Those toyotas are very reliable cars. When this issue happens, the most likely cuase in my eyes is a broken timing belt. When did you have it changed last?
Luckily, it is not an interference motor and can be changed with no possibility of bent valves.
Have a shop check it for you to confirm.
I am assuming it is a 4 cylinder
Sunday, July 15th, 2012 AT 4:32 PM