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Making my Camry go 1,000,000 miles

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  • beethoven07beethoven07 Posts: 167
    Well... I'm sorry to say this will be my last post on this thread that I started. My Camry was stolen last night and the police officer said that there is a 99% chance I will never see the car again. ARRRGGGHHH!!!!

    I thoroughly enjoyed my Camry for the time I had it. Maybe I will have to make my next car go the 1,000,000 miles. I only got to 28,000 on my Camry!
  • armtdmarmtdm Posts: 2,057
    But why would anyone want to steal a Camry. they are a dime a dozen so to speak, not exactly a rare breed of car.
  • krzysskrzyss Posts: 843
    that is why policeman thinks it will never be recovered. It is in pieces now.

    Krzys
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,605
    ...no matter how dull they may be perceived, tend to rank high on the stolen car lists because of parts demand. There's a ton of Camrys out there, so chances are they're getting into a ton of accidents. As a result, parts for them are in demand. The Honda Accord is similar.

    Cars like the Taurus, however, while they sell strong, aren't as in-demand, because since they depreciate quicker, it's easier to total them out in an accident.

    Actually, up until the last few years, the old RWD GM intermediate Monte Carlo, Cutlass Supreme, etc ranked high on the stolen car lists, even though they were discontinued for 1988. They were popular...people who bought 'em held onto 'em...but they were also easy to steal...frameless windows, locks you could snag with a coat hanger, steering column easy to break into, etc.

    Beethoven, sorry to hear about your Camry! I hope everything turns out for the best! Looks like you're going to have to start from scratch on that million mile quest!
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    nationally, the top three cars on the 2002 most-stolen list were all camrys, and amazingly, the 1989 model ranked as number one!

    beethoven - so sorry to hear the news, I was monitoring your progress with great interest - was just thinking the other day that we had not heard from you in a little while.

    Get an alarm for the next one - maybe it will deter the thieves. Sorry to hear that. :-(

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,605
    ...I just found that list myself, and the whole '87-91 Camry actually makes the top 25!

    Here it is...

    1-1991 Toyota Camry
    2-1989 Toyota Camry
    3-1990 Toyota Camry
    4-2000 Honda Civic SI
    5-1994 Chevrolet C1500 4x2
    6-1995 Honda Accord EX
    7-1994 Honda Accord LX
    8-1994 Honda Accord EX
    9-1988 Toyota Camry
    10-1996 Honda Accord LX
    11-1993 Chevrolet C1500 4x2
    12-1997 Ford F150 4x2
    13-1990 Honda Accord EX
    14-1991 Honda Accord LX
    15-1996 Honda Accord EX
    16-1987 Toyota Camry
    17-1997 Honda Accord LX
    18-1992 Honda Accord LX
    19-1991 Honda Accord EX
    20-1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4
    21-2000 Chevrolet C1500 4x2 Silverado
    22-1995 Honda Accord LX
    23-1991 Acura Legend
    24-1990 Honda Accord LX
    25-1995 Honda Civic EX

    I'm actually surprised that the newest Accords and Camrys aren't on the list? Maybe cars have to be a few years old before people start going through "questionable" means to get their cars repaired? Or maybe, a few years into the loan, some people have the car "stolen", instead of defaulting, if credit problems arise?

    Just for kicks, here's the top-stolen car list from 1995...

    1. 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
    2. 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
    3. 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
    4. 1988 Honda Accord LX
    5. 1994 Honda Accord EX
    6. 1994 Toyota Camry LE
    7. 1991 Honda Accord EX
    8. 1987 Chevrolet Caprice
    9. 1992 Honda Accord EX
    10. 1990 Honda Accord EX
    11. 1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
    12. 1986 Cadillac Deville
    13. 1992 Honda Accord LX
    14. 1989 Chevrolet Caprice
    15. 1989 Honda Accord LX
    16. 1984 Buick Regal
    17. 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4
    18. 1988 Chevrolet Caprice
    19. 1988 Chevrolet Camaro
    20. 1985 Buick Regal
    21. 1987 Nissan Maxima
    22. 1986 Buick Regal
    23. 1986 Chevrolet Camaro
    24. 1991 Honda Accord LX
    25. 1987 Buick Regal

    Interestingly, the '94 Camry was a hot item back then, but seems to have fallen from favor today.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    it is that first thing you said - getting replacement parts from questionable sources...in a funky, messed up way it is a testament to the longevity of the Camry and Accord...people will go to great, even illegal, lengths to keep their 12-15 year old camrys on the road!

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • get a manual transmission. In addition to a more bullet proof design, maybe the new generation of thieves won't know how to handle that 3rd pedal.
  • hobieslughobieslug Posts: 18
    thats too bad, being a mechanic I appreciate the fact that you wanted to take such good care of your car. My 94 accord has 250k and runs great
    would hate to have it stolen. I'm #7 on that hit list
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,699
    What's happening to this country? Why can't we "Steal American" anymore?
    BT--don't despair. Sometimes cars are just taken for a "joy ride". My friends 356 Porsche Cabriolet was stolen, and would you ever expect to see THAT car again?

    Sure enough, some homeless guy stole it. They caught him, car undamaged, but he did put 2,000 miles on it in a short time!
  • dafracksdafracks Posts: 14
    Hello, I actually have a Camry with 253,000 miles on it and it has had a few problems. As things have come up I get them fixed. The mechanic who worked on it 30,000 miles ago said that the scoring inside the cylinders was still evident. It has been a great car for me.

    Now in the mornings when I start it, it is difficult (although I replaced the battery 7 months ago) It cranks but doesn't catch for a bit. It's also running rough despite the service it has received on schedule. I've never missed a service or oil change yet.

    The mechanic replaced a distributor wire which did nothing to improve the roughness. The car runs rough in Drive - less so in Neutral. When I am driving on the free way I don't notice it cutting out, just when I'm idling at a stop light - or backing out of my driveway/a parking space. When in reverse it will sometimes completely die and I'll have to restart it.

    I was taking it to the dealer and then quit. Their last two repairs have been diagnosis of problems that didn't exist and ended up costing me quite a bit of money to fix without ultimately fixing the problem. I continue to fix the car because I am recently divorced and did not want a car payment/new car until I am done with all of the paperwork. I'm still not there yet.

    Any ideas on what might be the problem and somethings I should avoid doing to fix it. As a single woman I feel like I have a sign that says "Bilk me out of thousands" every time I walk into a car repair shop.
  • armtdmarmtdm Posts: 2,057
    I also have a 92, V6 but only 153,000 miles. Sounds like one of two things, ignition and or fuel. I vote for wires (Toyota wires by the way, there is a diff and aftermarket wires for Toyota really stink) and plugs if they have not been replaced in the last 60,000 miles. Fuel, well, could be injectors etc. As a shot you may try two bottles of Chevron Techron in the tank and hope that works. Unfortunately, this is something that dealers are best at diagnosing, routine repairs yea, an independent all the way. Unknown illnesses, you need a specialist.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,699
    I'm gonna guess injectors are worn out or very dirty at this mileage, and they give a bad spray pattern at low speeds.

    Spark plugs wires, if they leak, will continue to leak at low or high speed, so I'm thinking maybe not that.

    I'd try some very strong injector cleaner, something commercial if you can get it (any recommendations, guys? Not that wimpy stuff either!).
  • dafracksdafracks Posts: 14
    Well I bit the bullet and took it to an independent mechanic. They ended up replacing the igniter after changing the wires and it still ran rough. It now runs like a champ. The injectors were still good. Expensive trip but the car now runs as it should. I'd never even heard of an igniter - but after this many miles I am sure things that don't normally go out on a car, go out.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,605
    I'm guessing that's like an ignition coil on an older car?
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,699
    Oh, well, I lose but he got it fixed---great!

    Actually my guess would only have cost you $15 and might have done some good, so I don't feel too malicious in suggesting it.
  • dafracksdafracks Posts: 14
    I had taken your suggestion earlier in a last ditch effort to save money. After 2 tanks with the fuel injector cleaner it was steadily going down hill.

    I do appreciate the fact that you guys were able to confirm what I should have tried first. I don't feel as bad about spending money if I can rule out what I shouldn't spend it on first.

    So thanks for replying! It was a big help.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,605
    ...glad to see your Camry is back up and running. If you don't mind me asking, how much did that igniter thingie cost to replace?
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,605
    ...I searched on the 'net to find out if I could find any info on what an igniter is, exactly. I found a post by someone who had their ignition coil *and* igniter replaced so I'm guessing an igniter is something different from what I thought it was. Does the igniter replace the distributor, maybe? I know most modern cars don't have distributors anymore.
  • armtdmarmtdm Posts: 2,057
    I also have never ever heard of an igniter. Sounds like a British name for something we call by another name!
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