Help with Camry purchace decision.

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Old 15 Mar 2006, 07:51 pm   #1 (permalink)
Stephen Kelley
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I am looking at buying a 1997 Camry CE. 130,000 mi., $1400 obo
It was driven by a teenager who says the motor is blown up.
He said it would run but it sounded like a marching band under the hood.
When I inspected the car, I tried to start it myself. I couldn't get it
to stay running but it would run for a split second and die. The noise was
like a loud clatter and it sounded like it was coming fron the top end.
Then when the motor died it would make a ringing noise like a bell.
The ringing noise reminded me of an unbelted idler pulley on my S-10 truck
that I accidentally tapped with a wrench. The boy also told me that the
car quit on him all of a sudden on the road. He only noticed the noise when
he started it to move it in his driveway. From my limited experience it
sounds like it may be a timing issue, but i thought I would ask your
opinions.

Thanks, Stephen
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Old 16 Mar 2006, 04:18 am   #2 (permalink)
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there are plenty of other used cars out there that run good...find one

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Old 16 Mar 2006, 06:13 am   #3 (permalink)
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Why pay for a piece of junk, im sure the trans is crap to. Sure you
might get lucky but I dought it.

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Old 16 Mar 2006, 10:15 am   #4 (permalink)
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Stephen Kelley wrote:
> I am looking at buying a 1997 Camry CE. 130,000 mi., $1400 obo
> It was driven by a teenager who says the motor is blown up.
> He said it would run but it sounded like a marching band under the hood.
> When I inspected the car, I tried to start it myself. I couldn't get it
> to stay running but it would run for a split second and die. The noise was
> like a loud clatter and it sounded like it was coming fron the top end.
> Then when the motor died it would make a ringing noise like a bell.
> The ringing noise reminded me of an unbelted idler pulley on my S-10 truck
> that I accidentally tapped with a wrench. The boy also told me that the
> car quit on him all of a sudden on the road. He only noticed the noise when
> he started it to move it in his driveway. From my limited experience it
> sounds like it may be a timing issue, but i thought I would ask your
> opinions.
>
> Thanks, Stephen


Try www.autotrader.com

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Old 16 Mar 2006, 11:37 am   #5 (permalink)
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First guess would be a timing belt that slipped a few teeth.
Unless you're a fairly accomplished mechanic yourself, you'd probably
be a lot better looking for one of the very many Camrys that have
received good care and regular documented maintenance so you know the
condition of the car is good overall.

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Old 16 Mar 2006, 03:48 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Might be a $200 fix, or could be $2000. Not a gamble I'd take at the asking
price.

"Stephen Kelley" <lazypug@nospam.bellsouth.net> wrote in message
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>I am looking at buying a 1997 Camry CE. 130,000 mi., $1400 obo
> It was driven by a teenager who says the motor is blown up.
> He said it would run but it sounded like a marching band under the hood.
> When I inspected the car, I tried to start it myself. I couldn't get it
> to stay running but it would run for a split second and die. The noise was
> like a loud clatter and it sounded like it was coming fron the top end.
> Then when the motor died it would make a ringing noise like a bell.
> The ringing noise reminded me of an unbelted idler pulley on my S-10 truck
> that I accidentally tapped with a wrench. The boy also told me that the
> car quit on him all of a sudden on the road. He only noticed the noise
> when
> he started it to move it in his driveway. From my limited experience it
> sounds like it may be a timing issue, but i thought I would ask your
> opinions.
>
> Thanks, Stephen



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Old 16 Mar 2006, 05:06 pm   #7 (permalink)
onehappymadman@yahoo.com
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Stephen Kelley wrote:
> I am looking at buying a 1997 Camry CE. 130,000 mi., $1400 obo
> It was driven by a teenager who says the motor is blown up.
> He said it would run but it sounded like a marching band under the hood.
> When I inspected the car, I tried to start it myself. I couldn't get it
> to stay running but it would run for a split second and die. The noise was
> like a loud clatter and it sounded like it was coming fron the top end.
> Then when the motor died it would make a ringing noise like a bell.
> The ringing noise reminded me of an unbelted idler pulley on my S-10 truck
> that I accidentally tapped with a wrench. The boy also told me that the
> car quit on him all of a sudden on the road. He only noticed the noise when
> he started it to move it in his driveway. From my limited experience it
> sounds like it may be a timing issue, but i thought I would ask your
> opinions.
>
> Thanks, Stephen



Even if you could get it to work, would you still want to drive it?
Put it this way - a lot of us have older cars with more miles on them,
working better than this car. Do you want to take the gamble that this
teenager took good care of his car? Do you want to wrestle with
transmission repairs, sludged engine from not changing oil, etc?

Well if you insist, have it towed to a mechanic, who can give you a
detailed list of what needs to be done. Then decide if it's still
worth buying, once you add in the cost of repairs.

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Old 16 Mar 2006, 06:30 pm   #8 (permalink)
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It is worth scrap value, if you feel like a gamble offer scrap price,
here it is maybe zero now, but it could take 5000 or more to fix it
right. The last car I had scrapped I got nothing for it.

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