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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Cupholder. Bad placement. Other than that, and my only having had it for 2 days, that's it!!
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.
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).
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
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.
It's a little loud, although that
might only be mine. Also, the AC
doesn't work and apparently never
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
Exterior far ahead beyond its time.
Nice interior. Reliable reliable