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Toyota Celica (Hatchbacks / All Years)



  • #599, 39mpg seems really high for a GT-S, especially the auto??? When I first got my GT 5speed I was getting 31, but now that I have 20k miles I am getting around 33-35. I also notice that I get the same mileage whether I am going 65 or 85.

    Also, #595, the 2001 Celicas had a recall on the shifter, that may have been related to your experience in the test drive.
  • boomn29boomn29 Posts: 189
    The 2001 had a recall on the shifter? I own a 2001 GTS and haven't heard or gotten anything??? Please advise.
  • alex18talex18t Posts: 117
    my GT gets very poor mileage above 4000 rpm or 80 mph. the few times i measured my mileage i drove about 90% city and got 27mpg when i drove the way i want to drive and got 29 when i didnt hold the gears as long. that's pretty good but that's what i would expect from any 1.8 liter engine. thats smaller than a lot of jewelry rappers wear around their necks.
  • sergeissergeis Posts: 134
    Made a typo in #599, I have 2000 GT, not GTS. And I got imporvement only at ~15Kmiles.

    Anyone have replaced tires on GT? I got 25K on them and they are almost gone, have to prepare for snow. The Dunlops which it has now does not seem to be general type, are they easy to find? Or better replace with something?
  • #603, yes, I got a recall in the mail for a the dealership to tighten the shifter. I don't know the exact wording. I took the car in, they took it in the garage, and had me out in about 25 minutes. They said it was recalled on all 2000 an 2001 GT 5speeds. It was nothing serious, but they said it made the shifter have a lot of play while you were in gear.
  • Where can I find Euro/Altezza style rear lamps for the 94-99 generation Celica? Has anyone come across clear front lenses for the 4 headlights. I like clear lenses better than the opaque ones. Thank you and Merry Christmas!
  • sergeissergeis Posts: 134
    I have just replaced the front tires (Dunlops, 27kmiles, GT auto) with Michelin Pilots. Handling seems to be the same or somewhat better, feels much stickier on bumpy roads. But it makes dramatic difference in road noise - it almost disappeared.
  • Has anyone driven a 2002 GTS 6-speed yet. I'm looking into buying a sports coupe, and the Celica is currently one of my choices. Although no one has said anything nice about it except for magizines and this discussion, I'm still considering it anyway.
  • n1ck_mn1ck_m Posts: 3
    I currently drive a 2002 Toyota Celica GT-S w/ 6sp manual. So far it has been a great little car. I have not had any problems with it, and surprisingly no speeding tickets. Snugglez, I don't know what other cars you are considering, but if you are looking at sport coupes the Celica is a great choice. A recent Consumer Reports article placed the Celica GT-S just behind the WRX and they hated the Acura RSX. I think the Celica is the best looking of the three, too.
  • boomn29boomn29 Posts: 189
    Can someone please provide me with the gearing ratio for the GTS? THx.
  • sergeissergeis Posts: 134
    GTS Manual:
    1st: 3.17
    2nd: 2.05
    3rd: 1.48
    4th: 1.17
    5th: 0.92
    6th: 0.73
    Final drive ratio: 4.53
  • cat37cat37 Posts: 2
    Does anyone know of any seat covers that actually fit the front seats of a 2001 Celica GT? Previous experience with other cars I have owned resulted in seat covers that did not fit. Toyota says they don't make them for the Celica. I would like to keep the seats in good condition. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  • sergeissergeis Posts: 134
    Don't sit in them...
    You asked for _any_ suggestion...
  • guitarzanguitarzan Posts: 641
    Cloth or leather? If leather, condition them constantly. Especially during hot weather.

    Most cloth seats look good for a LONG time nowadays. Take care not to let combs, keys, etc., in your pocket tear the seat when you sit down. Otherwise, they should last a long time.
  • Don't worry about seat covers. If you have to decide, I am really impressed with the material of the cloth front seats, buy my back seats look pretty cheap.

    Has anybody installed the TRD exhaust??? It says it adds 10hp at the wheels on a GT, which seems awful high for a car with 140 hp.
  • cat37cat37 Posts: 2
    Thanks to all for replying. Guess I'll just have to go without. They are cloth seats. I have a job where I work outside and I can get pretty dirty. Also, I had a Honda for 9 years and the seat belt wore out the side of the seat - now don't say don't wear it. It looks as though this one will too - hopefully it will take 9 years to do it. I love this car and just want to keep it looking as nice as I can.
  • Man... You guys are making my car feel old. I'm thinking about getting a new celica soon, but as for now.. I dont have the money. I wanted to know if you guys know if the 92' Celica ST with a 1.5L engine blows up after a timing belt breakage or not. I wanted to know this because mine just blew one at 250Kmi and I really wanna fix it but if its gunna have the "Interference" and all then i will reconsider!
    ** Proud owner of a Mitsubishi Galant ES-V6**
  • Love my 2000 GT auto... but I was wondering if anyone has noticed a droning type noise at speeds above 65mph? I have the original dunlops. I'm hoping it's just tire noise but it's hard to get a fix on where it is coming from.
    Thanks for any ideas or thoughts.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    If you don't get a response here soon, you should also try asking your question on our Maintenance & Repair board. To start, here's a Maintenance & Repair discussion (Auto 101) where you can post just about any kind of question. There are a couple of auto techs that frequent that discussion that may be able to offer some feedback.

    And of course you also have the option to start up a new Toyata Celica Problems discussion on that board. Good luck, and please keep us posted on your situation.

    Hatchbacks & Station Wagons Boards
  • sergeissergeis Posts: 134
    My rear tires (original Dunlops) also make kind of a strange noise (25Kmiles). I just replaced my front ones with Michelin Pilots - road noise is really much lower than before when I had Dunlops in front too, besides they seem to stick better.
  • That's great. Normally noise and stickiness are proportional. Must have greater materials to work with nowadays!
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    to post #619. Nice to see you both here again. Hope your Celicas are serving you well. Happy motoring!

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  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    I am interested in reliability #1! Sportiness is great, but I'm not looking for the GT model (insurance will skyrocket). What are they going for?

  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    From the sources I've read, an older (92/93) Celica is statistically more reliable than many other makes/models of the same year. Of course keep in mind that with a 10 yr old used vehicle, you're also dealing with a lot of unknown factors. So in addition to researching reliability..., it's not a bad idea to have a mechanic thoroughly check it out to make sure it's mechanically sound.

    As for pricing, have you had a chance to check out Edmunds' Used Vehicle Appraiser? Others here may have more to add. Since pricing varies from region to region, you may also want to let people know what area you'll be making your purchase in. Good luck.

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  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    Always there to help me on my car-buying idea! I will definitely have the car I want checked by a trusted mechanic!

    Thanx again,
  • gonkygonky Posts: 1
    Please help, I am considering purchasing a 1989 GT and would like some advise / information as to the reliability of this year and any particular points I should look out for when checking it over.
    The cars done 109k starts fine, clean enginge with no knocking or smoke and sounds lovely!!!

    Much obliged.

  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    I'm hoping someone can help. I've been asking this question yet it seems no one is visiting this board. What other sport coupes are you considering?

    I'm also looking at the Integra and MX-3.

  • boomn29boomn29 Posts: 189
    Maybe the visitors are all driving new Celica's and don't know anything about cars that are 10+ years old. Just a thought.
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    for the 3S-FE motor, you may have the 3S-GE.

    THe usual suspects:
    Timing belt, sparks plugs, distributor cap, etc.

    Distributor O-rings typically leak on those engines.

    Check gear oil or ATF, coolant, air filter, etc..

    Get it checked out by an independent mechanic also.
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