Hi, I’ve read many posts and answers in this forum, would love to hear opinions on the following:
I have a 1999 Camry LE with 240,000 miles. For the most part the car has served me amazingly well and I do keep up with all major maintenance, using dealers for the first 100K miles and independent mechanics the last 140K
Last year the steering rack was replaced, the passenger side wheel bearings, valve cover gasket.
It is now due to change the timing belt / water pump / tensioners as I have done that every 80K miles./ 7 years The front passenger side window motor slips/stops on occasion so that may have to be replaced soon. I do need 4 new tires and have always done well with Firestone and have a quote for their “All Season” 195/75/R14 for $400 for the tires, installation, wheel balance and alignment.
I am estimating the work above to cost $1300 - $1500. Of course there are a few other things I could do while the car is in the shop anyway like drain and refill coolant, drain and refill trans fluid, I have done almost all my own oil changes at 3000-3500, there is no sludge. I did my last oil change last week,
Having read that the 1997-2000 vintage Camry is very reliable I know that 275K-300K is certainly possible. And I do not find spending $2000 to get there to be unreasonable.
I have started to notice that I am low about 1/2 qt of oil after 4 weeks. I add 1/2 qt and then re-check every 2 weeks.
Maybe the oil loss is due to the timing belt needing to be replacedment ? Or is this the first sign of an engine problem ?
So I am at the stage where I have to decide do I keep investing in repairs ? Or run the car until it stops and use the $2000-$3000 as down payment towards another used car ?
To add to my dilemma … I saw an ad for a 2000 Camry LE with 179K miles for $2900. The car looks to be in excellent shape and they said they have recently changed the timing belt/water pump, struts, and 4 new tires., I have not seen the car in person yet but it is still available and I am tempted to look at it.
Thanks in advance for any feedback and advice