Economical Sports Car!
By GUY_HANDY on
2000 Toyota Celica GT-S 2dr Hatchback
I have owned this car since new, body
#251. This has been an exceptional car
with the only mechanical problem being a
belt tensioner that squeals a bit on
cold wet days (Toyota has a Service
Bulletin, and I should have had this
replaced under warranty). This car
feels so tightly put together, I
honestly think I'll have it for another
decade. Its economical on gas and
insurance but delivers real sports car
fun. Handling and braking are
exceptional (corvette territory).
Acceleration could be better but 0-60 in
the low 7 sec range is just fine. Sixth
gear on a long highway trip is a
relaxing idle at 80mph. Highly stable
even at triple digit speeds (you'll
never hit top end... 155mph)
Six-speed manual, supportive seats,
great stereo, supererior fit & finish in
and out! Being able to 'play' with cars
of 3 times the price. Cornering is in
super-car territory, braking is unreal.
This car inspires confidence behind the
wheel. I feel very safe knowing I can
outmaneuver any trouble.
Handling is superb, and the engine pulls
hard, but only at very high rpms. The
engine has split personality, behaving
like the standard economy 1.8 liter
until you hit 6250rpms, and the big cam
engages... then hang on! The looks
inspire every boy-racer to challenge me
at every stop lite... tedious.