4th Feb 2012, 21:36
Had an '07 Camry in the workshop last year. Only 30000kms and all shocks were shot, and the rack was leaking badly!!! Toyota has gone downhill since the ACV36 in 2002.. in my opinion.
31st Jan 2017, 06:18
I have a 2008 4 cylinder Camry XLE, and it's got 280000 plus miles with no maintenance at all. In fact poor maintenance and it runs like a champ. If I replace the timing belt and do a few other things, she would easily do 280000 plus. Everything works like it should and the A/C is still blowing cold air. I would definitely buy another and recommend it because it looks nice, hauls butt and lasts forever before needing any maintenance. Amazing car.
1st Feb 2017, 14:30
All engines on a 2008 Camry are equipped with a timing chain, not a belt. Therefore your Camry is 100 percent maintenance free... Amazing!
2nd Feb 2017, 03:54
This is a site for real reviews. You just bought the car that was greatly maintained and repaired up to 270000 by its previous owner and now you come here saying you never put a dollar on it. Or worse, it was your father's car and you have no idea how much money he put on it. How sad that here are these reviews with I have a 300000 miles cars with not a single repair what-so-ever. Or better, I know someone and my friend had three of these and never a single problem with them. Check out this site to find plenty of these unrealistic "reviews".
2nd Feb 2017, 12:46
I've no doubt people saying they got 250,000 or higher miles out of any car without repairs is unrealistic, however basic maintenance like oil (and timing belt changes if applicable) should ensure any modern car (from the 1990s onwards) will last in excess of 250,000 without major issues (there should be no sudden engine/gearbox failure, etc) and no rust either if cared for properly.
Myself I've had many cars from new, private and business (used to run a taxi business in the UK) with a BMW 5 Series, VW Passat, Toyota Avensis, Ford Mondeo, Skoda Octavia, Volvo 850, Vauxhall Omega, etc, and all ran to very high mileages without serious issues. I can't count how many brakes and suspension repairs I went through, as well as tyres, batteries and other consumables, but I don't blame the cars for consumables that any other car would go through, so I would call all the cars I ran for high mileages and many years to be very reliable good cars.
I'm not the original reviewer by the way, just another guy commenting here, I don't know why so many people think a modern car is dead at 100,000; this is not the case anymore, maybe they have been unlucky with lemons or bad, used, uncared for examples.
2nd Feb 2017, 12:48
In a nice way, when exactly (what year) did you buy your car and what exact mileage did it have on it? Please be precise.
2nd Feb 2017, 22:13
True. Also depends how a car has been driven.
Service history and "one careful owner" mean nothing if it's been driven like a rally car everyday. I know people that have killed relatively modern cars in less than 40,000 miles because they drive like maniacs. Blown turbos, oil pumps, etc; you name it.
Smoothness is key for longevity.
3rd Feb 2017, 01:19
It most certainly was. Why do you think the odometers on older cars only went to 99,999 miles before resetting to 0?
Most cars back then rusted out long before they reached that point, even if they did not have catastrophic mechanical failure.
3rd Feb 2017, 11:26
I asked a few posts back very nicely to answer once and for all. What make, model and year of car? There's not an answer because it could easily be looked up on many same make year reviews is my take. But give the guy a chance to answer this week, not later. If this was completely accurate, there will be a mad rush for all to buy an identical one. Everyone is busy today. Imagine a car you never have to sit and wait for every year. Never have to change a tire, or buy a battery. No more annual wiper blades to buy or even a bulb. I could be out fishing or playing golf. Sounds like a dream car? Maybe it is a dream. Fill us in on how we can join along with your good fortune. I am looking for another car now.
3rd Feb 2017, 12:57
For the comment that has been driving many cars to "250,000 without major issues" only replacing "consumables", again how can one simply write such a comment? Does he know that apart from the engine, there is also an alternator, an A/C compressor, many suspension components, many engine sensors, air climate systems, ABS systems, exhaust systems, and the list goes on and on. You just can't say "never had a problem with a car" because the engine hasn't died, but you've spent countless amounts of money replacing everything around it, plenty of broken parts inside the cabin, not to mention other electrical issues.
3rd Feb 2017, 14:51
Ah yes, the ole 99,000 mile odometer comment strikes again. You can believe that if you will, but we have had many North American vehicles that rolled over more than once. The matter is rather simple, back then motorists did not commute as far, and body style changes were more frequent, giving more reason to buy new every couple years, and the cars didn't cost as much as today. It all depended on what brand and type of car you purchased. It takes a lot to kill a Pontiac or Oldsmobile V8 from the 70s.
3rd Feb 2017, 16:44
One can simply write a comment because it is true. Maybe you have been unlucky with cars?
You acknowledged I said "consumables" in my comment, and of course yes most of my cars have been through alternators and so on as well, that's what I meant by that. But the engine and gearbox should be OK for high mileage - why is that so hard to believe? Google 500,000 mile Skoda Octavia or 1 million mile Lexus/BMW - this has been proven.
Again, I note that it seems the USA reviews/comments have a hard time believing cars get past 100,000. I'm in Europe and have had a variety of cars as mentioned, German and Japanese and also Vauxhall (the GM British cars) and Fords as well.
At the end of the day this is a forum for reviews and we are all here to help each other - I like cars and am not loyal to any manufacturer in particular, and I don't mean the high mileage comments to be an advert, but just don't believe them when they tell you a car is dead at 100,000; as I said, we all know this isn't true, they just have to sell new cars so they like this myth. Understandable, as it is a business after all, but a little mechanical competence and you can have an older car for a long time and cheaper. That's all I'm saying.
3rd Feb 2017, 22:03
I've not really heard many Americans (I'm one of them) claim a car is done at 100k. Most of us have awful commutes and it doesn't take very long to clock over 100,000 miles in a few short years. I have a 2011 Chevy Volt I bought used 3 years ago with 20,000 miles on it and now it's pushing 90k.
My parents always put a lot of miles on their cars and trucks before they sold them. My Dad owned an '02 Tundra that he put 320,000 miles on before the transmission started having issues. My 21 year old truck has 250,000 and still goes just fine.
Newer cars (post 90s) as mentioned will last for quite some time. The materials and the tolerances are so much better. But I too am suspect someone would go almost 300,000 miles without any replacement parts. My truck's starter simply wore out at the 200k mark. That and so too did the water pump and the fan clutch. All easy to replace, but let's face it: anything that gets that amount of usage will wear out eventually.