Car has been highly reliable, as have been all the Celicas I've owned. It is great to drive (assuming you're happy with front wheel drive), taking me happily down California Route 1 at California highway speeds. Surprisingly good trunk space has handled Christmas trees, Nordic track exerciser and other large items. Very good interior layout. Comfortable seats, but low for people in poor shape.
Good handling, not just for basic driving, has kept me out of trouble on the California freeways. Comfortable. Good looks. Powered sunroof doesn't make it a convertible, but very enjoyable.
Valve that controls idling has failed twice, the only significant defect -- replaced once under warranty and once at 45,000 miles.
The car is stylish and fun to drive. It's reliable and can be counted on to be zippy when needed in the 5-speed manual. The interior gadgets are not always of the utmost quality, but it's easily overlooked for the overall quality of the car.
My wife fell in love with her first one
and she continues to like every new one
that we buy. She likes the ability to
park it almost anywhere-carry loads of
all sizes and shapes and adjust the
radio to a particular type of music.
She especially likes the relliability.
Never had a recall replaced the usual
items tire- blades, etc. It has had
regular maintaince, change oil 3000-4000
Quick turning, easy of parking the stereo.
I wish she could get all of the features
of her 1986. Am-Fm stereo- Lumbar and
laderal seat support. Will she buy
another only if they have more
accesories available. We looked at
2000s. We did like the stripped down
feel of car.