I've had my Celica (140BHP V Plate) now for 6 yrs and now has 91,000 on the clock. The reports I've read mention good reliability from these vehicles but too be honest I've had nothing but trouble with mine. At 60,000 it needed a new cat which come to just under a grand, the boot struts have failed and can't be replaced because they are siezed on, the sunroof has corroded under the rubber sealer. Now for the toyota alloy wheels...the dealerships wont tell you this but the quality it extremely poor on all toyotas. Filliform corrosion (white)builds up under the skin. I've had 2 sets and they have both done it. To top it all off its now drinking 1l of oil every 700 miles. I've spoken to a specialist and apparently the pistons are shot. Google toyota 1ZZ engines to find out more. They have quoted me £1500 so now its time to sell. Shame is I really like the car and when it is running ok its great but repair costs have been astronomical.
The handling is absolutely superb. One of the best handling FRONT WHEEL DRIVE cars around (bloke underneath doesn't know his front from his back). Responsive, sharp and confidence building. The power output is very good. The 1.8 engine has been tuned to the maximum and what it lacks in torque, it makes up for it when in the powerband of 3.5k - 6.5k revs. You have to rev the engine to get the best of it but you get used to this and appreciate it's potential very quickly.
This high revving, in turn, causes the car to drink the petrol. BUT, if driven sensibly, you will see a good economical return. Parts are easy to come by. And this car is very simple to work on for those who enjoy tinkering under the bonnet.
I have had my engine replaced under warranty by Hodgson of Gateshead. Very pleased with the dealership. Beware of early vvti models as they are prone to excessive oil consumption. Toyota recognise this issue, hence my new engine and cat at 50k miles.
The car has timeless looks in my opinion and a smart, well specced and laid out interior.
The boot space is huge for the type of car it is. I can get a whole drum kit in easily, as well as a couple of mountain bikes. Albeit with the seats down. Rear seats are tight and taller passengers wil suffer.
The best car I have ever owned!!
I've had this car for three years now (it's a 2001 model) and it's driven well.
I bought it from an authorised dealer and with a full three-year service package. The air-conditioning has just gone, which was caused by the compressor going (£800 to fix). A few months ago the brake fluid leaked out.
Like all rear-wheel-drive cars, it's totally hopeless in the snow or ice. I had to abandon it last year in the snow as I had to stop on a hill and could not get going - I was then taken home by the police!
It's a two-seater, really, as there's no room in back. Avoid passengers over 5ft 8in tall, as they will hit their head on the roof.
I've had Toyotas in the past and they are on the whole reliable, but when they go wrong it's expensive.
I have a 2001 190 Sports pack version and I am very pleased with the car.
It looks great, even though it's not in production any more.
Its handling is superb - you can really feel the road and understeer is not too bad round corners. Bear in mind the car doesn't have ESP or traction control, so for me it makes driving it more of a pleasure.
The only niggle I have is when things go wrong they are expensive. It failed its MoT due to the caliper seizing. This cost me, along with new pads, over £700 from a main dealer.
Servicing is not cheap - a main service is £340. So an independent garage would be better, but I like the dealer stamps for an easy sale.
Other things have come up - some models, for example, have a failure with the boot struts due to the spoiler. If the strut has 'SP' on it, then it's OK.
The gearbox is superb - it's very involving and enables some quick shifts when you need to overtake.
Overall cracking car and will still get some decent money back when selling.
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