1982 Toyota Celica Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1982 Toyota Celica GT Hatchback 22R 2.4L from North America

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 22R 2.4L Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired232000 miles
Most recent distance237000 miles

Summary:

A true classic, sporty import

Faults:

Water pump was shot when purchased. Replaced, but broke a bolt along the way.

Power brake booster was bad, pedal would go to floor when pressed. Never fixed, didn't care, the car stopped.

Clutch slave cylinder leaked all over the interior, and became the cause of selling the car.

Would not hold a pint of power steering fluid for 8 hours. Constantly refilling.

Brake light switch was always stuck, therefore, draining the batter overnight.

Cruise control never worked.

Carb was shot, so it would stall at 3300 RPMS.

Hatch liked to fall on my head often.

General Comments:

Car was extremely comfortable, especially when going 110+ MPH.

Gas mileage was exceptional since it was a 5 spd w/OD.

It really does handle like it is on rails. Could do sharp turns at 70 w/o a problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th December, 2005

1982 Toyota Celica RA60 21R-U 2.0L DOHC from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 21R-U 2.0L DOHC Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired295000 kilometres
Most recent distance312000 kilometres

Summary:

Great

Faults:

When I bought the car, I had to replace the bottom tank of the radiator.

Previous owner preferred to keep a bottle of water in the back instead...

New back brakes, normal wear though. Recently the clutch has disconnected somehow, drive chain is a bit loose.

General Comments:

The Celica is now 23 years old, quite an age for any car. The engine was replaced before I got it, with a 21R-U.

The body looks OK, the headlights are horrible; they "flop forward", as opposed to "popping up".

Handles alright, you feel the car and road when you drive, and with a bit of practice, you can make the car go pretty quick..

I should point out the other day, I saw a Celica identical to mine, stuck into a tree. The young P plater went into the roundabout, and went straight out into a tree.. No injuries.

You may catch Celica-itis. And then potentially Toyota-itis. They're really just that great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th November, 2005

22nd Nov 2006, 18:23

Do you know where to get a water pump for the 24R-U engine?

1982 Toyota Celica GT 2.4L 22R from North America

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.4L 22R Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired232000 miles
Most recent distance237000 miles
Previous carAMC Rebel

Summary:

Awesome Ride with Attitude

Faults:

Bought it with a disintegrated original water pump at 233,000 miles.

Broke an aftermarket radiator at the same time as replacing that.

Changed the thermostat to 160 degree one.

Carburetor is pretty shot - doesn't like to accelerate or start in the mornings.

Temperature gauge inaccurate.

Melted one of the bulb assemblies in the door for the door marking lights.

Liftgate shocks wear quick.

Cruise control never worked.

Power steering leaks out completely overnight.

General Comments:

Overall - cannot complain. Bought the car for 400 dollars to use temporarily, and have kept it up as much as possible. My complaint is the price of parts, and going to a dealer for parts is like taking a gun to your head.

Gas mileage is fantastic, but would still expect better out of a 2 bbl 22R. Thankfully, '82 is the last year for carburetion on these.

Extremely comfortable on long trips, although the cruise control never worked for me.

There are far too many vacuum lines running everywhere under the hood.

Still amazes me to see so many original Toyota parts at 237,000 miles. The 22R doesn't use ANY oil, but it compensates for the fact that everything else does leak somewhere.

If Toyota still made the Celicas with the 22R, and werent so ugly, and not to mention are front wheel drive, I'd like to have another. But for now, this car does just fine, though the running costs are gradually rising from all of its leaks and failing parts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th January, 2005

2nd Mar 2005, 19:02

I got the car for free. It was one of the best things I ever received. This car can take an awful beating and still perform excellent every time I drive it. When it is in the 4500 to redline range it performs great. it did 40 mph. in 3rd gear at 3000 rpms, so its pretty fast.

12th Sep 2006, 06:50

I have a '81 hatchback and I love the car. There are only a few left on the road, and I'm trying to keep mine on the road. The only problem I have with it is the lack of body panels for it now.

If you know where to find panels, let me know.

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