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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-03-2009, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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Worth The Money Fixing?

In a few months my truck and camper will be paid off and we will finish off the rest of the few credit cards we have left and save up. Now we're not planning on buying a new car for at least a year and the 98 Toyota Camry is running great but 1 issue. The car rides nice and it's not too bad, but the suspension isn't the best and I bottom out in areas a car with better suspension wouldn't have an issue. I found out it will be $1500.00 to fix everything (new struts, springs, etc.) and would fix this issue. This car is 11 years old, has over 170,000 miles on it, runs excellent, only burns about a less than quart every 3000 miles, and I like this car. So is it worth putting in $1500.00 to fix this? I know I will never see this money again when I sell it or trade it in. I plan on keeping this car for another 1-2 years also, so what do you guys think?

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if its in great shape why not? unless of course you like the bumpy ride then dont do it

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depends on how long you plan on keeping it. or just slow down over bumps. remember some people pay for the low rider look




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We are in the EXACT same situation but with an earlier model Camry. We have a 1994 Toyota Camry SE that has 230k on it, absolutely nothing wrong with it, drips a little oil etc.. but, the suspension on it is shot and likewise it's $1400 to repair. We're definently not going to fix it, we're just going to drive it till the wheels fall off on it. I wouldn't fix it, if it just bottoms out then not a big deal right? The suspension is shot on it but it still rides good. The suspension needs a "tune-up" on my daily driven 1995 Sonoma but I'm not going to fix it because the truck itself it worth about 2k so no reason to drop a bunch of $ in it just for an added luxury. I can handle harsh bumps etc..

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In a few months my truck and camper will be paid off and we will finish off the rest of the few credit cards we have left and save up. Now we're not planning on buying a new car for at least a year and the 98 Toyota Camry is running great but 1 issue. The car rides nice and it's not too bad, but the suspension isn't the best and I bottom out in areas a car with better suspension wouldn't have an issue. I found out it will be $1500.00 to fix everything (new struts, springs, etc.) and would fix this issue. This car is 11 years old, has over 170,000 miles on it, runs excellent, only burns about a less than quart every 3000 miles, and I like this car. So is it worth putting in $1500.00 to fix this? I know I will never see this money again when I sell it or trade it in. I plan on keeping this car for another 1-2 years also, so what do you guys think?
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depends on how long you plan on keeping it. or just slow down over bumps. remember some people pay for the low rider look
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We are in the EXACT same situation but with an earlier model Camry. We have a 1994 Toyota Camry SE that has 230k on it, absolutely nothing wrong with it, drips a little oil etc.. but, the suspension on it is shot and likewise it's $1400 to repair. We're definently not going to fix it, we're just going to drive it till the wheels fall off on it. I wouldn't fix it, if it just bottoms out then not a big deal right? The suspension is shot on it but it still rides good. The suspension needs a "tune-up" on my daily driven 1995 Sonoma but I'm not going to fix it because the truck itself it worth about 2k so no reason to drop a bunch of $ in it just for an added luxury. I can handle harsh bumps etc..

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I see your point, but when I have adults in the back I can feel it. Is there a safety issue also?
It also seems getting worse, before I can enter the parking garage w/o a problem but now I scrap and bottom out. I probably won't dump the money into this, but I want to see what others think. Thanks for your input.

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A guy at my work has a camery with 200k+ miles. He spent about 2k on tires, suspention, tune up, and a cat. convertor (rebuilt). He picked me up on the way to work last month, it felt like a new car. Unless you can take advantage of 0% financing or something, I say keep the car and put the cash into it.
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I blew the cat converter out on that 1994 Camry a number of years back taking it off-roading. No lie. High school days and my sisters then "newer" car. Powerslides around country corners at 45mph while hitting the E-brake..and it's still alive. That's a testament to Camry's durability.

I had to come back to this to share the story. My highschool buddies and I were cruising around in said Camry when I first got my license. Obiously, I'm driving this thing like a bat out of hell. I get dared to take it back behind the industry buildings..It's all gravel/dirt/mud/water constantly. So, being the smart kid that I was..I take it directly behind there. There was one strip that was a dirt road that had VERY deep ruts in truck tracks and those were filled with water. The whole thing is about 50 yds long. I start at the beginning, stop, rev the motor, like I'm on a drag strip or something. I hammer down the pedal, the 4cyl is screaming it's heart out..I hit these ruts/puddle at about 30mph. BOOM, huge splash of water/mud, I can't see anything because whole windshield is covered with mud/shit. The car dies WHILE moving, all electrical goes out, THEN comes back on in a split second. I made it through with minimal damage. I get back on the road, and it sounds LOUD as hell, I mean this thing sounds like it has no exhaust PLUS now it won't go over 20mph. I'm thinking, fuck me, I just totaled my sisters car while being a complete idiot. We pull into a parking lot, there is water all in the intake box, the car won't start, none of the electrical is coming on etc.. We wait 20 minutes with our thumbs up our asses. It starts up, drives fine now, doesn't do anything except the cat is blown out and it sounds like a vehicle with a blown cat should. I go home, tell the parentals that I hit a big puddle driving on the road and the cat was blown out. To my credit, it was storming like crazy so it made sense at the time..Carry on..no more hijacking from me.

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Camry is the best, fix it and keep it for another 10 years and I bet you it will still run strong.
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I say fix it and keep it... unless you are looking for ane excuse to get a newer car. If that's the case, sounds like a good excuse to me.

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do the work yourself and save a bunch of $$$$ , rear shocks are easy and not too expensive, the front struts are a bit of a job though,, you dont need new springs, buy good shocks, dont waste your money on cheap shocks , get KYB's , bad shocks let your wheels bounce around and your braking and cornering control will suffer, could be a saftey issue
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I say fix it and keep it... unless you are looking for ane excuse to get a newer car. If that's the case, sounds like a good excuse to me.
I love the car and we're not planning on getting a new one for at least a year. With the truck being paid off it's a great time to save and get other bills paid off. This car won't turn girls heads, but it runs like a dream.

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If you're gonna keep it at least for another year, that sounds like a reasonable investment.

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This thread is why noone's buying new cars!!

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