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Used Hatchbacks - Got any ideas?

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  • has anybody out there recently purchased a Certified Used 2000 Toyota Celica GT-S lately. If so how much have you paid for it. Me and my significant other have been I've been itching to get one since last year, but we didn't have much for jobs, but I've recently gotten a better job and we are more stable now. Any info on the prices, but also including the pros/cons of your personal expreience's would be helpful. Oh and I've also read that the shift gates are pretty close together. Too close for comfort. Is this problem exhagerated by the critic's as much as it really is? Thanks for any replies
    Very Kindly,
    TheWorldIzMyn
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    You may also want to post (copy/paste) your question in one of our ongoing Celica discussions. To start, here's Toyota Celica (Hatchbacks / All Years). Good luck.


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  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,691
    6 speed is wonderful to drive - for really fast shifting it can't be beat. However, it is a heavy gear shift - if you drive it you will see. It is smooth, but requires effort to move it from gear to gear.

    The closeness of the gates was a bit of a problem only in the sense that boy racers trying to do really quick slift downshifts would go down three gears instead of one, then pop the clutch and redline the engine - toasted. Toyota made some kind of fix to this, I am not sure what.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • jeff186jeff186 Posts: 95
    Anyone know approx. how many were built and if autos were more common that sticks? I want a Civic H/B with an auto tranny, so a MY2000 is what I'm looking for, coming off a 3-year lease. Too bad the current Civic H/B is stick only, a major mistake imo.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    You may also want to copy/paste your question into our ongoing Honda Civic Hatchbacks discussion. Good luck. ;-)
     
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  • I just bought my 2000 gt-s celica last August. I searched the net for about a month and I ended up paying about $15,000 for mine. personally, I've never had a problem shifting within the narrow power band but my X b/f drove it and misshifted badly. Now I'm having multiple ongoing problems with missfiring, valves etc and I've shelled out 1,275 bucks so far for this problem. If you can't drive a stick then don't get this car. If you can drive a stick carefully and respectfully, go for it. You'll LOVE it. :)
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,691
    the civic hatch was mostly gone, they sold what, about a dozen that year? I will bet there were more manuals than autos.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • thelthel Posts: 767
    were lamenting that the only civic hatchback was the Si. They remember the "good-ole days" when the DX hatchbacks would fly off of the lots.
  • dudkadudka Posts: 451
    I actually liked the 1996-2001 Civic Hatchback, but I wished they offered it in EX trim. Just like the UK Civic hatch with the power everything, sunroof and cruise, but they did not. So the current Si fit the bill perfectly, being an "unloved child" it ws actually cheaper than an Ex.
  • kyleckylec Posts: 1
    Hi, i am planning to buy it with around 140000 miles @ about $3500. The previous owner had changed the timing belt and water pump recently. Is that worth? I will use it until graduate (3 years or more). Could you guys have any advice?
  • thelthel Posts: 767
    A timing belt / water pump is a $300-400 maintainence item. If the owner had this done then that is a good sign that it has been well maintained.

    Also check the tires. See that they match and that they have even tread wear. If they are mismatched or worn out...that is not such a good sign.

    $3,500 sounds reasonable for an Integra in good shape depending on the year.
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