2000 Toyota Celica GT from North America


Check engine light being on:

When I bought my 2000 Celica GT about 4 months ago, the check engine light was on. Through some research, we figured out that the mass air flow sensor tends to get dirty. Nothing else was wrong with the car. It even had an Injen cold-air intake.

All we had to do as clean the tube, and the light has not come on since.

I've read a lot of other things about this and realized how much money people have wasted for something that takes a couple minutes to open up and clean.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th September, 2007

2000 Toyota Celica GTS 1.8L from North America




Nothing Yet. The Car runs great.

General Comments:

The Celica engine will surprise you after 6000 rpms. I do race and I won a lot of the times when it was stock. I added some after market parts and that it shocked me how much can be done with the engine. The suspension is great; you can take corners like nothing. It has a large trunk space with a sporty interior. Stock speakers have nice bass.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st February, 2007

2000 Toyota Celica GT-s 1.8 vvti-l from North America


A fantastic sporty economical reliable form of transportation!


Alternator failed at around 90k.

O2 Sensor failed at 115k.

MAF (Mass Air flow) sensor wreaked havoc on my performance, one can of $2.50 non residue brake cleaner fixxed, poor fuel economy, horrible hesitation, difficulty starting! For those that are having hesitation issues, especially when cold do this first before spending $$$ at the dealer! Clean the MAF!

General Comments:

For me this has been about the most perfect commuter car I could have hoped for. 180hp, 30mpg, great handling for a FWD vehicle, 6spd short shift transmission, extremely good reliability, decent cargo room for a sporty two door, excelent peddle placement for toe-heel performance driving, great braking, very good factory stereo, good driving position, great front visibility, it has really been a great car, with very little to worry about. The way the engine is designed you can drive it below 6000 rpm everywhere, and have a fairly quiet economy car that gets about 33mpg city for me, or you can open it up, take it past 6k rpm and it jumps up to the 2nd cam lobe and screams like a formula 1 race car and still gets a reliable 30mpg! The one issue that I thought was major, turned out to be a dirty Mass aiflow sensor, I cleaned it my self with non residue brake cleaner and all of my performance and hesitation issues disappeared, I just couldn't believe it! The one negative I have is the interior is quite loud during high way cruising. Oh and the back seats are definitely more cosmetic than functional for adults. I just got the car in for its first official service out side of oil changes and tire rotations. At 120,000 miles having never been truly serviced before the Toyota dealership found nothing wrong, no CV joint failing, leacking oil gaskets, no leaking hose, I kept asking them over and over again, did you check the CV boot, did you check the rear engine seal, did you make sure there are now bad hoses, I couldn't believe it especially considering I drive this car fairly hard!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2006

2000 Toyota Celica GT 1.8 VVT-i from North America


Another Bulletproof Toyota


Left Headlight seal was compromised. It caused condensation within the lens.

Plexiglas sunroof has begun to oxidize so that it is a translucent yellow rather than transparent.

Oxygen sensor went out at 110,000 miles. The OEM sensor costs $180 at Auto Zone and Advance Auto Parts. The sensor doesn't significantly affect performance so I have yet to replace it.

Hinges on ashtray broke.

Lifting arms cannot support rear lift gate. The problem is magnified in cold weather.

MAF sensor blew out, it cost $120 to replace it with after-market sensor.

Platinum spark plugs were replaced. They are very expensive.

General Comments:

This is a very quick and nimble car.

This car red lines at 6800 RPM, but the limiter doesn't kick in until 7000 RPM, which is it's peak HP point. The GT-S has a higher red line, but the power bands on these cars are almost identical up to the 7000 RPM point. Most people don't spend much time in the 7000-7800 RPM area anyway.

Gas is a dream on this car. It is nearly impossible to make the car get less than 25 MPG. I can get 350-400 Miles per tank on the interstate.

I'm 6'1" and the front seats are very comfortable. I would not, however, consider the back seat comfortable. I generally refer to my car as a "two-seater with a cargo shelf in the back."

The car is probably the best-handling front-wheel drive car I have ever driven.

The leather Seats have hardly begun to show wear at 120,000 miles.

This is a very rewarding car to clean. It doesn't take much effort to maintain, and it looks fantastic when detailed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th February, 2006

12th Apr 2007, 07:07

Excuse me, but I thought you said the car was bulletproof yet you list all those problems. I have read several other reviews about the same vehicle and no one seems to have any problems that you listed.

5th Oct 2007, 16:58

I just want to speak to the author of the first comment and say, in the grand scheme of things it appears his car has been bullit proof and very reliable. Count the cost of what he has replaced verse other vehicles needing transmissions and motors and such. I am certified with Honda, GM and Chrysler and feel qualified to comment on this.

To the author of the review, I have been toggling back in forth between another Integra (I currently own one and love it) or the Celica. I see you have owned an Integra before and wanted to get your thoughts on the ownership experience between the two.