2000 GTS Powerband/Lift Question
I bought a used 2000 GTS with 76,000 miles on it. I had a good mechanic check up my car, and everything seemed ok. He worked for Toyota dealer for 16 years, but now he's on his own.
I've been browsing this forum for some time now. And I've read the thread about the bolt being broken and then the GTS wasn't able to get lift.
However, I do have a different lift problem. It is kind of wierd. My lift kicks in around 5500, which is a bit earlier. When it reaches around 6500, I feel that the engine's kick wasn't as strong as it was. However, unlike the experiences described by people who had their bolts broken, my celica still accelerates rather smoothly even until the redline, but the power somehow doesn't feel as strong as when the VVTL-i first kicked in.
I'm not sure when people say "i love hitting lift", how that "lift" should really feel like. I used to drive an Integra 97 GSR, and the VTEC really, REALLY kicks in at the higher RPM. Unlike the integra, I feel that this engine does not have as much power. I don't want to offend any of you celica enthusiastics, but I can safely say that the VTEC design is still a masterpiece.
Nevertheless, I'm not sure if the acceleration of a celica GTS is SUPPOSED to be the same as that of Integra GSR's VTEC? And if not, does my engine sounds like it was modded before? such as having the VVTL-i kick in earlier than it should? Because I've heard people who have lowered their Integ's VTEC to kick in at around 4000, thus feel the power earlier but losing it later at the higher RPM. I'm wondering if it seems like the case for me.
By the way, when I bought the car from a dealer, the car was extreley clean. Most of the milage, from what it seemed, were highway miles. The person before me MIGHT have installed a K&N filter, because the sensor right beside the filter was clogged with oil when the mechanics checked it, which he said could only mean that the filter was changed to K&N. Therefore, I believe that the previous owner(s) were not hardcore racers. The rims are stock too, so is the exhaust. So I'm pretty confident that when I bought it, it wasn't used for racing.
So I'm basically asking... 1) Is my car's lift experience "normal", and 2) If it isn't, was the powerband possibly shifted in anyway? 3)Or, if anybody knows what COULD be the problem if this case isn't normal?