2000 Toyota Celica GTS 6-Speed 1.8 Liter VVTL-i from North America
Toyota made a Front Wheel Drive Ferrari, with the maintenance and reliability to match
Numerous rattles and vibrations.
Wheels will not balance properly.
Variable Valve Lift failed twice.
Cargo Cover Rattles like crazy
Exhaust Buzzes at idle.
Sunroof rattles, is peeling and discolored.
This car is seriously fast. The performance is astounding, no complaints there.
If you drive this car at 100% it rewards you with easy and predictable track handling, amazing steering, impressive top-end power.
If you the drive the car at 25%, as in daily traffic, it is very difficult and stressful to drive smoothly. The clutch is very difficult to modulate, the shifter is very course and close together. I am a race driver, but find myself missing gears and stalling in traffic on a regular basis.
This Toyota seems to think it an Italian Exotic. It brutish and uncomfortable to drive in traffic, the build quality is questionable, but it SCREAMS when you push it hard. This Japanese wannabe exotic is good only for the enthusiast who plans to DRIVE this car. I don't recommend it for daily commute duty at all. The interior is very spartan, has TOO much plastic. The quality just isn't up to the expected Toyota Quality.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 5th October, 2004