I owned a used '87 Celica, then bought a new 2000 Celica four years ago. I still love my car, and get lots of compliments on it. Reliability is superb, handling is awesome, it's fun to drive, yet comfortable, and it looks really nice. In addition to some comsmetic upgrades, I have upgraded the intake, exhaust, shifter, wheels/tires, and added a front strut-tower brace to make it even more fun to drive.
People who complain about blind-spots need to adjust their side-view mirrors properly; true, it doesn't have the wide-open expanses of glass that some cars have, so it takes some getting used to, but I have no blind-spots.
Handling, responsive performance, looks.
Hatchback provides good storage capacity.
Could use a bit more power, particularly low-end torque.
The body makes a few rattles that I could do without.
The car provides too many blind spots.
Had to add mirrors in order to change
lanes a little safer. The back seats
were even unconfortable for my 6-13
year old nieces. They hated the car
even though it looked nice.
I purchased the car from Poway Toyota
last September 2003, which makes this
car just 7 months old. I have already
installed Strut Tower Braces on the
front upper and lower, and on the rear,
Titanium Shifters, race pedals, and an
Injen Short Ram Air Intake which added
15 more horses on my stock 143 horses.
The car is beautifully designed, and I
planned to keep it that way except
probably for a 19'AXIS Hagen wheels on
a Pirelli PZero Tires and APR wide-body
kit. And yes, I also replaced that ugly
stock FM Antenna that Toyota had on all
Celicas with a rubber mounter high-flex
high performance racing antenna.
The dashoboard design is excellent, I
like the headlights and the HID
features, and I like the aerodynamic
styling. I have driven the car at a
135MPH speed against a 2002 Lexus GS300
and within a heartbeat, the Lexus was
all covered with dust on from my rear.
I love High-Performance intakes, I just
hope Toyota comes up with TRD wide tube
intakes to suck more air, and have
18'rims on the action package. The
celica looks cool without that annoying
This car rocks....it has great pickup
for a 4 cylinder. The only problems I
find are that the headlights are very
hard to change due to limited space.
Otherwise....this is one of the
greatest cars I've owned.
My favorite feature is definately the
moonroof and CD player.
Improvements should include a little
more space under the hood. It's hard
to get to certain items that are
normally easy to
My 2000 GT-S has a little over 40,000
miles on it, and I'm still lovin' it.
The car looks great and is one of the
best-handling FWD cars out there.
Buyers should be aware that the engine
on the GT-S can be a little finicky.
Like most Japanense sport coupes, you
have to rev quite high for substantial
power. The benefits are power on-
demand while retaining excellent gas
Styling, handling, performance,
hatchback utility, Toyota quality and
Rearward visibility takes some getting
used to; suspension may be too stiff
for some; OEM CD player is lousy