Good/reliable starter car, but not at all a performance car
AC never worked
Tape deck never worked
Radiator sprung a leak at 135000
The trans has been slipping for the last couple thousand miles
The car bottoms out at almost every railroad track even at slow speeds
Barely any rear passenger room
Trunk latch broke at 130000
Horrendous acceleration!! Hence the 3 in performance.
This car was my first, and since my dad was only for getting me a rice burner, it came down to this car or a Corolla. Who wouldn't take this over a Corolla? The handling is very tight and is pretty fun to drive for a kid's car. Indeed a very VERY sharp looking car, and by far my favorite of all the Celica designs.
The car has pretty much always started up when I needed it to. Other than the radiator springing a crack at the top, no unexpected surprises have happened with this car that disabled it. So indeed a dependable car!!
Crappy performance from the 1.6 litre engine got me up to 135 in a couple of minutes :P I consider it unsafe for highway use, because getting up to speed in a small area just cannot be done at least with an auto trans.
The shocks bottom out at almost every railroad track I go over, even when I go slowly over them. But other than that, the handling and feel still amazes me.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 15th August, 2007