Well i've had my celica for about a year and for a 17 year old guy's first car its way cool! Everyone likes it and thinks its brand new. All are really surprised i bought it my self no parent aid. The engine is a little weak but knowing me thats probably a good thing, its fast looking very sleek the silver color that i have is way cool, black interior gets a little hot but with the windows open u get a really nice breezr. I blew out the standard speakers in a couple days and got a new cd deck and speakers installed so now it sounds great except for a little rattling from the passanger side window when the bass is high. Other wise its awesome!
I bought this car used with 120,xxx miles. Nothing has ever gone wrong (except for a timing belt change). I've put 20,xxx miles on it and it still runs perfectly and quietly. The only problem is that there are not enough mods...but I can handle that. Oh, to mention the gas mileage...I get 28 mpg in the city! It's also very fun to drive (although a little underpowered, but I'd give up power for gas mileage). It also looks great...like a sports car. The interior is also great, but there's not enough room in the back for even a teenager. I recommend!
Just picked one up with 85K miles on it. I wanted one back when they came out, but I ended up working overseas. So finally bought one! Simply put, it's incredible! I've owned a variety of cars in my life, but this is the first one that I actually take out for night time drives after the kids are in bed. It's got some pep in stock form. Great handling. A little low on the torque at high RPMs, but I prefer low-end torque on windy roads anyway. There's enough space in the back for two child seats, the stock speakers are quite good, and the front seats are really comfortable. The fuel mileage couldn't be better either - I'm anticipating 500 miles per fill-up.
Fun. It's a great car that seems to age very well if you keep up with basic care like oil changes and belts. Design is far better than current Celica design with far better built quality and duribility. The horse power leaves a little to be desired but makes up in economy and ease of adding more power. I would recommend to anyone who doesn't need too much extra space for people because the trunk is a very decent size.
We purchased this car used for my daughter when it was nearly five years old with 57000 miles. It is now almost 11 years old and has over 100,000 miles. We have never had any problems. We have done the oil changes and scheduled maintenance, but the clutch is original, as are the hoses. Brakes have been redone once and tires and the antenna (electronic one died). But the car continues to get around 30 on the highway, and is fun to drive. It's body is really in good shape, too, although starting to get rust around the back wheel wells. My daughter will keep it now that she is out of college and on her own.