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Old 06 Jan 2006, 10:01 pm   #1 (permalink)
Roger Scow, Sr
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Default 95 Camry Rehab

Our 95 Camry has given us 135,000 trouble free miles, but is beginning
to show its age... suspension a little rough, a little slack in the
drive line, etc. Engine still very strong.

What would it take in terms of preplanned maintenance to put this car
back into shape? Seems to us we could have a lot of rahab done for
less than the sales tax on a new car.

Has anyone tried this?

Cheers!

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Old 07 Jan 2006, 07:20 am   #2 (permalink)
m Ransley
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135 is not a real lot if its been maintained in oil and driven easy, or
driven hard its trash. Does it burn oil, was oil changed regularly. A
pollution test, compression, transmission and body will determine if it
is worth keeping. Tires, struts, ball joints all wear and its normal
maintenance, not rehab. Were all maintenance items taken care of on
time, how is the cooling system, clean or dirty. If it runs good get
prices on repairing basic items. You dont say what has been changed to
know what should be done.

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Old 07 Jan 2006, 10:32 am   #3 (permalink)
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Call it maintenance or rehab, the check list is pretty good. I like to keep
cars, and my ex likes to trade cars. The average Joe is not going to
replace struts on all fours when they see the cost. But I do. Brakes are
not expense till yo need rotors and/or drums. A radiator is reasonable, but
add installation, hoses and belts, your near $400. Let's leave the list
short, but it applies to every available service job. The cost of shop
maintenance on high milage cars can approach the resale value, and certainly
the insurance value in case of loss. You're better off in a Camry, but
never immune.

Let's say I do brakes, radiator and struts in the past year. My daughter
borrows the car and totals it. She says the accident in not her fault,
sorry. Your put $3000 in maintanance and the insurance company offers you
$4000. Let's skip the collision and comprehensive coverage issue on a 10
year old car for another day. Effectively, you have $1000, maybe $2000 to
start shopping for your next car.

I keep cars. I maintain them. Oh, I like stimple cars, and that helps a
bit when they get old. A fly by wire hi tech Avalon or Prius is a tougher
maintenance issue than my 1995 Corolla Wagon or even my newer Tacoma.

I'd keep the Camry and fix it. But generally, or my money, my 95 Corolla
goes in a few years. My 04 Tacoma should be good till 2019 or so, if I last
that long. Good luck.

"m Ransley" <ransley@webtv.net> wrote in message
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> 135 is not a real lot if its been maintained in oil and driven easy, or
> driven hard its trash. Does it burn oil, was oil changed regularly. A
> pollution test, compression, transmission and body will determine if it
> is worth keeping. Tires, struts, ball joints all wear and its normal
> maintenance, not rehab. Were all maintenance items taken care of on
> time, how is the cooling system, clean or dirty. If it runs good get
> prices on repairing basic items. You dont say what has been changed to
> know what should be done.
>



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Old 07 Jan 2006, 02:04 pm   #4 (permalink)
m Ransley
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Cars are a bad investment so I keep mine to, 135000 isnt much on a
maintained engine,and putting in a few thousand will get you many years
of running,

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Old 07 Jan 2006, 05:10 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Struts are normal maintenace - I believe they are shot at 80k but others
argue that they last til they leak (they don't realize they have slowly
debilitated over the years!). If you can do the work yourself or find
inexpensive but good labor it really pays to keep and older car you like.
Struts are $400 for parts, Slack in drive train? Add engine mounts and new
CVC joints and may new sway bar bushings. I still have an '85 Yotas PU and
my daughter is driving my '90 4Rnr. Our state has a yearly personal property
tax on vehicles so old is cheaper each year too! Add new radio speakers to
list -- OEM ones were NG from day one.

<Roger Scow>; "Sr" <olscow@swbell.net> wrote in message
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> Our 95 Camry has given us 135,000 trouble free miles, but is beginning to
> show its age... suspension a little rough, a little slack in the drive
> line, etc. Engine still very strong.
>
> What would it take in terms of preplanned maintenance to put this car back
> into shape? Seems to us we could have a lot of rahab done for less than
> the sales tax on a new car.
>
> Has anyone tried this?
>
> Cheers!
>



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Old 08 Jan 2006, 04:01 pm   #6 (permalink)
Daniel
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Roger wrote:
> Our 95 Camry has given us 135,000 trouble free miles, but is beginning
> to show its age... suspension a little rough, a little slack in the
> drive line, etc. Engine still very strong.
>
> What would it take in terms of preplanned maintenance to put this car
> back into shape? Seems to us we could have a lot of rahab done for
> less than the sales tax on a new car.
>
> Has anyone tried this?
>
> Cheers!


Here's my list from a 1994 4 cylinder with 140,000 miles in superb
condition.
1/5/06: lubrication service, Mobil 1 5W30, 140,083, air filter replaced

9/02/2005: 135,342, 9/01/05, RH axle replacement (differential service
- ATF plain Mobil 1)

4/21/2005: lubrication service, 130,088, air filter replaced

11/19/2004: replaced IAC valve, drained and repl. radiator coolant,
adjusted throttle stop and throttle positiion sensor idle @ .024",
cleaned throttle body, new throttle body and IAC gaskets.

11/18/2004: 5k maint., 125,092. also adjusted accessory drive belt
tension

7/21/2004: adjsuted throttle cable

6/14/2004: 6/12/04: Major Servicing: 120,124 miles:
Replace: timing belt, crankshaft oil seal, oil pump oil seal, oil pump
O-ring, camshaft oil seal, idler bearing, idler tensioner bearing,
timing cover gasket set, valve cover gasket, ck valve clearances, PCV
valve, PCV valve grommet, oil cap gasket, distributor O-ring,
distributor cap, rotor, distributor packing, spark plug wires, spark
plugs, fuel filter, air filter, ck. battery, oil pan gasket,
transmission pan gasket, water pump, thermostat, radiator cap, gas cap,
differential service, engine moving control rod, accessory drive belts:
power steering pump, A/C - alternator, alternator brushes, ck. chassis
mounting bolt torque, set ignition timing
``````````````````````````````````````````````
Also, back when needed, replaced front struts, sway bar bushings all
around, and radiator.
First place to start with maintenance is fluids:
coolant (Toyota red & distilled water), brake fluid, transmission
fluid, differential if separate, and power steering fluid.

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Old 10 Jan 2006, 07:54 pm   #7 (permalink)
Roger Scow, Sr
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Default Re: 95 Camry Rehab

Thanks for all the inputs that are coming in. My plan is to make a list of
things to have done (once did my own work, including overhauls, on
everything from Fords to Fiats, but am seventy now and getting lazy).

Want to try to pay the labor on "getting in" only once... Do what's needed
and wind up with a car that will run for awhile. This Camry has had an oil
change every 3,000, periodic trans service, timing belt, etc. It regularly
gives us 30+ mpg at 80 mph and takes us where we want to go in comfort
(believe it or not, our previous car was a Caddy).

Not interested in roadside breakdowns, or in waiting for things to break
before fixing them, hence the idea of preventive work.

Again, thanks.

Cheers!


On 1/8/06 4:01 PM, in article
1136653653.526547.271290@g43g2000cwa.googlegroups. com, "Daniel"
<nospampls2002@yahoo.com> wrote:

> Roger wrote:
>> Our 95 Camry has given us 135,000 trouble free miles, but is beginning
>> to show its age... suspension a little rough, a little slack in the
>> drive line, etc. Engine still very strong.
>>
>> What would it take in terms of preplanned maintenance to put this car
>> back into shape? Seems to us we could have a lot of rahab done for
>> less than the sales tax on a new car.
>>
>> Has anyone tried this?
>>
>> Cheers!

>
> Here's my list from a 1994 4 cylinder with 140,000 miles in superb
> condition.
> 1/5/06: lubrication service, Mobil 1 5W30, 140,083, air filter replaced
>
> 9/02/2005: 135,342, 9/01/05, RH axle replacement (differential service
> - ATF plain Mobil 1)
>
> 4/21/2005: lubrication service, 130,088, air filter replaced
>
> 11/19/2004: replaced IAC valve, drained and repl. radiator coolant,
> adjusted throttle stop and throttle positiion sensor idle @ .024",
> cleaned throttle body, new throttle body and IAC gaskets.
>
> 11/18/2004: 5k maint., 125,092. also adjusted accessory drive belt
> tension
>
> 7/21/2004: adjsuted throttle cable
>
> 6/14/2004: 6/12/04: Major Servicing: 120,124 miles:
> Replace: timing belt, crankshaft oil seal, oil pump oil seal, oil pump
> O-ring, camshaft oil seal, idler bearing, idler tensioner bearing,
> timing cover gasket set, valve cover gasket, ck valve clearances, PCV
> valve, PCV valve grommet, oil cap gasket, distributor O-ring,
> distributor cap, rotor, distributor packing, spark plug wires, spark
> plugs, fuel filter, air filter, ck. battery, oil pan gasket,
> transmission pan gasket, water pump, thermostat, radiator cap, gas cap,
> differential service, engine moving control rod, accessory drive belts:
> power steering pump, A/C - alternator, alternator brushes, ck. chassis
> mounting bolt torque, set ignition timing
> ``````````````````````````````````````````````
> Also, back when needed, replaced front struts, sway bar bushings all
> around, and radiator.
> First place to start with maintenance is fluids:
> coolant (Toyota red & distilled water), brake fluid, transmission
> fluid, differential if separate, and power steering fluid.
>


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Old 11 Jan 2006, 12:31 pm   #8 (permalink)
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Roger wrote previous car was a Caddy
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Mine were Cadillac and Mercedes - currently planning to keep the Camry
forever, especially having accumulated the necessary tools and
replacement procedure knowledge. In my view the Camry ('94 Japanese
manufacture, 4 cyl.) is built as well as the S class sedan I had - the
difference is that you're reaping the economy of volume production
rather than paying a premium for exclusivity and cutting edge
engineering. Now if you want to drive over 100 mph regularly, the
Mercedes is the way to go, but I live in the U.S.
Regarding Cadillac, last time (long ago) I test drove a new Cadillac,
the plastic wood grain door panel on the demo was already worn through
to base color, and the salesman looked at me like I was an idiot when I
inquired about the functional value of a "landau roof".

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