Knocking in engine, sell or fix?

Asked by Jan 05, 2014 at 09:20 PM about the 1993 Toyota Camry SE V6

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 93 Camry with 200,000 miles on it. Bought it from a mechanic's wife a little
over a year ago. Had problems with leaks in the break and power steering lines but
were fine until three months ago. The only issue I had was with the power steering
leaking constantly until yesterday when the car overheated. I turned the car off to find
that there was NO coolant whatsoever so there must have been a new leak since I last
checked. When the car cooled I tried turning it back on and there was a severe
knocking noise and white smoke coming from the regulator (i think thats what its
called). I am absolutely clueless about cars. I added fresh oil about a week ago and all
was good until now. Is this car worth fixing or should I sell it for whatever I can get?

4 Answers


Put an engine in it and drive it another 200,000 miles. I have had 2 and they are one of the best cars on the road.


depends on what you want to do? if you can't install the engine, depending on who your mechanic is, It could cost you 100's (if you get a used engine) to several 1000's to replace engine... I'd say it should be no more than $2000 (if you use a low mileage used engine)... can you find another Camry for that amount of money? you should be able to get about $3-400 outta your car as scrap... good luck!

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Thanks for the responses. Is there any hope that i can fix whats going on with out a new engine?


It sounds like it is knocking and may have blown a head gasket. This engine is history. Check your local salvage yards for a low mileage engine and a good reputable small garage what the would charge to install it. These are pretty simple to work on this model. Probably cheaper to repair than purchase another vehicle.

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