In February 2013, I spent $2000 to fix too many oil leaks(gaskets, water pump, timing belt, etc.) and replace front struts and in June another $600 to replace broken radiator at a local Toyota dealer. Last week, the car suddenly stopped on the road and I towed it to nearby Toyota dealer who after performing detailed diagnosis told me that I need to replace oil pump. He told me that it will cost me $600 to replace it and additional money to fix any other issues found while replacing oil pump. I need your advice whether it is worth spending additional $600+ or to donate the car. I do not think that I can trade-in the car in this condition. Thanks in advance..
Is it better to spend additional $600 to replace oil pump or donate the car? on 1999 Toyota Camry
by ssns in Princeton, NJ on November 10, 2013
3 answers 3 comments
ANSWER by pushrod on November 11, 2013
Tough call, but i say fix it considering the work already performed is actually a plus and all the more reason to keep the car on the road. Otherwise you loose all of that as well. That is kinda unusual for the oil pump just to go out but stuff happens! These are in fact very durable engines, i know because i see them run to well over 300k all the time with little repair and not very much maintenance. No telling how many miles one would go if it were 'properly' maintained, by the book, which no one does! Is the rest of car in pretty good shape, overall? How many miles on it?
Thanks for the quick reply. The rest of the car is in pretty good shape with 167K miles on it. Until it broke down last week, I have been observing delayed start on cold but dealer kept saying no issues and I took a decision last year to change the battery but it did not help. May be the dealer did not heed properly to my early warnings. I need to take a calculated risk to go ahead with the oil pump replacement. As you mentioned, it is a tough call.
COMMENT by pushrod on November 11, 2013
I think that is best bet but of course as a mechanic, i think nothing, as far as the moving parts, is really ever broken beyond fixing! I just like this 2.2 engine!
Thank you so much for the reply. I will post it after few days about the end result.
ANSWER by cletho on November 30, 2013
I also own and maintain a 1999 camry, and yes their are some issues due to age, but if your car has been as dependable as my v6 has been 150000+miles,it is worth the trouble an time you may need to do more homework on the problems and replacement parts.also find a mechanic that's capable and trust worthy.
ANSWER by froggy3162002 on December 24, 2013
Oil pump is easy to fix but a pain to dig down into the area. I replaced my seals in my toyota and it took a while but wasn't hard. Buy some parts online or at an auto parts store and watch some youtube videos on how to do it. There is a great how to change waterpump, oil pump seals and everything online for the 1999 camry. I found it somewhere.