hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,038 miles

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2001 Toyota Celica engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Toyota Celica Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 132007


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Celica. The contact stated while driving various speeds she heard a loud knocking noise in the engine and the vehicle was very difficult to drive. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who advised her that the engine failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired with a rebuilt engine. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #2

Jul 272010


  • 128,614 miles
I purchased my Celica new in 2001. This year I had a new clutch and transmission put in. In the past 6 months I noticed that I was putting oil in on a regular basis, no leaks and no smoke form the exhaust. I have 128 thousand miles on the car. I have changed the oil on schedule. I contacted Toyota in jacksonville and was told I somehow must have abused the motor or not changed the oil regularly. Long story short, now I am looking for a replacement motor and Toyota wants almost $6000. I have shopped around and the cheapest way to go would be a used motor. If I had not already put in a new transmission and clutch this car would be in the junkyard. After reading all the complaints associated with this motor I would be a fool to put in another motor to have it do the same thing in 50,000 miles. That being said, Toyota should address this and fix this issue for all Celica owners.

- Middleburg, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 012008

Celica 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,500 miles
I notice something wrong when I had to change the oil twice in one month, I checked the oil level and noticed that it was burning oil. I have always followed the maintenance schedule as shown. I took it to a shop and had the engine checked, and the technician told me that it had "weak valves" after a compression check was done. I have a neighbor with the same vehicle who came back from europe from an assignment and he told me that Toyota has a recall over there for the weak valves. He told me that Toyota is replacing the engines as a solution to that problem. He said that the Toyota dealership had told him that it was the only solution they had for the problem.

- Langley Afb, VA, USA

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