View Full Version : 2000 Camry engine to Celica?

03-10-2010, 04:22 PM
Hi everybody, my first post and to the point. lol.
I would like know if it is possible to put a 2000 Camry engine into a 96 Celica? do the Camry have the same 5SFE engine?
the reason I am asking is because I just bought a 96 celica for $800 with a bad motor and there is a guy who is selling his 4 cylinder Camry for $1100. I want to buy it just for the engine but I am not sure if it will use the same mounts as my celica and will it connect to my Celica transmission with out any problem. The guy lives kind of far about 80 miles from were I live and he
doesn't know what engine model is in his car.
Sorry if these are lame questions but I have no tech knowledge of Camrys.

03-10-2010, 04:36 PM
2000 Camry is either a 2.2L I4 (5S-FE) or 3.0L V6 1MZ-FE except in the Solara, which was only V6. (from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Camry#Fifth_generation_.28SXV20.2C_MCV20.3B _1996.E2.80.932001.29))

So yes, it will mate right up, however, that's a little high price to pay for a car to just get a 5S-FE out of. I'm sure you can find rebuilt motors a bit closer for less. Or if you have the space can get a junkyard motor to rebuild that.

03-10-2010, 05:02 PM
thanks for the quick reply.
about the price of the car. well, I am going to sell the Camry Parts. and hopefully make all of the money I spent back. the car is in great conditions(at least it seems from the pictures but will see) aside from a front right fender and frame bent. I hope to make more out of it than I spent or at lest to offset the price of the engine to maybe around $300.
Is that a bad Idea?
by the way the car is drivable.

03-10-2010, 06:03 PM
everything will work motor wise and accessory belt wise transmission mount etc!

but the only thing you are going to have to do is swap your electronics / wiring harness with the Old motor being that that year camry uses coil packs instead of a dizzy.

03-10-2010, 07:36 PM
but the only thing you are going to have to do is swap your electronics / wiring harness with the Old motor being that that year camry uses coil packs instead of a dizzy.

will the distributor work or will I have to use the one from my old engine?
I am assuming the plugs are different but don't know.

thanks for the help guys really appreciated.

03-10-2010, 07:46 PM
Plugs are going to be the same... only difference is in the electronics really.

03-10-2010, 09:16 PM
thanks guys!
I am going to complete the purchase. I let you all know what happens?
By the way, anybody here In Denver want to buy Camry parts or an engine that shoots gallons of oil through the exhaust? LOL!

03-11-2010, 05:20 AM
the solara did come with a 4 banger

03-12-2010, 02:46 AM
the solara did come with a 4 banger

Well, the straight up Solara, yes, but the Camry Solara, not so much...

Also, with a 2000 Camry it may not use a distributor anymore... not sure on how hard that would be to compensate for.

03-25-2010, 12:23 AM
i dont know where you are getting your info, but all Solaras are Camry Solaras

03-25-2010, 01:17 AM
Camry/Solara 5SFEs have balance shafts, may be an obstacle for exhausts due to a different oil pan shape. And they don't rev as well because... well, they have balance shafts.

03-25-2010, 02:54 AM
i dont know where you are getting your info, but all Solaras are Camry Solaras

This is true.

04-16-2010, 04:13 PM
I am so mad! The guy changed his mind the last minute. He said that a family member wanted it so he couldn't sell it to me. I am also so embarrassed to say that the engine in my car is not the 5SFE but the 7afe.

now comes the crazy part. I went looking in CraigsList, found and bought a 97 Celica for $400. The car has a small crash in the right side that includes the lights and fender and right side of the bumper and hood . You can guess that I bought it to fix my other one. The thing is the car is supper clean. It has 114000 miles, the interior looks brand new, good tires(almost new). custom rims and a custom sound system with xm radio. I think I can spend under $500 to get this car on the road fully working again. The car Blue Book value is over $3000 in fair condition so now I decided to fix it instead of tearing it apart to fix the others so now I am still in need of a motor for my first one.
This is going to sound funny but I just talked to someone selling me his 95 celica for $400. and claims that his has a 2.3L engine with a timing belt problem and he is not a mechanic. from what I read in wiki there doesn't seem to be any 94-99 celicas with a 2.3L engine. He sent me pictures of the car but not the engine. if it is what he says it is(highly unlikely), I will definitely do a swap. The inside of this car is really bad, the suspension is damaged and the black paint is also bad. but other than that it has no body damage. I can fix my other two cars with this one and sell the rest to a junk jard.
Here is crossing my fingers and hoping he doesn't back down on the sale even if the engine is not the 2.3L he claims it is.

what do you think?

04-16-2010, 04:48 PM
i wanna know how you get all the luck finding cars for under 500 bucks.

04-16-2010, 05:40 PM
in case you are doubting me, check this out:
it was posted yesterday
you just got to keep your eyes open.

04-16-2010, 07:07 PM
Just a few words of advice. I used to love playing with cars when I was younger. Now, I just hate having to fix every damn thing that goes wrong, and this happens all the time on extremely low budget cars.

My honest opinion is it's better to pay more upfront for a better quality car than to buy a fixer upper. Trust me, a car that costs $500 is a parts car and will cost you thousands to get back to running reliably. Unless you're a pro at this (which I am safely assuming that you're not) and have mad hookups, it's just not worth the time, money, and effort to bring a car back from the junk. Even my $1,600 5th Gen is making me regret not spending at least 2-3x more for a car in better condition.

04-16-2010, 09:20 PM
true I am not an expert but I am a tinkerer and I can argue with that point as this is like my 22th car I buy. I mostly buy, fix, drive until I get tired, and sell it. Usually 1 to 3 cars a year and most of the time I make a few bucks profit on it. This past year I bought a 92 Celica for $700 drove it for a few months and sold it for $2500. Honest truth. It did cost me a few hundred to get it running but the profits were good.
I guess some people got patience and some don't.

from experience also some newer cars will brake down a lot more than older cars no matter how reliable they look.

a couple of examples from my past two years:
2 years ago bought a 97 rav4 that I still have. I paid $1500, perfect body, super clean interior(had to clean the dog hair from the inside dough) the guy claimed that the engine was bad. He turned it on and it rattled upon acceleration. I paid him the cash no questions asked. I still drive it to date, not had one problem with it. if I replace the exhaust manifold gaskets I know I can still get $3000 for it.

at the beginning of last year I bought a 97 Rodeo for $800, decent interior, 6cyl 130k+ miles from a dealer associate who claimed not to work with the dealer but I had to fill out all of the dealer paperwork(funny). it did have a bad rear axcel, went to the junk yard bought it for $60 installed it myself and sold it to my cousin for $1500 on his request. He still drive it and is happy with it.

I will post pictures of the Celicas when I get a chance. They are great.

04-18-2010, 02:45 AM
Good luck, man.

Please return with updates and pictures.

04-18-2010, 05:06 PM
I did buy the 95 Celica for $400 and I was right it was not a 2.3L engine. it was the 2.2L with 165K+ miles which is not too bad. It does not run as he says the timing is bad. I did check the plugs to make sure none had oil in them. the did look pretty good. The car interior is pretty bad. but panels, dash and air bags all look good. The exterior paint job looks pretty bit up as most cars with black paint do. The front bumper got a crack on the lower part but I can live with that. the fender is good and so are the bumper, lights and hood so it's usable. I was sad that the windshield was cracked but for the most part it's worth every cent. I will take all I need and sell it to the junk yard probably for around $200. I took the car to my cousins house sense I don't have room in my lot for it.
I will post pictures of it when I go to my cousins house and take them but for now here are some photos of my other cars.

this are the photos of the white Celica I bought for 400 to fix my red 96:
it is not as bad as it looks:
the only bad part of the interior is the arm rest:

this is the car I am trying to put the engine:

and this is the rav 4 I got for $1500:
I have not put one cent in repair in the two years I've been with it.

this is the picture of the celica I bought for $700 and sold for $2500:

04-19-2010, 12:29 AM
Nice, man. So you just bought the white Celica for the engine??

I like your Rav4 and red 6th Gen. You sure made a killing on that 5th Gen. Mine looks just like that except it's blue.

04-19-2010, 05:02 AM
Nice, man. So you just bought the white Celica for the engine??
That was the original plan. but looking at it carefully, I realize I can have it fix for around $500. and sell it for a good profit. I did already buy the black Celica to repair it. I was planning on putting the engine from the black Celica in to the red one. The problem is the black Celica has the 2.2L with a standard transmission while the red car has the 1.8L engine with a automatic transmission. while I have replaced engines, I have never done something like that but I bet I can figure it out by myself and the help of google. I hope there is enough information here to help me do that. Either way, I will figure it out.

this was the ad for the car. It was up today still:

on another story, relatives already want to buy the black celica. I don't really want to sell it but for the right price, I might.
Here are some pictures of the black celica: