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
13th Apr 2013, 02:47
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.
14th Apr 2013, 03:09
Hmmm, define "self destructed". Also to the reviewer, you seemed to cover an awfully long distance over 4 years.
14th Apr 2013, 16:50
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.