HMC Exlcusive: 2002 Camry LE With Close to 350K Runs Free in the Desert

Earlier last month I posted about an amazing Camry. Well, now I have another Camry to talk about. This time, with Robert and Alicia Lawrence at Banah de Cristo Ministries. They tell me they drive some of the hottest, roughest roads in between the Mohave Desert in Calif and Phoenix, and the Sonoran Desert in Mexico.  Their 2002 four cylinder Camry LE takes all this abuse and says, “More, please.” The car is currently sitting at 334,000 miles and I’m told it will be driven until it costs over a thousand big ones to get it back on the road. They had the engine rebuilt at 250k miles but the mechanic told them, and I am quoting a less offensive version here “Only a fool would rebuild a motor this perfect.”  Apparently only the gaskets and seals were replaced. No reboring required. Not too shabby at all. There has also been some other work done on the car. They had the shocks and struts replaced, and are getting the transmission ready for a rebuild as well. They say the car looks like an 87 Toyota because of the harsh conditions and severe dust storms. I’m hoping I can get a photo of the Camry. Robert claims they have never had to pay more than 250 dollars for work, but I would have assumed the shocks and struts cost more than that. I think they are speaking of regular maintenance and not one-off repairs. Either way, it’s an amazing feat to have a Camry survive those conditions that long. I hope Robert and Alicia update us about their Camry. I have a good feeling they could do 500,000+ miles in this car.

Update: February 3 – 2017

The Camry had a used Toyota motor installed due to water draining out the heating core. The new motor already has 100K on it, and they added another 70K to put their total up to 370000 Miles. The Camry still has the original transmission. So their new total mileage is 370000 miles.


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  1. I have a 2002 Camry SE V6 that I bought new in 2001, It has 395,000 miles and still runs as good as the day we bought it. Nothing special in maintenance; 7500 mile oil changes, only 3 sets of plugs, replaced the timing belt at about 200.000 because people were so excited that it was the original belt. Nobody has been in the engine or transmission. Gone through bunch of tires, batteries, brake pads. Original anti freeze, water pump, radiator, A/C, etc. Doesn’t everyone get this type of service from their Toys?

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