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Toyota Celica (Hatchbacks / All Years)



  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    "I had recently driven a Mercedes C32 AMG and a Corvette Z06 on the same roads. Despite being half the price of these two cars, the Celica was just as much fun to drive."

    Read the full story here. And let us know what you think. Happy motoring!

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  • spftpxspftpx Posts: 1
    88 celica gt, auto 220k - hot air flow out on driver side with AC on, passenger side is cold. AC had never been repair or recharged freon. Are there any easy way to fix this problem other than take off all front panel mask. I beleived that there is a door supposed to close(open - close) when AC is on. Toyota manual did not show me how to fix this problem. Need help, thanks in advance.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    I am amazed that Edmunds gave the celica the "best sports coupe under $30K" award, given all the negative things they had to say about it! You would think it had done nothing but annoy them in all the time they had it. I guess this car's sheer driving-at-the-limit enjoyment factor out-weighed all those niggling considerations they mention in their commentary.

    Given that most people who buy the car will not have the opportunity to autocross it, or head to the racetrack on weekends, I think the most on-point criticism of the GTS is the fact that most of the power gain comes at 6000-7600 rpm, which is pretty darn hard to achieve or use in daily driving. That is why I bought a GT instead. You get almost the same magic handling, braking and steering (only difference in this department is slightly larger rims and lower-profile tires), and a powertrain that has more useable torque and plenty of pep at 'round-town speeds.

    Not to mention saving $4K!! LOL

    I think celica's dropping sales reflect the fact that it is more of a purpose-built sport coupe than a sporty cruiser, which would be more comfortable and feel less bare-bones, but I believe would perform worse due to increased weight and expense, etc.

    RSX probably hits much closer to the middle of the target audience for this type of car, and the only reason I did not buy one was that I was instantly enchanted with the low weight and amazing handling of the celica. 9500 miles now, and no regrets!

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

  • rainxrainx Posts: 1
    Hi, I'm looking into buying Celica Convertible '98 from a dealer. Sticker price is $17K. 36k miles, leather, average shape. I have a couple questions: a) what would be a reasonable price I can offer to the dealer? I'm thinking $13K. b) am I crazy if I want to drive convertible year around in Wisconsin (read snow,ice,salt,etc). Thank you!
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    Why? That's not a long time for such a drastic model change that occurred in 2000. The last Celica ran for 6 years and partially in 1993? (I've seen some early 1994s been labeled 1993.5)
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    What changes were made to the 1998 Celica compared to the 1996-97? I noticed the steering wheel was changed and the STs were dropped.
  • kwkslvrkwkslvr Posts: 2
    Has anyone heard anything at all about the next generation Celica (2004)? I was hoping to get some solid information since it should come out late next year. Do you think Toyota would put an Inline-6 in the new Celica (same engine as in the IS 300)? If there is an additonal increase of torque and HP and taking into consideration its low weight, I'm thinking it'll kick some serious RSX butt. It would finally have the speed to match its fast looks. But that's just my humble opinion.
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    2004 should still maintain the changes for 2003 (fascia changes).

    If we assume the usual 5 year cycle, a new Celica should be expected 2005.
  • boomn29boomn29 Posts: 189
    I kinda doubt they would put a 6 in the Celica. They'll probably tweak an existing 4 to be more around 200 hp. But that's just my opinion.
  • verozahlverozahl Posts: 574
    I would think Toyota would follow Honda's lead (LOL) and up the displacement from 1.8L to 2.0L or 2.2L. 200hp to match RSX probably a possibility.
  • guitarzanguitarzan Posts: 632
    I can relate to Edmund's road test of the new Celica. I bought the GTS, subsequently got a 6-speed, and like it mostly due to the novelty. The car would be better with 25 lbs more torque and a 5-speed--one that requires less muscle. Despite the strangeness of the power setup, the car is a pure performer, and that's what makes me love it. I do have a squeak inside, and the blind spots stink. But I'm one of those that loves to drive, and I LOVE to drive this car, so all of the faults are forgiven. So, I'm one of the few who would still buy this car. The fewer that buy it, the cooler I look going down the road. Can't even iterate how many people tell me how cool this car is. Everyone, everywhere, wow! Maybe that is something that got lost in the article. I didn't read it carefully, but the looks really should be stressed.

    Every pure performer---a car owning handling, steering, brakes, and weight---is going to be neglecting many other tangibles. No one should be upset about the review, but expect it. And don't get upset that these are reasons why the general public will shy away from the car. Those are the same people that envy the look, and comment on it every day to me :)
  • guitarzanguitarzan Posts: 632
    By the way, although my car has only 14k miles---If some of the stuff on that list goes bad on my car, yes, I will start to miss Acura (Integra/CL). Honda's tend to have nothing go wrong with them anymore. At the same time, I realize that the radical new Celica design contributes to problems. You can't change a car, make it the coolest around, and use the most advanced metal stamping to create such a beautiful body, and expect the fit-and-finish to be perfect, even for Toyota. Still looks cooler than my buddy's ultra-cool black RSX-S in our parking lot.
  • boomn29boomn29 Posts: 189
    Got almost 20k on my 01 w/o any problems. It gets driven hard and keeps asking for more. Pulling close to 30 with it daily. Over 30 on trips going around 85mph. No problems! I agree with ya guitaran. (are you a guitarman)?
  • guitarzanguitarzan Posts: 632
    Been playing guitar for 18 years. Love that classic rock :)
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    that while it be upping engine sizes and power ratings for a lot of model updates in the next two years, it will not put a six-cylinder in the celica, for which I am very glad! It would totally wreck the magic of this car to make it nose-heavy in that way. But they will up the displacement of the four, I am hoping to 2.2L...that should bring the power of the GT up to more like 175, with GTS at around 220, without substantially increasing weight.

    And I agree with above post - it is unlikely that Toyota will bring in an all-new '04, since it has gone to the trouble of doing the "freshening" for '03, which it usually allows to run for the last two years of the cycle.

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

  • kwkslvrkwkslvr Posts: 2
    Not to belabor the point, but am I the only one here who has heard that the next generation Celica will be coming out as a 2004 model?
    I have read somewhere that Toyota planned to restyle the Celica after 4 years (rather than the usual 5) so that it's styling can stay fresh in this competitive segment. Can anyone else confirm this?

    Anyway, whether Toyota decides to change the Celica in 2004 or 2005, I hope they don't make the same styling mistake like Acura did in the RSX--that is one godawful looking vehicle. I don't know what Honda/Acura was thinking. First they mess up and deep six the Prelude, then they mess up and discontinue the Intergra legacy.
  • verozahlverozahl Posts: 574
    Don't worry, the Celica will stand out as ughlee as usual no matter when the redesign happens.

    Honda-Acura's Civic and Integra/RSX designs are questionable, to say the least. And dropping the Prelude? criminal!
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    if they restyle the celica for '04 - that means only 3 years 'til I get my new one! These are truly great cars.

    Even Toyota, as dull as it is, could NEVER make a car as dull-looking as the new RSX...but I have found one other car that looks a lot like that RSX now - the new Aerio. Almost identical! With just a bit of the Civic SI's minivan look thrown in...

    Toyota, if you are listening, please remember to give us another 30 lb-ft of torque, or else make that first gear a little less tall!

    Honda, if you are listening, abandon the new RSX and start producing the Integra again, and bring back the type R too!

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

  • verozahlverozahl Posts: 574
    nippononly, Honda Integra = Acura RSX in US/Canada market. The RSX is simply the 4th-gen Integra.

    As for RSX:Aerio comparison, don't worry, I'll find some tar and feathers that will fit you nicely.
  • voochvooch Posts: 92
    Although similar looking, the RSX may be slightly more attractive.
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