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1996 camry manual will a transmission from a celica or mr2 fit

my trans is going bad in my camry and i wanted to know if the 5sfe manual trans from a celica or mr2 non turbo between 1990-1996 would fit
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my trans is going bad in my camry and i wanted to know if the 5sfe manual trans from a celica or mr2 non turbo between 1990-1996 would fit
FWIW, my 1993 Non-turbo MR2 has the same E153 5 speed in it as the Camry's equipped with the 5 speed have.
The E153 has a wider gear ratio than the "A" series transmissions and stronger axles.
If you already have a 5 speed and can use your linkage and mounts then I think it would work.
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oops, sdspeed, Moonman's car is a '96, they only sold 4 cyl MT that year,
will the E153 V6 MT fit on a 4 cyl?
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oops, sdspeed, Moonman's car is a '96, they only sold 4 cyl MT that year,
will the E153 V6 MT fit on a 4 cyl?
I'll be the 1st to admit I could and have been wrong many a time but considering the 93' MR2 is a inline 4 cylinder I would think it would fit the Camry 4 cylinder. I have heard of issues with the ECM, all though I'm don't know what would be the issue since we're talking about manual transmissions vs A/T.
I'm currently trying to put a Supercharger on a 1995 3.4 T100 and the ECM's are not interchangeable and of course the correct one didn't come out until 1996.

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AFAIK The S51 is the transmission for your 96 5-speed I4 Camry.


The S54 transmission from the Celica or MR2 (should) bolt right in. The final gear is different though.


The E153 is for the 4th gen 5-speed V6 Camry or Turbo MR2. It it not used for I4 Camrys. You can not use a E153 from a MR2 in a Camry without external modifications (FWD conversion).
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AFAIK The S51 is the transmission for your 96 5-speed I4 Camry.


The S54 transmission from the Celica or MR2 (should) bolt right in. The final gear is different though.


The E153 is for the 4th gen 5-speed V6 Camry or Turbo MR2. It it not used for I4 Camrys. You can not use a E153 from a MR2 in a Camry without external modifications (FWD conversion).

Thanks for clarifying that!
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Mk I NA = C52 (4A-GE)
Mk I SC = E51 (4A-GZE)
Mk II NA = S54 (5S-FE)
Mk II T = E153 (3S-GTE)

My '91 MR2 NA and my '96 Camry both had the same gearing... I could drive around both, shift by sound, and nail speed limits without looking at the speedo. Kinda funny.

V6 MR2 people went through this when starting V6 conversations... how to make the Camry manual trans fit. As above, you'll need to do some external mods, to get the shift forks pointing in the right direction. Also, depending on year, you might have to fight with mechanical vs. electric speedo output.

If you can't find a Camry S53, I'd stick with the Celica S54 from the same year range ('94-'99?). that should be a straight swap. You could do an MR2 S54, yet that would need mods.
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