Should I rebuild the engine , replace the engine , or replace the car ?

Asked by Jan 23, 2017 at 02:19 PM about the 2000 Toyota Corolla

Question type: General

I own a 2000 Corolla. It has over 100K miles on it. The check  engine  light  is  
on . The engine  will  only  get  worse. My only  options  are  to  rebuild  the  
engine ,  replace  the engine ,  or  replace  the  car . Which should  I do? I know
this  is  hard to  answer, but  I'm  looking  for  someone  who  might possibly  
know. My trusted  mechanic  doesn't  do stuff  like  this . I don't  know  who else  
I can trust. I'm here because  people  here don't  have  much reason  to  be  
dishonest .

9 Answers

105,465

What makes you think you need an engine, I have seen these go way past 200K, a check engine light is telling you there is a problem with the engine management system, bad sensor, broken wire, something like that.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
86,205

Unless it is using a lot of oil or is way down on compression there is no need to rebuild it. The CEL can come on with new cars and it usually has nothing to do with the engine condition.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

I was told by my nearest Koons Toyota that my engine needed rebuilding or replacing. My engine does burn a lot of oil. It seems to be burning less oil this winter. I don't know if warmer weather impacts it or what. It's a 2000 so it's definitely not new. Thank you tennisshoes and F_O_R.

105,465

Don't trust a dealer, according to specs the engine wont need work until it is using a quart in 600 miles. So if your not burning that amount of oil just drive it and keep a eye on the level so you don't cause it to fail early.

Thanks.

My trusted mechanic, who doesn't do engine work, told me that the engine would only get worse. I'll probably have to do something with it. I will probably be due for an emissions inspection in the summer. I doubt it would pass with a CEL.

The burning motor oil fouls the spark plugs.

I replaced all my upper and lower seals and my upper engine gasket seal. Works like a champ. I still need to work on the lower pan seal. You may perhaps need some work done on the pistons, but the older Toyota engines were built to last. Your best bet is to look around for a reputable automotive machine shop. Most rely on customer referrals to have any future business.

I replaced all my upper and lower seals and my upper engine gasket seal. Works like a champ. I still need to work on the lower pan seal. You may perhaps need some work done on the pistons, but the older Toyota engines were built to last. Your best bet is to look around for a reputable automotive machine shop. Most rely on customer referrals to have any future business. My corolla is a 1997 with well over 280k miles on it.

Your Answer

Corolla

Looking for a Used Corolla in your area?

CarGurus has 66,717 nationwide Corolla listings starting at $1,699.

ZIP:

Toyota Corolla Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    2,510
  • #2
    tenspeed
    Reputation
    1,850
  • #3
    tennisshoes
    Reputation
    1,810
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Toyota Camry
1,109 Great Deals out of 87,562 listings starting at $995
Used Honda Civic
834 Great Deals out of 61,316 listings starting at $950
Used Honda Accord
1,116 Great Deals out of 74,391 listings starting at $1,100
Used Toyota RAV4
813 Great Deals out of 54,150 listings starting at $1,600
Used Nissan Altima
1,223 Great Deals out of 77,843 listings starting at $1,695
Used Nissan Sentra
752 Great Deals out of 51,212 listings starting at $2,200
Used Toyota Tacoma
714 Great Deals out of 45,876 listings starting at $2,500
Used Hyundai Elantra
659 Great Deals out of 50,439 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda CR-V
930 Great Deals out of 60,464 listings starting at $1,368
Used Toyota Prius
353 Great Deals out of 16,139 listings starting at $999
Used Hyundai Sonata
845 Great Deals out of 56,540 listings starting at $1,000
Used Toyota 4Runner
328 Great Deals out of 27,093 listings starting at $1,800
Used Toyota Yaris
73 Great Deals out of 2,871 listings starting at $1,950
Used Ford Focus
741 Great Deals out of 62,866 listings starting at $900

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Toyota Corolla For Sale
35,419 listings starting at $14,375
2017 Toyota Corolla For Sale
88 Great Deals out of 4,887 listings starting at $9,600
2016 Toyota Corolla For Sale
199 Great Deals out of 7,108 listings starting at $8,500
2015 Toyota Corolla For Sale
254 Great Deals out of 6,230 listings starting at $6,999
2014 Toyota Corolla For Sale
142 Great Deals out of 3,227 listings starting at $7,750

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.