I have put this car through hell and back! off road, got air born, drove over a median, 6k rpm daily, speed shifting, and two wrecks that were so rough it blew both air bags, i have walked away both times without a scratch. They say Hondas are tough? Its only because theyve never owned a 6th gen celica st! I have NEVER had to do any engine or suspension work! Just very very simple routine maintenance. Car tops out at 117, even driving like this in this standard ST model you get 32MPG! If you baby it it seems like 42 MPG, use 89 octane, this car was made before 87 was produced, also gives a smoother ride, performance, and mpg. On top of all this car weighs only 300 pounds more than a miata, so insanely light. You get over steer before under steer, if its the hatch model you basically have a truck bed inside your car! I have literally put a full length futon frame and cushion in it with the hatch down, very tight though lol. A lady owner i had met who drove from Ohio to Texas with AC running the entire time with half a tank of gas. Now for the set backs: these cars are beginning to get rare, can hardley ever find one in a salvage yard (parts usually cheap though), there is one common problem though, automatic windows die out all the time due to aging plastics, even if you swap to manual windows you have to stretch far across the center console (where the cupholders are inconviently) to reach the handle. The AC has a design flaw, on all of these celicas the wiring harness sits almost on top of the high pressure AC hose (causing the HP hose to melt open), zip tie the wiring harness out of the way and voila, problem solved. The worst part of all? Either the cost to have clutch replaced ($650) or the AC power drain, you can drive normal with it on but the car loses all power at 3k rpm, turning off the AC at one button feels like a turbo kicking in. And it significantly lowers mpg in harsher driving. Overall if you find one running good, with less than 150k miles BUY IT! I have only found one besides mine in Texas with such low miles, it was 8 thousand dollars!!! Well after all this history i still drive it daily and rebuilt the body, i wish i could keep it but i just need something with less age so if anyone wants a good looking daily driver i might still have it on craigslist or auto trader, its custom blue.
Great car. No major repairs for the year of car. Normal maint. needed over the years. Now needs a new fuel pump but easy access to change do not have to drop tank to do. Fixing that issue then it's going on the market for a new car. Great car would recommend to anyone.
Driven daily. It is now in the 300K mile club. Despite the scratches and dents, this car is fun to drive. Great on gas! Powerful 1.8 L engine and great handling. I just love this car, still looks great. You would not even think it has 300,000 miles. The engine still purring. Low maintenance, great reliable car. Way to go TOYOTA!
I have had this car for almost 8 years. I bought it used with 70,000 miles on it. The only thing have had to replace is the clutch at 108K miles. I am now at 167K and no problems except I need the valve seals replaced due to age. This car has been extremely reliable, never broken down, never runs bad. The a/c and heating system is superb. It handles like a sports car and is a pleasure to drive. I love that it is a 13 year old car and still looks very stylish.
Body style, sunroof, comfortable seats, acceleration, dependability, overall look of the car holds the stand of time people don't believe how old it is when I tell them. Very sharp looking especially with some 18" chrome rims on it!
A little more room in between the shifter and cup holder, different material fabric to line the roof with - that's it, love everything else.
I have owned this car for almost seven years. It has been incredibly reliable, with excellent gas mileage and very little maintainance. Regular oil changes, tire rotations and upkeep have made this car an amazing driving experience. I am sorry to sell it but have found a new Scion tC to take it's place.