1988 Toyota Celica Reviews - Page 6 of 6

1988 Toyota Celica ST 2.0 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired44000 kilometres
Most recent distance53000 kilometres

Summary:

Cheap, Sweet and Neat sports car!

Faults:

Exhaust tip rusted off and needed to be replaced.

Engine leads needed to be replaced -due to the engine 'missing' and timing was off.

Battery wasn't being recharged so old part was replaced.

CV joints replaced.

General Comments:

Great car, but had a few problems with it - a total of $800Aus has been spent fixing it in the past year.

Nice handling and sweet looks for an older car.

A bit disappointed with the power - only because it's an auto, if you are interested in buying an 88 celica get a manual!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th June, 2002

1988 Toyota Celica GT 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance185000 miles
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

A sleeper

Faults:

The only thing that I had to change was the exhaust. It had holes in it and, I put a performance one on. It cost $200.00.

My seats are not even seats anymore, I'm sitting on springs.

General Comments:

This car is quick off the line, but on the freeway it loses torque. I wish I had an 88 All-Trac.

The handling is alright with stock springs, and shocks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th August, 2001

1988 Toyota Celica ST 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance127000 miles

Summary:

Cheap first car for me

Faults:

Rust on all fenders and the sun roof.

Brakes and axles needed replacement.

General Comments:

It was my first car and it served me well.

This car had a great acceleration, but didn't have the top end speed I was looking for.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2001

1988 Toyota Celica GT 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired225000 miles
Most recent distance230000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Reliable but sporty

Faults:

A little rust here and there and it was hit on the right front fender.

The exhaust has recently been replaced, but that was for a performance upgrade and not because the OEM was bad.

General Comments:

This car will go forever. I have already upgraded it with a few bolt-on upgrades and it seems to be taking to them well.

I definitely suggest that anyone should purchase this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd January, 2001

1988 Toyota Celica GT 2.0 L from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 L Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired81000 miles
Most recent distance109000 miles

Summary:

More reliable than sporty, but friggin inexpensive. Bargain

Faults:

First, the car has been in 2 accidents on the front right and left corners, and I run the engine like mad. I never let it shift before 4500, and redline is 6000. The antenna just came loose (not the motor), normal CV joint replacement @ 100K, idle runs low, transmission shifts hard out of 1st when cold, rattles quite a bit. Water pump at 90K. Rotors warped at around 90K as well. Hole in exhaust at 95K. It can easily pull to 150K.

General Comments:

I wish I had a manual transmission because the auto is just a bore to drive. I run the crap out of it, and it doesn't give many problems. The car is very reliable, but rattles quite a bit. Front air dam always scrapes on dips in the road and such. I heard the new Celicas suck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2000

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 18 reviews