I have had a Celica since March 2005 as a company car. After 4 months I found I had 2 buckled wheels one either side of the car.
My dealer eventually said they had some history of this on their system and replaced the wheels free of charge. In June 2006 I found I had 2 more buckled wheels, one of which was a replaced one.
I now have an ongoing 'debate' with Toyota GB concerning the quality of these wheels. The dealer said it was my fault but when I pushed this further it ended up with customer relations. Toyota are not the quickest to respond and I am now waiting for them to view and report on these wheels as I have had to replace them at my company's cost!
An independent tyre specialist confirms that the wheels are buckled on the inner edges but there is no evidence of any impact that would cause them to buckle. He considers it to be a manufacturer defect.
Toyota , at the moment, are still saying it is my fault. I am now considering terminating the lease on the car!!
I have owned this car for about 2 months, my primary reason for buying this car was the way it looks, it is nicely designed and has not got a bad angle, mine is in silver with a spoiler. I wanted a car that was designed as a sports car and not a 'chavs' hot hatch, the celica ticks all the boxes in looks. I test drove both the 190 and 140, I decided on the 140 as it was an easier drive to live with, the 190 felt too highly revved. Performance on the 140 is engaging, especially when using the 6 speed gear box and utilising the high rpm band, it handles great on b roads and is fine on motorway journeys .I have also been a passenger in the back and at 6ft tall, I was not uncomfortable, also the seats fold down for carrying space, although it was not built for this purpose it does has more space than other coupes.
With all of the above, Japanese reliability and reasonable running costs the Celica has a lot going for it and I believe it will stand the test of time. But if you want aggressive speed buy a type r or a Scooby.
This is a brilliant car. We have had this car for over a year - an 05 plate bought brand new.
In terms of performance, it's brilliant - don't listen to the idiots saying it lacks grunt, that's just to save fuel. Put your foot down, it goes like stink.
Externally, it has very nice sleek lines, a nice bonnet with air intake, nice xenon lights, and it's lovely in red or sliver.
The interior is well put together. Don't listen to anyone talking about cheap plastics, they're brilliant. They're scratch ressiant and don't need cleaning every five minutes. Also, there are very nice black/orange dials, and the CD player is good, too.
Boot space is shallow but easy to load, and great to use for daily shopping.
The engine is stunning. It comes from the Avensis, so it's very reliable but the ECU is tuned for performance. It also attains better fuel econmy than the Avensis because the car is lightweight, and gives much better performance.
In terms of options, don't go for the sunroof. It gets scratched because it is not glass, and it creaks badly. However, 'must-have' items are leather upholstery, climate control, and supaguard.
Visiblity is poor at the rear, adequate at the side, and excellent at the front.
The car is also brilliantly reliable, but do not crash, as we did - they don't fix it properly. Our door keeps on shaking and is now coming off. The engine is good, though. The brakes rust quickly.
It's just a classy little car. In red, it looks like miniature Ferrari.
It has typical Toyota build quality (the shut lines are perfect and there are no rattles) and subsequently it's reliable.
The engine is just fine and the gearbox a pleasure to use.
The ride is excellent and the noise acceptable considering what you are driving. It has a good radio and CD player, and the air-con is a real plus.
Given no one buys this type of car for its practicality, the poor rear space matters not a jot!
It's difficult to fault and impossible not to recommend!
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