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Toyota Celica, Coupe, Hatchback
#300 of 1543 PROUD NEW CELICA GT OWNER!
May 02, 2001 (4:20 pm)
I just got my 2001 Celica GT. Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase.
A few niggling things like some scratch marks on the rubber trim around the windows will be taken care of, since the vehicle was delivered from a different dealer in Ohio, who had the car on their lot for much of the winter. (Car was built 12/00.) I suspect when the car was brushed off from snow or ice, that these marks popped up.
I'm eager to press the gas pedal, but for now will baby the vehicle for the first 2000 miles.
Will suck on the highway, since the dealer said I should stay below 3,000 RPM and 60 mph.
One thing I did notice which Toyota Motors should remedy, is the cheesy cheap plastic dash.
My old '89 Corolla had a nicer one. Toyota should replace it with something a bit more
classy. On the plus side, I've already seen heads turn, especially from younger drivers.
All in all, I think I'm going to enjoy this one!
May 02, 2001 (9:40 pm)
The GT-S has VVTLi technology that kicks in hard at about 6000 rpm - redline for most cars, but the point at which the GT-S engine starts to really make power.
Don't be afraid to rev the engine, even while you're breaking it in -- just don't hammer on the thing for the first 500 miles or so. After that, feel free to abuse it -- it's made for it, and it's the only way you'll get the power out of it.
Also, learn to shift with a light touch, so you feel the gates. It's not a Mopar with a Hurst shifter, and if you muscle it, you can wind up grabbing the wrong gear and zing the engine or the gearbox.
It's a great car that deserves your attention and respect. Driven properly, it will reward you way beyond your expectations.
May 03, 2001 (10:20 am)
coupe2001, I was confused - thought your wheel+tire were taller than stock. Since they are almost the same size (2% smaller), then there should be no difference in 0-60, unless you let them slip (with auto it is almost impossible), then you get some gain from better grip. I would still put considerable error margin for your mpg, especially if you filled your tank using different pumps. I am not saying your mpg is worse than you estimated, it might be also better. It is just that when I saw your precise 5.72 gallons I expected that you used some sophisticated measurement method. I can fill my tank at one station, and then drive a mile to the next and get another half a gallon in, but it does not mean my car makes 2 mpg.
Indeed, Celica's manual does not have 40 mpg - sorry - it was on the sticker of my GT - it gives big numbers 27 and 34 mpg, and then below something like:
...results reported to EPA indicate that the majority of vehicles with these estimates will achieve between
28-40 mpg (highway)
22-32 mpg (city)
Text was in small letters, numbers were bigger.
Better numbers (40/32) are there to make you happy, the lower limit (28/22) is there to make them not responsible if your car does not live up to your expectations.
#303 of 1543 sorry, i screwed up
May 03, 2001 (10:55 am)
i got the numbers backwards. my car tire is 819 revolutions per mile and stock is 838 revolutions per mile. that would give my tire a slight advantage. i used the tire calculator at http://www.powerdog.com/tiresize.cgi
May 03, 2001 (1:57 pm)
yeah, i know that i can drive to a gas station even 50 yards away and get more gas in the tank, even a 1/2 gallon. The term is called "topping it off". I never do that. When the pump shuts off, im done pumping. simple as that.
May 04, 2001 (12:52 am)
Thanks for the tips. I've seen your postings around the Townhall, and your technical knowhow is impressive.
I've already mishifted before, though not recently. Also, I was going pretty slow, so I don't think it did too much damage.
Do you routinely take off in 1st gear in the 6000 rpm range? I guess I'm trying to get a sense of scale. Right now I either wonder if I'm staying in low gears too long, and thus straining the engine; or else I wonder if I'm shifting up too fast and thus wasting the potential power range. Most people say, "You can tell when to shift when the engine gets loud," though I assume this applies differently to the celica's loud engine.
May 04, 2001 (7:31 am)
Average shifting: Shift at 3500. Going up a hill, shift at 4000. Down a hill, 3000. That's your daily driving. Having lots of fun? Take it to redline, it won't hurt.
#307 of 1543 GT-S Transmission problems or B.S?
May 04, 2001 (8:43 am)
Yesterday I went in Toyota dealer looking for a GT-S. Dealer told me factory stopped shipments as there is a problem with the transmissions. Any thoughts?Or is the dealer shooting me the breeze.
#308 of 1543 what do i say to the dealer?????
May 04, 2001 (2:34 pm)
Re: transmission problems. as far as i know toyota stopped production of the GTS because of a surplus. they will restart production in june. that's all. there is no problem with the transmission, that toyota matrix will have the GTS's 6spd transmision. so if they planned that far ahead with it than i doubt they see any problems with it. the only real problem with it i hear is that the 6th gear is too tall and built for economy and not sportiness. but that is design, not an engineering problem.
Guys, my sun roof and rear window are making SO MUCH NOISE! i can understand if it was a used car with 65k miles on it but my car has 7000 miles on it and the moonroof rattles and clicks like mad at all speeds on any kind of road that's not perfectly flat and smooth, Perfectly. and the rear window creaks along with the moonroof. it's very loud and unless i am driving with my windows open and radio loud i can constantly hear it above and behind me clicking, clacking and creaking. the mechanics said they could not hear anything wrong with it when i brought my car in for a squeaky belt, which i find hard to beleive. it's incessant.
What do i tell the dealer/mechanic in order to get them to fix this? What are the exact words you would use to convince them to fix this problem? The sunroof works, and so does the rear window obviously, but they are so loud and loose. will the dealer ever fix a problem like this even though no warranty part is actual broken? i cannott live with a brand new toyota that makes more noise than my mothers '92 subaru loyale - you can understand that right? please help me out. thanks
May 05, 2001 (8:39 pm)
Alex18t - I can only tell you what worked for me a few years ago with a chevy dealer.
Basically I just stuck to my guns and threatened to call the regional service manager, pretty much made such a pain in the butt out of myself that they took care of me just to shut me up.
Also, I had to talk to the owner before I got anywhere.
Don't know if that will help or not, but good luck.