1974 Toyota Celica Review from Australia and New Zealand

1974 Toyota Celica TA22 1.6

Model year1974
Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance250000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Camira

Summary:

Not your average boring hatchback that make up most of the traffic now

Faults:

Not too much for such an old car.

Replaced the clutch.

Usual consumable items all replaced.

Interior stood up pretty well apart from a crack on the dash.

Fairly major rust though.

General Comments:

Really reliable car. When I bought the car, I liked the looks of it, and knew that with such a small engine, it would be fairly good on fuel. It ran fine on unleaded petrol.

Handling is OK for what it is, but my biggest issue with it was the performance (or lack thereof).

The poo brown color was very 70's, and people were generally happy to see the old banger still on the roads.

Gearbox was excellent, one of the 1st cars to get a 5 speed box.

Wind noise on the freeway was very loud and tiresome, but it was part of the character.

Seats were comfortable and driving position was fine. Started 1st time, every time. Consumed a bit of oil, but I just topped it up every so often. It had a real personality that most cars these days don't have - I'll miss her.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th August, 2010

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review