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Good lord

I like to watch ebay. It's fun to see what is out there. I've been watching and tracking every Camry Diesel that comes through (only a handful every year).

Yesterday the first auction on one of River's (my own personal '84 Camry Turbo-Diesel) twin sisters since the one last December, that had a bad tranny, closed at $3,302!!!!

Holy CRAP-ola

The seller was a half-wit who couldn't write, spell or use ANY capitalization in his 2-line description. He refused to answer any questions on the car's mechanical condition other than it "looks good" and the photos were atrocious!

Not only that, but his ebay rating was (1)!!!!!

Good lord, 48 bids with 18 unique bidders pushed this car up to $3.3K -I printed out a copy for my own records. It will be nice to have if I ever need to prove the value of river.

"Looks good" my ass. The car is definitely going to need a timing belt and all new hoses, idlers and stuff. It's 24 years old for Christ's sake. I know. I just went through the process. About $400 in parts not including labor right there.

I can guarantee that the IP is leaking or will soon be leaking. Once she gets her first tankfull of ULSD she certainly will be needing an IP rebuild. That's another $500 not including labor for R&R. Viton Seals are a must.

Parts and labor to get this brown bomber to the point where my River is today will run at least $1.5K if done right. (if not done right it WON'T be a dependable driver) If they do all the work themselves will still be about $1K added to the $3.3K purchase price PLUS transportation costs to get it "home" (wherever that may be). It cost me $500 to fly out to Seattle plus fuel/expenses to drive River home.

This, in my estimation, puts this car in the $5-6K range when all is said and done -even for the home-mechanic do-it-yourself type. -for a 23-year-old ECONOBOX!

If this doesn't drive home the fact that Toyota needs to release a Camry/Corolla diesel again for 2007/2008 I don't know what else could.

People is craxy!
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I've heard some very scary stories about people buying cars on eBay, I'd be careful if I were you.

Where do you live? In Los Angeles there's a couple places which have an abundance (if there is such a thing) of diesel automobiles. There's Lovecraft in Silverlake, which specializes in biodiesel modifications to Mercedes cars, and there's Rose City Motors (I think that's their name) in Fullerton who specialize in diesel Volkswagens.
I've heard some very scary stories about people buying cars on eBay, I'd be careful if I were you.

I've bought 2 vehicles on ebay. A motorhome 5 years ago and River last December. I'm not looking to buy another one right now unless it is pretty close and a good deal. I KNOW cars and am very careful about buying on eBay. Buying River was an adventure and had its own share of horror that you can read if you go back to my Journal and read last November. It turned out OK. I went in with eyes wide open...

So I already have my '84 Camry Turbo-Diesel. She's humming along right now nearly completely re-furbished and burning B50 on a brand new Injection pump (with Viton seals) and I plan on burning B100 this summer when it warms up again.

But the point is, even though buying on ebay is a crap-shoot people are STILL willing to plonk down $3300 on a 24-year-old Japanese econo-box of questionable history, sight unseen.

"Looks Good" -check out the auction. I don't believe people's faith sometimes!
here is the start of that adventure if anyone cares.

Is River still driving,
I picked up an 84 Turbo-D camry last summer.
plenty of quirks, but putts along nicely.
How much work did you put in before feeling good about how it ran?
She's put away right now. I did a valve check on her and one of the intake valve shim clearances was REALLLY loose. I tried everything I had in my toolbox to get it out and I just couldn't seem to manage it without the special Toyota tool (made just for this engine) which costs over $150. With the price of Diesel I decided to swap the cars I had in storage and pull out my gasser Camry. That's been 2 years ago and I really need to do something about River. She's resting peacefully in storage at a friend's house for the day she's needed again.

I only put about 3-4k a year on a car these days. Most of my driving around town is on a bicycle and I use a motorcycle for longer trips in the summer. The gasser Camry has a full spare set of aggressive snow tires on rims and I never found a spare set of rims for River which is another strike against her as a "winter beater."