Is this "normal" for a 2001 Camry?
I have a 2001 Camry with almost 100,000 on it. I am the original owner and have maintained it religiously at Toyota dealers. It rides beautifully, but is getting older. I'm not mechanical, know almost nothing about cars -- I just want a reliable, safe ride.
About six months ago I paid $1,000 for a catalytic converter. Now the "check engine" light went on, and I also had a low hum noise. I took it in and I have almost $2,000 of expenses! Charcoal canister about $600, left rear hub and bearing (that was causing the low hum noise), they recommended something else with transmission fluid, something with throttle body injectors too.
My question is: does this sound like normal things to be happening to a car at this age, in other words, can I expect $3,000/year of maintenance from now on? I've never had a car for 100,000 miles, and I know I will pay more $ the older the car gets, but I thought these cars lasted to at least 150,000 miles before major things happened. Would appreciate your input.
Or am I being ripped off by my dealer (I've only been going to this one for a year since I moved).