Your car uses a simple, reliable throttle cable, not the silly electronic motor-driven throttle that Toyota is having all the trouble with. Many manufacturers are using that goofy system now, and a lot of problems were predicted a long time ago.
Your cable is most likely not sticking. If the engine is idling too fast, suspect a vacuum leak in the intake manifold gasket or one of the vacuum hoses. To try to find the leak, when the engine is still cold and running, use a squirt bottle to spray water onto the hoses and gaskets. When you find the leak, the water will get sucked in and the engine will slow down momentarily.
The exhaust system should be inspected before the fumes get to you. Places like Sears offer free inspections.
Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 AT 4:39 AM