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