Scott with 1993 Toyota Camry LE V6

Discussion in 'Start Your Journey Here' started by LinuxGold, Mar 5, 2010.

  1. JusBringIt

    JusBringIt Be Inspired

    oof!..tough luck man. :(
     
  2. LinuxGold

    LinuxGold Hypermile to the finest

  3. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Too many miles if you ask me.
     
  4. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Agreed. That last one was good, and someone else thought so as well. Do you know what price it went for? That might be a clue for the market for these cars.
     
  5. LinuxGold

    LinuxGold Hypermile to the finest

    $200 for that alternator...

    hmm...
     
  6. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

  7. LinuxGold

    LinuxGold Hypermile to the finest

  8. LinuxGold

    LinuxGold Hypermile to the finest

    Gotta recollect myself, wore myself out looking around for Civic HX

    :sleep:
     
  9. LinuxGold

    LinuxGold Hypermile to the finest

    Found 2001 Honda Civic EX manual near where I live:
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    Anyone drive an EX? How big difference is EX to DX and HX?
     
  10. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    27/33 mpg vs my car's 28/35. The shorter gear ratios are bad on the highway - note how the city rating is down by 1 but the highway is down by 2. It'd be fine for a low-speed drive like mine (max 55 for only 1/3 of the trip, then 45 and 35). It'd be frustrating for anything above 55 mph, though.
     
  11. LinuxGold

    LinuxGold Hypermile to the finest

    Ok, what about LX?
     
  12. LinuxGold

    LinuxGold Hypermile to the finest

    I test drove this car, everything is SMOOTH, one concern:

    "SRS" light is lit and stays lit in console, is it something that I should worry about?


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  13. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    That's an airbag fault. Has the car been in an accident? If it is in an accident now one or more of the airbags may not deploy.
     
  14. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    SRS light on in a used car usually means one or both airbags are missing (deployed in low speed crash, not replaced). The covers are available in the aftermarket and they look like the OEM part but there is no airbag underneath the dash or steering wheel pad.

    Other possible causes - corrosion in one or more crash sensors, or bad clock spring.

    Airbag system components tend to be expensive for both parts and labor, so be prepared for a tall repair bill if you buy the car. It may be something minor, but assume the worst - that the car is missing both airbags and would need new ones. Side note - do not use junkyard airbags - use only new parts. It is common for junkyard airbags to set fault codes, leaving you with airbags that may or may not function when needed, and a constant SRS light.

    It varies from state to state, but in most, cars will not pass the safety inspection with the SRS light on. So even for drivers willing to risk injury, the malfunctioning airbag system is still not an option if you can't get the car inspected.
     
  15. LinuxGold

    LinuxGold Hypermile to the finest

    I'm pretty much hesitant to buy that car. When asked if I can take it to inspection, he said to keep it under 10 minutes so I'm not sure about that car. The "SRS" light was still lit and when I test drove it, everything seems to be perfect.

    I'm thinking "When in doubt, don't". I'm abandoning that car and am still looking for other car.

    Another scenario -- my wife do not know how to do 5 speed manual, I was advised by many to consider automatic Civic for her in case Camry dies. I'm under pressure -- to buy 5 speed manual to gain HIGHER mpg OR to sacrifice HIGHER mpg for my wife's sake. Did anyone experience the pressure? Any advices?
     
  16. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    You could always teach her to drive a 5spd. My wife claimed she wasn't coordinated enough but did just fine when I coached her. She still insists she can't drive my cars but if it was an emergency she could do it.
     
  17. LinuxGold

    LinuxGold Hypermile to the finest

    Hmm... I'll see if I can convince her to learn manual. =)
     
  18. LinuxGold

    LinuxGold Hypermile to the finest

    She's willing to learn. :)
     
  19. LinuxGold

    LinuxGold Hypermile to the finest

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  20. LinuxGold

    LinuxGold Hypermile to the finest

    My Toyota Camry V6 radiator is leaking, bleeding SLOWLY. Just now ordered new radiator.

    Still searching for 2nd car -- increased budget up to 5,000 (including process fee, tax, blah blah)
     

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