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Toyota Celica, Coupe, Hatchback
Aug 21, 2001 (3:31 pm)
Hi! The Celica is a very nice car. But it's not the car for you and your household. With limited money...you need something that will hold up for a long time and that doesn't need inconvenient repairs that can occur when you least expect it. My advice is to stick with a Toyota, or maybe even Honda. I think the Honda Civic is overpriced though for what you get. Corolla is a well-built solid car that will run forever. The 2002 is quite sporty...especially the front. You do need something with 4 doors...you'll see why once you have the baby. Another recommendation I have is the Toyota ECHO. It starts at about $10,000. It's your basic extremely reliable transportation at an honest price. They may look odd....but that's why people like them. May look small....but has a huge interior. Engine is very peppy despite lower horsepower. Good luck on your search.
#65 of 100 recommendations
Nov 09, 2001 (12:24 pm)
with a kid and all the accompanying stuff, I would suggest that you get a USED Camry (or better yet, Maxima) for around $10K. They'll run forever, be easy to maintain, safe, and the Maxima in SE trim can be a lot of fun to drive (I had a '91 Maxima SE, 5speed, that was a blast).
#67 of 100 Due to speculated demand,
Mar 19, 2002 (2:23 pm)
this discussion has been re-opened. Hope this is helpful.
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#68 of 100 How much HP & Torque?
Mar 26, 2002 (11:00 am)
I'm thinking about replacing my V6 Firebird with a Celica GT-S sometime in the next 2 years (after my Firebird's warranty expires).
My Firebird is great, but it is high maintenance and expensive with insurance.
I hear that the GT-S has 180 hp. Does anyone know the torque? Do you have to use premium gas? And what's your general fuel economy?
For my Firebird, I have 200 hp, 225 lb ft of torque, runs on regular fuel, and I get 24-26 mpg with mixed driving.
The annoying thing about my car is that it is too wide, and the doors are too long, so I have to park far away from everyone else.
Thanks in advance for the info.
#69 of 100 How much Torque & HP
Mar 28, 2002 (5:27 pm)
Crazygrrrl - The GTs is 180 hp 7,600 RPM and 130 ft-lb 6,800 RPM. If you go with the GTS, get the 6-speed manual. The automatic has NO guts, even the 6-speed is 0-60 in 7.2 sec. There is very little low end torque and the power doesn't come in until 6000 RPM. Then you pretty quickly hit the 7800 RPM limit.
I have the automatic, which is why I recommend NOT getting it. The GTS does require premium fuel and I get an average of 25 MPG with about 29 MPG on the highway. It is reliable, good handling and braking - just not quick.
#70 of 100 Thanks Marktest
Mar 28, 2002 (6:59 pm)
Thanks for the info.
If I buy a Celica, it would have to be an automatic. A stick shift car would be too much of a hassle in my stop and go daily commute.
Apr 03, 2002 (11:35 am)
VW Golf/Jetta/New Beetle TDI (Diesel).
90 bhp 3750 rpm
155 lb-ft 1900 rpm.
With the stick shift, during stop & go traffic, just play with the clutch. Release the clutch fully (no gas applied), it will idle along at 5 mph.
Can't wait until I chip it.
#72 of 100 Advertising Fee
Apr 10, 2002 (2:31 am)
Does anyone know how much dealers expect for Adverstising on the GTS?
#73 of 100 Advertising Fee
Apr 10, 2002 (2:03 pm)
It can run about 1.5% of invoice before shipping, depending on where you are located.