I bought this car used with 140K miles and put another 60K on it in 2 years. The car is extremely reliable and has had no mechanical issues. Sadly, a man in a Ford F150 broad sided us at 70 mph and totaled my nice little red car. He had to be towed and we loaded up our loose and knocked off parts in the hatch and kept driving. This car is so much fun to drive on twisty roads because its handling allows the car to scream through tight curves. Another bonus is its consistent 32 mpg. It has been as high as 36 mpg (ideal conditions @ 60 mph). It's been a great car and I hate to see it go.
Looks, handling, fuel economy, and reliability.
More powerful acceleration and quieter cab. My car has lots of road noise.
Great looking car even at 100k+ miles engine is strong for 1.8L 140 hp i4 the interior looks modern and is well designed and built look out for factory exhaust though catalytic converters are a big issue with these cars its all over Internet forums and with that comes O2 sensors as well at $200+ a sensor make sure your intake stays clean or it will start all these problems and it gets nasty easy causing many preventable headaches it also needs premium plugs even the gt not just gts or it will burn through them fast over all though great car not many complaints after I fixed the exhaust issues and cleaned intake no major issues when cat dies it can leave you stuck just use caution when buying
dashboard design and exterior design powerful enough to hang with them all yet get good gas mileage engine is solid and power accessories are trouble free remember its 10+ yrs old look it over good but when you find one you like its easy to fall in love especially if you do all your repairs like me
paint quality, shows fingerprints and scratches too much exhaust needs major work mine may have been from the coast because it seemed like it with nasty intake make headlights more accessible to replace make engine compartment more work on friendly toyota shoulda put more into this car but like it
i bought this car needing a lot of work 10 years and 166k on her when i got her needed struts a cat. tires brakes and belts alternator and battery replaced for preventative as well but toyotas are tanks so doing all this work in my opinion made economical sense i got a good deal on it (2k less than others around here) and spent 1.7k on what it needed (battery and alternator not needed just preventative) so i got a good deal now that its fixed it's a beast i put flowmaster exhaust when cat. was put on it sounds great but i don't know who neglected their maintenance on this car i wanna kick there behind (for the kids reading) bc its a great car and i'm babying her back 2 life lucas inoil gas tranny and kn filter
sporty handling, over all design with bass turns a lot of heads projection headlights are cool good power for only 1.8 L140 hp engine
bigger backseat better clearcoat (shows finger prints) spoiler on all models better headlight assembly quality, otherwise great little sports car for the money
I bought my dark blue 2000 Toyota celica brand new in 2000. I was lucky to find a promotional car with no sunroof. This is the only way my 6foot 5 inch frame would fit. I fit perfectly. Plenty of leg, head and shoulder room. One of the few modern Japanese small cars I can fit in. This car was completely trouble free for the first 80,000 miles. I just changed and flushed the fluids and replaced the stock tires every 50,000 miles. Replaced the breaks and spark plugs every 100,000 miles. At 200,000 miles I replaced the struts and the clutch. The only problem I have had has been a check engine light that came on at 80k. That light would come and go over the next 100k then never come on again.
This Car handles Excellent with no body roll. The ride quality is very good above 20 mph. It is very comfortable for two people on a long trip. Fuel economy is excellent. I have averaged 33 mpg over 270,000 miles. It is hard to dip below 28 mpg. In slow traffic I can hit 36 MPG. It is quick and light.
The stock breaks are barely acceptable long stopping distance and they fade quickly. I upgraded to slotted and drilled front rotors at 150k I wish I would have done it when the car was new. 100% improvement. It makes the car even more fun to drive. Replace clutch with TRD unit. You will lv