1989 Toyota Celica SR 2.0 DOHC 4 cylinder petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Good looks, performance and price tag - Can't go wrong!
The air conditioning has a slight smell when operating - getting toward needing a recharge. Because the old coolant uses CFC's I have to get it completely replaced so I'm postponing this one until summer.
Boot lid shocks need recharging.
One of the headlights sometimes doesn't go down - dependant on the angle the car is parked at (in the vertical plane) - intermittent, but not a huge worry.
Oh and strange wiring - the boot door (it's a lift-back) is wired to the same door switch as the drivers/passengers door - open the boot and the dash warning light for 'door open' comes on, as does the roof light. The boot light is on a manual switch. I had the same situation with my Corolla - it strikes me as weird?
The A/C fan doesn't appear to have a 'medium' setting. There's Low, Med, High on the switch, but Low and Med are exactly the same.
Basically, a couple of minor things, *no* serious problems at all.
I love this car!
I've been a Toyota fan (by-product of my fathers fan-dom) for years, now that I've owned a couple nothing has changed.
I replaced my Corolla after writing it off in an accident (!) and I came across this Celica by pure accident. It was the first car I looked at and the one I ultimately bought the next day!
I've never seen any of the SR models anywhere else, not on the Internet or IRL (if anyone has one and can tell me what the non-obvious differences are between it and the GT / ZR models please post a comment!)
It handles extremely well - 4 wheel steering makes a big difference. It's FWD which is where it lacks - 4WD would be nicer but it wasn't within my budget. It's a pleasure to drive, has plenty of 'go' for overtaking and open road driving, and I have no plans to get rid of this car any time soon. :)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th August, 2001