1988 Toyota Celica GT Convertible 3SFE from North America
A beautiful piece of Toyota engineering!
Heater controls intermittent: After thorough troubleshooting, I found cold solder joints where the connectors attach to the heater control in the dash. Re-soldered... works fine.
Starter intermittent: Replaced contacts in solenoid. $15 fix. Got the parts online.
Starter intermittent (a couple of years later). Replaced neutral safety switch (Pull-a Part $10 vs parts store $215). You can disassemble, clean, and fix it yourself most times.
Engine sludged up from a plugged up valve cover. Be careful to watch for this. Didn't hurt it. Cleaned the sludge out.
New top at 120K.
Other maintenance: tires, brakes, struts, oil/filter.
This is one of the finest cars I've owned (40+). Toyota really made them well in these years, and the Celica GT Convertible was one of the top of the line offered.
Seats are a little uncomfortable for long trips.
Power accessories work well, as does the top system. Best I've seen yet.
Quiet, quick, great looking, excellent gas mileage (30+, no matter how you drive it).
If this one goes, I'll get another. If you can find a clean one that hasn't been abused... buy it!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th April, 2013
No, Toyota did not make them well these years because mine self destructed before 100,000 miles. You must own the last 1980's Toyota that still exists today.
Hmmm, define "self destructed". Also to the reviewer, you seemed to cover an awfully long distance over 4 years.
In the period of a few months, I repaired the engine, transmission, steering, suspension and electricals on the Celica I owned. Soon after, it stalled out in the middle of a busy freeway. I immediately took it off the road and sold it for parts. I did not want myself or anybody else, to be DESTROYED along with the car.