2000 Toyo Corolla VE- VERY sluggish when accelerating and up to 40mph--It hates red lights and slow downs.

Asked by Feb 18, 2013 at 10:54 AM about the 2000 Toyota Corolla VE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hello, My engine light is blinking, and my car feels like it is dragging from engine start, to up to about 40mph. (the sensation compares to trying to push a food cart with a bad wheel- how the cart feels like it is fighting the push) I’m starting to smell something from the engine.  I have put a gas treatment in it and it doesn’t seem to help. I just had the spark plugs replaced-since they have been replaced I am now hearing a metal tinkling sound at the start. Someone has said I may need a Coil for cylinder 1. And someone else said I may need a fuel pump or injectors since I ride on E a lot.   (Unrelated- I need a real main oil seal- too expensive-since they have to take the engine out- so I just put 2 to 3qts of oil in it a week.  My engine light has stayed on because of the misfire codes.    Any suggestions??

4 Answers

First thing that comes to mind is when you say you 'ride on E a lot' When you do that all that empty space in the tank is a perfect place for condensation, you probably have water in the tank even if that's not what the problem is. beg, borrow steal (just kidding don't do that) enough money to get some alcohol based water remover and FILL 'ER UP. Then let's go from there

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

And I don't know if the 2000 has the OBDII yet but either way see if you can get the fault codes at any large parts store..free..write them down and come back here

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

3 quarts a week? Ouch. keep close eye on that. Trade it in. There is a lot of work to do a main seal indeed...

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Hey i got a 2000 corolla CE and I got the same problem. But I already had it checked out today and had a smoke test with the car cold. And he told me that I need to change the fuel injectors. But I would Like to get ur opinion on that. Ok

Your Answer


Looking for a Used Corolla in your area?

CarGurus has 66,255 nationwide Corolla listings starting at $1,599.


Toyota Corolla Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
  • #2
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Toyota Camry
808 Great Deals out of 71,623 listings starting at $1,400
Used Honda Civic
374 Great Deals out of 51,346 listings starting at $1,200
Used Honda Accord
553 Great Deals out of 91,963 listings starting at $1,495
Used Toyota RAV4
495 Great Deals out of 65,431 listings starting at $1,995
Used Nissan Altima
789 Great Deals out of 67,227 listings starting at $750
Used Nissan Sentra
495 Great Deals out of 50,228 listings starting at $599
Used Hyundai Elantra
395 Great Deals out of 44,745 listings starting at $495
Used Toyota Tacoma
425 Great Deals out of 40,424 listings starting at $2,600
Used Toyota Prius
218 Great Deals out of 16,063 listings starting at $1,200
Used Honda CR-V
569 Great Deals out of 66,216 listings starting at $1,800
Used Toyota Yaris
34 Great Deals out of 2,505 listings starting at $1,995
Used Hyundai Sonata
362 Great Deals out of 50,267 listings starting at $1,300
Used Ford Focus
397 Great Deals out of 70,146 listings starting at $999

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Toyota Corolla For Sale
4 Great Deals out of 39,705 listings starting at $13,199
2017 Toyota Corolla For Sale
87 Great Deals out of 4,219 listings starting at $9,512
2016 Toyota Corolla For Sale
143 Great Deals out of 6,087 listings starting at $7,477
2015 Toyota Corolla For Sale
228 Great Deals out of 6,260 listings starting at $7,500
2014 Toyota Corolla For Sale
69 Great Deals out of 1,952 listings starting at $6,484

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.