strut mounts in front as the
originals had a way of clunking and making it sound like the front
wheels were going to fall off. This is a known problem with Camrys of
this vintage. (Suspension TSB # SU001-00, affects '97-99 Camrys)

Make sure you check the tranny fluid, and also the differential
(different reservior for differential fluid, no shared with auto
tranny))

It drives very nicely and I love it. Has 105K on it now.

>Hello everyone,
>
>I am looking forward to becoming a proud owner of a Camry, the most
>reliable car in the world! I would like to seek some expert opinions on
>the car from you owners who drive it day in and day out. The car I am
>planning to buy is:
>
>1999 Toyota Camry LE
>Black Color
>54,600 miles
>Title clean, no accidents, verified carfax
>
>The car was owned in Connecticut for 2 years and so rust is quite
>evident. The original mats are missing and the carpet needs definite
>shampooing. Also, the car smells sorta bad. I have heard about ppl
>complaining of the car smelling like dead rat or rotten egg... this
>wasn't as bad but definitely unpleasant. I found this interesting in
>the trunk though...the temperature was in the upper 60s, lower 70s and
>the tar from one of the boards over the spare tire had begun to melt a
>bit...I understand that the car is black but does it get SO HOT to melt
>the tar a bit..it wasn't like the tar was flowing but it sure did get
>soft.
>
>The KBB value for this car is at 7200 USD roughly. Could someone
>comment on the gas mileage for this car? Also, at speeds abve 65,
>there seems to be a little vibration on the steering wheel and the car
>itself...is this normal? The other questions I had were:
>
>* What are the common failures on these cars?
>* How does this car do on gas..what is the avg city/hwy mpg ? [MOST
>IMPORTANT CONSIDERING CURRENT GAS PRICES, I GUESS!!
>
>
>Please feel free to furnish any other piece of information I need to
>know/check before buying the car. I really appreciate all of your help
>in this regard.
>
>Thank you.
>Guru.


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Old 07 Apr 2005, 02:38 pm   #3 (permalink)
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The front end shake 99% is bad tires bad belts. You realy need to have
a mechanic look at it miles can be altered. If you keep it change all
fluids and any bad belts hoses. Was it on the ocean rust at low miles is
not common.

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Old 07 Apr 2005, 04:21 pm   #4 (permalink)
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I have a '99 CE that is nearly perfect. 5-speed manual, 4 cyl. One problem
that I'll have fixed soon is a rattle in the front right strut tower that is
noticeable in winter temperatures.

Other than that, all I do is make sure the oil is changed and other routine
maintenance is done. It's the most reliable transportation I've had.

JJ

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"rc" <ramsee@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1112890660.335177.65110@o13g2000cwo.googlegro ups.com...
: Hello everyone,
:
: I am looking forward to becoming a proud owner of a Camry, the most
: reliable car in the world! I would like to seek some expert opinions on
: the car from you owners who drive it day in and day out. The car I am
: planning to buy is:
:
: 1999 Toyota Camry LE
: Black Color
: 54,600 miles
: Title clean, no accidents, verified carfax
:
: The car was owned in Connecticut for 2 years and so rust is quite
: evident. The original mats are missing and the carpet needs definite
: shampooing. Also, the car smells sorta bad. I have heard about ppl
: complaining of the car smelling like dead rat or rotten egg... this
: wasn't as bad but definitely unpleasant. I found this interesting in
: the trunk though...the temperature was in the upper 60s, lower 70s and
: the tar from one of the boards over the spare tire had begun to melt a
: bit...I understand that the car is black but does it get SO HOT to melt
: the tar a bit..it wasn't like the tar was flowing but it sure did get
: soft.
:
: The KBB value for this car is at 7200 USD roughly. Could someone
: comment on the gas mileage for this car? Also, at speeds abve 65,
: there seems to be a little vibration on the steering wheel and the car
: itself...is this normal? The other questions I had were:
:
: * What are the common failures on these cars?
: * How does this car do on gas..what is the avg city/hwy mpg ? [MOST
: IMPORTANT CONSIDERING CURRENT GAS PRICES, I GUESS!!
:
:
: Please feel free to furnish any other piece of information I need to
: know/check before buying the car. I really appreciate all of your help
: in this regard.
:
: Thank you.
: Guru.
:


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Old 07 Apr 2005, 09:11 pm   #5 (permalink)
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On Thu, 7 Apr 2005 16:21:19 -0500, "J Johnson" <swabby@kdsi.net>
wrote:

>I have a '99 CE that is nearly perfect. 5-speed manual, 4 cyl. One problem
>that I'll have fixed soon is a rattle in the front right strut tower that is
>noticeable in winter temperatures.


So you're familiar with the suspension TSB # SU001-00? That cured my
rattle in my '99 LE.

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Old 08 Apr 2005, 08:43 am   #6 (permalink)
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Thank you everyone. I think I am gonna go for the car. It might not be
the prettiest on road but sure is spacious, quiet, comfortable and
incredibly reliable. Makes me wonder why they don't make people that
way anymore

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