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How Long Do Toyota Camrys Last?

According to Junk Car Medics data, Toyota Camrys last an average lifespan of 21 years, or vehicle model year 2003,  and 179,174 miles. A well-maintained Toyota Camry can comfortably reach 15-25 years or 200,000 - 350,000 miles.
Junk Car Medics analyzed our data of people junking their Toyota Camry to determine these numbers. People junk their cars at the end of their lives, so it's a good representation of the average. One example is a 1997 Toyota Camry with 303,000 miles on it at the end of its life.

Toyota is Japan's largest automaker, and the name has come to epitomize reliability and affordable driving. Camrys are among the favorite Toyota models and consistently rank high in dependability surveys. But how long do Toyota Camrys last?

The short answer: A well-maintained Camry can comfortably reach 15-20 years or 200,000 to 300,000 miles, according to automotive industry data and Toyota Camry owners. Many owners keep their vehicles for well over 20 years.

  • Generally, 350,000 miles is considered the upper limit of this reliable car before it nears its end of life. However, many units exceed this threshold, and people experience safe driving beyond the normal limits.
  • It is possible to see early-generation Toyota Camrys from the 1990s still on the roads. And Camrys with 400,000 miles for sale are not uncommon.
  • In exceptional cases, Toyota Camrys have been known to last over 500,000 miles and 30 years!

Such long-term reliability depends on taking good care of your Camry. This means the following:

  • Maintenance: Per your owner's manual, regular oil changes, filter replacements, and dedicated routine maintenance. Failure to care for your Camry leads to premature wear and tear that will shorten its lifespan.
  • Repair management: Early detection and prevention is golden. Addressing minor issues before they escalate into extensive damage helps keep your car on the road longer.
  • Driving habits: Sensible, controlled, defensive driving is a smart habit to get into. Avoid aggressive driving, frequent short trips, and excessive idling, which only places unnecessary stress on the engine, transmission, and vital parts. If possible, plan your trips so that they are long enough to allow the engine to reach its proper operating temperature. This lets the engine deliver optimal performance.

Maintenance Tips for Toyota Camry Longevity

Here's a checklist of 7 steps to keep on top of maintenance and servicing.

  1. Oil change: Change your car's oil every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. If the oil filter is disposable, change it at the same time. Use a good synthetic oil for better lubrication, protection, and performance.
  2. Tire rotations: Rotate your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles and ensure they are inflated correctly.
  3. Leaks: Check regularly for any leaks.
  4. Fluid replacements: Transmission fluid, coolant, and brake fluid changes are vital to maintaining proper function and preventing damage to crucial systems. Don't neglect transmission fluid changes as per service guidelines, and replace the coolant and brake fluids every 40,000 to 50,000 miles.
  5. Air filters: Air filters keep contaminants from the engine and the cabin air clean. You want to replace them every 12,000 to 15,000 miles.
  6. Essentials to attend to around every 15,000 miles: Every 15,000 miles, your checks should include inspecting the gearbox and steering gear, radiator and condenser, exhaust pipes and mountings, and the driveshaft.
  7. Essential tips over 50,000 miles: Pay attention to spark plugs as they typically come up for replacement from 60,000 miles. Check your transmission fluid every year and look to replace it between 40,000 and 60,000 miles. Additionally, if your Camry has a timing belt, replace it with the water pump at around 100,000 miles (or sooner if it's showing signs of wear). Replacing the timing belt proactively prevents potential engine damage and costly repairs.

Average estimates of total annual repair and maintenance costs for a Camry are under $400. View this spending as a crucial investment towards extending the working life of your vehicle.

Common Issues and Repairs

Despite being top-of-class in many respects, the Camry is not a fault-free vehicle. Here are the main complaints owners have experienced over the years and typical solutions.

  • Transmission problems (2002-2006): Certain Camry models from 2002 to 2006 have had issues with their automatic transmissions. Symptoms include improper gear shifting and hesitation on acceleration. If your gear system doesn't respond to acceleration or is slipping, have a mechanic inspect the transmission to diagnose and address the complication. The cause is often down to a worn or faulty part.
  • Suspension and steering (2007-2011): Camry models from the 6th and 7th generations have had problems with their suspension and steering components. The problem manifests as unsettling noises, vibrations, or uneven tire wear. Regular inspection of suspension and steering components can help identify any wear or damage early on.
  • Power steering pump or hose leak: Another common issue is a leak from the power steering pump or hose. Models with a V6 engine are most affected. Resolving the issue usually requires replacing either or both the pump and hose.
  • Engine oil consumption (2007-2011): Excessive oil consumption has been problematic in some Camry models. This issue could lead to engine damage if not tackled promptly. This highlights the importance of regularly monitoring the car's oil levels and changing oil every 5,000 to 8,000 miles.
  • Brake problem recall: Brake problems have affected various generations of Camry. In 2021, Toyota recalled 200,000 Camrys produced in 2018 and 2019 for a break problem, causing components to wear down dangerously. This emphasizes the importance of regular brake checks. Toyota has issued various recalls on Camrys over the years. Always react promptly to recalls in the interest of personal and road safety. To check out how your Camry might be affected, search your vehicle's VIN on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website to see if any open recalls apply.

Toyota Camry Scrap Car Value and End-of-Life Options

Like all cars, Camrys depreciate significantly over time. Owners of old Camrys are often faced with the choice of spending $2,000 on essential repairs for a vehicle worth less than that overall.

As a car's sell-by date or "end of life" nears, owners must weigh the economics of continuing to repair their vehicle. Scrapping your car with a salvage or junkyard or via an online car-buying platform is often your best option.

If you are considering scrapping your Toyota Camry, here's what you need to know:

  • Recent models: If you have a high mileage or wrecked Camry from a recent generation, it could fetch you over $2,000.
  • Older models: An older Camry, say from the early '90s, might be worth around $300 (some vehicles as old as 1984 still have some value).
  • Average scrap price: A Toyota Camry's current average scrap price is $592.20.
  • Mileage: The typical scrap Toyota Camry has about 179,174 miles, but the highest scrap mileage is around 351,000 miles.

Junk Car Medics buys all kinds of cars for cash. If you plan to dispose of your long-serving Toyota, contact us for a no-obligation quote. We could offer you in minutes and promise a smooth, rewarding deal.


Is the Toyota Camry the most reliable and long-lasting midsize sedan?

The Toyota Camry is certainly one of the most reliable and long-lasting midsize sedans on the market. In a Consumer Reports survey that rated midsized vehicles that run the longest without significant problems, the Camry ranked first, ahead of the Honda Accord.

How do repair costs for Toyota Camrys compare to competitors in the midsize sedan segment?

Compared to its main competitors - like the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima - Toyota Camrys generally have similar or slightly lower repair costs. The Camry's reputation for longevity and durability translates into lower maintenance expenses over time. This makes it a popular, cost-effective choice in this segment.

What is the average annual repair cost for a Toyota Camry?

The amount you spend on Camry repairs and maintenance annually depends on the age and condition of your vehicle. An approximate estimate indicates that a Camry will cost around $4,200 for repairs and maintenance in its first 10 years. Other estimates suggest about $390 a year on average.