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Toyota Celica, Coupe, Hatchback
#1087 of 1560 THE SCION BRAND
Jan 12, 2004 (7:11 am)
was conceived to sell relatively cheap(under 20k)vehicles to young people,hooking them onto Toyota Quality at a young age.Then when they get a bit more affluent,the thinking is they will move up to Toyota and Lexus.I guess the new brand name is meant to separate the cars from Toyota's somewhat stodgy,practical image.
The TC is pretty much what the replacement for the Celica was rumored to be-less edgy and robotic looking,appealing to a wider number of buyers.I like the interior,particularly the glass roof and the reclining rear seats are a nice touch.I also like the engine,with more horsepower(160),torque(163)and the 200 horsepower supercharger option.The styling is somewhat bland for a youth oriented car though,but so is the Civics,so you never know what's going to sell.
Being discontinued,I see the 2000-2004 Celicas getting cult car status if not becoming outright collectable.Much like the 88-91 CRX.
Jan 17, 2004 (3:35 pm)
I have a 2000 GT and the CEL has been on for a few months. Dealer keeps saying it is the gas cap, but I'm sure I'm tightening it properly. I find Toyota Dealers to be very unhelpful....this is the last Toyota I ever buy.
Anyone else have teh CEL issue?
Jan 19, 2004 (12:27 am)
if the gas cap won't seal the filler neck properly any more, you will get the CEL even though you are tightening the gas cap. In this case, you need a new one.
Jan 20, 2004 (9:47 pm)
I've heard horror stories about the manual transmission on the Celica GT-S. Then, I've heard that it's wonderful for a few. Is it truly horrible? Or is it one of those problems that can be worked out with practice?
Also, what is the potential for tuning out this vehicle? It would look very cool with a bodykit, but what of the engine?
Jan 20, 2004 (10:03 pm)
Every now and then, I'll have a hard time finding second gear or reverse, but otherwise no problems. Of course, my GT-S is the only manual I've ever driven so I can't really compare.
There are probably about 3 dozen body kits to choose from for the celica.
As for engine mods, the aftermarket was a little slow to catch on with the celica. Of course, there are plenty of intakes and exhausts out there, but major mods like turbos are pretty limited. It probably took at least 2-3 years before a handful of turbos were available for the 2000+ celica. I guess part of this is because the celica is not a huge-volume seller. More cars sold = more aftermarket vendors looking to make cash.
Jan 21, 2004 (7:56 pm)
What year is your celica? How is it? Does it provide enough bang for the buck? Just a little insight, looking into getting one.
#1093 of 1560 2001 Celica GT - love it...except....
Jan 22, 2004 (6:02 am)
I've had my '01 Celica GT for 3 years now, bought new off the lot. I love the dependability of this car (this is my first Toyota) EXCEPT I find this car very dangerous in heavy rains and snow. It is blown around easily and I feel as if I have no traction. I was never "scared" to drive in inclement weather before and now I find myself white-knuckling the steering wheel and sweating when I'm highway driving in wet conditions. Anyone else have this problem? Maybe it's the OE tires (Dunlops)? I'd hate to consider trading this car in.
#1094 of 1560 Celica in rain/snow
Jan 22, 2004 (10:09 am)
In regard to the Celica (I have a 2000 GTS with 60K+ miles) in rain and snow, think tires. The Celica is a particularly light car with wide (very on the GTS with 16" wheels)tires. An OEM, worn or poor quality tire will have its problems in the rain and the Celica seems to wear tires quickly. High performance (summer) tires, even the best, are hopeless in snow, go with a full set of dedicated snow tires for reasonable traction. The Celica seems prone to side winds more than any other car I've own - again the light weight in a relatively large car and probably the "slab" sides are factors. On the transmission (6 speed): worse I've ever had. It is OK for normal driving but the ratios (especially first to second) and action kill the car for spirited driving or autocrossing.
Jan 22, 2004 (4:12 pm)
In the above statements, there seem to be some problems with the Celica. Of course, everyone knows that there isn't a perfect car. But for the Celica owners, are those problems bad enough to recommend another car? If yes, which car?
Jan 22, 2004 (5:26 pm)
I don't think there is any problem once you've been warned: This car costs a FORTUNE in tires. The snow tires comment is right on. I have new Michelin Pilots, the best tire available, and yep, because they are performance tires, they are TERRIBLE on slick surfaces, and dangerous with any snow at all. So, figure 2 years per set of tires, plus dedicated snow tires. YES, I would after 3 years of driving it prefer a 5-speed, that would probably be a great tranny with my GTS engine.
Check out every car available, then lets discuss. The bottom line is you need to be happy. I don't think there is a better looking car out there than my red GTS. Despite the pitfalls, I still love approaching it each time in the parking lot, and driving away in it.