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2007 Toyota Camry CE 4dr Sedan I4 Manual (SE)

2007 Toyota Camry
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan, Mid-Size
24 mpg city / 34 mpg hwy
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October 31, 2012, 11:39 am

Heather B
 

Question: I have a question about the durability of an '07 Camry with a nearly new engine?

I'm in the market to buy a new/used car. This is the first car I will buy that my parents did not buy for me. There is an 07 Camry for sale at the right price for me, the car itself has 198,000 miles on it, but the auto shop put in a new engine with only 60,000 miles on it--so it has a nearly new engine. It runs smoothly, I've seen the "order/paperwork" for the engine, so I know they aren't jerking me around there. Can I get up to at least 300,000 to 400,000 miles out of this one? My Ford has nearly 300,000 miles right now and I've had it for about 10 years, and it was a good car, but I know Toyota's/Honda's are better cars. I know that no one can "guarantee" how long a car will actually last, I'm just looking for a mechanic's point of view on this one, outside of the dealership. Thank you!


November 11, 2012, 11:19 am

Elizabeth K
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Good question there. Well, there is a lot more to a car than the engine. Unless that is all you can afford, a car with nearly 200,00 miles on it is not recommended. The transmission and the rest of the drive train, the suspension, basically every system has seen miles and miles of wear. Any car can live to see 300 or 400k, but at what maintenance/repair cost? My vote is to on a car with lower miles.

But if you're shopping for a used car right now, here is an article you should read about watching out for 'restored' flood damaged cars on the market:
http://bit.ly/Q6nbqR


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