1995 Toyota Celica ST 1.8 from North America

Summary:

The Best Car I've Ever Had!!!

Faults:

The rear Brake on the Passenger side Locked up, Causing a system failure, Damaging the Brake pads/shoes and Brake Cylinder.

(basically having no brakes whatsoever)

$148.69 Repair bill though... (Not too bad at all)

Passenger side window has to be "pushed" in to the car's body to seal right when door is opened, otherwise it will leak water (...Crashed?!?...)

That's it....

General Comments:

I had bought the car since the Nissan 300ZX had caught on fire for the 2nd time. It was time to start all new again. Wasn't too happy knowing I'd be "downgrading" to a 4 Cyl. I gotta say though, It's amazed me in so many ways.

Inside, it is oh so ROOMY! Even for a 6'4" dude. Although the Interior has been severely mistreated, it still holds up very well. AC is still working, All the lights, everything works flawlessly. very comfy overall.

Performance? Not too sure for stock. Although I own the ST model which comes standard with the corolla engine, it is way too fast. Maybe the 5 speed gearbox helps. The engine's been MODDED. As soon as you pop the hood, the first thing that catches your attention is the SHORT RAM INTAKE, and Matching cables, wires, Etc. Looks like something that came out of Fast and the Furious.

Noot too happy with the gas mileage, about 20-22MPG.

28 MPG? LMAO! (yeah right...)

It keeps up with the scion TC.

Handling is just phenomenal. Even for a FF layout for a car, you cannot break that thing off the pavement. It just sticks to it.

The previous owner MODDED the engine/ECU.

Mods Include...

Interior ---(white face gauges, Int. Neon lights, Trim Pieces.

Ext.--- 17" alloy wheels, Lowering springs, Tints.

It's a really nice car. And I found it for $2500. Not too bad. Really happy with it. HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!

Most of the performance upgrades will have to be custom since there aren't that many companies making "bolt-on" or even parts in general for this model of celica (T200. Oh well...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th October, 2007

1995 Toyota Celica GT4 2 litre turbo from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Supercar performance for budget pocket

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

This car is amazingly quick. No, seriously, it's fantastic. It is a genuine supercar for relatively little money. 0 - 60 in around 6 seconds, permanent four wheel drive gives superb handling, and the ride is surprisingly supple for a car of this nature.

The interior is functional, certainly nothing special. Dominated by black with very few 'toys' to play with. Drivers seat doesn't even have a memory function so that when you tip the seat forward to access the rear seat, you end up playing with the settings for days to get it 'just right' again!

The car I have was personally imported from Japan and was already fitted with a non-subtle body kit. The looks it gets are not for the shy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2005

1st Oct 2008, 09:47

Yeah had two of these. 0-60 is actually more like 5.2 and if you up the boost with a boost controller you are dealing with a mad man. Eats Impreza's in the higher speed range, I know I have one now! Fantastic cars, great noise from the turbo, huge howl and then a little chirp on the red line. Brilliant!

24th Jan 2009, 10:46

0-60 is about 6.0s, I have a rev3 MR2 turbo with near identical engine. Take away the charge cooler it does 0-60 5.0 dead. It has left many a GT4 in its dust.

Good cars though the GT4s.

1st Sep 2009, 10:44

^^^^^ agree the gt4 is closer to 6s 0-60. Great car, though I'm on the lookout for a good one as I've decided to sell my rev3 MR2 turbo, as I now need 4 seats :-(

1995 Toyota Celica GT 2.2L from North America

Summary:

Sharp, quick and reliable, people still ask me if it's brand new!!

Faults:

The clutch went at about 200,000km, but this was expected given I acquired the car at 169,000. A leak developed in the exhaust pipe where the flex pipe is, which had to be replaced. An idle problem exists which I can't figure out. The engine doesn't seem to idle up in the winter when it is cold, and so I just raise the idle with the throttle slightly for a minute. I will get it fixed, but the idle control parts are very expensive and so I don't want to replace anything that doesn't need replacement, even still the engine runs fine. Began consuming oil at 220,000km to the point where I have to add about half a liter between oil changes.

General Comments:

Very solid, clean and efficient running engine. Get about 550km on a 55L tank. The engine never gets tired of being pushed hard. Although a little bit more power for this car would be welcomed.

The car was lowered, intake, beefed up exhaust pipe and muffler. Turns on a dime, with very good feedback from the steering wheel. With the original shocks and 3 year old lowering springs I am yet to feel any body roll on tight turns.

It may need a paint job soon, I have been putting it off for a while, the clear coat around the door handles and the bumper is starting to peel slightly. The car is over 8 years old and the only thing that is rusting slightly is the tow hook. It has been driven every winter with all that road salt with no effect on the chassis or body, but a winter car has now been purchased so she will sit tight when it is cold from now on.

The reliability of the car is unbelievable. Interior is very sound and comfortable. Everything is put in the right place both inside and out. Most importantly she has never left me stranded and isn't giving me any hints of doing so anytime soon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th October, 2003

9th Jan 2005, 15:28

Have you fixed the poor cold idle problems? I have the same problem and it is a mystery to the garages in my area.