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  • morin2 07/11/09 6:42 pm PST

    Do you have any reason not to trust the mechanic you are presently using? I agree that the trans flush was probably not a good idea - I would have done a drain & refill only - don't use the shop that sells the trans flushes. Is the timing belt broken?

    At this point, the car would be a very tough sell, so your options are fairly limited. The best time to sell a car is when it is running flawlessly - try to put yourself in the shoes of a buyer.

    I take it that you did not have this Camry examined by a mechanic when you bought it because people told you that Toyotas were indestructible and the ultimate in reliability and now you are disappointed. The Camry was a good car when new, but wears out no differently than any other make & model out there. This one is 14 years old and any car that age requires lots of attention to preventative maintenance to keep going strong.

  • rearwheeldrive 07/12/09 1:19 am PST

    No compression?

    Your engine will not run right with 20% less compression than what specs call for.

    Why would it have no compression? Did the timing belt break and cause the engine not to run at all?

    If it did break, the engine will not run and the compression will be ZERO. You will need to replace the belt. Then the car will run like it did before the belt broke, or better.

    Also, How many cylinders do you have?

  • karjunkie 07/12/09 9:05 am PST

    A 14 year old car is always going to need some maintenance. Replacing the starter is a normal situation after 14 years and does not mean the car is not worth repair. The transmission issue as you said is probably because you got bad advice on the flush. Older cars that have been neglected on regular ATF fluid changes should never be flushed, just have the fluid changed regularly and make sure the filter is replaced at the same time. As another commentator said, your car would not run if you have no compression so I would find another mechanic. Whether your car needs a replacement timing belt can be easily determined by a good mechanic. If you go to Car Talk’s Mechanics Files site at:


    Enter your zip code and you will get a list of mechanics in your area that other consumers have used and highly recommend. Look for ones that specialize either in the make of your car or the type of repair you need. Call 2-3 of them and ask for a ballpark figure on the repair. I have personally used this site with great success to find good honest mechanics and can highly recommend it. Good luck!


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