1996 Toyota Celica GT 2.0 litre from UK and Ireland


Fantastic good looking car


Drove it for nearly 50,000 miles, often quite hard. I had only 3 problems.

- HT leads; a bit pricey (90 pounds), but if they last another 11 years that's pretty good!

- Alarm stopped working; took this out myself and sent it to Scorpion in the UK, who repaired it for 35 pounds.

- 2nd to 3rd gear change crunched sometimes on cold mornings; this never got any worse and I didn't attempt to fix it.

None of these problems caused the car to break down or be put out of use.

General Comments:

Couldn't be happier. Economy is reasonable (about 30-35mpg on motorways), performance is good, handles brilliantly, it never goes wrong, it's comfortable and it looks great.

Mine had 141,000 miles on it, and it was working fine.

The boot is also huge, especially with the seats folded down, which was pretty important for me.

If someone hadn't crashed into it, I'd be keeping it. Now to find another black UK model.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd August, 2007

1996 Toyota Celica SSI 2.0 litre gasoline from Australia and New Zealand


The Celica is the perfect sports car


The battery of the car went flat after a prolonged period out of use. Also, the Toyota CD player rejected discs when they were put in to play. Also, engine smoke is an occasional problem, but generally the Celica is a problem-free car.

General Comments:

The Celica is a value-for-money, lovely looking, economical coupe. Although it only offers 106KW of power at 1998 CC, it's acceleration is quite smooth and you don't have to push hard on the accelerator to get it to 80-100km/h. It's fuel economy is notable, 9.1 litres per 100km or 60-70mpg. Just a lovely coupe with few problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 2005

28th Sep 2007, 12:16

How did you manage to calculate 60-70mpg?

You said 9.1 Litres per 100km. That equates to roughly 2.4 gallons per 62 miles.

62 miles divided by 2.4 gallons is 25.8mpg.

60-70mpg would work out at 9.1 litres per 231.7 - 270.3km.

A bit off don't you think?

2nd Oct 2008, 14:48

I owned a 1996 ss111 and can say that I never had more than 35mpg, still quite economical, but I think your figures are way out.

7th Oct 2008, 03:02

I agree that 9.1L/100km equals approx 30 miles/gal.

I can see that the writer tried to give some indication by converting 100km to 62.5 mile factor, so it's not per gallon, it's 62.5 miles per litre. Hope this helps.

I own 96 Celica 2.0 - white with full bodykit. It's a very nice design and runs with reliability. Recommended to people whom want a bit of style and grunt, but not too fancy or luxurious.

20th Feb 2009, 02:50

I've owned ex-Japan Celica in 2001 for $14000. The value of the car to resell has been dropped. However, it serves its purpose very well.

Stylish look with white full body-kit; excellent handling with 17 inch OZ wheels; and all the electronic parts are absolutely durable.

The only problem was the front strut that became cracked after bumping on the curbs from parking frequently.

Nice sports car.

13th Feb 2010, 16:07

I own Celica 96 white 2.0L - NHK Drag King muffler, full factory bodykit (installed rear cap myself), White OZ wheel and extra white headlights. Owned it for two years and now gone over 193,000kms in New Zealand but it is still running like a dream. Washing it with Amway carwash (really good stuff) once a month, waxing it once every three month. Probably next dream car got to be either Porsche Boxster (White) or Aston Martin Vantage V8 4.3L (again white) to be able to be not compromised with all this Celica offers to me today.

Probably making approx 10L/100km not 9.1L/100km (with 91) even with fresh engine oil and filter. Would anyone be able to give me some idea if the modified muffler would affected the fuel efficiency?