1994 Toyota Celica Reviews - Page 5 of 6

1994 Toyota Celica GT 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance68000 miles
Previous carHonda CRX

Summary:

A very capable, reliable and stylish coupe

Faults:

I have only has the car for about 2 months so I cannot give an accurate report on this, so far though there have been no problems whatsoever!

The car has only had three owners and full Toyota history, the only thing that has gone wrong with the car in its service life is the exhaust which has been replaced by a full scorpion stainless item...

General Comments:

I have always been a Honda fan, but in the end I was willing to try anything Japanese. I came across this car in a private sale and it sounded like a bargain, full history, three owners, totally standard, and low mileage. I went to look at the car and it was in immaculate condition. I arranged the payments and took delivery of the car within a couple of days.

The car looks gorgeous! Full of curves and sweeping lines with an aggressive front end, I also love those headlights! The one let down was that the car sat far too high which led to the first modification on the list!

Performance wise I was slightly dissapointed, it is quick but nothing like the CRX that I had before. Notable improvements are the midrange torque which the CRX lacked and it does have a higher top speed.

The car handles very well, plenty of grip and has a very nice feel through the steering wheel. This is all helped by the very supportive seats, which brings me to...

The interior. It is very good. There are no squeaks or rattles, all the controls are in the correct place and within easy reach. Build is typical Japanese plastic, but it looks like it will wear quite well and there is an overall high quality feel.

Overall a top quality motor which is equally at home cruising the streets or racing at the lights. I highly recommend this car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd September, 2001

12th Jul 2004, 01:42

Good review, I am looking at a new car, and, like yourself I am a honda man, and want a Civic or Prelude, but have noticed the Celica GT's, but after you said it doesn't compare to the CRX I'm not so sure, any advice...?!

1994 Toyota Celica GT4 (ST205 model) 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired74500 kilometres
Most recent distance100500 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Super car performance at an ordinary price.

Faults:

As the car had been sitting unused in the docks for 4 months before I bought it, I had to replace the tyres and electric aerial motor (it had seized).

I had to replace the clutch and clutch master cylinder at 80000KMs.

The brakes were replaced at 90000Kms - only the fronts needed doing but I had all 4 done.

A frost plug behind the water pump went at 100500Kms - very cheap part but it takes almost 3 days labour to take apart the engine, replace it and put the engine back together again.

General Comments:

Even with the trouble I've had with this car, I love it. Also, the troubles are only due to the age of the car.

It is an extremely quick car - apparently at least as fast as the Impreza turbo. Overtaking maneuvers are a lot easier (and consequently safer) because of it.

It is also very agile for a heavy car, corners very flat at speed and the 4-wheel drive can pull you out of almost any trouble you get yourself into. It even makes driving on snow & ice that little bit easier.

There is tyre noise at speed intruding into the cabin so I would regard this as a sports coupe more so than a grand tourer.

The steering is very communicative and responsive and you can feel what the car is doing "through the seat of your pants" - it is definitely a drivers car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2001

18th Sep 2005, 17:13

The ST205 is a very under-rated car. It comes as standard 255BHP JDM, That's a lot more than your average Impreza. And at the time the Celica was and still is one of the best rally cars ever made.

The car does 0-60 in around 6seconds and 1/4 mile drag in 14. They are very very easy to modify; a performance air filter, exhaust and increasing boost from 0.9 bar (standard) to 1 bar will see you 300bhp. Tank like build, only let down is the weight at around 1380kg approx.

However mine is 340BHP+ and 0-60 4.2 on standard internals and turbo. Amazing, there isn't many cars that can produce that power through such little modifications.

Very reliable and handling is excellent, however strut brace upgrades are recommended for more power.

Check out the owners club www.gt4oc.net.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 19 reviews