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Peppy and good mpg
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By Firefighterjake
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1990 Toyota Celica Coupe ST 2dr Coupe


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Way back when I was looking for a commuter car I wanted something good on gas, but also fun to drive to make my long commute to and from work a little more pleasurable. In the end I bought a base ST with 76,000 or so miles and I continued to drive it until just recently when the harsh Maine winters and road salt finally made me realize that after umpteen numbers of years and over 100,000 miles (180K on the odometer) it was time to get something new. I can't complain though -- for the money I ended up with a fun, peppy car that even today looks good even 18 years old.


Favorite Features

Fun to drive and wicked good gas mileage (I was averaging 35 mpg).


Suggested Improvements

Towards the end my poor Celica became an official "Maine beater car" with rust showing, a non-working radio, scratches, bad head gasket, bad brakes, etc. My only suggestion would have been to make this car more of a "guy" car since my good buddy said he noticed girls mostly driving this car.


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Best car I've ever owned.
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By m8x425
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1990 Toyota Celica Coupe GT 2dr Coupe


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I have put over 100k miles on my Celica, it now has 220/k miles. This is the most durable car I've ever owned, an absolute value. The engine is showing little signs of being tired. I'm still getting 32 mpg highway if not more. I was an American car nut until I did some research on cheap used cars. This Celica had very little wear and was a good price. I can't believe I bought a car for $3k, that I've driven for over 100k miles. If you can buy a 1990-98 Celica w/ around 100k miles, that's in good shape for $3k, do it. You can probably get 150k miles out of the car.


Favorite Features

The 2.2L auto Celica is pretty powerful for a 4cyl. I don't have too much trouble passing cars, unless the person steps on the gas. Going up hills isn't too bad. The car does okay in the snow if you have studded tires. It does well around curves. It's a very good highway car.


Suggested Improvements

The car had trouble with the MAP sensor. If you have a sensor problem with this car, take it to a Toyota dealership. Do not take it to a gas station mechanic. The A/C in my Celica has never worked.


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BUY ONE
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By RREBER
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1990 Toyota Celica Coupe ST 2dr Coupe


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307,000 miles still running strong. Replaced alternator, needs starter trunk work otherwise, no issue. BUY ONE OF THESE in good shape and you will not be disappointed.


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Mucho FUN!!
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By CrazyCatChick
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1990 Toyota Celica Coupe GT 2dr Coupe


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I just purchased this car 2 days ago, and I adore it! I have wanted this car since they first came out in 1990, but stuck with SUV types instead. The one I bought is loaded with miles, but you would never know it to look at it, or drive. I drove 600 miles from where I purchased it, and it handled beautifully. Great mileage, super handling, and still gets looks on the road :) This is going to be a great second car, even though I just bought a new Hummer H3. Don't know which vehicle I'm more excited with! lol


Favorite Features

Exterior is such that, even though it is 15 years old, it looks like it could be a car that might be an '03 - '05. Very, very trendy style, that doesn't seem to want to go out of style. Interior is well designed for a 90's style.


Suggested Improvements

Cupholder. Bad placement. Other than that, and my only having had it for 2 days, that's it!!


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Long drive
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By John Hincks
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1990 Toyota Celica Coupe ST 2dr Coupe


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Bought this car with 100,000 miles on it. This summer I drove it from here, Oakland CA., to Glacier NP, then on to the great Lakes back through Colorado, New Mexico and home again, with camping gear ect. A month on the road, one oil change later, thats it. No problems. Large trunk, Good handeling, fun to drive, ultra reliable, and nice looking. Who could ask...


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Ok car
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By MainOne
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1990 Toyota Celica Coupe ST 2dr Coupe


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This vehicle is fun to drive on ocasions, but cramped cargo go room is a problem. Repairs are costly, but overall the repairs are worth top pay for due to the car's reliablity.


Favorite Features

the fuel economy is excellent, along with the style of body of the car.


Suggested Improvements

More cargo room for driver and passenger along with more comfortable seats.


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Fun and Reliable
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By TRX
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1990 Toyota Celica Coupe GT 2dr Coupe


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I've had this car for the past 4 years and it's been a great car. I've only had to repair 3 things on this car (alternator, starter, and power steering hose). I've always had fun driving this car. With decent tires it handles and rides great for it's age. It doesn't have true sports car performance but plenty of power for most people. I liked the car so much I bought a '02 Celica GT-S.


Favorite Features

The interior styling and quality is top notch. Some things are better than my '02 Celica. It looks great for it's age, doesn't have the old car look. Also rides and handles well (seats are more confortable than new Celica's).


Suggested Improvements

Too late to imporove anything now.


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Love it love it love it
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By Maya356
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1990 Toyota Celica Coupe GT 2dr Coupe


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This is my first car and I bought it after it was already 13 years old and had 107000 miles. Everyone is jealous of what good condition it is in, considering its age and the price I got it for. Also my first stick shift, but you need a standard transmission to make full use of this car, which loves to go fast. The gears are very versatile- I abused this thing while learning, but it was very good to me. It'll start out of third with barely a hesitation if you accidentally tell it to.


Favorite Features

I love that it has so much power; the engine is huge. The inside is comfortable, although it might not be for anyone who isn't as short as I am. Gas mileage is EXCELLENT, and I also like the swoopy design and flip-up lights- this car definitely wants to be Knight Rider.


Suggested Improvements

It's a little loud, although that might only be mine. Also, the AC doesn't work and apparently never really has.


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Fun and Reliable
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By DO2
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1990 Toyota Celica Coupe GT 2dr Coupe


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I know Toyota stands for reliable, but I didnt know it's going to be this good. Bought my celica in 1998 when I was still in college. Besides changing the brake pads, I never have any problems with it. Not a single time it died on me. Everything works just the same as the day I bought this car. Fun to drive and has great mileage. And surprisingly quite fast. Now I've been working for 3 years and thinking of buying a new car. I dont know if I will have the kind of luxury my celica has been giving me. Luxury of just spending not more than $100 a year for its maintenance.


Favorite Features

Exterior far ahead beyond its time. Nice interior. Reliable reliable reliable


Suggested Improvements

None.


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My Little GT Celica
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By ToyotaSA-54
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1990 Toyota Celica Coupe GT 2dr Coupe


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I have always liked the look of this car, finally bought one, I like it more now.


Favorite Features

Headlights, outside design, dashboard and where the buttons are, generally a good car for 1990.


Suggested Improvements

Maybe trunk opening space and rear seat feet space, but it is a sports car, so what the hell, we don't need rear seats.


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