I have had my car for almost two years and I can't seem to keep my hands off of it. It is fun to drive, extremly comfy, looks great, handles great, has low gas miledge, and could be very easy to "fix up" if thats what you're into.
I bought my 2004 Toyota Celica GT, automatic about 2 years ago. It was 11,000 grand. It was a certified pre owned vehicle, so defiantly worth it especially since I haven't spent a penny on it besides general upkeep and purchasing new stock Celica rims since the rims I got with it were low profiles. Which were HORRIBLE in the snow.since getting my new tires and rims this car is a beast in the snow. And we get a lot of it here in PA. In general the car rocks. I've made a few upgrades, like the stereo and new tires. But the car is kept pretty stock. (Mostly because I don't trust any car shops around here to make it more sporty looking with a body kit). I am a 5'11 female with really long legs. And i fit fairly comfortably in the driver seat, and the passenger seat. The bucket seats in back are a different story. My head hits the roof. The front seats look and feel like that straight out of NASCAR. Thought it's only 143 HP, I believe, the cr has some kick and can accurate fairly well. The only time I have issues is going up hill. Even if it's at a slow grade, it takes a moment for my car to shift and sometimes gets stuck around 40 MPH as I slow everyone down behind me. (Oops!) Something I can look into though. The interior of my car has held up wonderfully. And I honestly think that for an 04 vehicle, it stands the test of time. I'm pulling 104,000 miles and I've seen so many Celicas that have over 300,000 miles. This babies run. And they run for quite a while. My only complaint? THEY NEED TO BRING THEM BACK!
This car is the equivalent to mechanical Viagra. It has so much potential as a tuner car, and is a nice breath of fresh air from the Eclipses and Civics. It's also a fun, yet smooth ride, with nice seats, low to the ground, that give it a really racy feel. As far as all-around performance goes, it can dance around cars as good as the RSX, and gives other sporty compacts a run for their money. This car is definitely worth owning, and the fact that you know it will last you a lifetime only makes it better.
Absolutely a beautiful car. The pick up speed on the automatic is quite disappointing though. It is a more "look at me" car than it is a "look at me goooo". I do feel like I was somewhat ripped off on the price because the performance isn't as great as they make it out to be, Toyota's ad is right "Looks Fast" and it does "look" fast, but "drives fast" i would have to disagree.