1986 Toyota Celica GT-S 2.0 3S-GE


Great bang for your buck


Replaced clutch cylinder, replaced alternator, replaced one headlamp. Seats are worn, put covers on them. Covered worn steering wheel also. Burns a little oil.

General Comments:

This car kills off the line, the 3S-GE engine is amazing and when it hits the T-VIS mode, you can hear the intake breathe! Interior is worn out almost everywhere, but who cares when you can kill most Hondas!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th July, 2003

1986 Toyota Celica GT-S 2.0 inline four-cylinder


Fast, fun, and well-priced


The car died due to a catastrophic oil leak which I did not notice (I hadn't driven the car for a few weeks prior) had happened.

The power steering belt was creating some noise during tight turns.

Sometimes the car would immediately die after it started, for unknown reasons.

The alternator went out shortly after I bought the car, though it was quite easy to replace.

The transmission was hard to shift into reverse, although not a major problem.

The tail lights kept on burning out for unknown reasons, and the license plate lights were out... though someone had used the wrong screws to install them, and were therefore impossible to replace again.

The front struts were worn out from day one, and the car would bottom out on even the slightest of dips.

General Comments:

The Celica was extremely sporty. It handled high-revving without a hitch, and felt like a true performance car.

Handling, even without the front struts, was excellent. It held corners like nothing else, and remained steady at speeds of over 100 MPH.

Gas mileage wasn't bad, considering the car that it was. The Celica is surprisingly economical for a little sports coupe.

The interior was extremely comfortable for the front two passengers, and rather cramped for those unlucky enough to find themselves in the back seat. However, the seats folded down to make quite a bit of extra cargo room.

The Celica was a pure joy to drive... it responded flawlessly, always had plenty of power, and was loaded with all the options, at a very reasonable price. Despite it dying on me, it was truly a great car, and I'd buy another in a heartbeat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2003

8th Mar 2004, 04:02

Hey, we have the same car. And ours bottoms out all the time too, however the struts have been replaced, and it still bottoms out. any suggestions?

8th Oct 2004, 08:27

I had the problem with the car bottoming out all the time over the slightest bumps. Changed struts 3-4 times with little or no help. Finally, replaced the springs, and problem was solved. Now feels and handles great over bumps, corners. No more changing struts all the time!

1986 Toyota Celica GT-S 2.0


I got the bad-nice car


Bad engine noise.

Exhaust manifold practically fell apart.

Doors don't shut tightly.

Rebuilt the transmission twice.

New alternator.

New thermostat...

I think there are more.

General Comments:

This car is so good looking, new paint, I wish it would have been a better car, but the problems just keep coming. I think either the previous owner hot-rodded it too much, or I got the bad one out of the bunch. Cause I know Celicas are generally reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 2002

1986 Toyota Celica GT 2.0 2SE


Toyotas are way overpriced new, but for a few hundred bucks you can't beat an old one..


Alternator went at 175,000 miles.

Rear fender wells have some rust.

Radiator went at 160,000 miles.

Idler arm went at 185,000 miles.

General Comments:

I bought this car for $800 and it has been great. I bought it to get the fuel mileage and save on wear and tear on my 4x4 truck.

This car starts like new, and handles wonderfully.

Would not hesitate to pick up another regardless of the miles. Gets 33 MPG and will hit 90 MPH with no problem.

Counting repairs, new tires, and everything else, I have put about $1500 dollars into this car and have gotten 40000 miles and it's still going.

On the downside, it leaks oil like a sieve... Thank goodness for Wal-Mart and their cheap oil.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th August, 2001

15th Feb 2005, 08:18

I have recently bought a 1986 Celica GT from a buddy of mine and I have to say I was a little bit worried when I saw the mileage: 185,000. Then I took it for a test drive and found out that it was still an awesome car and still had tons of snap. I plan on dropping a new engine in it in a year or two to give me a little more to work with.