1987 Toyota Celica Reviews - Page 2 of 8

1987 Toyota Celica GTS 2.0L 3s-ge from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0L 3s-ge Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired186000 kilometres
Most recent distance280000 kilometres
Previous carMazda Millenia

Summary:

Safe, reliable, bulletproof

Faults:

Put new engine in after previous owner had done damage to the head and cams.

It sat for a year, so I put all new brakes on it, and of course tires.

This car is an animal; other than the heat issue 95% of them had, it was great. Once I fixed the heater problem, the car was great regardless of the weather.

New rad and ball joint after that.

It needed new bushings, but I just kept going since I was planning on them in the spring, once I put my other car and bike back on the road.

General Comments:

CAR IS NOW NOT GOOD. New Years night the car lost control and hit two guard rails, and 3 outta four corners of the car got hit. It drove me out and home and around still. Starts drives and runs like it always had. THIS CAR IS AMAZING, I can't find another with the body it had.

PUT WINTER TIRES ON IT AS I only had two on the front, and now I lost a classic.

If I would not get in trouble, I would still drive it; fenders, hood and all banged up.

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

Review Date: 2nd January, 2008

7th Jan 2008, 22:28

UPDATE! took the hammer and crowbar to it. Looks almost back to mint except for rash and a broken signal on the left with the hood not quite fitting properly.

The rear end pushed in at least 2-4 inches, but all suspension and geometry are great.

Best damn car I've had. Ill keep it on the road instead of getting my other car into the snow.

1987 Toyota Celica gts 4 cylinder from North America

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Automatic
Distance when acquired175000 miles
Most recent distance177000 miles
Previous carIsuzu Rodeo

Summary:

Best car ever made

Faults:

The power steering pump leaks fluid.

The air-conditioner occasionally won't start.

Car is starting to rust on lower body.

Passenger door lock will not lock and sometimes gets jammed.

Trunk lock also went out and the only way to open it is through the back fold down seats.

General Comments:

Excellent car good on gas mileage. 32mpg.

Takes off rapidly and rides smooth and fast.

Turns corners easily.

Very easy to control.

A great beginner car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st July, 2006

1987 Toyota Celica GT-S 4 cylinder from North America

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired123800 miles
Most recent distance124500 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Fox

Summary:

Good performance and handling, reliable and fun to get around in

Faults:

Heat stopped working after 5 minutes of driving. I disconnected the control cable to the heater core modulator on the firewall and I can now run A/C or Heat as needed.

General Comments:

Fun car to drive, especially in traffic.

Most comfortable car I've been in. Inflatable lumbar supports make a huge difference.

Very good on gas. Getting 28 mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2005

7th Apr 2006, 18:07

Where exactly is that cable your talking about... I have the same issue with the heat. If you could email your response to trumsey2005@gmail.com.

11th Sep 2006, 08:54

Could you tell me about that cable too? We just bought one of these as a first car for my son and I think we might have the same problem. waunakoenig2@yahoo.com.

1987 Toyota Celica GT Hatch Back 2.0L from North America

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0L Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired300000 kilometres
Most recent distance332000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Cheap to buy and run, better choice than a Civic

Faults:

Had to replace the front brake pads and a leaky power steering pump hose right after I bought it. Other than ordinary wear items, like wiper blades and fluid changes, it has been trouble free for 32,000km --Amazing! However, it does use about one liter of oil every 5,000km or so (not noticeable from the exhaust), but that is to be expected with very high km.

The only real complaint I have with the car is that, like all Asian cars of the '80's, the body is very rusty. If the car wasn't so mechanically sound, it would likely be scrap.

General Comments:

The Celica is bullet-proof. The car was purchased for $1000 Canadian to take some wear-and-tear off my '98 BMW 328. It has well over 300,000km on it and it still drives very smoothly and effortlessly (I often prefer the Celica over the BMW for short trips to the store). Some of this can be attributed to the previous owner's meticulous maintenance. With the 5 speed manual gear-box it gets great gas mileage and is quite quick, though at 115hp, it is not a "fast" car.

With the rear seats folded down, you can get a surprising amount of cargo into the car via the rear hatch. The front seats in the stock "GT" model are average, but I located and installed some "GT-S" seats, which are worlds more comfortable than even my BMW seats.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th March, 2005

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 28 reviews