1999 Toyota Celica ST 1.8 from UK and Ireland
Pretty yet more affordable and practical than most people realize. Future classic?
Rear LED brake light failed at 30k (warranty)
Set of brake disc's and pads under warranty at 40k. New front disc's and pads again at 72k (£400), rear disc's due soon (at 80k, another £400)
Passenger side electric mirror motor failed at 60k (c£150)
Electric window sensors (to stop in right place) passenger side at 44k (warranty), driver side at 67k (£120)
Air con loosing gas at 74k, took four trips and £600 to fix, but that bit was more the dealers fault than the cars.
Had this from a few months old (when new shape came out and old prices dropped) and its still a real nice car for cruising through the city or steaming down the motorway. Performance is real world adequate and running costs generally very good, fixing it is costly though.
Put some 17" alloys with latest Eagle F1's and the cornering will impress even if the acceleration doesn't. Lower and stiffen the suspension if you must, but it won't make that much difference to handling (but it making you feel that you are getting into a proper sports car as it sits so low)
The interior is a little gloomy with its dull Japo/German styling, but everything is solid. Posh mats and flash stereo make it feel nice, but not up to date (I like the old fashioned feel and slightly heavy steering). Drivers seat always feels warmer than passengers which can be a pain on long journeys.
Amazing luggage capacity for two too. Large frame tent and all our stuff (inc portaloo) for two weeks camping can fit in the back (but its too the roof, under the seats and around the passengers legs)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th May, 2005