1999 Toyota Camry/Solara V6 3.0L

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Asked by Feb 17, 2016 at 09:24 PM about the 1999 Toyota Camry Solara 2 Dr SLE V6 Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

OK I have never posted on anything like this, so I'm
going to try to give you guys all the information I
can.  

I have a 1999 Toyota Solara 3.0 V6 it has 225000
miles on it.  For the last week or so the problem
has gotten progressively worse.  I drive anywhere
from 90-150 miles per day.  Mostly highway but I
do drive in the city as well.  Basically when I am
trying to accelerate (more on the highway) the car
will kind of sputter and act like it is running out of
gas or something it just doesn't have any power
but normally when I downshift and get the RPM up
2700+ it will drive fine then I'll just shift a little later
than normal, but for the last 2 days when I did that
it would start smelling really bad like something
was burning.  I didn't have a check engine light on
but I took it to my local auto parts store they got
the codes and said it was the 02 sensor I bought
the part replaced it in the parking lot and it was
driving better still sputtering but not smelling on
the highway(it only would smell in 4th or 5th gear)
it has been 2 days now since I replaced the oxygen
sensor and it is still sputtering. If you have any idea
on what the issue could be any input would be
great.  I avoid putting my car the shop by any
means I am just a diy guy I guess but I also don't
know much about cars.

10 Answers

4,915

achem...you're burning oil...don't you have to add a quart every 600 or so miles? I do believe that it's time for an engine rebuild, or to be fitted with sleeves to resurrect the existing vehicle~

16,715

Tyler- I agree with the last post, it's very likely that you're burning oil. Are you checking your oil regularly? Look, you have 225,000 miles on this car, and you should be thankful it's still running. Most cars can make it to 200,000 miles, then, things get a little harder. Are you prepared to ride out the "rough road" of repairs?

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Honestly I really don't know if I want to continue to put money into it. I also really like this car it drives great until this. I have had to replace a few other parts in the last few months but nothing compared to a car payment. But what exactly would be involved in fixing the issue cost and time wise. Thanks you for your answers

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4,915

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1999-2006-Toyota-1MZ-FE-Lexus-Es300- Camry-3-0l-V6-Engine-Solara-/371454583951? hash=item567c6b248f:g:aUoAAOSwNSxVXLDd&vxp=mtr

4,915

1850 bucks plus install and shipping~

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Thank you for the response. Do you think there is any way to fix it. Even temporary

5,575

200K on a Toyota???? it just got broken in - its good for 200k more - This sounds like a maintenance issue to me - I'd say get the injectors flushed and clean the throttle body

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4,915

well if you've got a handle on oil consumption...my 93 Toyota truck went 100,000 with maybe one oil change...at 120,000 the timing chain broke, and now with 170,000 just had a headgasket and timing cover replaced, because the destruction impaired the oil pump on the cover...so there is a little tick from the abuse of the 100,000 miles, but does not suck oil like someone who never does an oil change might have~

16,715

Tyler- let me see if I can help you out here. Why not consider that a new car payment is about $400 per month or $4,800 per year. I don't think it would cost $5,000 per year every year, so if you really like the car and it's in remarkable condition inside and out, it might be less expensive to just fix it and drive it for another 50,000 miles. From a strict economic perspective, it would actually save you money. The trick to keeping an older car is to repair EVERYTHING. That way, you'll have pride in your car and people will be amazed that you're driving an older car that spins like a top and looks great! I had an old 1995 Honda Accord, and I kept that car for 20 years. I wouldn't even recommend it had it not been a 90s Toyota. See this, you've got a remarkable year on your hands. Actually, the fact that your car has gone this far, is a pretty good prognosis for the future. What condition is the transmission in, original?? Even if you spent $3,000 on this car, it might not be too crazy AS LONG as you keep the car for 3 to 5 years. Can you do that without losing interest in driving the vehicle? http://www.nadaguides.com/Cars/1999/Toyota/Camry-Solara- V6/Coupe-2D-SLE-V6/Values http://www.carcomplaints.com/Toyota/Solara/1999/

16,715

Tyler- by the way, when I mentioned $3,000 , I was thinking in case you needed engine work?

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