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Any Gen 1's w/o sludge??

Any Gen 1's w/o sludge??

Postby cd57078 » Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:03 pm

Hello guys, I have been doing a lot of searching lately and I am aware of the sludge issue but was just wondering if you guys think it's even possible to buy a nice gen 1-1.5 w/o sludge? Is it just prone on *every 1fmze engine or just some. Because in my price range (4-5k) there are a lot of nice ones that have right around 100,000 miles on them or even a tad more and I was just thinking that maybe if the thing has lasted this long maybe it could keep going good for awhile, especially if I used synthetic oil. Also, one more quick question: Is it possible to just pop off the oil fill cap see if the motor has sludge or not? Well let me know what you guys think. I would love to own one of these cars because everyone swears by the reliability so if I could just get around the sludge issue I would have a nice long-term vehicle.
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Postby 99BlackSandv6 » Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:10 pm

Mine is sludge-free. 120000 miles.
Trust me, I'm a technician.
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Postby TLMNICK » Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:24 pm

Sludge only occurs in the cars belonging to the slow minded people who don't change their oil on time. Buying a used car, you can never really tell until you get it home and pull the valve covers off.
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Postby wkbrdr91 » Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:26 pm

This is just one reason why i change my oil every 4 thousand miles or less...
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Postby Mr_Krispy1183 » Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:37 pm

No sludge, 167K, original owner.
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Postby turboman412 » Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:47 pm

no sludge 60k
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Postby ASG14 » Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:36 pm

I've worked on around 15 1MZ's from 94-03 Camry's/Solara's, and not one had sludge of any sort.
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Postby stringbean » Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:39 pm

no sludge 256000 kms!!!! = 159000 miles, i change my oil every 4-5 thousand miles runs great and still pulls HARD!
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Postby Midias » Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:43 pm

no sludge 177,000 miles
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Postby jetbtkng » Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:53 pm

no sludge, 3000 miles.............. :drinking:
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Postby Brettboy » Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:40 pm

No sludge at 196,000 (original owner)! I recently changed my headcover gasket and had a good look and not a hint of sludge.
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Postby Ruski » Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:41 pm

my old gen1 had no sludge at 90k before it was totaled
Totaled 9-14-07 NEW 6-6-08 04 Se Sport White
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Postby unbalancedwood » Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:59 pm

When I had my Solara, changed my valve cover gasket around 115,000ish in ~2007 had no sludge...
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Postby unchikun » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:05 pm

no sludge here that i know of -- mine's a '99 sle that my parents bought new and sold to me when they got a new camry (this was almost 3 1/2 years ago).

at 136k and some change (about 40k of which i've put on it), it drives as nice as it always has.

as others have said, i think it's all about the oil changes.
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Postby cartang » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:48 pm

92,000 non slugde , camry SC ,1999, always synthetic oil q 3,000 milles :)
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