1996 Toyota Celica Reviews from North America

1996 Toyota Celica ST 1.8L 16v

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8L 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

An attractive value with endless aftermarket possibilities!

Faults:

I have had no major problems with this car, and it is driven constantly! However, watch out for the sun visors. They are attached to the car by plastic rods, rather than the metal rods which came on the older models' sun visors. The first time I tried to swivel the driver's sun visor toward the driver's side window, it snapped right off. The complete part costs around $76 at any US Toyota dealer.

General Comments:

When I drove this vehicle home, I checked it's vitals to find there was no motor oil in the engine! Despite the fact it has been so badly neglected, I have never had problems with the engine, suspension or drive train. The engine runs very quietly. This car drives as though it was driven off of the the new car lot yesterday. The exterior of this car is, in my opinion, beautiful. Once you're inside, you will find that the interior is extremely comfortable and well laid out. The factory seats seem to be well designed, as they support every curve of your back. However, taller folks may have problems finding enough headroom, and may have problems climbing in and out due to the fact that the Celica is quite low to the ground. The only complaint I have is the lack of power under the hood, because the ST is equipped with the 1.8L engine normally reserved for Toyota's Corolla. Handling is this car's definite strong point. Not to mention, if the lack of power really bothers you, with a little time and money there are several other Toyota engines which can be easily swapped into this car. These include 2 excellent turbo engines, the 4a-gze from the Toyota MR2, the 3s-gte, found in later model MR2s and Celica All-Tracs. Both excellent choices, and depending on whether you purchase an ST or GT, these engines will drop right in.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th August, 2004

9th Aug 2004, 11:46

Its not really advisable to drop the 3S GTE engine in as this engine was developed for 4 wheel drive transmission, and will break the standard ST box!

26th Apr 2006, 13:44

Well you can put a 3sgte in the ST or GT with no problems. For the ST, you will have to use the GT tranny or get an E153. Also, you will need to fab a new motor mount.. Not that difficult really. Go to www.6gc.net to check it out.

1996 Toyota Celica GT 2.2litre

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2litre Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired83267 miles
Most recent distance90600 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

Under_ powered beauty

Faults:

Cooling system malfunction at 83,400 miles. Worn CV boots at 84,000. Starter replaced at 84,163 miles. Thermostat replaced at 86,439 miles.

General Comments:

This car lacked the power that my previous car had.

Looked beautiful.

Handled corners like a champ.

But acceleration left much to be desired.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2003

30th Jun 2007, 11:31

The Celica is reliable, beautiful and ergonomic when it comes to interior, and is made of superior materials inside and out. The Camaro may have more power in the rear wheel drive, but lacks all the rest that the Celica has to offer. Japanese cars are plainly better.

Of course, nowadays the quality of ALL cars made German, American, Korean, French AND Japanese even have go down the XXXX. Thanks to CEOs like Carlos Ghosn "Le Cost Killer" or "Le

QUALITY KILLER!" yes, cars may be cheaper now, but their life-span is perhaps half of what a car's life-span used to be. So if the prices went down by, %20, and the life-span went down by HALF, then... the price actually WENT UP by %30 yes?

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews