1990 Toyota Corolla

Transmission problem
1990 Toyota Corolla 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual 200000 miles

Mechanics have stated that a clutch and timing belt need to be replaced. The timing belt broke and we towed the car to a shop. There has been a smell of anti freeze when the car is parked.

Is it worth it to keep this car. The body is fine and the car is driven by a 16 yr boy.
January 18, 2010.

Hi there,

The broken timing belt will have caused internal damage to the engine, you will have a number of bent valves, the coolant loss will have to be checked out and with the clutch job as well, this may be getting beyond economical repair, I would get the head removed and get it all quoted, that way you will have something to work with, start here.

Mark (mhpautos)

Jan 18, 2010.
Good advice by Mark.

I would have engine checked and if beyond (reasonable) repair, get a used engine.

I have had several 90-92 Corolla's and (in my opinion) they are some of the most reliable cars ever built.

Jan 19, 2010.