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2.7

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,429 miles

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2001 Toyota Celica engine problems

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2001 Toyota Celica Owner Comments

problem #7

May 222007

Celica

  • 96,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I had purchased a 2001 Toyota Celica GT in October 2005 to initially get to and from work, and in 2007 I noticed that the engine was consuming more oil then normal (1 quart oil = 500miles) after the oil was changed at 96,000 miles, I also started noticing a ticking noise coming from the engine compartment that was only noticeable while driving and I don't know what caused it. I've taken it to roseville Toyota in California to have it checked out and they kept blaming it on my exhaust, even when I took a technician for a drive to let him listen to the noise, but he still said it was my exhaust. I have taken my car to them multiple time to have them check it out and also had them do a valve adjustment to see if that was it. It's been 3 years now and 133,000 miles later I'm still dealing with these issues, except now its ticking all the time. Please help, I'm getting tired of dealing with this issue and its starting to get too expensive, having to keep buying oil every 500 miles. I am a college student and I commute to and from school (68 miles round trip, five days a week), and these issues I've been experiencing is so frustrating, and the engine ticks soo much like its about to break down, and the anticipation of when it's going to break down is getting to be very irritating. I had initially purchased the car knowing that Toyota was known for making reliable and durable cars like Honda, so I decided to give Toyota a try and see if it held up to its reputation, and plus it was an upgrade from my 89 Honda civic that I use to have. I've experienced more mechanical problems with this car then my civic had and it was an 89. I thought Toyota was suppose to be reliable, durable, and dependable, I guess not. If I would have known these cars had soo many issues ahead of time, I would have just stayed with Honda, at least I know Honda lasts longer then 200,000 miles.

- Marysville, CA, USA

problem #6

May 222006

Celica 4-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
I had purchased a 2001 Toyota Celica GT in October 2005, and in 2006 I noticed that the engine was consuming more oil then normal (1 quart oil = 500miles) after the oil was changed at 96,000 miles, I also started noticing a ticking noise coming from the engine compartment, I've taken it to roseville... see more Toyota in California to have it checked out and they kept blaming it on my exhaust, even when I took a technician for a drive to let him listen to the noise, but he still said it was my exhaust. I have taken my car to them multiple time to have them check it out and also had them do a valve adjustment to see if that was it. It's been 4 years now and I'm still dealing with the issue, I am also on a local forum newcelica.org and there has been alot of complaints of them having the same issues. There is no way of fixing the issue, but to only replace the engine with one of 2003-2005 years, there was have been some people who have attempted to fix it, by replacing the internal components with one from the 03-05 years. Please help, I'm getting tired of dealing with this issue and its starting to get too expensive. I thought Toyota was supposed to be reliable, but I guess not, if they have soo many issues, I should have just stayed with Honda, at least I know Honda lasts longer then 200,000 miles.

- Marysville, CA, USA

problem #5

May 012008

Celica

  • 100,000 miles
It is commonly known the 1998 to 2005 1.8L 1zz-fe engines in Toyota Celica's burn mass amounts of oil after 100,000 miles. (1 quart or more every 500 to 1000 miles). The defect is in the piston. Prior to 2005 there are only 4 holes in the piston behind the oil rings for oil to flow. After 2005 there are 12 holes. This lack of oil flow causes excessive wear on cylinder walls. Thus, the engine starts to burn oil. It gets worse and worse until the engine fails. The engine then needs a complete rebuild or replacement. Toyota has known this for years (like the resent recalls) and has done nothing for the consumer. I know that 100,000 miles would be out of warranty for any engine, but knowing of the defect and doing nothing is not fair to the consumer. Toyota should recall all of these engines and either replace them or pay for them to be rebuilt.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 092009

Celica

  • 64,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I purchased my 2001 Toyota Celica in September 2009 with only 62,000 miles on the vehicle and engine. After purchasing the vehicle, I started to notice that it was burning a quart of oil about every 800 miles. I continued to add oil and keep regular oil changes. I took it to the dealership where I was told this was "normal" oil consumption by Toyota and it repair would not be covered under warranty. My warranty has since expired and I now have around 72,000 miles on the vehicle. It is now burning oil at around 1 quart per 500 miles. This is not an acceptable level of oil burning for any vehicle. After researching the problem on the internet, I have found out that there are many owners of Toyota's with the same engine and they are having the same issues with their vehicles. I have also found out that Toyota of great britain has already issued a tsb regarding this issue and will replace the entire engine block due to this issue. No such tsb from Toyota exist in the U.S.a however. Apparently the problem is caused by inadequate piston ring and engine block design. This should have been a recall since such a high amount of vehicles are affected by this problem and Toyota has already acknowledged this as a tsb in great britain. The issue affects the 2000-2001 models with the 1zzfe engine. I would like Toyota to address this issue.

- Kettering, OH, USA

problem #3

Mar 032004

Celica

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I was driving down the road about 55 mph when I heard a bang and smoke coming from the engine. Ihad it towed to the Toyota dealer in harrisnburg va. They told me my engine had blown.my warrenty refuses to pay the repairs.so now I have no car.and a bill for 4100.that I cant pay.and now they are charging me 25 dollars a day to hold my car.I dont understand why I have a warrenty thats no use to me or my car.

- Harrisonburg, VA, USA

problem #2

Jan 072003

Celica

  • 25,000 miles
Consumer purchased vehicle in 04/01. While driving engine began making a "clicking" noise. Dealer diagnosed oil sludge in engine.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #1

May 012001

Celica

  • miles
Engine had to be replaced due to weak valves.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

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