1991 Toyota Celica from North America


It wants to go on curvy roads


The gaskets went bad, but I fixed that. Now I'm waiting to rebuild the engine for turbo applications.

General Comments:

The car handles very well. It is not too quick, but after the turbo, it will have the power it needs. Besides, we don't have the option of having the 3sge (190hp) VVTi (1996-up) or the 3-sgte engine, which is quite rare. The iron block could handle the turbo after it has been built using stronger rods and such. The car will last a very long time.

It is worth having, to be different from all the Honda guys out there. Lucky for Honda that Toyota does not have so many engines to swap in their cars.

Back to the point, the car is good for the price. Look well when buying one... timing belt, oil leaks, engine noise.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th April, 2003

1991 Toyota Celica gtr 2.0 Twin Cam from Australia and New Zealand


Good all round sports car


Alternator needed new bushes at 200,000 kilometers.

Replaced clutch at 190,000 kilometers.

General Comments:

Good visibility with mirrors, no blind spots.

Nicely contoured dashboard.

Incredibly reliable, only routine maintenance required.

The car had four wheel steering, which is excellent for manoeuvering the car in tight spots, a problem with previous models.

Good all round performer IE; sporty, cheap to run and not as hard to insure as some sports cars.

Good build quality. No squeaks, rattles or undue fading of fabrics.

Economical to run as long as its not being thrashed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th March, 2003

15th Jun 2003, 09:06

This review was the only one that I could find on the net about the 91 Celica GTR and I am glad to see it. It was informative and helpful in my choice to buy one. Thanks guys.

24th May 2005, 01:23

Very true. Nearly everything said matched, what I have experienced with owning a 1991 Toyota Celica GTR.

30th Oct 2008, 19:19

Mine has the worst rattle.

15th Jun 2010, 22:26

I own a 1991 Toyota Celica GT-R, they're great. Very fast for a first car, the GT-R Celicas have the 3S-GE motor, same as the very sporty Toyota MR2. Good to find a review on them. Love the look of them, even with the stock alloys.

1991 Toyota Celica g four 2.0 16v turbo from UK and Ireland


The original Subaru Impreza Wrx- great performance, great handling, great looking


Exhaust developed a 'blow' at the flexible joint, this required a replacement. Due to Toyota prices, decided to opt for a Mongoose full system, which was £300, compared with £170 for just the flexible joint from Toyota (the mongoose system was a full system, from the cat back).

General Comments:

The car is very good fun to drive, very good acceleration (0-60 in 6.3 seconds) and the acceleration feels just as quick from 50 - 100, which makes it very quick for overtaking. The car has the same horsepower as the Subaru Impreza WRX at 225 bhp, so is a very fast car on the road, add four wheel drive and you have a very fast way of getting from A to B.

Handling is very sharp and predictable, with very little body roll.

The car comes very well equipped, with climate control, air conditioning, full electrics - including electric fold in mirrors and electric controls.

One downside of the car is its fuel consumption, which seems to have very little relationship to how the car is being driven. As turbocharged cars operate a low compression head, when the turbo is not being used the engine is not operating efficiently. At the other end of the scale if the turbo is being used heavily it will use a lot of fuel. So therefore the mpg seems to be around 20-25 every time, regardless of whether it is driven very easily, or just normally.

The car has a very nice sleek shape and this alone makes it a very desirable car, couple this with the brilliant 'bullet proof' engine, and the 4 wheel drive system and you have a very nice, fast car, provided you can live with the 25 mpg. Although this is common with all similar cars, with the current Mitsubishi Evolutions averaging little more than 15mpg!

All in all excellent car, great fun to drive, very attractive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th February, 2003

6th Nov 2005, 12:58

Unfortunately the previous person to make a comment is confusing this GT4 with the GTi, which has 154bhp. The GT4 has 205bhp.

18th Dec 2005, 09:02

Further to the above reply, the early ST185's had 205bhp, whilst the later spec 1993 ST185 had 220bhp, the same as the CS/RC version. Plus, for very little money (circa £50) they will be pushing out 240bhp.