by synthman on Jan 4, 2013 Vehicle: 1995 Toyota Celica
I have mixed feelings when it comes to the Celica.
Some things I like, others I don't.
I guess I'll start with the good: reliable, looks good, handles great, and ok mpg.
The bad: rides rough, cramped and uncomfortable interior, and is slow as sin.
I'm 5'10" and it feels like I drive a sardine can, absolutely no room.
It doesn't help that you feel every dip or rock in the road through your spine.
You have to run it at redline if you want to get anywhere anytime soon.
Absolutely lackluster straight line performance.
Also the cup holder is useless with the 5-speed, since it occupies the area your elbow is when you go to shift.
Oh, and there is no aftermarket for this car...at all...
by jlodestone on May 29, 2012 Vehicle: 1995 Toyota Celica
My daughter's car, but I get to maintain it and pay for repairs (we split costs) and drive it some.
Not a really fast car, but holds the road really well and starts and runs really well.
Mostly it is fun to drive and it gets about 35 mpg doing it.
by I love this car on Sep 20, 2010 Vehicle: 1995 Toyota Celica
Simply put, I love this car! I 0nly wish I could find another one. Zippy, 40+ mpg, 5 speed. Needs a new roof, the aforementioned wear spots developed and a new roof is in the future. Handles like a Porsche, looks beautiful and, well, I could go on and on. I'm always on the lookout for another one.
by Jackie on Aug 22, 2010 Vehicle: 1995 Toyota Celica
Bought my car locally as a gift to myself after I retired from law enforcement. Had just under 20,000 miles on it. Right now has about 35,000 miles. Top condition, no dents no dings. It's a summer time fun car up here in North Dakota. Everyone thinks its a new vehicle and surprised learn it's age. Only problem I have had was the ignition contacts. Fixed it and it runs like a charm. No intentions of ever selling it. Four year old great niece named it the Wind Roof!
by Lauren on Jun 23, 2010 Vehicle: 1995 Toyota Celica
I saved my little white Celica from going to the auction lot in 2002 - purchase price $6,300, with 130,000 miles on it. Since then, I've had various things replaced (rear struts, brakes, exhaust [rust from New England], timing belt) all of which I would consider to be normal wear-and-tear. I change the oil religiously. Only recently, upon topping 200,000 miles, has she started to lose her reliability. She is no longer a commuting car, and needs a new radiator and alternator, along with some body work to repair rusted panels - but the frame's still in excellent condition. I'll get a new car, but plan on keeping and maintaining my Celica for weekend drives.
by scowstern on Apr 11, 2010 Vehicle: 1995 Toyota Celica
This was a very reliable, beautiful, and fun car for the 15 years I owned it. It did develop a slow oil leak, but otherwise was problem free. Except for the convertible top. Over time the Velcro stopped gripping inside, a metal strut snapped, making it very hard to put the top down or back up. The black canvas top looked awful after 10 years, as it got gummy and dirty. It had been replaced at 5 years. The back window finally fell out, and that was the last straw. Aside from the miserable top, and the loud noise inside on the freeway, it was a great car!
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