2000 Toyota Celica Sport M 1.8 vvtl-i from UK and Ireland
Sporty, fast, stylish and reliable!
The engine warning light came on at about 75000km, and the engine was struggling, but was just in need of service.
Light bulb had to be changed.
Gasket cover on exhaust came loose, and made a terrible noise, but was a simple fix with a screwdriver.
Wear on drivers seat from having to fall into the car.
I love this car; there were only 1200 Sport M models made, so it feels unique and drives the same. I imported it from Japan with low mileage and a clean engine and interior.
The 200bhp as standard is N/A, but accelerates well until it hits 6500rpm when the vvtl-i kicks in like a mule. Would much prefer it to kick in lower; even 5000rpm would do, which I'm considering.
The car revs very high and because it's so low to the ground, has the TRD sports suspension and strengthened pillars; it feels like I'm driving a race car. The engine noise reduction was removed from the front of the car to lighten the added weight of the pillars, so it sounds beautifully loud and sporty.
If I was to complain about it, I'd probably say the seats can be uncomfortable over long journeys, and the Japanese put a mini-disc player into it, which annoys me because, it's a mini-disc player!
I wouldn't give my Celica up for the world. I've not been beaten on the roads yet; I'm not saying it's the fastest, but I've said goodbye to many a boy racer.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th April, 2008