1992 Toyota Celica GT Convertible 2.2L from North America
A fun, inexpensive daily driver
Upon the purchase of the car:
- Driver's side axle was damaged due to improperly torqued axle nut.
- All shock absorbers were worn due to the poor quality of the brand of shocks. Previous owner had it replaced just a year before the car was sold.
- A small hole on the side of the plastic back window.
- Weatherstripping is showing its age.
- Coolant flush was never done. Surprisingly it had a new water pump and cam belts.
After a few months of ownership:
- Intake hose replaced due to cracks.
- Clutch was worn at 141000 miles.
- Battery replaced due to poor brand choice by the seller. It was an eight month old battery.
This car can surprisingly handle well, although the understeer can be felt when pushed. A set of lighter wheels and sportier tires may be considerable for improving its performance.
The convertible top operates well for its age and comes off fast. This is the first convertible I have driven and it is sensational!
The motor is pretty well-made. The power is decent and very reliable, but it isn't quick by today's standards. Fuel economy is decent, 30 MPG highway. It does have a sporty grunt through the exhaust and it sounds satisfying with every shift. Unfortunately there are no available mods for the 2.2L platform and the only next step to increasing power would be a 3SGTE engine and powertrain swap.
I really dig the body design of this Celica among all the other Celicas. The visor look of the grill, pop up headlights and sleek body really emphasizes the sportiness in this car. The chassis feels tight even though it is a 24 year old car.
There was so much maintenance that had to be done to the car. Recently it feels much more enjoyable to drive with a new clutch, axle and shock absorbers.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st December, 2016
5th Mar 2017, 21:39
Update for this review: It is still running well and better with new performance all season tires. Changing the fuel filter slightly improved acceleration. Currently running at 157400 miles.
2nd Sep 2017, 23:25
Update from owner: After numerous maintenance and parts replaced such as the radiator and the alternator, this Celica has been a solid daily driver for over a year and I am quite satisfied by its nimble and reliable performance. I would recommend a hatchback version for better cargo capacity and looks.