I was on CraigsList one day scrolling through all of the sub $1000 Toyota cars, looking for a basic car to commute to work in . On the first page at the bottom was a listing for this 1997 Camry XLE- V6 with 248,000 miles at $500. The ad stated the car has been sitting for a few years and doesn't have a battery so they were unsure if it was operational. I sent them a message and got a response right away, so after work we went to look at it and I took a battery to check its condition.
When I arrived at the location, we had to walk behind the house and a pile of old furniture to locate the vehicle, and right away you could tell it has been in this spot for a long time. There was a thick layer of dust and leaves on the car and spider webs everywhere. They opened the car so I could check it out and release the hood, the interior was not bad but you could see evidence the owner was a smoker. The car no longer smells like smoke but you can see some burns on the doors and seats, and there was a red handicap placard hanging from the mirror. After talking with the seller for a while she told me this was her moms car, who is now over 80 years old and no longer driving.
I installed the battery and to my surprise the engine fired up right away and ran smoothly, so I started checking things like the a/c (witch still works), idle learn from cold start, no check engine light, and for any other noises. After the engine was warmed up I did a stall test on the automatic transmission in D and R, and it held steady around 2500rpm, but now there was some smoke coming from the engine bay. After looking around with the flashlight I could see there was a pretty bad oil leak from the valve cover gaskets, and there was oil under the car too. I wasn't able to go for a test drive because the brakes were worn down to metal, so we agreed to a price of $300, signed some paperwork, topped off the fluids, and cleaned the windows so I could limp it to the shop.
Let me start by saying I don't claim to have a lot of experience with R-compound tires, I'm just giving a review in comparison to the BFG R1s and various 200TW tires I've tried. Ok, lets get into it.
These tires were pretty fast up to about the 60 run mark, but still not on par with the Hoosier cars. After 60 runs our PAX results were showing us falling down the rankings. Then in July of 2017 we finally installed a set of BC Racing coilovers and went out to try testing and tuning. We did 10 runs on the practice day and then 8 more runs at the championship the next day. It was about 90 degrees on Sunday and I noticed right away we had limited front grip. I had to drive the car like it had an open differential, and once again the PAX results told the story....slower than last time. After our runs I pulled the car into the paddock and removed the wheels....
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