Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: 1994 Camry started slipping in first gear

asked by on

My manual 1994 Camry with 420,000 miles has recently started slipping in first gear. Would it be worth the time to get it fixed it or should I get a new car considering that this car has so many miles?

They are very good cars. If it’s starting to slip, that means it’s wearing out. 420,000 miles is a lot of miles. But there are so many Toyota Camry’s out there, and all cars, when they are that old, get wrecked. They junk them because the insurance would be total on that car. For a car that’s that old, it doesn’t matter if it has 800 dollars of damage, they will total the car. So, there are a lot of good used transmissions you might take. Just keep driving and if it stops working, then get a used one from a junk yard. They often work quite well. If you would like to have this looked at by a professional, a technician from YourMechanic can come to your home or office to inspect your slipping transmission and let you know what options you have.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Put my GMC into gear and when I give it gas it just wines and won't move.

Hi there. Check the clutch to see if it is slipping. When a clutch slips, the engine will continue to operate but the transmission will not drive under a load. If the clutch is new and the noise is still...

Q: How do I scan the tracks within a USB folder?

When playing a USB folder through the sound system, you can scan all the tracks of a folder to find the track you would like to listen to. To do so, follow these steps: Enter the folder you would...

Q: Engine revving when going over 30 mph. Problem with the 3rd gear?

Hey there. It sounds like your clutch may be worn to the point of slipping. The engine revving but the vehicle speed not matching in 3rd gear is typically an early indication of the clutch being worn. When the clutch/pressure...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.