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 .

7 Answers


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.

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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.

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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.


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.


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.

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