So, I bought mine around my 16th birthday, and it needed some work. Previous owner was a college kid, so you could imagine it could have been better off. But anyways, when we got it the owner told us it would need new suspension, which became very obvious as it rocked back and forth, and a new intake, and the AC didn't really work. After putting around $500 into it and working from home, we broke the trans axle, once that was fixed it was up and running, with an oil leak, refilled the oil and the leak has just vanished, then yesterday, going into 5th gear it just shut off, it needs a new Distributor cap and rotor, then plugs and wires. I love the car, but you really need to love yours too.
The car handles like a champ. I don't think i'll ever drive another FF car that handles as well as the Celica, it goes exactly where you put it, no questions asked, also the driver and passenger seats (once you're in them) are very comfortable. And to add on that the acceleration is staggering. I've yet to actually time the 0-60, but it would annihilate
any little stock V-tec honda.
Experienced a lot of electrical problems, such as the dome light, which has never worked since I've had it, along with the electric door locks, and the driver window button takes some serious force, also the hand brake hits the center console before it's up all the way, these are little things that don't really change how I feel about the car, but they are quite obnoxious.
Got this from a private owner that said the car was in tiptop shape. However, buyer beware as the clutch had to be changed, not adjusted, as the seller claimed. New clutch at 133k. Power steering hoses were shot too, so we changed those. Heater hose started to leak so we removed them. Replaced the sparkplug wires, sparkplugs, distributor cap & rotor, with original Toyota parts, at 145k. Put 92 Octane Chevron with its patented cleaner & the car runs like a top. Got other fluid leaks we need to fix, but the shop wanted $1,600 for it. Need to check the brakes pads too. Right now, it's go, go, go around our little island.
Driving a 5 speed is fun as the engine revs up quickly.
So far, parts haven't been a problem, but we haven't tried to replace the broken windshield washer holder, or the burnt fuse box cover.
This is an excellent car by Toyota. I was impressed with the style for the age. I also appreciate the great interior design which is comfortable, practical, and quite stylish. Furthermore the car drives good, and is always exciting to step into.
Love the pop up lights and hatchback capacity.
My clutch went out at 187k which is pretty high miles and can be expected. Maybe slightly more power would also be appreciated. Stronger frame would be nice since mine rusted out and is starting to bend.
A fun car that is extremely reliable.
Only had to replace power steering hose
(a common problem, apparently). It is
fun to drive, but not a burner. Very
manuverable and quick; fits in tight
places. The overall design is ahead of
its time, especially the interior with
the climate controls on the instrument
hood. The space is tight but
comfortable, and the hatch has a lot of
Design, fun to drive, and reliability.
Better mileage (needs a sixth gear or
taller gearbox), back seats are useless
unless you're 4 feet with no legs, and
the cupholders suck.
I don't want to give this car up...I
have loved driving it since the 1st day
I bought it. It has always been
reliable, very few repairs which were
minor things. I plan to purchase 2003
and pass this 1990 model to someone who
will continue driving it. This car was
not styled for rear seat passenger
comfort....very hard to exit back seat.
Comfort, style and reliability. Easy
to drive and park in small places.