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My partner and I was looking for a car for a while when we spotted this! Not only does it look amazing, sporty and fast but it performs great too. It has a nice sound while driving (although can be a bit loud on the motorways) and is very reliable. The seats look great, very sporty looking although there isn't much room in the back for passengers. The doors look good and are really wide which can sometimes make it difficult getting out in parking spaces! There is plenty of space in the boot as well which for myself is an added bonus! I can't comment too much on the engine etc. as my partner deals with that side of the car but so far we haven't had any problems with it. Overall a great car that we won't be getting rid of anytime soon as we both love it.
Let me just start of by saying that this is by far the most reliable car I have ever owned in my life! I bought it 10 years ago pre-owned and it hasn't dated in any way. It still looks great and is often mistaken for a sports car by my friends and colleagues. However underneath this sporty exterior must be a tank because it has not broken down once and I drive this car nearly every day. That's not to say I have never had to spend money on it but it's never been anything more serious than a new Tyre.
It has really good handling meaning it can handle even the windiest roads without any trouble what so ever. The acceleration is really quick if you suddenly see an opening in the traffic. Also the brakes are really responsive should you need to perform an emergency stop. The interior design is elegant and sporty with its bucket leather seats and glossy radio/CD player. The only downside is that it is a relatively large car and parking in small spaces requires a great amount of skill. But overall I am very impressed with this car and it has yet to let me down!
Do you want to turn heads without looking like your having a midlife crisis?
Wanting performance and comfort without breaking the bank?
Do you like to 'play' with your car as well as have a luxurious ride on motorways?
Look no further you need the Toyota Celica T-sport!
I personally own the previous body shape to this (round headlights 1998 ) and when my boyfriend was in the market for a new car he looked around at the new updated shape. I must admit when this shape came out I wasn't overly keen on it but now knowing the car intimately it has most defiantly grown on me. My Celica is most defiantly a girlie car especially as mine is purple, but you couldn't call this little beast girly even if it was purple.
The styling is defiantly masculine and the leather interior is very high end with the finish. the one he has is in black a 2005 model.
Toyota have spent a good long time refining and designing ever detail, I especially like the air vents on the interior and the TT logo on the wheel caps all though I was surprised to se the seatbelt fitting at the base of the chair was identical to mine but I suppose if it isn't broke why fix it ?
If you look for this car and I would only advise the TT version and don't trust the dealers or badge on the back to find a TT, (we had one particular dealer trying to pull a fast one )if you ever want to play with it then there are a few things you should look for.
* the Speedo should have a max speed at 180
* the red on the revomiter should only be marked from 7000 rpm
*the engine block should have TT marked on it
* will have the spoiler as standard
Keep an eye out for Celica with just the updated badges not the performance!
eaven though this is a performance car as it has six drive gears you can get good fuel mialage from it and if i drive carefully, keeping my revs under 2,000 wherever i can and not being heavy on set off i can achive around 45 mpg. however WARNING! play at your peril i can get as little as 20 mpg if i thrash it!
As for the drive experience I love it. Simply put you are hard pushed to find more bang for your buck and in such a pretty package ( in the most manly way) you wont find better!
so far touch wood no repairs to speak of but i did have an issue with wiper blades. a small anoyance but one is bigger than the other so i had to buy two sets. at least i have another set of spares now, but seriously this was a bit of a pain.
the engine has a different noise that i was worried about so a took it to see my friend the mechanic and he told me the reason it made tthat noise was due to there being no cam belt but a chain instead that will last the life of the engine. what a great inovation and a major improvement to the previous Celica, whoo! no cam belt! no big expense every 20,000 miles as this great engine has a chain instead...............well done Toyota.
however this is in the highist road tax bracket, a small sacrifice for what you get.
I only need one question answered by Toyota, why have you stopped making performance cars???? Yes I know economical downturn and all that but just a little note for you engineers and business honchos at Toyota. When you get it right and my dears you have here how can you take it off the market??? Business boo boo from you you!
Think on Toyota I want to see this engine in the last body shape please I would if I could have one in every colour!
I bought the T-Sport version of the Celica a couple of years ago. I wanted a sporty car, which would satisfy my wallet as well as my driving needs - the Celica met my expectations.
The T-Sport version delivers 189 Bhp from the same 1.8 litre engine as the standard version. This means that you have go through the rev range to get the most out of the car. On mine, once you hit 6,000rpm, the fire in the belly kicks like a turbo boost, and the engine go right up to 8,000rpm and beyond. You have to drive the car like this to get the most out of it - but that's how the engine was built.
Looks: Very pleasing - some find it too angular, but I find the lines well thought out. I think this car appeals in design to both male and female audiences. I have the car in Thunder Grey, and it looks great. Many Celicas also come with rear spoilers, but nothing "too in your face". It is a car that's modded by many, and the bodykits are easy to find.
Inside: OK. Two-tone leather often comes in the T-Sport version. The trim is a bit plastic, but probably true of a lost of Japanese cars. Lots of features: climate control, a/c, front fogs, etc. Rear seats are bucketed - passengers have complained to me about legroom - it is a 2+2, but the space in the back is a bit limited, however it is a sporty number after all!!
Driving: Driving position is low, but I like it - it adds to the sporty feel. One thing I would say about the driving is that the road noise is quite loud compared to other sports cars. The engine noise is loud also when you rev it through the full range....but I like this! The ride is a little hard with the sports suspension, so be prepared for some jolts when you go over bumps in the road. Other than this, the seats are comfortable, and the driving is responsive. And it's quick!! 0-60 in about 7 seconds. No encouragement necessary.
Reliability: I haven't had any problems with mine since I got it - I keep it serviced regularly and it's a Toyota, so it won't fall apart like other makes.
Overall: A great little car - people like to own it because of its looks and heritage. A great drive if you allow minor faults in the comfort zone.
I'd been attracted to the 6th Generation Celica for a long time, mostly for its more-than-passing resemblance to Ford's RS200. However, I bought a Generation 7 Celica. Why? Because I'd found that unless it's GT4, the sixth incarnation of the Celica isn't all that fast. I also didn't want an older car.
My Celica is one of the last, a late 2006 190 T-Sport VVTLi. This means it has 190 horsepower; 50 of those horses wake up only at 6,250rpm, by courtesy of the car's electronics.
Overall, it's a great car. It can be driven round town as though it has the 140hp engine of its little sister. Or I can make use of the 'lift', the point where the engine's characteristics take off when its running parameters are electronically tweaked. This gives a good balance between (relative) economy and an impressive power output.
The G7 Celica's gearchange has been criticised for being baulky and obstructive. Not so: it's sulky when cold but once the gearbox is warm, the 'change is precise. Getting the best from it simply involves being familiar with the gearchanges narrow, firmly-sprung gate.
The 190 T-Sport has also been criticised for being frenetic to drive. Yes, it isn't the quietest car, or the smoothest. But it has manners and during high speed use it is excellent. The steering is ultra-precise, body roll is low and it's clear the driver will run out of 'bottle' long before the car does.
Inside, the car is remarkably well-equipped. Climate control, airbags, a good radio/CD player and comfortable seats are only part of the package. The rear seats are small and hard to access but there's a bonus. Fold the rear seats down and you get a load deck that's surprisngly spacious,, especially for a GT coupe. The interior plastics tend towards the tacky, thought they're fairly tough. This is more than can be said about the wheels, whose alloy mix is soft enough to warrant caution over speed bumps.
My Celica would get a five-star rating but for one point. I can forgive the car's tendency to collect stone chips, partly because the nose is low, partly because the paint isn't notably tough. It isn't the car's fault that it's now worth less than half what I paid - that's down to the financial situation. But nothing can convince me about the braking. My car has been into the service bay many times with brake problems. The brake pedal travel is too long and the pedal feels worryingly soft. There's nothing at all wrong with the hydraulic system, the brakes are simply that way inclined. Unfortunately, the standard brake pads cannot clean the discs, even in harsh usage, and corrosion further reduces the brakes' efficiency. Fitting EBC pads (Yellowstuff race pads) has kept the front discs clean but the rears are corroding - again. And even on a wet road, it takes a violent push to make the ABS system cut in. Power is nothing without control and were the car no longer in warranty, I'd be adding big discs and four-cylinder calipers.
It's a pity this highly important shortcoming undermines the Celica's record. But for the brakes, I'd recommend the car unreservedly.
I have a Toyota Celica - inherited it from my fiance when he got a company car. I adore this car so much. I have a 2000 model,with a premium and sport pack, it's blue in colour. OK so where do I really start with this car;
It has a 1.8 engine which isn't that great for the kind of car it is, be better with at least a 2.0 or 2.2 but you can't have everything, it is smooth to drive, comfy with leather interior and bucket seats that you can just mould in to. The back seats are a bit deceiving really as they look tiny and you think no one will be able to get in and be comfortable but you'd be wrong, my friend (who is 6ft 2") decided she would sit in the back and loved it said she was so comfy she could fall asleep. It is only a 3 door but the front seats do fold forward quite a bit so quite easy to get in and out of the back. Not suited for older people though they curse having to get out of the car at all even the front seat as they say it's too low down, but they're just getting too old for fun :)
The boot looks a good size even without the seats down and you can definately fit plenty in it. With the seats down I managed to fit a 42" t.v in it which was still in the box. So even though it's a sporty looking car it can still be a sensible car if you want it to be.
This model comes with a small spoiler on the back which I think looks great and makes the car look that bit sportier than the standard Celica. It has nice alloys but I chose to change mine and have also changed the exhaust to give it a nicer sound when you drive off. I also have climate control in the car which is a great bonus.
I would like to say I haven't had problems with this car but unfortunately I have just had to chnge the power steering pipe, brake calliper, handbrake cables and 2 wheel bearings. But to be honest I don't mind as it's not had problems before and probably won't have any more for another wee while. The parts are expensive and most you can only buy from Toyota themselves but check on the internet and you can usually find a good deal.
I don't really know what else I can say about this car, it really does look stunning and even though it's not the fastest car out there it is definately my favourite kind of car at the moment (well in my price range!!) Would recommend to anyone as this car is very reliable, comfy - even on long journeys, I drove it from Inverness to Bournemouth which is about 640miles and never once had to stop to stretch my legs!! The fuel isn't that brilliant it costs about £48 to fill the tank at the moment which will last me the week to and from work which suits me, about 33mpg.
It's definately a feel good car, you could never be angry or upset in one of these, i'm forever smiling when i'm driving it
My husband has had this car for three years and everybody loves it.
It looks great and handles really well - we paid £11,000 for a four year old car with rear spoiler, leather seats and 28,000 on the clock. It has cost very little to service (though we don't use the main dealer because they are about £65 an hour just for labour) and nothing has gone wrong in all that time.
The front two seats are extremely comfortable and roomy and there are airbags all over the place.
The drive is great - the car lets you know exactly what is going on on the road and it handles twists and turns well. It is really fun to drive - but it doesn't accelerate as fast as it might. It does only have a 1.8 engine, and when you put your foot down, for a few seconds you do really know you only have 1.8 under your bonnet. But it cruises at high speeds once it gets there and certainly can do corners at quite fast speeds, hugging the road really well. Gear changes are easy but you need loads of revs before each change to make the most of the performance of this car.
It only does about 30-32 to the gallon, but handles like a sports car - hugs the road and has 6 gears. The black leather bucket seats are great though elderly relatives find them tricky to get in an out of! There are two bucket seats in the back, and my children are happy there (both under 5) but it is only suitable for an adult for a short journey/lift home. Three doors make the back inaccessible as well as cramped, but you don't buy a Celica for its family friendly properties!
You can get loads in the hatchback boot though, as the rear seats fold fully down, though its better for length than height.
I'd buy another one.
Toyota Celica 190 VVTLi
I have owned My Celica for 2 Years and have cover over 25,000 miles in her, although the car has slight modifications, i still thought i'd write a review.
First the Looks.
The 7th Generation Celica the ZZT230/1 was actually designed in the USA by a company called Calty Design.
Design-wise Toyota turns to CALTY to find a design that appeals to the younger market. Turning outside the Japanese designers Toyota hopes depart from the conservative "safe" image that Toyota is all too well known for.
So they came up with what is now the current Celica and it received Rave reviews.
The Celica uses aggresive surfaces and sharp lines to captivate onlookers on the outside and smooth arches and curves to create a sense of union between the driver and the front seat passenger on the inside!
I love the styling... like a futuristic jetfighter, the headlights like demons eyes, it is truly years ahead of its time.
Having owned the previous incarnations of the Celica, i had high expectations for the new VVTLi 190bhp model, and i was blown away!!!
The handling of this nimble coupe is amazing and the extra power surge you get at 6000rpm all the way until the limit at 8300rpm is something you just get addicted to, the 6 speed box is smooth and quiet and can take a beating.
Cheap servicing and fuel economy make this a wise financial option and toyota's legendary reliability is as strong as ever.
Build Quality is fantastic althought the interior dashboard plastic is easily marked.
BUY ONE AND BE QUICK! !