1985 Toyota Celica Reviews - Page 4 of 6

1985 Toyota Celica GT 2.4 UL from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.4 UL Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired183000 miles
Most recent distance194000 miles
Previous carMazda GLC

Summary:

I love what you do for me, Toyota!!

Faults:

Old cars are hard to keep from rusting. So, there is a well-rusted hatchback door on it.

The Igniter coil needed to be replaced once. This was followed by the igniter assembly.

General Comments:

This is the second car I've owned and I love it. ($400)

The car is running like a beast. Because of this, the only cars I look forward to buying is either a Toyota (Corolla) or a Lexus (SC430).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2002

1985 Toyota Celica GT-S 2.2 RE from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.2 RE Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired163000 miles
Most recent distance163120 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

A high performance vehicle at a low price

Faults:

The son of the person I bought the car from is a teenager and he ruined the interior. So comfort for me is not that good in the Celica. Also I don't like the stereo set up that Toyota made for this car. The RocketPint steering is out. So the steering wheel shakes. Also there was no power steering fluid in the car.

General Comments:

My Celica is very quick off of the line. I beat a 1995 Eclipse Talon in a drag race at Route 66 dragway in Joliet, IL. I love the car because it is sporty, I haven't had any problems with the engine except for a few minor things which got fixed and are running good. I own a 12" subwoofer which fits perfectly in the back of the Celica trunk. Also the Celica is a good sound car. I get more bass in the Celica then I did the Camaro. I recommend this car for performance sound to everyone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th June, 2002

1985 Toyota Celica GT-S 2.4L 22-RE from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.4L 22-RE Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired123000 miles
Most recent distance137000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

17 year old reliability and performance!

Faults:

The rack and pinion is currently being replaced because there was a gray zone in the steering and it leaked power steering fluid.

There was an oil leak somewhere (I'm not sure of the exact location) on the front of the engine that was just sealed with silicone.

The heater core needed to be flushed out right when I got the car because it wasn't putting out much heat.

The cruise control recently broke.

The starter was replaced because the ignition would sporadically not turn over, it would just make "click".

The dashboard on the passenger side is all cracked up.

There are some small chips in the paint where spots of rust now appear, and some of the trim is bubbling out. Other trim pieces need repainting.

I replaced one of the blinker assemblies because someone was inconsiderate enough to break it in the middle of the night.

I replaced the entire stereo system with a CD head unit, good speakers, and a sub-woofer with amp (the tape deck didn't work when I bought it).

General Comments:

Let's just say I don't know a whole lot about cars, but this one hasn't let me down. I bought it about two years ago not knowing anything about old Toyotas. When I first saw the car I loved the way it looked, and by the time I took it out on the road it was a sure buy. I live in Wisconsin, but the car has only been here for roughly three years. It came from Florida and it shows. The only rust on the car is from the few areas that some paint has been chipped away and behind some trim pieces that I plan on replacing soon. It's still on the original paint job. The interior is still in very good condition with the exception of the dashboard, which cracked the first time it saw winter in Wisconsin, and has been steadily getting worse. The air conditioning still works pretty good, but I'm not sure if it was ever serviced. Mechanically, I've never had a problem which kept me from driving it. It still puts out a good amount of power off the line and can get up to about 115 MPH. Best of all is the handling; it's like a sports car. With rear wheel drive and a nice suspension, it's a lot of fun. Also, I've never seen such wide tires come stock on such a small car. It also has nice alloy rims (the ones everyone wants for their old Toyota). Anyway, I only paid $2000 for it, and it hasn't let me down. I'm confident that it will last the next four years or so that I'm in college, and hopefully be fun to drive the whole time!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2002

22nd Feb 2010, 15:54

Your oil leak is probably coming from your front crank seal; that's where mine came from.

De-grease the front cover and replace it. Very easy inexpensive job.

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