2000 Toyota Celica GT-S from North America - Comments

11th Oct 2006, 20:15

Engine is gone on a GTS 130,000 miles. We had the same problems listed on this site, sputtering sounds, knocking noise, sluggish. After two years of toyota techs looking at the car. Finally the valves went out, engine is totally gone.

16th Nov 2006, 15:29

Alrighty...I have a 2000 GT-S. The engine light has been on for over a year. I have taken it to repair shops with the same response... nothing is wrong, but you should take it to a Toyota dealership. It was running fine, so I figured it was a fluke. Well, the other day it kept feeling like it was about to stall. Guess what, even with having regular oil changes, NO OIL!!! Mechanic says there was so much oil all over he couldn't tell, but he thinks it's the rear seal and $600 to fix. This thing has 127000 miles on it. He doesn't know if there is permanent damage, I would have to leave it for awhile... but I need to get to work. The thing is, there was never any oil being left on the ground when parked. Now there is... but not much. It shakes when coming to a stop and stutters a little when just sitting still. It seems as if it gets worse when the air is on... anyone have any similar problems?

18th Dec 2006, 07:19

Hello, I have a 2000 Celica GT-S six speed. Nice car love it, could be a little faster. The car has 100,000 miles on it, and the only problem I am having is that sometimes the RPM will jump up to 2000 while in neutral, then it will drop back to 1000. It will do that off and on through out a day of driving. Doesn't seem like a big problem, but wondering if anyone knows why it's doing that?

26th Dec 2006, 13:33

I had similar problems with my 2001 Celica GT which is a manual transmission. It seemed like every time I went to get the oil changed there was no oil in the engine, yet it was never on the ground where I park. Eventually I had a loud banging in the engine which resulted in my entire engine needing to be replaced. Luckily I had 58K miles on it and the drivetrain was under warranty so Toyota picked up the tab. Now at 92K, my car is stalling and jerking anytime I get on the highway or drive over 40 mph. It's at the dealer now and the computers aren't able to diagnose the problem. Does anyone else have an idea of what I should look for?

17th Mar 2007, 12:55

I have a 2000 Celica GTS - 91,000.

When my engine light first came on I did what everyone should do and that is going to AAMCO and getting a free engine light check done. The results where emissions problems, probably a sensor, VAC, Exhaust, or Fuel Tank related. The next thing I did was to pick one at a time and do a simple test for each one. Turn the car on, have my friend Rev the engine and listen and feel each part. I found out that my injen cold air intake sounded funny. I google it and found out that it could be a sensor problem. I took off my MAF sensor and yes it was burned out. I replace the sensor and reset the EFI fuse along with the battery. Problem solved.

Now 3+ years later, the engine light came back on. This time I found out that I needed a new filter and a new VAC.

As long as your engine light is not blinking you're okay for a little bit, but make sure to get it fixed while you still can.

22nd Mar 2007, 19:41

I was experiencing a lot of hesitation when first hitting the accelerator on my 2000 Celica GT-S. A couple of days later the CEL came on. The dealer read the code and replaced the Manifold Airflow Sensor (MAS), which fixed the problem completely. I think the lesson here is that the dealership can pinpoint the problem much more closely with their Toyota-specific OBD-II equipment than Autozone can with their generic reader.

25th Jun 2007, 14:02

OK I commented earlier that after the Honda and Toyota dealerships worked on it, replacing ecm and injectors last there still was no change. I'll retract that statement, there was some change. It did get better after driving it a few days. Toyota called me and said the ecm was in. I thought they already installed it. I think this may have worked. Will drive it a while and comment on this later. I talked to toyota relating to them that I did research on this car and this has been a big problem. They did say they knew of this and that's why they changed the injectors and ecm.That was the remedy according to them. I hope this will help someone.

17th Jul 2007, 07:04

I am having the same problems with hesitation with my 2000 Celica GTS. I have driven manual transmission celicas for the past 20 years and never experienced this loss of power when starting out.

I recently took it to Firestone, which is local and has great techs in my town. They couldn't find anything wrong with it, but suggested the 90,000 mile PM. After the 90K PM which includes filter, plugs, etc there is no difference. I did notice it began to get worse in the Spring, so it could be something to do with the heat/humidity. Right now it takes at least 10-20 minutes to warm up to the point where it doesn't sputter when starting out. It still drops way down in RPM when pulling out, which isn't normal. The curious thing is it takes off like a rocket once it gets going, but it's quite dangerous pulling out on a highway when you're not sure if its going to conk out at any minute.

Do we have a consensus at this point what causes the hesitation? Has anyone else tried the 93 octane gas?

21st Jul 2007, 14:48

My car has always been fed 93, NEVER anything less. I've had numerous problems with past cars using shell, so I don't go there. A spark plug change did not help the problem. A faulty TPS or IAC should throw a code, right? Maybe the poor fuel filter design is the problem, and the pump is getting clogged in the tank? I'm finding that my car has flat spots in acceleration at higher rpms in addition to the super common hesitant start.

23rd Jul 2007, 00:40

My GTS has 99k miles. I recently learned that there a Tech Bulletin about the 2000 GTS that tells them to replace the ECM and fuel injectors for a logic prob which causes a random misfire. I am in the process of replacing the fuel injectors, but the computer is >$1200. I will see if this works 'til I can find a replacement ECM. The Tech Bulletin stated that Toyota would've covered the cost if I had <80k miles. Well, I personally think they should pick up the cost anyway. It was a known defect. I will continue to look for a reasonable price for the ECM.

My 2 cents, hope this helps.

23rd Jul 2007, 07:11

More on my problem. As I stated last week, I was using regular gas, and I tried Sunocos 94 octane this weekend. I drove over 200 miles and the car is accelerating better now. It's not 'fixed', I still have slow starts in the morning, but it warms up better and now only has slight hesitation at the start of gear 1. Probably the combination of gumout injector cleaners and the 94 octane gas has helped.

I'm thinking the fuel filter in the tank is the next to get changed. How much is this repair normally? I realise it's different from garage to garage, but is this a $500+ repair?