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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
105,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. repair input shaft bearing (1 reports)
2000 Toyota Celica transmission problems

transmission problem

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2000 Toyota Celica Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 152010

Celica GT 1.8L

  • Manual transmission
  • 105,000 miles


2000-2004 Celica GT Manual Transmissions have sub-standard bearings. The input shaft bearing wears out around 100,000 miles. Up to 5000 miles before the bearing fails, the transmission has a low pitch grinding sound like a bad wheel bearing and/or a medium-high pitch whine in first to 3rd gear. The sound is faint enough that the driver notices it but passengers do not. The transmission may also pop out of gear.

The parts for the repair cost under $100. Repairing the transmission costs $1000 to $2000 in labor, replacing it costs from $4000 to $6000, most likely more than the car is worth. Basically, this problem means that a 2000 to 2004 Celica GT has no value at all after it gets to 90,000 unless this repair has been done. It could easily cost more in repairs during the next 2 years than the car price shown on

- , Santa Barbara, CA, USA

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