1988 Toyota Celica Zr (SR?) 2.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Easy to drive, Fast and Cheap
Exhaust rusted through (was aftermarket though.)
Knocking noise coming from the rear of the car (unknown cause - possibly CV joints??)
Rust hole in boot lid beside window sprayer.
Leaking from the boot and window seals on occasion.
Grinding noise when down-shifting to second gear at higher Revs.
This car is awesome.
It has somewhat retro styling, giving it an aggressive look. Something that definitely gets attention, especially after a few mods.
Only a few minor problems have meant that this car has been relatively cheap to maintain - being my pride and joy, this isn't a problem to me.
The Celica goes easy on the petrol and I have managed to drive about 200 K's on a full tank (costing about $50NZ)
It is quick off the mark, even though it is only powered by a 3s-FE engine (the 'economy' engine) and I have managed to keep up with all sorts of V-Tec Integras and Preludes. After a decent Exhaust was fitted, and a PoD filter, the car is competition for non V-Tec Hondas.
This type of Celica is front-wheel-drive, but still handles beautifully - with very little under-steer at reasonable cornering speeds.
The power steering is very direct and feels quite 'thick.'
All in all, I would have to say that as a first car, it is hard to beat the reliability and performance of the Celica, and after getting a full license simply upgrade to the GT-Four model (turbocharged 4wheel drive!).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th August, 2004