1981 Toyota Celica Reviews from North America

1981 Toyota Celica GT 24R

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 24R Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired334000 miles
Most recent distance334000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang


Excellent reliability!


Fuses work on and off sometimes.

General Comments:

This car is excellent, and a great daily driver! It gets excellent city and highway mileage, and it handles like a sports car is supposed to.

These car were known to rust, and that's what I am dealing with now. It's an eyesore with sunburned red original paint. Has the rear shade vent, which is pretty cool. It looks like a muscle car from the 80's. You wouldn't know it was a Toyota unless you looked at the emblems.

The interior is PERFECT! No rips, cracks, or tears anywhere. For a small car, it's very comfortable. I'm 6'0" 250 and I fit comfortably. It sits a bit low when getting out though.

Overall, a great car that I will keep forever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th November, 2010

1981 Toyota Celica GT 2.4 22R

Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.4 22R Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired244000 miles
Most recent distance265000 miles
Previous carFord LTD


A reliable, cheap to run car


The only thing I have had to replace on the car was the heater fan. I have never touched the motor or anything else. The body is starting to get pretty rough though.

General Comments:

This car is very reliable, but has absolutely no balls. It will take anything of the line until about 20 MPH. my buddy has an 1989 Cavalier Z24, I wasted it until 20, then he passed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2003

20th May 2003, 14:22

I don't know what you're talking about. I wasted a 2000 jeta, and with ease. this car has more power than you think if you learn how to drive it properly. my car is standard so maybe that's why.

17th Aug 2003, 22:12

I don't have my license, yet I own a 1981 Toyota Celica. I bought it off a friend for 100$. It has 336 000km. All it need to be put back on the road is a set of struts and a windshield. The drive train is excellent, as is the norm with Toyota's. Already I am amazed at the power that comes from a 2.4L engine with a 2barrel carb. I dunno what you guys are talking about this having no balls, just think my old man's truck with a fuel injected 22r had only 90hp.

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 2 reviews