Hit 200,000 miles on 97 Camry LE!

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Old 12 Aug 2005, 12:24 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hit 200,000 miles on 97 Camry LE!

Last week I rolled over 200,000 miles on my Camry. Its the 4 cylinder
LE model. Still runs perfectly. I expect it to go to at least 250,000
maybe 300,000 miles. Anyone got higher miles on a 97?
Mine was one of the first ones sold here in late 1996.
Only things that have ever been a problem was:
1. Strut tower design flaw causing noise. Drove it to 140,000 miles
that way until I replaced the front struts.
2. Clogged injector. Had my mechanic run the toyota injector cleaner
thru the fuel rail and that cured it at 90,000 miles.
3 applications of Techron did nothing prior to this.
3. Power steering rack leak at 140,000 miles. Mechanic replaced with a
good rebuilt unit, no problems.
4. Infamous puff of white smoke in the morning at 60,000 miles.
Changed to Pennzoil high mileage oil, never smoked since.
I have the transmission/differential and coolant changed or flushed
every 30,000 miles. I change the oil and filter myself in just a few
minutes with Pennzoil high mileage and Purolator filters every 3-4000
miles. Uses 1/2 quart between changes.Interior still looks new, outside
a few paint chips in front. Still gets over 30mpg highway.Still a
pleasure to drive it. Recently put a set of Michelin Harmony tires on
it. They wear well and are very smooth and quiet.
Rob

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Old 12 Aug 2005, 08:05 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Hit 200,000 miles on 97 Camry LE!

Did you replace timing belt?

"Rob" <robmurr@aol.com> wrote in message
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> Last week I rolled over 200,000 miles on my Camry. Its the 4 cylinder
> LE model. Still runs perfectly. I expect it to go to at least 250,000
> maybe 300,000 miles. Anyone got higher miles on a 97?
> Mine was one of the first ones sold here in late 1996.
> Only things that have ever been a problem was:
> 1. Strut tower design flaw causing noise. Drove it to 140,000 miles
> that way until I replaced the front struts.
> 2. Clogged injector. Had my mechanic run the toyota injector cleaner
> thru the fuel rail and that cured it at 90,000 miles.
> 3 applications of Techron did nothing prior to this.
> 3. Power steering rack leak at 140,000 miles. Mechanic replaced with a
> good rebuilt unit, no problems.
> 4. Infamous puff of white smoke in the morning at 60,000 miles.
> Changed to Pennzoil high mileage oil, never smoked since.
> I have the transmission/differential and coolant changed or flushed
> every 30,000 miles. I change the oil and filter myself in just a few
> minutes with Pennzoil high mileage and Purolator filters every 3-4000
> miles. Uses 1/2 quart between changes.Interior still looks new, outside
> a few paint chips in front. Still gets over 30mpg highway.Still a
> pleasure to drive it. Recently put a set of Michelin Harmony tires on
> it. They wear well and are very smooth and quiet.
> Rob
>



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Old 12 Aug 2005, 11:53 pm   #3 (permalink)
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oops yes I have done normal maintenance with all belts, hoses, brakes,
water pump, oil seals, etc...just the items I listed above were the
only problems I have had.

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Old 21 Aug 2005, 07:53 pm   #4 (permalink)
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"Rob" <robmurr@aol.com> wrote in
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> Last week I rolled over 200,000 miles on my Camry.



I have 145K on my 96 LE 4 cylinder. I know that's not much compared to some
folks but I hope to get 200K, with 4 more years or so of driving.

I bought mine used at 45K in 1998. I've had a few problems but nothing
major. EGR Valve, some kind of air-conditioning valve ($335), new starter
and radiator. I also have the smoke puff at cold starts ever since 50K
miles but I never did anything about it and it doesn't really bother me.
This baby leaks some oil too (about a half a quart every 3 to 5,ooo miles.)

I've done most regular maintenance, but I only change the oil every 5 to
6K. -It runs good.

My wife just bought a new '05 XLE (in the metalic tan color with all
options). What a beauty and it feels really solid even compared to my '96
model.





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