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ScooterxThexBro
Okay guys, time to spill the beans. I am buying a 98 GT 5speed with 200k miles on it. I am buying from a dealership so the engine wont last as long as being kept up to date like a real owner of a celica would do. Does any of you all have an estimate to when I would need a new engine? I'm going to try to nurse it and baby the hell out of the engine till its last breath but its last breath is inevitable.
njccmd2002
are u licking it? lol.

If that engine has been raped, i say vey soon, if not, then 250, any ways, u will need to start saving for the worst.
ScooterxThexBro
QUOTE (njccmd2002 @ Dec 18, 2010 - 5:18 PM) *
are u licking it? lol.

If that engine has been raped, i say vey soon, if not, then 250, any ways, u will need to start saving for the worst.



What can I say, a GT engine is sugar sweet lol

Yeah I figured as much. You wouldnt happen to know anyone selling good 5s-fe engines would you?
Spider77
Its also going to depend on who did what to the car in the first place. Just cause your getting it from a dealer does not mean that its all beat up. Its possible but not a for sure thing. Best bet is to inspect the hell out of it. Besides all the basic stuff, im pushing 219K and the only major problems I've had was a small distributor problem, and my driverside outboard cv joint. All in all not too bad for an older car. But yeah, It wont hurt to start saving money now because one way or another the engine will fail.
4-eyed-freek
351k on mine, runs great!
ScooterxThexBro
Okay so I just got a definite deal on a 2.2L 5S-FE engine with 40k on it. Its out of one of my buddies camry's! I'm still going to inspect the hell out of the car nonetheless though.
Spider77
QUOTE (4-eyed-freek @ Dec 18, 2010 - 8:26 PM) *
351k on mine, runs great!

See, take care of it and it'll last. That just made my day!
ScooterxThexBro
Alright I need to know what model and year camry that the 5s-FE engine is identical to a 98 Celica GT..My buddies camry is a 98, same year.
Spider77
IIRC, the exhaust manifold is different than a celicas, has something to do with the angle. Although engine for engine I think that they might be the same, as far as mounting and what not...dont quote me though on that one. Im sure that someone here has thrown in a 5S from a Camry (do some searching)
samir0189
315,500 here. take good care of it, use QUALITY oil and it won't really die that easy.
Spider77
See, it just gets better and better.......Im hoping to get at least another 50-70K before I tear it all down.
njccmd2002
Dont get an engine unless u need it, once in a while u may get a celica engine, and if u save, u may end up doing a swap. So no sense to change the engine twice.
mak5603
200k on mine. I maintain it VERY well, but let's just say I dirve it like I have another motor on the way... Still runs great.
cjh4l22
i did 294k before throwing a rod
4-eyed-freek
treat it like its your child and it will love you back! trust me.
nics
got my 2nd celi last october with 205k miles. took it to san diego 2x now. third time tomorrow.
Hanyo
you have to take into account the transmission and suspension. Those parts have 200k miles on them also.

Before you take it home make sure there is no strange noises while going over bumps and the steering is tight.

It can cost an arm and a leg to replace suspension bushings.

My friends car has 250k miles on it and it runs great. Only problem is it would not pass smog because the catalytic converted is worn out.
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