We've owned the 190 from new for three and a half years and found it a great car to drive.
Unfortunately it has had various problems, including two auxilliary tensioning belt replacements, a water pump replacement and stereo problems. These were, fortunately, all done under warranty. Obviously the downside is that you lose the car while in the garage, and a Yaris isn't a good substitute.
The Celica has just done 32,000 miles. Whilst the sales people were very good at the dealership, the subsequent after-care leaves something to be desired. Our feeling was that they seemed to think they were doing us a favour.
Overall, we still love the car and the Toyota brand, having owned a Corolla previously, but they need to sort the after-care out. After all, they're not cheap.
Superb to drive, very responsive, although it can be a bit noisy on badly surfaced roads. For such a premium price I would have expected better refinement, but that's a minor complaint. It looks good, and there's no room in the back if those in the front have long legs, but do you buy a coupe to carry that much baggage?
I had first owned a 140bhp Celica and it was a fabulous car to drive whether you were taking it gently or being more enthusiastic with the throttle. It did lack a lot of acceleration after second gear so after two years of ownership and 50,000 miles I traded it in for a T Sport.
Boy, can this car shift! It screams to 8000rpm and is so addictive to hear that FABULOUS engine note (which incidentally is better than any U2 track) that if you are not careful not only will you get through a tank of fuel in nano seconds you will also lose your licence! But what a way to loose it.
The T Sport is by far the most enjoyable, entertaining car I have ever driven.
It has also been the most unreliable. The first seven months of its life were taken up by many trips to the garage to try and eradicate the engine from cutting out when ever it felt like it. Eventually Toyota UK had it for a week and found that a sensor on the throttle was to blame.
I have had many other ranging from niggly to major problems of which I have just paid £1100 for a new tensioner belt and etc fitted due to a snapped bolt and at 75,000 miles yes, I was out of warranty.
Going to change the Celica now as I can't help think that something else is going to go wrong with it, but I will miss it hugely.
I've just bought an ex-Demo Celica T-Sport (190) - this is an amazing car for less than 20k.
It sticks to the road like a limpet, involving the driver in everything that is going on - lots of feedback through the steering, body roll is well controlled too.
It is true that it lacks somewhat in mid-range urge, but this is probably only noticeable if you have come from a turbo-diesel or petrol with strong acceleration - the T-Sport engine does take some time to wind up, but once you get to 6,000rpm when the cams lift, it surges forward like a bull struck with a red-hot poker! And the bonus is, the sound of the engine is great too, bringing about no end of smiles!
My only real gripe is the level of engine noise which filters into the cabin on long motorway jaunts. Even in sixth gear, engine speed around 4,000rpm at 80mph, it pierces into the cabin. There is some wind noise, but this is quite easily drowned out by the stereo (ugly, but functional - I've only kept mine because of the inbuilt sat nav).
Whilst the T-Sport is quite expensive (£21.5k new) - I got mine for 19k as a nearly new ex-demo, Celica's tend to hold onto a large portion of their value over time, I'm hoping this will keep the long-term ownership costs down. There isn't a sexier, more practical, efficient and quicker Coupe for less than £20k. Go and buy one - I've got no regrets!
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