The Toyota Celica GT 2.0, what can you say about this car from its sleek sexy lines to the comfort and ride handling it is a fantastic vehicle, Front wheel drive makes it especially fun especially if your pushing out 220bhp (modified,168bhp as standard) under the hood.
My Celica is a 1995 UK registered (non Import), and I absolutely love it Sports performance from a car you can pick up now under £1500, money well spent!
Reliability is not an issue the engine is bomb proof (i have never had any problems) as long as the belts are changed as required you should be fine. Boot space is very generous and there is plenty of room in there for your weekly shopping. As for the driving of the vehicle the gear change is smooth and the car holds the road well even when throwing it into corners, the driving position is low just like a sports coupe should be and u really get the feeling that you are in harmony with the machine when you are behind the wheel.
Even though mine is 17 years old there is no real rust on the body work a little around the sills and arches but come on what can you expect?
Insurance group 15 was costing me 600 a year full comp and found fuel economy to be good avg 35mpg except when giving it a little more lead then i was avg 10mpg.
My main downers for this machine as unfortunately there always will be down sides the cramped rear seats, therefore ideally this is not really a family car and more for a couple however if your looking for a coupe i don't think that family is one of your main concerns, the interior i find very dull and i don't feel as though it truly represents the soul of the car which i think is quite unfortunate, some come on Toyota reliable engine, good driving experience but let down by quite a dark dank and cheap feeling interior.
It is a fine piece of Japanese design and build and the looks can still turn heads in fact the honest truth is i prefer the pre-1999 design to the newer designs call me nostalgic if you will but for the Toyota Celica there will always be a place in my heart, Toyota i salute you and for anyone thinking of buying one of these machines all i can say is that my experiences with this vehicle have been nothing but good always started first time never failed on me never broken down and never failed an mot. I think a must have for anyone who is looking for a sports car with out the sport price tag.
Look at my beautiful car!!!, now that is what I thought when I first saw my Celica reflected as I drove her past an office building, they just don't make stunning looking cars like this anymore!
Our eyes first met across a crowded forecourt and I knew I had to buy her. As a long time admirer of Japanese sports cars and the round head lighted Celica since my uncle had a brand new black one years ago I can forgive the slightly dated interior and cheep looking plastics inside. Truthfully if you see your dream car there isn't much that will put you off buying her. This model Celica can be quite a masculine looking car in certain colours but my as I call her Penelope pit stop car is defiantly a girl, I had never seen such a lovely colour purple metallic on a car before and it suited the Celica's styling.
The quality of the driving and handling is still fantastic after all this time and despite the power lurking under the bonnet forever ready if you tap your right toe. I have found myself more often than not driving slower and more cautiously I think partly to allow her to be admired and partly to ensure no idiot crashes into her.
Of all my cars over the last 10 years this is by far the best even if it is the oldest. The handling through corners or on country roads can only be described as tight and responsive and the grip seams to have no end, she holds the road like a dream and I have tested her. I am no girl racer but I love to drive her hard and she laps it up. I have a very good and understanding mechanic who keeps her tuned and who also has a passion for the Celica and MR2 of this age but be warned if you drive her hard she is a thirsty girl!
My boyfriend was so impressed with the power, grip and handling that when he bought his next car it was the not so attractive updated Celica, (looks more like the MR2 to me)
If you want to feel like your driving an expensive sports car but don't have a huge budget you can pick up a fabulous Celica for well under £4,000 or shell out a little more and get a GT4 rally Celica for around £6,000
Ideally the next performance car from Toyota will be an updated Celica interior with the old classic styling's of this model but the new engine with a chain not cam belt (like the newer Celica)
Considering the age of these models they hold there value well and were an instant classic and an icon of design for the 90's sports car with useable comfortable back bucket seats and a good sized boot for your shopping.
i must say i am in love with this car i have owend mine for nearly a year now i got it when i was 18 years old i have the 2.0 gt it is a amazing car to drive and they make you feel so safe as they are built to last if any one was looking in to getting a toyota celica i would defently advise you to get the 94 - 99 modle as it looks the best and just makes you feel great while you drive i am now putting a body kit on mine but its the most fun in a car i have ever had and mine still runes like it is brand new even tho its on 140k miles but it drives like a dream there built to last all i have spent on it in last yeas is a set of tyres so i cant complain and mine is on a 96 plate hope this helps any one who is looking in to getting one.
Whaddya mean old mans car??? Does that mean at 50 im to old to drive a celica?? How ageist! Anyway I bought my Celica 3 weeks ago - fully intending to replace my Diesell Mondeo with another Diesell Mondeo However while passing a local car dealers saw this Silver 1999 celica ST in the forecourt, 23,000 miles and decided to give it a test. Loved it right away-The previous owner had kept it pristine, body work unmarked, trim and upholstery spotless so I bought it there and then. Ive only had it the 3 weeks but its great, good road holding, plenty of power (despite other views) comfortable and plenty of head room once the drivers seat is ajusted correctly. Im past my 'Boy racer' days (Now thast ME being ageist} so I really dont need a racing car but this Celica looks good, is reliable,comfortable and fairly economical to run (I get 420 miles to the full tank)- I can get wife and daughter in rear seats and son in front with no bother so to me its the ideal car. Only against my Celica has Radio cassette which I cant seem to get to work when the keys out of the ignition -but I will be fitting a 6 CD changer, also I dont like the standard Wheels plus plastic wheeltrims so they will be replaced with alloys as soon as possible. Air con a boon in the (Brief) Scottish Summer and ABS useful. All in all a great car
I have owned this car for a year now, had to have the black one as it looks the business, although its hard to keep clean. I get about 320 miles for a full tank, not bad considering i drive it hard. This model i not all that fast, top end is about 122mph and the acceleration above 80mph aint that good. However the handling is probably better than any other car i have driven. I run it on 17" alloys, Goodyear 215/45/17 all round. The ABS is good and needed in the wet as is slides about a bit. The steering is responsive and you know what the wheels are doing. When performing the handbrake turn in the dry you really needed to throw it in fast but be aware that you cant leave it pulled on very long as the rear end comes round pretty quickly. When in the wet you only need the handbrake for a fraction of a second and plenty of oversteer will follow. If you push this car in the dry around a bend it will understeer, i find that if you aproach the corner fast, slam the brakes on hard going in and give it plenty going around the rear end comes out quite nicely. The car is very nice to drive, nice gearbox and clutch, steering is just right and the seating position is very comfortable. There is not alot of head room i the front or rear but this is not an old mans car, its for drivers. The boot is pretty surprising in size, and with the 8 inch front door speakers + 6 inch rear panal speakers you can introduce one loud stereo system easily. One point i dont like is the weak looking exhaust back box, and you cant get off the shelf replacements. This car is best described as a hairdressers car - Good looking, not much power but extreme handling.