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You Don't Have to Buy a New Car If You Have a Toyota

I am a female, through and through, old fashioned, not old, old enough to know better, so I know very little about cars. I have a "new" transmission in my 2000 Chevy Malibu when it was the motor mount that was doing something--and didn't need replacing!! After that, I'm scared to DEATH of any mechanic. I finally said, Hey, I'm going to buy a better car.

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Well, I drive a 2004 Toyota Camry with 194,000 miles on it. I thought it would be unsafe. However, when I looked on Carmax, I found cars in my price range, 10-11K, but not Toyotas with mileage lower than 100M. One car had 35M on it! I bought my car at 131M on it for 6000. I'm not going to argue with Carmax that Toyotas are a great deal. I've been told they can go 300M. Well, I'd rather deal with it when it actually dies and not worry that it's making a horrible noise for an awful reason. By the way, the AC is broken. It makes a noise. 680$ or I can live with the noise. Crank the radio, guys. Gotta have LL Cool J loud anyway.

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July 18, 20210 found this helpful

I'm an old lady who has spent most of her early life around men who used wrenches and know a lot about cars. My 2007 Camry has 84K on it. I take it to a trusted mechanic from time to time for a wellness check-up.

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I've spent less than $1K on it for parts and labor. Always use a genuine Toyota oil filter. Buy 3 at the dealership and throw 'em in the trunk. Talk to your friends to find an honest mechanic.

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