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Sounds like the VVT-i controller (timing gear) is malfunctioning according to the dealer. They did a real bad job of telling you that.
It used to be pretty common on the corollas and celica's with the 1.8 liter. Not so much on the 2.4 liter. Should be covered under your powertrain warranty anyways so cost shouldn't be an issue.
Like has been said before, your engine will revert to a reduced performance mode and you'll lose a few MPG probably. It wont do any damage but I'd get it replaced.
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