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I am looking into buying a 2005 Toyota Camry at a great cost…

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I am looking into buying a 2005 Toyota Camry at a great cost but it currently has a problem

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Camry yourself? What have you tried so far?

No, we are currently trying to diagnose the problem to see if it's worth me buying

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

Well there is plenty but I guess I can tell him all about it

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Toyota Mechanic: tims auto repair, mechanic replied 1 month ago
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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
The owner said the car stopped while driving. It won't start but when they key is turned to on, everything lights up just fine. It acts like it wants to start but doesn't. The starter was replaced within the past year. The battery seems fine. The car did not over heat or make any knocking noise or any other noise. They check engine light has not
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Came on at all
Toyota Mechanic: tims auto repair, mechanic replied 1 month ago

so,,the starter does turn the engine now?

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Toyota Mechanic: tims auto repair, mechanic replied 1 month ago

what engine does it have?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I'm not sure about what engine it has
Toyota Mechanic: tims auto repair, mechanic replied 1 month ago

well,,that kinda matters

does the starter turn the engine?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Im assuming it's not the starter since it has been replaced within the last yr.
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I'm told that everything turns
Toyota Mechanic: tims auto repair, mechanic replied 1 month ago

does the starter turn the engine when you try to start?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
From my understanding yes
Toyota Mechanic: tims auto repair, mechanic replied 1 month ago

is it a 4 cylinder or a v6?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I'm told that the belts do turn
Toyota Mechanic: tims auto repair, mechanic replied 1 month ago

ok..

is it a 4 cylinder or a v6?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I believe a 4 cylinder, I'm not 100% sure
Toyota Mechanic: tims auto repair, mechanic replied 1 month ago

how many miles is on it?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
That is something that I wished I had asked after doing my research
Toyota Mechanic: tims auto repair, mechanic replied 1 month ago

ok,,i will give you my thoughts..

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
The alternator was replaced as well within the past yr
Toyota Mechanic: tims auto repair, mechanic replied 1 month ago

sense the engine stopped while it was being driven,,and didnt ever restart..and gives no codes..

to me it sounds as if it has jumped time..if this is the case,,it is possible that it could have also warped the valves..

if i were you i would shy away from it

thanks

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Toyota Mechanic: tims auto repair, mechanic replied 1 month ago

If you are satisfied with my answer, Please Rate my answer by clicking the rating button so I can get credit for my work. I’m not always going to be giving you good news, so please don't let this stand in the way of you accepting my answer. .it does not cost you more money and we will still be able to communicate, ,.please understand, i can not see, hear or touch the vehicle and only know what you tell me. Bonuses and positive feedback are appreciated.. if you are not satisfied with my answer, please do not leave bad feedback ,i will gladly opt out and let another expert handle the question. .if i have sent any diagrams, please print them. .sometimes you may need to right click the image [,then save picture as]to save it to your computer so you can open it with your picture program...Please ask if you need more help.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
What does that mean?
Toyota Mechanic: tims auto repair, mechanic replied 1 month ago

that means that i think the timing belt/chain has broken...when that happens the valves will hit the pistons and warp them..

it may cost more to fix the car than what it is worth if this is the case.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
That was the initial diagnosis but the owner felt that the timing belt was still good after his inspection
Toyota Mechanic: tims auto repair, mechanic replied 1 month ago

i would stay away from it unless he got it running

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
He thought it was a head gasket, but due to no signs of that being the issue I feel that can be dismissed. Never got hot, no knocking sounds..
Toyota Mechanic: tims auto repair, mechanic replied 1 month ago

yes,,i would think the timing belt let go

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I understand that, it's just the fact that the car is $700 or best offer and in good shape otherwise. I was just trying to see if it could be a problem worth me putting about $500 into it and having a good car.
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
If it's not the timing belt, what else could it be?
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
if it is the time belt would that be considered a lost cause? I'm told I could have that fixed between $500-$700...
Toyota Mechanic: tims auto repair, mechanic replied 1 month ago

from the way you explain,,i wouldnt think it could be much else

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Toyota Mechanic: tims auto repair, mechanic replied 1 month ago

if the timing belt broke while driving it is possible that it warped the valves also,,this would meen you would need a new head..

could cost as much as $1500-$2000 to fix..

you could buy a good running car for that.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
How could that be checked since it's parked, without have it towed to a shop?
Toyota Mechanic: tims auto repair, mechanic replied 1 month ago

you would need a compression tester and check the compression

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Ok thank you for ur time.
Toyota Mechanic: tims auto repair, mechanic replied 1 month ago

again,,if you dont have the means of fixing the car..my advice is to stay away from that one..

you are very welcome

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Ok, I do have one more question, how do I get a compression tester?
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
The owner feels that everything as far as the starter, alternator (those have been changed within the last year) is still good. The battery is supposedly still good, the oil is good with no burnt smell or signs of water in it, self checked the timing belt and feels that is still good, the lights and everything still comes on but the car just won't start (but sounds like it wants to) the owner also says that the check engine light has not came on and there was no noise or rattling or knocking sound either.
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I looked into the computer system and that could be a possibility but due to it not matching all the symptoms I have my doubts.
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I just need to Kno what else could be the problem with this car before I buy it, willing to put no more than $500 worth of work into fixing the problem. I'm told to leave it alone but I'm entertaining the possibility of getting a decent car for a decent price with little cost for repairing the problem. Please help me.
Toyota Mechanic: Peter Bagley, Auto Service Technician replied 1 month ago
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Toyota Mechanic: Peter Bagley, Auto Service Technician replied 1 month ago

How much is the seller asking for this vehicle?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
$700 obo
Toyota Mechanic: Peter Bagley, Auto Service Technician replied 1 month ago

Ok this is what I suggest as that under normal circumstances is a steal of a deal considering the blue book value is over $5000 taking in the fact of it's condition. So if you like the car and body in good shape and if you can afford that $1500-2000 to fix it properly, your still ahead of the game for a nice vehicle. Mind you, before I tell them to go ahead and fix it I would do a couple of things. Get two more estimates from reputable shops and ask them to check it over and make a report what it will need in the short term to keep it going good as , maintenance , brakes etc. By doing this you know your not getting scammed and what is ahead of you. Remember in the future always ask the seller if you can have it checkeds over by your mechanic and if they are leery to let you do so then they may be hiding something and move on. Hope this helps you decide better, let me know.

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