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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
112,477 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. rings replaced (1 reports)
2000 Toyota Celica engine problems

engine problem

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2000 Toyota Celica Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 162009

Celica GT

  • Manual transmission
  • 114,954 miles


Car began using a lot of oil, and blowing a fair amount of smoke, especially on start up. Drove it out of necessity for a couple months like that, til I got another car and parked it to prevent possible further damages. Trustworthy mechanic figured it out before I even told him, since apparently the oil rings are a fairly common problem with Celica engines. Ripped the motor out, new rings, machined the entire engine, save for the valves and lifters, which apparently can't be machined, only replaced. LOT of labor, and a large cost.

Total I spent $4400 on it, as I replaced a couple other things while the mechanic had the block ripped apart. Most of that was just the ring work though, so thats why I made the cost to fix $3000. Would have been cheaper and easier to replace the engine, but there wasn't any that would work anywhere near where I live, so..

- , Qualicum Beach, BC, canada

problem #1

Jun 202008

Celica GT 1.8L 1zzfe

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

110,000 miles - started burning oil (as well as bank-0 O2 sensor failure). Mechanic says piston rings shot. At that mileage, I can understand that piston rings being pretty worn, but it was the repair that he suggested that really torqued me. $4k to do a total rebuild - which he was insistent upon becomes replacing the rings would likely cause it to leak somewhere else in this (worn) engine. That's almost half of what I paid for this car for in 2005.

- , Topeka, KS, USA

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