How long does a Toyota last?
Posted 06 April 2004 - 07:23 PM
Posted 06 April 2004 - 07:29 PM
Posted 07 April 2004 - 10:05 AM
Posted 12 April 2004 - 06:34 PM
My car was purchased new, had very little maintenance over the years other than minor wear and tear, and had the oil & filter changed every 4K, with OEM filters and Castrol GTX.
I would gladly buy a vehicle as described, if service records are known and honest info about the car is provided.
Posted 13 April 2004 - 12:35 AM
Posted 21 April 2004 - 02:03 PM
How much throttle do you usually drive with? How often do you redline?
With over 400,000 miles on an '86 Camry
Posted 25 April 2004 - 09:48 AM
You may want to do a compression test on the engine. That's a good indicator of how well the engine (and thus, probably the rest of the car) was maintained. If you don't want to go through the hassle, at least have someone start the car while you stand behind it. Look at the exhaust pipe. If blue smoke comes out or if the initial exhaust gases smell like oil, then the rings are probably worn. Don't worry about white smoke - that's just water vapor from the combustion.
Another thing: make sure that the timing belt has been replaced. If not, then you'll need to do that immediately which will cost you a few bucks. I believe that those old Corollas had interference engines, meaning that you'll bend the valves if you break the timing belt.
Posted 27 April 2004 - 10:34 AM
(I know this in no way answers the question "How long does a Toyota last?")