Cheap, reliable, quick, and very fun
After one month, I had to replace the starter and the battery connectors as both were bad. Three months after I bought it, the clutch had started to give and without warning the car overheated and blew the top of the radiator as I was sitting in the McDonald's Drive-Through. I ended up replacing the clutch, radiator, head gasket, spark plugs, thermostat, and other parts, but recently I sold the car for 200 bucks as I had not the time or money to fix it.
Older Celicas like this will run for 200K to 300K if taken care of properly. The one I owned apparently was not. When I bought it, it had no oil or antifreeze. But besides that, when it ran, it was very quick and very fun. I really loved the handling, even though the struts were shot. Believe me, compared to my mom's Grand Voyager, this thing handled like it was on rails.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st March, 2004