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        11-18-2013, 12:34 AM
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    For the Toyota Owners.. how long has yours lasted?

    I've had my Toyota Camry for about 5 years or so, and in that time have managed to put about 105,000 miles on it and turned it into a complete barn car. This is from driving to and from school, barn, shows, etc. It runs wonderfully for being a '99, but it has 205,000 miles on it now and showing its age... transmission working a bit harder and some little things.

    How long have your Toyotas lasted? I'm trying to think realistically for the future here, like should I be putting $ away now to save up for a new car or will this puppy see me through the apocalypse? I've seen some pretty resilient camrys out there.. and I do take good care of mine.

    Thanks in advance!
         
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        11-18-2013, 12:58 AM
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    My first car was a 2000 Corolla and has made me love Toyotas. I got it with I think 120,000 miles on it. It ran fine for a while and then I noticed how it burned oil. After quite a bit of research online, I tracked it down to being an engine defect in the very specific model of engine it had and it was too low of a percentage for it to require a recall (sucks for me..). But man, I loved it. I could tell when the oil was getting low by the way it drove and always stayed on top of it. I put 30-40,000 miles on it in a couple of years and basically ran it into the ground. I drive often on the highway and it was too much for the oil burning to take, but the darn thing still got 30mpg. I feel like a lot of other makes would have probably given up and died or just imploded, but no, Smurf kept chugging along.

    It sits at home. One of my brothers finished him off pretty good, so he needs some repairs because he did not heed my warning on how to take the oil probably seriously (for example: he called me one day to tell me my car "ran like sh!t" so I found him and asked if he checked the oil. Nope. The dipstick was dry. There were 2 quarts in the car, so I put them in. Very tip was wet. No idea how it didn't just explode..).

    But because I drive around 20k miles a year, a lot of highway miles, I knew Smurf couldn't handle it anymore, so I bought a 2011 Corolla 2 years ago. I love it. It had been a lease vehicle for two years so it only had 20k on it and I've added over 41,000 since. Drives like a freaking champ. I need to replace the front bumper though. Turns out they don't handle ditches and snow banks as well as a Jeep probably could. My bad. But so far the only maintenance I've had to do on it other than the bumper issue is oil changes and I got new tires. I have no doubt it will last me quite some time.
         
        11-18-2013, 01:06 AM
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    My first vehicle was a 1986 Toyota pickup. SR5, 4x4, 5-speed manual, with the R22 engine. LOVED that pickup! I got it in 2000, when I was 17, and it had 75,000 original miles on it (was bought new off the line by an older gentleman who babied it). I owned it until just last year when I sold it to buy my Trailblazer. It had 210,000 miles on the body and tranny (all original tranny, including original clutch) and 58,000 miles on the engine (had the original engine in it until about six months before I sold it, when we had to replace the engine in it because I was stupid and let the oil run too low). I sold it over a year ago to a local lady who loves it and I see it every once in a while running around town (as do my parents lol).

    If you take care of it, a Toyota will last over 300,000 miles, easy. I used to work for a Toyota dealership and we had a 2010 Camry with 256,000 miles on it traded in and it still was running great.
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        11-18-2013, 01:10 AM
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    If you take care of it, a Toyota will last over 300,000 miles, easy. I used to work for a Toyota dealership and we had a 2010 Camry with 256,000 miles on it traded in and it still was running great.
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    The shop I get my oil changed at has told me they have several customers with Toyotas well over 200,000 miles. The only one they have that's higher is one person with a Honda with over 300,000 miles that still runs very well. I love Toyota, but I will tip my hat to Honda for their longevity too.
         
        11-18-2013, 01:13 AM
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    Originally Posted by Poseidon    
    The shop I get my oil changed at has told me they have several customers with Toyotas well over 200,000 miles. The only one they have that's higher is one person with a Honda with over 300,000 miles that still runs very well. I love Toyota, but I will tip my hat to Honda for their longevity too.
    That Camry was an anomaly because it was only a 2010 with that many miles on it (256K miles). The guy literally drove it something like 20k miles per week (worked all over the country).
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        11-18-2013, 02:06 AM
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    My parents have a 1996 Toyota Hilux that had seen a fair bit of bashing around in the paddock on my grandfather's farm, not to mention a 600+ km round trip every weekend or so, year in year out til 2009. It still runs, needs a bit of a fiddle here and there but it's still pretty reliable (although not taken on long trips anymore). Pretty good considering all the work it's done and the fact it's 17 years old!
         
        11-19-2013, 07:46 PM
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    Green Broke
    My son is driving my 98 Camry, which has well over 340,000 on the body/tranny and 270,000 on the engine at this point. Gets about 40+ MPG...runs like a top.

    He had a 98 Corolla, which had over 300,000 on it and IF he would have been more careful with it, would still be running.

    Daughter is driving my 01, with close to 200,000 on it...I got it at 130,000 and those people had not taken good care of it, so had more to fix on it than did the 98 when I got it with 82,000 on it.

    And the 97-01's were the best made cars, much better than later Camrys have been.

    Love them!
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