1985 Toyota Celica Reviews - Page 3 of 6

1985 Toyota Celica GT 2.4 EFI from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.4 EFI Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 miles
Most recent distance240000 miles

Summary:

It's fast, reliable, good-looking, and a bargain to obtain and maintain

Faults:

The oil pan gaskets disintegrated. I assume they were the ones which came with the car originally by the way they looked. But once these were replace the car no longer leaked.

I also had to replace the exhaust system as soon as I got it. Because it also had the original muffler.

The body looks like it's had a rough life. I myself have been in 3 accidents in her. She's my first car.

General Comments:

Even as banged up and dented as she appears. The '85 Toyota Celica GT is a performer to the full extent of the word. I do not know what else has been replaced on this car before me, as I bought it very used. However, the gas mileage is still great on this car, and it still manages to beat most of the newer 4-cylinder vehicles on the road. An amazing car all around.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th June, 2004

1985 Toyota Celica 1985 celica GT hatch back 22R-E from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 22R-E Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance148000 kilometres
Previous carGMC chevy nova

Summary:

Exciting transportation with minimal costs

Faults:

Recently had to replace oil seals for the rack and pinion power steering unit as well as new boots.

At about 100,000 km I had to replace the clutch pressure plate and release bearing.

Also just recently replaced leaking power steering lines.

Drivers seat has worn considerably and has been duct taped much to the embarassment of my two kids.

General Comments:

This car handles like the day I purchased it, It is a pleasure to drive with ample power for highway and city.

Gas mileage is also very reasonable at 500km per tank.

Reliability of this car is second to none, It has never left me stranded and wouldn't hesitate to drive it anywhere. There is also plenty of space with the hatch back and folding rear seats.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2003

1985 Toyota Celica GT 2.4 from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.4 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired106000 miles
Most recent distance108000 miles
Previous cartoyota toyota

Summary:

Cheap speed

Faults:

The brakes were bad when I got it. then the battery was replaced to make it start on cold day. shortly after that the alternator went bad.

The air now went out and they want $300 to even look at it.

General Comments:

A fast car easy to pass with. can beat most other cars. can put open air intake. Sounds better then.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th June, 2003

1985 Toyota Celica GT 2.4L from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.4L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired213000 miles
Most recent distance238000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Hard to imagine more reliable car, only diesel maybe

Faults:

Previous owner did not bother to take care of the brake rotors or pads, so it was worn till metal and eventually locked up, as some one had the whole right brake line blocked with a nail. I have replaced both calipers - 15$ each and both rotors 15$ and 10$ respectively. All parts we used and perform great after a year of service.

Water pump broke, replaced it myself with a used one from the similar car, found on the junk yard. Water pump with fan, pulleys, additional belts cost me only 5$. Works perfect ever since, one year has gone.

For safety reasons, mostly emotional, replaced a tie rod end, which felt suspiciously soft. This was done before the round trip from Alabama to New York.

Head lights circuit broke, used a straight positive wire, manually, not much problem, and performs the job as suppose to.

At the mileage 233 000 started to get it read for a cross country trip, replaced all hoses, all belts, spark plugs, wires, rotor, cap, fuel, air, transmission, filters. Machined rear drums put new brake shoes, checked the tires.

Put a new muffler, since it did not have any at the time of purchase. (20$ at Advanced Auto Parts).

General Comments:

A at the present time car drives reliably from state to state. Since departure, car traveled ~ 5000 miles across the desert, in the mountains. Neither engine nor transmission show signs of wear, which seriously surprises me. Engine does not use any oil, transmission fluid level stays at the same mark for a year. Transmission shifts normal. Engine is quite and smooth.

Recieved unbelievable service out of the car, especially considering that I only paid 50$ for it, at a nice town Fort Wayne, IN. :)

Overall amount of money spent for servicing the car is ~ 200$.

Main thing, almost forgot to mention. Car gets 40 mpg on the highway, at 55 mph.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2002

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 19 reviews