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#845 of 1560 Is $15,999 too much to pay for a used 2000 Toyota Celica?
Oct 22, 2002 (8:08 am)
I am thinking of purchasing a 2000 Toyota Celica from a private seller. I have researched the car online and found that Kelleys Blue Book said it has a value of $14,645 and Edmunds said about $15,500. The seller wants $15,999 for it and won't really budge on the price because he supposedly owes $16,000 on it. I offered him $15,000 and he won't take it. Should I just forget about it and keep looking? The car is in perfect condition and only has 21,000 miles on it. I kinda have my heart set on a Celica and they are hard to find in my area without going very far away. Any ideas??
#846 of 1560 responded to this
Oct 22, 2002 (8:38 am)
in the thread which is now "read only"...
Celicas range a lot in price depending on trim and options, which end of the spectrum are you looking at? (GT-S with leather and side air bags, or GT with plastic wheel covers and no spoiler?)
#847 of 1560 lower price
Oct 22, 2002 (11:05 am)
The just got the guy to go down to $15,400. It is the Celica GT, spolier, power windows/locks, power sunroof, everything but leather. Should I try to get him down more?
#848 of 1560 well look at it this way
Oct 22, 2002 (5:48 pm)
you could get this car brand new for around $18K in a manual, $18,700 in an auto. This car is already three years old, albeit with low miles. Even with credit for the miles, I would not pay more than about $14,800 for the auto, $14K flat for the stick. BUT if the seller is the type to baby the car, and it is in truly perfect shape, proper maintenance with records, etc etc, then I would probably go to $15,400 for the auto, maybe $14,800 for the stick.
Otherwise, why not put a few payments together or just save up a little, and buy the new one?
Oct 23, 2002 (11:08 am)
Thanks nippononly for all your advise about the Celica. I went and test drove a new one today so I am going to weigh my options and then decide. Thanks again!
#850 of 1560 Need advice on choosing a Celica
Oct 25, 2002 (10:42 pm)
I am getting ready to shop for a pre-owned Celica. But, before I spend a ton of my precious time going from dealer to dealer and test driving these cars, I hoped you experienced Celica buyers could give me some advice . . .
This is where Iím at: I like the ďrounderĒ look of the 1999 Celica and have always wanted a convertible, but Iím concerned about potential problems with the soft top. And, although I prefer the rounder look of the 1999 . . . if mechanically, the 2000 or 2001 Celicas are better, I am willing to consider them.
I have heard about the problem with engine noise and vibration with the Celica - - Is this a problem only with the 2000; or also with the 1999, 2001 and 2002 models?
I am also debating between manual vs automatic transmission - - Although manual seems like the obvious (more fun) choice for a sporty car, the fact of the matter is that I commute 3 days a week in bumper-to-bumper So. Calif. traffic . . . so, Iím seriously considering choosing an automatic - - Would I loose a lot is speed/power with the automatic transmission.
If there are any Celica-knowledgeable readers out there . . . I would appreciate your advice on what to look for when test driving the 1999 to 2002 Celicas.
Oct 26, 2002 (3:46 am)
My opinion on the tranny: You cannot choose any 4-cylinder nowadays and be happy with the performance of an automatic, if you want some good performance. (Porsche notwithstanding.)
Not sure but I think the new 2000 design is louder than previously. It DOES have its share of noise.
#852 of 1560 have driven both
Oct 26, 2002 (3:28 pm)
and owned an '02 for a while.
The 2000 on up is a much louder thrashier engine than the 2.2L from the 1999 on back.
There is no convertible for the 2000 up.
There were not many 1999s sold, everyone knew the new model was coming, and the old one was kind of dated.
On the 2000 up, the auto really sucks the juice out of the engine. If you are into fast times, go with the manual. You should know that the gears are closely spaced, and long (7800 rpm redline on this thing), so that you can stay in one gear for a long time, in traffic. For stop and go, it has a short light clutch, so it would not be too wearing...
The '94-'99 celicas were a lot torquier, being the 2.2L. The new ones needs to be revved above 3500 rpm to make significant power. The new one LOVES to rev!
The old had timing belts, the new ones have timing chains.
If you decide to go with the previous generation, avoid anything labelled 'ST' - those had a low-po 1.8L and were slower than corollas.
And by the way, I did not sell the celica because I hated it or anything, I just ended up a little claustrophobic in there - really make sure you are comfortable with the small cockpit space before you buy, if you go with the new one!! Good Luck.
#853 of 1560 go for the 99!
Oct 27, 2002 (6:28 pm)
just an opinion, the 98 and 99's look much nicer than the new ones, which are as we all know already "chick cars" I dont know about the performance though, thats why I decided against a 98 or 99. That and also, they are hard to find.
Oct 28, 2002 (3:33 pm)
the previous gen (94-99) were quite a bit heavier, and the 2.2L only had 140 hp, which is what the current base car has (also labelled GT).
The current gen corners like a go-kart, the previous ones lumbered a lot more around corners.
And BTW, '99s might be hard to find, but '98s are all over the place - they should not be hard to acquire at all.