Code P0171 System too Lean? Toyota Camry 97

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Old 16 Jun 2006, 06:47 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default Code P0171 System too Lean? Toyota Camry 97

I went to get my car checked out after the check engine light went on
and I was told that the front exhaust pipe is leaking. They estimated
a cost of 1358 to replace the pipe, and said there may possibly be a
problem with the sensor.

I'm a car novice, but I'm not willing to shell out 1358 beans to
replace a car that is almost 10yr old. Has anyone ever changed their
own exhausted pipe or patched it up? If so how much did it cost and
how much time did it take?

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Old 17 Jun 2006, 06:02 am   #2 (permalink)
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A dealer price? get other prices, I am suprised that people even go to
dealers for work after the warranty is expired, dealers are rip offs.

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Old 17 Jun 2006, 08:23 am   #3 (permalink)
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peter.vuong@gmail.com wrote:
> I went to get my car checked out after the check engine light went on
> and I was told that the front exhaust pipe is leaking. They estimated
> a cost of 1358 to replace the pipe, and said there may possibly be a
> problem with the sensor.
>
> I'm a car novice, but I'm not willing to shell out 1358 beans to
> replace a car that is almost 10yr old. Has anyone ever changed their
> own exhausted pipe or patched it up? If so how much did it cost and
> how much time did it take?
>


I had a similar situation last fall on our 95 Camry LE.

It failed state inspection (at the public DMV inspection station) due to
an "exhaust leak".

I took it to the dealer service dept, and they 'diagnosed' it as
requiring a new exhaust pipe **as well as** manifold (which they said
was also cracked). The estimate $$ were outrageous.....somewhere around
1500-2000 if I remember correctly.

Well, I said "no thanks" and took it instead to an independent mechanic
whom I trust. He installed a 'flex pipe' to replace the leaking exhaust
component, and reinspected it/issued a new sticker .... all for under
$300 (again if I remember correctly) and it was ready to pick up by noon
that same day.

No wonder that dealer service has such a bad rep.
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Old 18 Jun 2006, 10:52 am   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks a lot guys really appreciate the help

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