1987 Toyota Celica Reviews - Page 5 of 8

1987 Toyota Celica ST from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles

Summary:

Semi-performance tank

Faults:

After 90,000 miles: Mass Air flow intake cracked, replaced. Ignition coil replaced at 95,000. CV joints replaced at 120,000.

General Comments:

This car was my first, and it will hold a special place in my heart for that reason, but it has also proved to be a very reliable piece of machinery.

The mileage on this vehicle is comparatively low, and I think it will last another 150k. The engine and transmission purr, I've only had minor peripheral problems since purchasing the car.

It handles like a sport-compact should. The suspension is a little rough, but it takes corners pretty damn well, I must say. It doesn't have the power of a GT model, but it still holds it's own when put to the test.

You feel like you're in some B movie, sci-fi rocket ship when you drive this thing. The ride is very low to the ground, and it has a very sporty (for lack of a better word) feel to it in the front seats.

Overall, I consider this Toyota to be a fine auto. It is virtually indestructible, and could outrun most cars today if given the chance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th October, 2003

1987 Toyota Celica GT Coupe 2.0 EFI (3SFE) from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 EFI (3SFE) Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired171000 miles
Most recent distance210000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

Reliable, and a blast to own!

Faults:

At 192000 miles, I noticed a knocking that went faster or slower, depending on the RPM. I had it checked and I was told that I had "Spun a rob barring." From what I gathered, it was a small metal ring that allowed oil to go into the cylinder, when it spins out of place, oil can't go in. So we replaced it, 50 miles later, it knocked again. The Toyota dealer put a thicker and wider ring in and it lasted about 4 months. Finally, when the knocking came back, they took everything apart and told me that the reason my rings were being chewed up, was because the cylinder was warped and the lifter/pistons were rocking wrong and breaking down. $800.00 dollars later, my Celica had a new clutch, and 1995 Camry engine with 30,000 miles on it imported from Japan. Everything was wonderful, until the vacuum lines began to deteriorate, the power steering lines were cracked and I was replacing the fluid twice a week. Both front axles were clicking and broken, the suspension needed to be replaced, it was stalling due to the vacuum leaks and misc. grease all over the underside of the engine had worn things down. My options were to pay about $2000 dollars to have everything repaired, OR trade it in while it still had value. SO at 210000 miles, (45,000 on the new motor) I traded her in on a Plymouth Breeze. Not a wise choice I might add...but, live and learn.

General Comments:

Let me just say, I loved my Celica! It was a tiny, little, grey pocket-rocket! Once you got the hang of the performance, you could launch that little car like it was attached to a sling shot. I made one modification to the engine, the timing was about 2 marks ahead of manufacture specs, but it was like that when I bought it, I just maintained it. I would race people from time to time. I beat new Civic's, Prelude's, I beat CRX's Blazers, a V6 1994 Mustang, newer Celica's, Altima's, I even raced a 69 Nova, and was ahead from the line until about 85mph, then he got past me. That little car was a bullet. I loved it. I was surprisingly comfortable in this Micro-Machine. I am 6'2" around 260 lbs, and I fit comfortably. I would have liked a bit more head room, but it had the sliding sunroof and that took about 2 inches off the interior head room, spiky hair didn't stand a chance. The gas mileage was amazing. I never replaced the rear tires, they were 9 years old!!! and the tread was still good!!

If it weren't so old, and had I taken better care of the up keep, I would still have it. I loved it. Her name was Platinum. :-)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th June, 2003

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