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Unread 03-21-2011, 09:24 PM   #1
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Default Purchased used 2004 Toyota Camry

Hi all,

I purchased my first Toyota, a 2004 Camry LE. Got it from a dealer last week and I feel I got a great deal at $7,500(they wanted $8,995). The miles are pretty high at 166k, but considering that I hear Toyota's can least up in the high 250's, I think I am okay. This car was kept in amazing condition. The glove box has receipts for almost every service done to the car. The most expensive one being a radiator change in '07/08 for around $394.

The Carfax doesn't show any major repairs or show a timing belt changed. I think timing belt is good for 100,000 miles. Should I take this now to a mechanic to give me a rough estimate when should it be changed? Take it directly to Toyota and ask them?
















Also, I would like to change the radio on this car.





I was thinking about getting this:
Amazon.com: Scosche Ta1467B Iso Din With Pocket/Double Iso Din Installation Kit For 2002 and Up Toyota Camry: Electronics Amazon.com: Scosche Ta1467B Iso Din With Pocket/Double Iso Din Installation Kit For 2002 and Up Toyota Camry: Electronics



I want to get a decent stereo that looks almost like the OEM version(no gaps), just updated (usb, HD radio, Satellite radio)

Any ideas?

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Unread 03-21-2011, 10:21 PM   #2
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Looking at that right motor mount I'd say it's had a belt in it. That mount is brand spanking new and a timing belt swap is an extremely common time to change it. I do think it might be wise to check through the service records though, there is a chance the belt wasn't changed when the mount was.
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Whoa, that's a relief. Thanks dude. Anything else I should be concerned about?

Also on the audio:
At first I was thinking about getting something like this:

But that wouldn't look right.

If I want a replacement head unit that would fit OEM stereo slot, it would have to be double din right?


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The transmission. Specifically, whether or not it's been maintained properly. If it has had it's regularly scheduled fluid changes, continue this maintenance. If it's never had it's fluid changed then leave it alone.

The reason is that automatics are strange creatures and will function happily for a couple hundred thousand on the same change of fluid, but they rely on the bits of themselves in that fluid to function by that point. Changing that old fluid will remove most of the contaminants holding the gearbox together.


As for car audio...I'm not your guy. I can make the car go, I can make the motor sound good, but I can't recommend parts to make Metallica sound good. But I'm sure the car audio guys will show up sooner or later
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Crutchfield.com <-- go there and input your car details so you can find out what your car needs to fit certain stereo types
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Thanks Kenny. Looking through the receipts in the glove box, I don't think its had its transmission fluid changed. I'll double check.

tofunater: Thanks. So far, if I want something that will fit in snuggly in that slot, it would have to be this one.

Out of my price range at the moment, but it looks pretty good. It would be better if it had a knob for the volume control.

I love Amazon and have 2 day shipping with Prime. I'm going to put a few of my choices on price alert to see if I get them cheaper there.

If anyone has any other recommendations, please feel free to share them.

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Wow, you got a great deal, if the car didn't have an odometer I'd have though its brand new off the showroom. Its in great condition.
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Thanks dude! The more compliments I get, the better I feel about this deal.

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WTF? that's got a cleaner engine than my 08 and has 4 times the miles!
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