I have owned a Celica for three years. Overall, I'm pleased.
As mentioned in previous reviews, the tailgate struts have collapsed, the alloy wheels have oxidised and the brake discs corroded - the car has only covered 42,000 miles.
I wrote to Toyota who state that they are unaware of these problems on the range and suggest it is the age of the car! They are unwilling to offer any help despite a full Toyota service history.
I have owned this car for two years. 30K miles later I have had no mechanical problems. Toyota service is second to none and economy is good.
The engine isn't very practical and has poor amounts of torque. There is no real sense of power until you get above 6800rpm, so you can only sense any real power on open roads.
The materials used in the cabin are awful plastics and they creak.
The back seats are for kids only and the ride is harsh.
I have owned this car for just under 12 months, having previously owned a Ford Focus 1.6 Zetec.
It is just as easy to drive around town as the Focus and delivers very similar fuel economy(though most of my journeys are short and so revs are kept to a minimum). However, on an open road, there is a massive difference. It revs past 7000rpm and can keep up with, if not outpace, almost anything similar.
Handling is great, steering is responsive, as are the brakes, and overtaking is a breeze if in the right gear. The ride is slightly hard in and around town and you feel the full force of potholes.
It recently had a full service at a local garage, which I would recommend, having phoned Toyota for a quote!
My Celica has the Premium pack, which includes full leather and climate control. The leather has worn well (after 70,000 miles) and I find the climate control very useful. The sound system is good and easy to use. The driving position is low, has a really sporty feel and is very comfortable, even on longer journeys.
A few problems to note are poor rear visibility, and the alloys which corrode to the point of needing replacing or refurbishing. Also, the rear seats are small but give just enough space to accomodate adults.
Overall I rate this as a very good car that I would recommend to anyone and I would certainly buy another.
I purchased the VVT-i 140 last year, and it is an absoloute gem.
It's very classy, gets a lot of looks and is extremely reliable. The downside is the rear space - it is really a coupe for two people.
I also found the cabin a little cheap (velcro on the visor mirror covers!). However, for the price it's excellent.
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