2001 Toyota Celica 190 1.8 vvtli from UK and Ireland
Not the ultimate driving machine, but a thoroughly capable coupe with performance to spare
Front tyres are starting to show wear after only 1800 miles.
This car can be driven sedately and smoothly, but it's a real tiger once you reach the 6200rpm mark. I'd imagine once I get to grips with keeping her `on the boil' she'll leave most things behind.
However this car is not for everybody; the driving position is semi-horizontal, the rear seats are cramped, and the 17" alloys mean you feel every bump on the road.
There is also a lot of road noise from the Pirelli P0s that came on the car.
The Celica 190 turns heads everywhere it goes and handles great for a FWD, just be prepared for the torque steer every time you approach the power band.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th November, 2001
6th Oct 2005, 04:32
Has the gearbox failed yet? Or the suspension gone out of alignment all by itself? Or the wheels gone oval?
Mine (bought new and serviced on the button by the main dealer every time) was a disaster, and spent a total of 4 weeks in the (excellent) dealership in its first two years. I was almost grateful when it got stolen! The engine was fine, but pretty much everything else broke, failed, fell off, became misaligned or went haywire in some way.
The worrying part was that all of the repairs involved fitting uprated or modified parts, including the gearbox! This tells me not only was the car not developed thoroughly, but that lots of other people had suffered similar problems to me.
After this I will never buy a car from the first year of production. I'm sure I could go out and buy a new 190 today that would be absolutely fine, but that's due to the unpaid development work carried out by the first lot of owners. It's the last time I'm going to be one of those!
A happy RX-8 owner (carefully bought a year after the model was first launched!)