A little background, I bought a used 2k Celica gts 36.7k mi, seems to run ok. Only mod I can tell is a CAI
After one week of driving it I got a CEL while one the highway, multi misfire. they did the TSB for changing the ECU & injectors.
One week later I don't get a CEL but it sounds like it is misfiring and so I take it down to Toyota and tell them I don't think it is running right. Just prior to getting to Toyota the car did seem to run better. Mech takes it for a spin (6 mi), comes back and says everything is running perfect and they send me on my way...
One week later I get a CEL, misfire #2, Again as I get to Toyota the CEL goes out and they basically tell me without tearing down the engine they can't do much about it.
So I continue to drive it... Starts at times seem real hard! RPMs coming to a stop would drop to 500 or so, not die but come close. This got worse over time. Mostly city driving at this point.
Around the 7th week on a Sunday I took it for a drive on the highway, about 4 hours between 50 and 90 mph. Seem to run good during the trip. I get back and stop to put gas in it and when I get back in and it will not start. I eventually got it started but not very easy! I take it home, which is just around the corner and let it sit for about and hour. Try to start it and it starts, a few cranks but starts... CEL comes on.
Next day idles are real rough! Coming to stops I had to feather the pedal a bit until stopped or it seem to die. Next day it got worse, and by the third it flat out died at ever stop going to work, which is about 7 miles and less than 10 lights.
At noon I take it in to Toyota and right away they start talking bent valves, and I broke... I also mention that while going into 4th it didn't seem to want to go very smoothly. Had done this every since I had it.
When they tore it down they found all the valves were bent and zero compression in 2/3 and low in 1/4. The decide to replace the valves, springs, rings, etc... basic overhaul. Oh and the water pump died there even though the temp never did move above normal when I had it.
The transmission, they open up and find it is in shambles and decide to rebuild it too! I can count the times I hit lift in it and every time I paid special attention when shifting from 3rd - 4th because of all the miss-shifts I have read about. So I am pretty sure I didn't miss-shift. I screwed up 2nd a few times by letting the clutch out to quick, couldn't get it into 1st while at stop a few times and 4th I couldn't get it into many times without slightly grinding, almost like a burp. And yes I had my clutch to the floor.
The repair was all covered under 5yr/60k mi power Tran warranty, thank god! I also bought the ext warranty 4yr/40k mi which makes me good for 9yr/100k mi. They bitched every step of the way, and I just stayed calm every time they said You broke it: I wanted to just lay into them but that wouldnt have helped me at all!
All the signs of a miss-shifted car huh!
I hear of others racing the hell out of their car and no problems at all... It's just the miss-shift that will bring you down.
Maybe after the breaking period I will feel more at ease but right now I am almost afraid to hit lift in it, afraid to break it.
My question is do you think this car was slightly miss-shifted by the previous owner or raced a lot and the more I drove it the worse it got? I put 2k miles on it, half on the highway. I'm 40 and not a nube to driving. I have owned many cars and most were manual.
Your feedback is greatly appreciated