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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,786 miles

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2002 Toyota Celica fuel system problems

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2002 Toyota Celica Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 122007

Celica 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Celica. Every time the contact finishes pumping fuel, the gas tank overflows. The previous owner of the vehicle had it repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number 03V074000 (fuel system :gasoline), but the failure still persists. The dealer would not repair the vehicle and it is currently at a repair shop. The failure and current mileages were 65,000. Updated 12-02-08 updated 12/02/08.

- Catonsville, MD, USA

problem #1

Oct 302003

Celica 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,573 miles
I got a recall notice on my 1 year old 2002 Toyota Celica. NHTSA # 03V-074000. I took the car on 7/21/03 to my local Toyota dealer and they said I needed a new fuel tank which they installed for free. Less than 90 days later my Celica was having problems starting. I took it back to the same Toyota dealer and they said I had gotten something like water in my fuel system. My fuel tank, fuel pump, and fuel injectors needed to be replaced. I showed them where they were the only ones that had worked on my fuel system less than 90 days ago. But they failed to take responsibility for the problem. In the end my insurance company had to pay over $2,500 before Toyota would release my car. I am convinced the procedure Toyota followed to do the original recall notice caused these problems. I own 4 cars and this was the only one that got something in the fuel tank. Most likely the fuel storage cart Toyota used to store my gas when they replaced the tank was not clean. Toyota should be required to recall all cars where they installed a new fuel tank under this recall and inspect the fuel pumps for water damage.

- Sanford, FL, USA

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