'95 Camry Wagon - Problem Areas?

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Old 25 Sep 2006, 04:30 am   #1 (permalink)
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Default '95 Camry Wagon - Problem Areas?

I just put a $100 deposit on a relatively rare '95 Four
cylinder automatic wagon. Two owners, clean Carfax record,
just one area of rust on one wheelwell. 108k miles.I had
concerns about two things, but figured if I wanted a Camry
wagon, I'd better reserve it...anyway, here's what I'm
concerned about:

* The transmission shifts rather harshly. I haven't seen
service records yet (I looked it over and drove it where
I work), so I'm hoping it just needs a power flush. I just
read a reference, though, to a check ball that gets loose
in the transmission in some cars, causing harsh shifting.
Estimated repair cost: astronomical. How worried should I be
about this? Our '95 Camry sedan shifts much more smoothly.
This one doesn't hesitate, clunk, or do any of the usual Bad
Transmission Things - it just shifts too abruptly.

* When starting and stopping, there is a faint groan from the
right front wheel area. The wheel doesn't feel like it has play
in it, and the car handles fine. CV joint? suspension? The owner
claims it never makes a clicking noise in cold weather.

Are there any wagon-specific problem areas I should know about?
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Old 25 Sep 2006, 04:57 pm   #2 (permalink)
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The station wagon should basically be the same as the sedan. As such
there will be info on buying, checking out the engine, harsh shifting
trans, electrical problems and more on the past TN Camry forum threads.

If it is the trans shift balls, they can be replaced with the trans on
the car. Can’t guess what the cost would be. The parts should be
cheap, labor 2-3 hours, just a real guess. It could be something else.
How is the trans fluid, color (red or black), does it smell burned?

Does the car make a clicking noise in the hot weather? What kind of
groan? A bad CV joint will normally click (or click louder) when
turning sharp corners.

Found out when the timing belt and any other parts such as water pump
were changed. At this many miles you are getting into the zone where
you may need to start replacing a few parts. Noisy shock upper mounts,
noisy stabilizer bar bushings, cracking radiator (the top and bottom are
plastic), worn engine mounts, leaking valve cover gasket, etc. All
normal Camry aging problems. Can you pay a mechanic to check the car
out? Might be worth the price.

The 5SFE is a very good engine and with proper maintenance will last a
long time.

Not sure the station wagon is that rare, there have been several for
sale in this area at reasonable prices. If the car checks out OK,
with proper maintenance it should give you a long service life.


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Old 25 Sep 2006, 10:22 pm   #3 (permalink)
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toyomoho wrote:
> The station wagon should basically be the same as the sedan. As such
> there will be info on buying, checking out the engine, harsh shifting
> trans, electrical problems and more on the past TN Camry forum threads.


TN? I haven't tried to search newsgoups in a long time.
What's the best search engine to use for this? AFAIK, the wagon
is the same as the sedan from the rear doors forward, except for
a few interior extras that maybe top-end sedans had and ours
doesn't - like the in-cluster shift indicator, and the fake
wood-grain trim.


>
> If it is the trans shift balls, they can be replaced with the trans on
> the car. Can’t guess what the cost would be. The parts should be
> cheap, labor 2-3 hours, just a real guess. It could be something else.
> How is the trans fluid, color (red or black), does it smell burned?


That's good news about the balls, anyway. I didn't sniff the
fluid. I'm assuming it needs a flush, but I'll do a quick check
when he drops the car off, in daylight.

>
> Does the car make a clicking noise in the hot weather? What kind of
> groan? A bad CV joint will normally click (or click louder) when
> turning sharp corners.


Yeah, I know the symptoms, and they don't seem to match. This
car just makes that groan when starting and stopping (it's not
loud or harsh sounding). I can't detect anything loose when I
rock the car stopped. It sounds a little like drum brakes sound
when you creep the car forward with the brakes on slightly.

>
> Found out when the timing belt and any other parts such as water pump
> were changed. At this many miles you are getting into the zone where
> you may need to start replacing a few parts. Noisy shock upper mounts,
> noisy stabilizer bar bushings, cracking radiator (the top and bottom are
> plastic), worn engine mounts, leaking valve cover gasket, etc. All
> normal Camry aging problems. Can you pay a mechanic to check the car
> out? Might be worth the price.


Too late for that. It's going to be a yes/no decision, based
on whether this car has ever had a major service. I find it hard
to believe that someone who thinks he's fussy about maintainance
would avoid a dealer's service bay so thoroughly, but this guy
seems to have just trusted his local mechanic.

>
> The 5SFE is a very good engine and with proper maintenance will last a
> long time.


Our sedan has 160k miles, and the only thing we've had to
replace is the radiator, a couple of engine mounts, and a trunk
seal. They seem to be good for at least 180k, and over 200 with
care. We bought ours in '99, with 99k on the odometer, went into
hock to buy it, and haven't regretted it.

>
> Not sure the station wagon is that rare, there have been several for
> sale in this area at reasonable prices. If the car checks out OK,
> with proper maintenance it should give you a long service life.
>
>

What are the prices there? I'm paying $3950, which I figure is
top book, but it's a two-owner car with little rust, in an area
where the wagons are rare, even more rare than Accord wagons, and
no one seems to sell them before they hit 150k miles, so I took a
chance...


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