99 V6, 120k miles-what to look for?

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Old 14 May 2006, 04:24 pm   #1 (permalink)
Dean
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Default 99 V6, 120k miles-what to look for?

I have a chance to pick up a 1999 Camry V6 with 120k miles.

The body isn't perfect, just OK.

I drove it today, drives perfectly. Wow, power! The seller has replaced the
rear suspension bushings. He has no problem if I take the car to my mechanic
for a check-up.

What in particular should I have him look for?

Thanks.
Dean


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Old 15 May 2006, 08:20 am   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: 99 V6, 120k miles-what to look for?

Check maintenance records with the dealer (they can pull up VIN if serviced
by a dealer) - regular oil changes (sludging problem!)?, new timing belt?,
struts replaced?

"Dean" <dean173@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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>I have a chance to pick up a 1999 Camry V6 with 120k miles.
>
> The body isn't perfect, just OK.
>
> I drove it today, drives perfectly. Wow, power! The seller has replaced
> the rear suspension bushings. He has no problem if I take the car to my
> mechanic for a check-up.
>
> What in particular should I have him look for?
>
> Thanks.
> Dean
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Old 15 May 2006, 08:25 pm   #3 (permalink)
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"Dean" <dean173@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> I have a chance to pick up a 1999 Camry V6 with 120k miles.
>
> The body isn't perfect, just OK.
>
> I drove it today, drives perfectly. Wow, power! The seller has replaced

the
> rear suspension bushings. He has no problem if I take the car to my

mechanic
> for a check-up.
>
> What in particular should I have him look for?


Two of the most important checks, you can do yourself in a couple of
seconds,..provided the car is cold.

1. Remove oil-filler cap. Insert a finger into the cam-cover and scrape
around *under* the cam-cover. If the engine has had poor oil-change
maintenance, there will be a thick layer of black goop/sludge on your
pinky,..if its only slightly black and thin, its probably worth the risk.

2. Remove radiator cap. Do the same thing here ie feel around under the
top-rad-tank. If there's even a moderate layer of rusty coloured
deposit,..the cooling system has been neglected.

One of the tricks 2nd hand car sellers do is to top up the radiator with
green coolant and change the engine oil,..

Jason


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Old 17 May 2006, 01:28 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: 99 V6, 120k miles-what to look for?

For 97-2001 camry, these are some of the things that you need to be
aware of

- sludging problem in crank case
- suspension problem. drive it slowly and usually, you will hear a
clunking sound.

- check vin as other poster said.


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