A soon to be classic import sports car!
I purchased this car knowing it had a blown head gasket. Two months after the gasket replacement, it threw the #4 con-rod. Now with a new long block, it purrs like a kitten.
Blown muffler, replaced after purchase.
The front speakers are hard to replace.
Gas shocks shot when bought. Replaced with some nice KYB adjustables.
Some moron hit my front left turn signal marker with a shopping cart, it's one part... 75 bucks a pop.
For those of you who know anything about Toyotas, you know of the 22R's bomb-proof reliablity, especially the F/I model. Lots of torque and nice gearing makes it fun to hunt Hondas and red misting fits of e-brake slides.
The wheels are the classic double four spoke mags, which I have had many offers for, and really, the car doesn't look great without them.
The seats are amazing, with incredible bolstering. The fabric grips nice and with more adjustments than I know what to do with, they're good for REALLY long road trips.
This car is a great alternative to the Supra, or Celica Supra depending on the year. Being that this is the last year Toyota made a RWD Celica, and the fact that people tend to beat these cars, it is really hard to find one in good shape that someone is willing to part with. If you do find one with little or no rust, get it. It's sure to take a place with the 240Z as a classic, high performance import sports car!
Long live the Celica!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th June, 2001