1984 Toyota Celica Reviews - Page 2 of 4

1984 Toyota Celica GT 22RE 2.4L from North America

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 22RE 2.4L Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired108000 miles
Most recent distance149000 miles
Previous carFord F250

Summary:

This is the best car I have owned for reliability and affordability.

Faults:

Complete fuel system replacement.

Replaced alternator.

Replaced battery.

Short in left brake light.

Unknown electrical problem that caused the engine to die after long periods of constant speed (50mph+)

Replaced clutch slave cylinder.

Replaced water pump.

Replaced radiator.

Piston knocking very badly at 3000+ rpm.

General Comments:

All things considered, this has really been a great car.

It will still do 0-60 in 12 seconds which is good for a car with only 96 HP.

It is also good on fuel, still getting 20mpg city/ 26 hwy. A good tune-up will help get these numbers back up to around 23/28.

It was parked for seven years which is very bad for any car. This was the cause of most of the problems listed above.

The only common problems I know of with these cars are the alternator, the water pump, and the radiator. Other than those few things, it is a very reliable vehicle.

I would recommend this as a first time car for a new driver, or as a daily driver for those looking for a fun, yet affordable vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 12th February, 2005

1984 Toyota Celica GT-S 4 Cylinder Model: 22R-E from North America

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4 Cylinder Model: 22R-E Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired143200 miles
Most recent distance167900 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Prix

Summary:

Cheap high performance import

Faults:

First thing that went wrong with it was it got an oil leak from the valve cover. (Still did not fix no big deal) This happened the same day I bought the car.

When I bought the car it had a little bit of rust on the back quarter panels, but now it is more like what quarter panels.

Electrical devices started having all kinda weird problems. Clocks would stop working. Radio would only play once and a while. The lights started not to work either. Like 2 weeks later the problem seemed to fix itself.

General Comments:

I just started driving not to long ago, but so far this car seems to really have a lot of power. Ain't sure exactly how fast it is, but I think it could go to at least what the speedometer says (130Mph) I am not sure though I've never had it out of 4 gear.

The car seems to be pretty comfortable. Seats are look to be for racing though. If your in the back seat all I wish you luck on getting out. In the front though you got lots of foot room and all seats fold down so you could sleep with your feet in the trunk and your head in the front seat. (never tried it)

The car is great on gas. fill the tank about once every 2 weeks. The battery on the other hand gets charged every month (car stereo)

All and all the car is sweet for only the $500 I paid for it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2004

1984 Toyota Celica ST 2.0L 16v from North America

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0L 16v Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired108000 miles
Most recent distance114000 miles

Summary:

Great car if it didn't have the problems mine does.

Faults:

Flywheel

Brake bads

Thermostat

Timing Belt

Drive Belt

Power Steering Hose

CV. Boot.

Total repairs - 1600 dollars. Recommends Ring & Valve replacement for an additional 1300.

My mechanic tells me that cars of this series (1986-1989) and the corollas of the same year series have a flywheel design flaw that causes it to eventually grind itself down to pieces.

General Comments:

I don't think this car was well taken care of. When I bought it, I was told that the owner had died. I believe he was very sick for a while, and his car had basically just "sat there", probably.

The seats are comfortable.

The car handles adequately.

Acceleration is passable. Mashing the throttle kills the gas mileage.

Being that this is my first car, I kind of fell in love with it, but never had the trouble-free maintenance time to make me feel like it's actually a good car. If you find an inexpensive Celica ST from this vintage, just make sure it's been well taken care of. I cannot urge you enough to have a trusted mechanic check it out FIRST.

There are few cars from the late 80s that look as good as this. Really. At least you won't be traveling in a boxy, ugly thing.

Cruises really well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th June, 2003

30th May 2004, 12:34

Homie, you are in the wrong year.

4th Feb 2006, 10:08

Yah, totally an 1986 or later. Cv axles on an ST? I don't think so. Only if you have a GT-S would it have CV axles. Also, 2 litere? nope, defiantly a 2SFE FWD celica. No wonder you don't like it. Get an 1985 or prior, and even with 400,000 miles on it, it still kicks total butt :)

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 11 reviews