2000 Toyota Celica 1.8vvti 1.8 140bhp from UK and Ireland


Probably the best value coupe on the market


Tailgate struts didn't support tailgate - replaced under warranty, and now fine.

Everything else 100%

General Comments:

A head-turning car, especially with the "Premium and Sport Pack", which includes 17 inch alloys, leather interior and rear spoiler.

I love the climate control air con, and also use the electric sun roof frequently.

Performance is good, rather than great, as the engine needs to be thrashed to get the best out of it, and it is not the smoothest of units. Handling, however, is superb. The car rides very comfortably at low speeds, but is still secure when pressing on.

I think the interior looks great, though the plastics used in the dashboard and door trim are not very tough and scratch easily.

The standard Sony Disc/Tape/Radio is a fiddle to use, but works superbly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2002

2000 Toyota Celica 190 1.8vvt li from UK and Ireland


A quick as you want rocket



General Comments:

If you can afford the extra money, buy the proper version of this car.

The six speed box is a delight, but the best kept secret is the engine.

Push it past 4000 rpm, and the car jumps into life.

Press the pedal past 6500 rpm, and the performance is surprising when taking into account the price of the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th October, 2001

2000 Toyota Celica GTS 1.8 from North America


Budget Dude's Porsche


Tires need to be replaced at 17,000 miles.

General Comments:

Fantastic car for the money. Cornering handling is a dream, right up there with most Porsches on extremely curvey dangerous mountain roads no problem keeping up and beating 911s on a regular basis.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th June, 2001

8th Aug 2001, 19:07

Heh, well put.

19th Feb 2009, 19:55

Beating 911's. You must be joking or the Porsche driver was my grandma!

2000 Toyota Celica GT-S TRD 1.8 from North America


High performance/practical bargain


Nothing major.

A door seal came loose in one area which was easily pushed back in.

Dealer sucked, but then again they're not the car.

General Comments:

This is a smart and practical car as well as a serious driving machine. Be prepared to be surprised in many ways, most of which will be enjoyable.

I bought mine new and fully loaded (except VIP alarm) including a dealer installed TRD package, (it has the smaller rear spoiler, not the goofy large one) and have very little complaints about the car itself, the dealer on the other hand is a different story.

It's a shame that Northtown (Buffalo, NY) lacks a competent and caring staff. I have had better service at a McDonalds drive through, they are a detriment to Toyota and have turned my first time buyer experience into a nightmare. I'm dreading the day I have to return to the dealer to have the car serviced, luckily my father is one (of an army) of Northtown's attornies because anyone else would need a good lawyer to deal with them.

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the car is the engine, the GT-S with VVTL-I is from another planet, it's true that lacks a little low end torque, but it gets scary fast very quickly. The engine runs from silky smooth to screaming fast in a short time and sounds awesome from 0 to 9000 rpms thanks to the TRD exhaust (adds 14 hp as well). I have yet to really open it up because the car is so fast off the line and nimble to boot, I've had it up to 100 MPH (with little effort) on the highway and the handling was rock solid and very responsive. The only thing that will remind you that this car is a 4 cylinder is the excellent gas mileage and low insurance rates.

This is a true sports car and like most sports cars there are trade offs in the area of performance versus comfort. First of all it's a track car with plenty of road feel and a little road noise. The streets of Buffalo, NY are not the best, which make the ride here harsh at times, but on good roads this car is excellent (TRD springs) and the handling is very precise with a little oversteer in hard corners. Occasionally there are weird anomalies under hard acceleration and cornering which I equate to just plain old getting used to the car.

One thing which will not take any getting used to is the braking, the ABS 4 wheel discs are stunning and perhaps the best non traction control braking system on the market.

Inside the car it's spartan and uncluttered, most everything is where it should be, however there seem to be a few inconstancies and trade offs, but they are easily forgivable. Most notable is the plastic space age dash (a slight mismatch to leather seats, easily fixed with carbon fiber or after-market kits) and the drink holder placement, but then again I couldn't imagine where else they could have put them (I can say the same for any Lexus as well), besides you should be driving not eating your lunch.

The driver's position is comfortable and logical, but may take some getting used to, don't expect your back seat passengers to be too happy.

The six speed transmission takes a bit of getting used to as well, I have had the car for about a month and have only started to get the right feel for the shifter/clutch/gas equation. This is no surprise because I had to drive my parents Porsche 911 for years until I really got used to it.

The trunk is surprisingly big and very practical with the cargo tray, bag hooks, and tie down hooks just right and the 50/50 rear seats pushing functionality into the magical realm. The only thing really missing is a hatch release.

The 8 speaker JBL infused CD/Tape/FM sounds excellent, the speakers are matched nicely with the amperage, bass response is just enough for a little punch in the gut even at low volume levels, mid's and high are just as good. I wish they would have made the LCD amber instead of green (from a Lexus?) so it would have matched the driver gauges. Real car audiophiles will want to add better rear speakers and a little 8' sub amp/crossover combo for the back, but as a stock units go it's remarkably adequate and functionally operative.

Looking at the body of the car is a true pleasure. The design is remarkable, complex sight lines and the geo-mechanical form make this car absolutely beautiful and unique. It's hard to believe that this is a car from Japan, but then again the exterior was designed in California. My only complaint is that the box like fenders make the 205/50/15 tires appear slim.

Lastly, get a very good alarm for this car, it will get noticed real fast, it's a head turner, especially with the TRD ground effects, worry about it when it's parked because somebody is going to be always looking at it, touching it, and most likely planning to steal it. Toyota's have a remarkably high resale value as a whole car and even more so when chopped and sold for parts.

Combined with Toyota's penchant for perfection and reliably and the Celica's un-worldly design and performance specs, there is no other car like it. You can argue Acura and Honda all you want, but there is no comparison when their designs are so dated. Mention Eclipse or Mustang and look at how many of them there are on the road, but actually in the shop most of the time. If you're considering other belly button cars like a Camaro, Firebird, or Trans-Am, there is no hope for you. One might also consider a GTI, but over the years they have become fat, old and slow. The new Celica's have the looks (and exhaust note) of a Lambo or Ferrari, the brute strength and agility of a Porsche and refined mechanical perfection of a Lexus. Find yourself a good, honest, and friendly dealer and be prepared for a truly remarkable car buying experience.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2001

12th Aug 2001, 07:40

Hi, I'm from the UK and my wife has just ordered a Celica VVTL-I 190 which I think is the equivelent of the Celica GT-S in the US. Could you tell me, how does the car perform at lower revs as I understand that the power does not kick-in until around 6200rpm?