1987 Toyota Celica SX 2.0 from Australia and New Zealand


Good to look at


Head gasket blew at 107,000 km.

Head was warped and needed replacing.

Sump gasket replaced at 136,000 km.

Oil leak at the back of the motor; rear main seal replaced at 156,000 km.

Welch plugs perished and leaked.

Electrics kept playing up.

Sunroof motor broke.

New ECU at 180,000 km.

Exhaust kept blowing and leaking from 120,000 km, and kept blowing roughly every 15,000 km.

Brake lines splitting.

New CV joints at 185,000.

Air con compressor seized at 160,000 km.

Radiator failed and kept overheating; replaced at 110,000 km.

Nothing went wrong from 185,000 ks to 200,000 km.

Replaced timing belt at 200,000 km, fine, then at 201,000 km the

main bearing went.

Fully rebuilt engine at 201,000 km.

Ran like a Swiss watch for 50,000 km.

250,000 km, alternator went and was replaced.

267,000 km, power steering went, as well as pin and rack, and steering box.

270,000 km, master cylinder blew.

General Comments:

I bought the car off a Toyota dealer, and it was the manager's car.

Really nice looking white car; he had it slightly lowered with nice tinted windows.

Bought it thinking of Toyota reliability. How wrong I was.

The car's engine has been a nightmare ever since I have had it. The only good thing is the gearbox. Replaced the clutch at 180,000, but no problem, they're expecting it at this age.

I always hoped I would get from work to home every morning in it. It just didn't give me confidence.

I was really disappointed with the car's power and performance, but it was still zippy to drive.

The handling was fantastic for a FWD; just fling it into corners and it stuck to the road.

The only reliable thing is you always know that it will guzzle your petrol.

A beautiful car to look at. The cabin is very cramped as well.

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

Review Date: 25th June, 2013

25th Jun 2013, 14:49

Didn't stop you keeping it for 15 years though... and I would have thought such a low mileage on purchase would have aroused some suspicions.

1987 Toyota Celica GT 2.0 twin cam 16v from North America


300 K and still going good


Nothing really except for normal maintenance.

The only thing that has gone out was the starter once (it's a stick though, so I just push started it to get it home and to the mechanics).

General Comments:

I personally hated this car when I first bought it in 1991, but it has been a very good car to me; only the starter has literally gone bad.

The car handles pretty well, and still drives as good as it did when I first bought it. I didn't expect this car to make it over 170,000 miles, but hey it is past 300,000 miles and is still going strong. Toyota made a good one.

This car even outlasted my 1996 Ford Taurus, which was bought brand new. That Taurus has been sitting in my garage since 2004, needing a new engine, but I refuse to fix it due to the fact that engine threw a rod at 33,000 miles and went through 2 transmissions.

I was going to give the Celica to my son who just started driving, but I gave him the Escort GT, which only has 140,000 miles on it.

If you get a chance to buy a Celica GT in good condition with low miles, BUY IT!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th October, 2008

20th Oct 2008, 01:21

Hello I am writing a response to the article I wrote: 300 k and still going good.

My Celica is now at 306611 miles now and just started burning oil. Pretty good car; I am going to limit the driving of it to only around town until it seizes and then I am going to rebuild the engine after it seizes.

GOOD JOB TOYOTA! I am proud to own one. No engine work needed until after 300 K.