1997 Toyota Celica Review from Australia and New Zealand

1997 Toyota Celica ss111 3.0L (177BHP)

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0L (177BHP) Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired87000 kilometres
Most recent distance118000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Galant

Summary:

Hell on Wheels in Style

Faults:

Brake pads replaced at 100k

Shrinkwrap plastic on S/Steel door trim fell off.

Have had to replace a headlight bulb too.

Oh, and oil, air-filter & antifreeze.

General Comments:

Maintenace has been smooth as.

Shame you guys in the States don't get the opportunity to drive the real Celica. 177 horses under the bonnet doesn't quit on power, its only the length of road that stops ya.

Serious fun.

Seats on most versions in NZ are Recarro, racing, low slung.

Buy them in, you'll not regret it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th October, 2003

20th Mar 2004, 19:13

Sorry to say buddy, but yours cannot be a Celica, they never came out as a 3.0 liter, it's a supra I think you will find.

7th May 2004, 21:05

3.0 must be a typo. The SS3 is a 2.0 with (I think) around 170hp in automatic form.

4th Mar 2007, 10:16

Not very happy with my Celica SS2 I just got, all links had to be replaced as well as the two front shocks, plus putting up with all the rattles inside and out, very poor build by Toyota, it will only be a matter of time before the engine starts burning oil as well, so good bye Celica.

15th Oct 2007, 09:13

Isn't the Toyota ss3 in this year the Yamaha Beams engine, I have the beams engine manual, it has 200bhp and it is a little demon!!

24th Jun 2008, 03:36

The 1996 ss3 gives out 178hp, european spec.

2nd Oct 2008, 14:55

This year was the beams engine with 210bhp, I had an ss111 non beams, amazing car but the super-strut suspension was the biggest mistake Toyota ever made. Yes, if you are aware that every 60k miles it's worth replacing the figure of 8 links, but the wear on the suspension in this time makes for costly replacement. It all seems pointless when the McPherson set up has none of the problems the super-strut has.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review