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Toyota Celica (Hatchbacks / All Years)



  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    THERE'S a good point!! :-)

    Still, if I had my way, they would offer a celica convertible, then change MR2 back to a hard-top, and put the supercharger back in!

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

  • Absolutely. The old Mister 2, especially the turbo was the best handling, best balanced, and most tossable car I've driven that costs less than $100,000. It was a blast. I wish that Toyota would come back with a pure driving/handling/performance packaged car for real enthusiasts. The Celica GTS is great, but I like a bit more oooooommmmmppphhh when I step on the gas. Even if they came out with a GTS TRD model that came with an optional TRD supercharger to give a bit more low end torque would be great. Right now, there's just not anything in the Toyota lineup for those who are looking for a CAR with some real seat of the pants excitement.
  • Mcivor, when they inspect the clutch, they should be able to communicate to you why it went bad, no?
  • alex18talex18t Posts: 117
    The car was 4 months old with a toasted clutch? That cant be right, maybe someone smoked it up when it was still on the dealer's lot.
    Also the flywheel might have a defect that wore the clutch away.
    .... hmm, Valet Parking anyone?
    good luck with that.
  • 01r101r1 Posts: 280
    I've noticed that every time I pull my GT-S up on ramps to do the oil change I end up having to "clutch-it" up on there. It smells pretty bad for awhile. Anybody have a better way to do this? I know I could use my floor jack and jack stands, but I guess I like the convenience of the ramps.

  • Just like learning to drive a stick, you have to optimize this procedure. You shouldn't be gassing it enough, or riding it long enough, where the clutch is smelling profusely. Just a matter of practice.

    A word of safety: If you're using ramps, you should put a jack stand in place under the car, in case the ramps crush due to the weight of the car. Although the chances are very small, it HAS happened.

    I like the idea of using jack stands better than the ramps. I have a set, but they're the large/tall stands, and I'd never get the car up on them. I should go to Summit Racing and get a small set.
  • khaugkhaug Posts: 64
    A friend is looking for a Celica All-Trac Turbo to purchase. If you have or know of such a car for sale, please send me details at:

    Ideally, the car should be in the Great Lakes region, but all responses will be considered.


  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Our boards are intended for disussing ownership and purchase experiences, not so much for finding a vehicle for sale (directly) here. Also, since unauthorized soliciting is not allowed at Town Hall, we discourage discussion that veers our participants in that direction. Hope you understand. Perhaps let your friend know about Edmunds' Used Vehicle Locator. Good luck, and thanks for your participation.

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  • I have a beautiful '95 Celica convertible. I love the way this car looks in every way -- it's just tremendous. BUT, it's a dog for performance. It's a GT 5-spd, but the 2.2 engine is sluggish compared to my old '87 Prelude 2.0. Whereas the Honda really shined at high revs, the Toyota seems to level off at about 4500 or 5000 rpms, and there's just not much umph left. Does anyone know of improvements I can make to boost the horsepower? Is there a supercharger available that can be installed? Does a performance exhaust change much or does it already have a pretty good exhaust? It has 112,000 miles, so I wouldn't want to abuse it if supercharging would be hard on it, but I don't know if that's hard on an engine. Any ideas? I almost got rid of it for a newer Prelude, but the Celica is so much better looking than the 'lude!
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    check for possible supercharger applications...they make them for several different engines. They also do exhaust and other performance equipment.

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

  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    No 5S-FE superchargers.

    There are a few turbo kits for the 5S-FE available also.
  • bpraxisbpraxis Posts: 292
    Hello everyone and Happy Thanksgiving.

    My 2000 Toyota Celica GT with 36,000 miles on it will not shift into overdrive.

    Has anyone had a similar problem?

    The dealer could not fix it the first time in.

    The check engine light has also come on and the dealer said they had to order a knock sensor.

    I have the impression they were not to sure about the knock sensor but they dont really know why the check engine light came on.

    These are the first problems that I have encountered with the 2000 Celica and would most appreciate any input.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    the computer stores "check engine" codes PRECISELY so the dealer will know what the problem is!

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

  • bpraxisbpraxis Posts: 292
    The check engine light is on and the dealer said that it is a knock sensor that they have to order. The service manager did not seem confident in his diagnosis.

    The transmission will not shift into overdrive. And the dealer was unable to fix it on the first try. I had to sit there for three hours for nothing.

    Any input would be much appreciated.
  • alex18talex18t Posts: 117
    Dont Leave them alone until you are satisfied that they have answered all the questions that they can. I'm tired of Dealers treating people like they are doing them a favor, you are a patron, even if you are doing warranty service the dealer gets paid big bucks.
  • I am planning on buying a Celica GTS this summer in Aug. and was wondering if anyone knows of any common problems found with them?
  • 01r101r1 Posts: 280
    Rollin_hard- My 2001 GT-S has been a great car so far. I've driven it hard for the past 32K miles and no real complaints. The only repair I've had done was a squealing noise from the belt/pulley area. There was a TSB out for it so they replaced the tensioner pulley and V-belt. Unfortunetly, it's doing it again, almost a year later. It seems like the cold wet weather brings it out. It's just barely under warranty, so I'm taking it back tomorrow to have it fixed.
  • 01r101r1 Posts: 280
    Rollin- I went through for mine, don't remember the exact final price, but do remember it was dealer invoice + $500. I used an online resource (like Edmund's) to figure out the exact dealer invoice first. Costco gave me a contact name and dealer to go talk to, no negotiations, just $500 over invoice, take it or leave it. They didn't have the color I wanted, so they did a dealer trade and the next day I drove it home.

    I got all options, except leather, on my GT-S. That was hard combination to find since most had leather. Every GT-S I drove in the summer with leather seamed too hot for me, even with the A/C cranked up, so I opted for the cloth and have been very happy with it.

    Some mods I've done that dramatically increase performance are: AEM cold air intake w/ K&N cone behind left fog light, TRD catback exhaust, and a front strut tower brace. I got a little more low-end torque and lot more high-end HP with the intake and exhaust. The handling response improved (almost too much) with the front tower brace, although I have to keep a firm grip of the wheel over any pavement irregularities.

    The best thing I like about this car is not only it's performance characteristics, but the great gas mileage it gets. Around town, stop and go type traffic, I get 28-31 mpg consistently. Out on the open road my best is 39mpg but consistently get 36-38 mpg with CC set to 70-75mph.

    Good luck with your acquisition!
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    How much louder was engine noise and intake noise after adding the AEM cold air intake? I don't own a Celica but am curious as to the increase in noise these things cause. Is it annoying under normal driving conditions? My filter would be drawing from the front quarterpanel behind the fog light, similar to your set-up. Thanks for any feedback.
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