HIGH MILEAGE USED CAR ADVICE

  • Tiny
  • Acmectec2001
  • 2001 Toyota Corolla
  • 196,000 miles

I have a chance to buy a 2001 Corolla for $2000. It runs good, the body and interior is good but it has 196000 miles on it. He says it uses 1/2 quart of oil between fill ups after highway driving. It doesn't smoke or leak. I know this was a problem with Corollas. I've heard it occurred at lower miles in a lot of cars. Is this fixable without major repair and is there mileage left in this car for $2000?

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 AT 2:50 PM

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  • Tiny
  • mhpautos
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Oil loss will be due to faulty rings and proberbly a broken oil control ring with is not that uncommon in these cars, there is no quick fix, it will require a major re build to fix.

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 AT 3:06 PM
  • Tiny
  • Acmectec2001
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Will the engine continue to run okay without fixing it?

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 AT 3:10 PM
  • Tiny
  • mhpautos
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It will only get worse over time, it will start to ash up spark plugs and this will affect the engine performance, as I said there is no quick fix for this, there is no way off telling how long before more serious issues arise with this problem.

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 AT 3:59 PM
  • Tiny
  • Chris VC
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Hi mhpautos,

Will you please answer my question here?

http://www.2carpros.com/questions/spark-plug-tube-seals

Thanks

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Monday, April 29th, 2013 AT 8:41 PM
  • Tiny
  • mhpautos
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I will have a look.

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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 AT 2:29 AM

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