1995 Toyota Celica ST204 2.2 from Australia and New Zealand
Love every bit of it..
Parts are expensive in Melbourne for this car. A radiator would cost about $1k to fix.
The arm rest of the door breaks easily when used with too much weight.
Petrol is 7km/l if you play on the RPM, but could be a good 12km/l if you drive safely and maintain it at 2k rpm (90km/h).
The car drives smoother when it's at 2.5k RPM and about 120km/h, and would cost about $149 for traffic fines. Which I got like at least 5 in this 2 years.
Back seat head clearance is too low; only suits people about 1.6m in height.
Have owned the car for 2 years, and travel about 40,000. Travel to many places in Melbourne, and it still runs smooth, responds fast, and handles very well.
Steering is between a BMW (too hard) and a AUDI (too smooth), and provides a very good feel for turning. It's about 1.5 turns on each side, and able to do a 2 lane U turn easily.
Pick up is better in 2nd gear when the RPM hits from 3krpm, which can be an easy 80km/h. (1st gear is just to move off). Might not catch up a Prelude at the start, but does over take at 60-80km/h.
Install an aftermarket air filter, and it's much smoother to run, as the engine gets more air, but it's easier to change to a lower gear when slightly accelerating.
Low seating provides a very comfortable feeling, and is like those living room bean bags.
A proper wheel alignment and tires would give you a smooth and quiet 180km/h, which might take about 12-14sec to reach. When 0-100 is about 6 secs with an aftermarket filter.
A hatchback of its design allows me to transport a bed frame of 1.9m in length, and about a book shelf of 1m in width from Ikea (having the bed to be out of the rear door).
Overall, I love this car very very much for the feel, looks, the drive and the handling.
* All remarks are based on previous cars my family and I have owned for at least 2 years of driving.
Toyota RAV 4
Honda Jazz (1.3) Singapore
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th May, 2011