1987 Toyota Celica GT from North America


It will get you where you need to go. But first, do a check up on the car's history


Sun roof was rusted on the edges. I had to install a new seal + fix rusted edges.

Replaced exhaust pipe in 2002 ($60-70), it was rusted out at the time. The new exhaust system has since rusted out due to a problem with the pipe leading to the engine. (Not sure what the exact problem is, thought to be a backfire in the system.)

Starter/Neutral Switch went bad, replaced it with a starter from a junk yard, but didn't work. Replaced with a (cheaper) "button starter" system.

Both CV Joints/Axles went bad (awful clicking/rattling noises when turning) ($250).

Passenger door latch broken from the inside.

Air conditioning system has leaks, compressor also went bad ($600 to replace).

Oil and power steering leakage.

Red brake/stop lights (Brake Light Switch) went out.

Struts are worn out and making unpleasant noises on bumpy surfaces.

General Comments:

Despite the problems I've encountered with it, this Toyota Celica GT handles perfectly. It is tight on turns, it accelerates nicely and makes its way through traffic just as well as any new model sports car can (well, probably not as fast as the new ones..).

The problems I have had with it have never stopped me from getting where I wanted to go. If I had the chance to go back to my buying decision again, I would have checked the car's history a little bit more in-depth before making my final decision.

This car has been through hell. I may sound stupid for keeping it for so long, but it has helped me make it at least most of the way through my associate's degree program and work... If there were no problems with it, I would keep it for the next college tour; however, I think it is time to retire this old puppy. It has been a damn good ride.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th November, 2003

1987 Toyota Celica ST 2.0 twin cam from Australia and New Zealand


A very advanced car for the year it was made, and very fun to drive


Master clutch cylinder went about a month after I got the car. To be expected though because of the age of the car.

Front lower guard has popped out from the screws in the front wheel arches.

Front lower guard or the license plate scrapes along the ground if turning a particularly sharp corner too fast.

Engine oil seems to either be consumed really quickly or is leaking, although I haven't noticed a particularly large amount of oil where I park my car.

Electric sunroof hasn't worked since I bought the car, and when going above 80km/h wind leaks through.

General Comments:

Very quick off the mark and has a lot of power behind it.

This car has just the most beautiful sound to it, to go with the big twin exhaust it has on it. Purrs like a baby and can get any guys to check me (or the car) out.

Very comfortable to drive, and the adjustable steering wheel is a great feature.

The power steering is very direct in comparison to the Mazda MX6 I've driven, which is very floaty.

A very reliable car and, should your master clutch cylinder go like mine did, the car is incredibly fun and easy to drive without a clutch!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th October, 2003

9th Nov 2003, 07:32

I have the same model car as you and I agree with what you said about the car. They are awesome :) The one thing that happens to me if I turn a corner to sharp is that knocking noise you described.

2nd Dec 2004, 06:15

Hello, I've had my 87 ST for a year or so now and I love it; I've had major repairs done to it, inc wheel bearings, cooling system, brakes, cat+exhaust and engine. I spent a lot of money, but I think I will keep it and spend 5 0r AU$6k more to make it look the best and drive the best. It has a different shape to the common SX here in Australia.