Advice on keeping an old car with 280k+ mileage maintaned/running?


Asked by Aug 09, 2016 at 03:39 PM about the 1999 Toyota Camry LE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I recently inherited a 1999 Toyota Camry with over 280,000 miles on it. I don't know much about automobiles (this is my first car) but I'd like to keep it running as well as I can, and therefore I'm willing to learn. I also drive quite a lot- at least 80 miles a day, and the temperature during the summer easily reaches 100+ degrees Fahrenheit here. The car tends to chug engine oil like a monster, but I haven't noticed any leaks, and it passed a recent inspection with no problems. Still, I know that 280k miles is a lot, and I would appreciate any advice on how to keep this car problem-free. Thank you!

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Make sure to keep up with your routine maintainence; tire rotations, oil changes, air filter, ect..... If you don't see any leaks visually on the motor or under the car, then it's most likely pushing oil through and burning it off. If you have the money, some top end motor maintainnence should give you quite a few more miles!!!!! Good luck.

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Bob Beaman

Get rid of it or it will drain your wallet.


If your engine goes through more than a quart of oil every 1500 miles then start looking at a rebuild, however since you didn't pay for car, just run it till it dies. Follow Trelby's advice on maint. to keep your vehicle in top shape. Toyotas will surprise you how long they will last. I've seen them run to 600,000 miles before a rebuild!!!

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