2003 Toyota Celica VVT-i 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland
Cheap performance with practicality
Replacement items since purchase in August:
Front 275mm discs and calipers replaced with 277mm items from the Avensis, whose larger pads give much greater swept area.
Braided front brake hose.
Brake lines from behind the engine to the rear brakes.
Radiator and thermostat (rather awkward to bleed the system).
Exhaust back box.
Nearside rear caliper.
Handbrake system (drums) refurbished.
Things to do:
Air-con needs re-gassing.
Central under-tray missing.
Needs better head lights.
Good looking (like a cheap Ferrari).
Winter tyres all round means the fantastic handling (very low C of G) is also available in the cold and wet.
I can fit my mountain bike (minus the front wheel) in the back (rear seats down obviously!).
Sporty, long low seat position (I'm 6'2").
140 BHP is good, but it needs lots of revs to get the best out of it. Very strong flexible engine design, which was also used in several other Toyota models, plus the Pontiac Vibe and Chevrolet Prizm. Lotus used VVTL-i in the Elise and Exige. VVT-i known to last over 230k miles and is often turbo'd to 220 BHP).
Virtually no rust.
High 30s MPG on a long run (with modest throttle of course!).
Decent standard audio system.
£2.8k including purchase price and full service.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd December, 2014