1986 Toyota Celica GT-S 2.0 inline four-cylinder from North America
Fast, fun, and well-priced
The car died due to a catastrophic oil leak which I did not notice (I hadn't driven the car for a few weeks prior) had happened.
The power steering belt was creating some noise during tight turns.
Sometimes the car would immediately die after it started, for unknown reasons.
The alternator went out shortly after I bought the car, though it was quite easy to replace.
The transmission was hard to shift into reverse, although not a major problem.
The tail lights kept on burning out for unknown reasons, and the license plate lights were out... though someone had used the wrong screws to install them, and were therefore impossible to replace again.
The front struts were worn out from day one, and the car would bottom out on even the slightest of dips.
The Celica was extremely sporty. It handled high-revving without a hitch, and felt like a true performance car.
Handling, even without the front struts, was excellent. It held corners like nothing else, and remained steady at speeds of over 100 MPH.
Gas mileage wasn't bad, considering the car that it was. The Celica is surprisingly economical for a little sports coupe.
The interior was extremely comfortable for the front two passengers, and rather cramped for those unlucky enough to find themselves in the back seat. However, the seats folded down to make quite a bit of extra cargo room.
The Celica was a pure joy to drive... it responded flawlessly, always had plenty of power, and was loaded with all the options, at a very reasonable price. Despite it dying on me, it was truly a great car, and I'd buy another in a heartbeat.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th March, 2003
8th Mar 2004, 04:02
Hey, we have the same car. And ours bottoms out all the time too, however the struts have been replaced, and it still bottoms out. any suggestions?
8th Oct 2004, 08:27
I had the problem with the car bottoming out all the time over the slightest bumps. Changed struts 3-4 times with little or no help. Finally, replaced the springs, and problem was solved. Now feels and handles great over bumps, corners. No more changing struts all the time!