2001 Toyota Celica 1.8 VVT from UK and Ireland


I will keep it now 'til whenever


Brake master cylinder at 40000k.

Interior light bulb?

General Comments:

I have had this car from new as a retirement gift to myself and my wife, and I use it for multi holiday trips to France, Spain, Wales, Scotland and wherever else we choose. It is garaged and serviced locally at a non Toyota garage.

I would not have another Toyota, despite having had 13 since 1986, due to the lack of interest shown by Toyota when my Avensis T4 (2009) blew a clutch 2 months out of warranty. I have since changed to Nissan.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th April, 2014

2001 Toyota Celica 140 vvti 1.8 from UK and Ireland


Great reliability and a pleasure to drive


The car has been very reliable. Since I bought it back in late 2004, I can honestly say up until last year the only thing I've had go wrong with it is a sidelight fusing and a brake light.

I wouldn't rate myself as mechanically minded, so I went to the Toyota dealer to see about getting a new sidelight fitted a few days before my MOT. They wanted to charge something like £8 for the bulb, and then £27 + VAT to fit it! Found out I could get the bulb in Halfords for a few pounds and my mate fitted it in under 2 minutes, so I've learned to be a bit wary of Mr T when it comes to repairs!

Recently though, I have noticed an excessive amount of oil consumption from the engine, apparently this is a problem identified by Toyota in the early run of the 140vvti engine, and can be corrected provided your engine is still under warranty (think it may be 70k miles) whereby a new or reconditioned short engine block is replaced. 140vvti cars around mid 2002 onwards do not suffer from this problem (if you are buying one, look for the facelift model instead to be sure).

Toyota carry out an oil consumption test after 600 miles, then a further 1000 then a third after a further 600 miles.

My last reading was over 1 litre of oil used in 600 miles, the readings have been sent to Toyota UK and I'm awaiting a response.

I've had to replace all the brake discs and pads on the car (Toyota were looking for silly money for doing this), I managed to buy the discs and pads online and get them fitted locally by a mechanic for less than the price of the parts supplied from Toyota. Labour prices at a franchised dealer are very high.

Brake discs can get badly warped also on the standard Toyota discs, you should avoid holding your car on hills with your footbrake, as the heat and friction eventually makes the surface uneven. Toyota often offer to skim the discs, which solves the problem for a while, but they were looking to skim my brakes again at the next service, so I just decided to get new ones myself and have them fitted, they were badly corroded. Corrosion is very bad on the inside of the discs, and you won't be able to see this unless you are under the car or remove the discs yourself.

If you are thinking of buying a pre facelft model, make sure the service book is fully stamped to cover yourself in the event of the oil burning issue - it's well documented online.

General Comments:

I really enjoy using this car, it has bulletproof reliability. I used to have a Fiat Stilo before this, brand new from the dealership, and I had the AA out more times with failing engine and electronics than I care to remember.

I think I've seen the AA guy once in 3 years, once with a flat battery after I left the glove box open over the weekend. I'm almost thinking about cancelling my AA membership, the thing is so reliable!

Car still turns heads and has people pointing at it, which is surprising given its age!

Plenty of room up front, I'm 6'3" and this car just loves long journeys! Fuel consumption is pretty good for a coupe, and offers plenty of boot space, especially when the back seats are folded forward.

I have looked around for a replacement car recently, but given this car's reliability, I'm going to buy a newer model celica. Shame Toyota stopped making this, I look forward to seeing its replacement!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th May, 2007

27th May 2007, 12:06

Just an update on this, I've had my oil consumption assessed by Toyota UK and they agreed to replace the short engine in the car under the manufacturers engine warranty.

They checked the service records in my book, even though the previous owner had missed a minor service, they still carried out the work and I'm full of praise for Toyota for doing this. I'll definitely be buying Toyota again next time round.

The car was in the workshop for 4 days in total having the work carried out and I'm now just running in the new engine for its first 1000 miles.