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Toyota Celica (Hatchbacks / All Years)



  • coupe2001coupe2001 Posts: 100
    yeah, you should be driving it this weekend.

    I've had mine 3 weeks, and I love it. I've put TRD exhaust on, Tinted windows, added security system w/Keyless entry, and power antenna. The exhaust,tint and Absolutely red draw attention like I crime had just been committed. Too cool.
  • bcloughbclough Posts: 97
    Wow, hbark, that's a long wait!

  • gorkojogorkojo Posts: 10
    It's perfectly OK to use your overdrive all the time. Most people do it that way. However, you will get better performance from the car if you do not use overdrive except on highways when your travelling at consistently high speeds. When you use overdrive around town the car will sometimes auto shift into overdrive at comparitively low speeds like 40 or 45. You will not get max power because the trans will always be hunting for the right gear. The purpose of overdive is too lower your engine speed, increase engine life, and improve gas mileage when travelling at highway speeds of 55 and up.
  • Overdrive is just the tallest gear (4th) with a ratio of better than 1:1. It's fine to drive with O/D on all the time. It's no different than using 6th gear on the manual.
  • sergeissergeis Posts: 133
    Celica GT auto switches to overdrive when going at ~35 mph, flat road and warm engine. If you like to jump back and forth all the time you may want to keep OD off, or even switch to second, but that would burn extra gas and wear the engine faster. On the other hand if you drive jumpy then celica is not going to switch to OD anyway, the computer will keep the engine "hot" and change the shifting points. I never turn the OD off, the transmission pretty quick, it downshifts almost immediately as I punch the accelerator, unlike accord, for example, which takes almost a second.
  • I appreciate all the responses to my question about driving the car in over drive 24-7 !!
  • hbarkhbark Posts: 26
    Yeah, it's been over 4 months now. I thought I might have gotten it last weekend, but apparently it got to the Port of New York, then proceeded to be buried in the snow, which I guess plays havoc with loading them onto trucks and delivering them.

    Oh well... in this weather, I'd just as soon wait anyway, if I got it today, I'd park it in my driveway until the ice and snow melt a bit.
  • wenyuewenyue Posts: 558

    Notice the new Integra is essential a 2001 Civic hood with a Celica grill. The side is 90% identical.

    Steering wheel, aluminum peddels, instrument cluster, even the air vents and the little rectangular buttons on the dash left of the steering wheels didn't get away. Geez!
  • guitarzanguitarzan Posts: 632
    If this is the final Integra, it makes me glad I went to the Celica! I thought I'd be disappointed, because perhaps Acura was going to convert the Integra to rear wheel drive, or do something else major to it. I didn't look for any specs yet, but it sure looks like a great big cosmetic makeover. And how disappointing on the styling! Sheesh! They copied Toyota with the round headlights in '94. And that style looked terrible on the Integra! AND, they kept that style from '94 through now; jeese, what a long model year. Acura, I might come back to you, but your marketing is el putrido. :P
  • coupe2001coupe2001 Posts: 100
    looks like a old mitsubishi eclipsed neon to me, with the exception of the toyota solara grill. sharp interior, but definitely not original. won't be worth the high price tag.

    i though you ordered your car in September. I ordered mine September 22nd, and I though yours was a week after me.
  • wenyuewenyue Posts: 558
    Honda spokesman at the show said it will have "almost" 200 hp.

    If it's as heavy has the current Integra GS-R (which is 250 lbs heavier than the Celica), it won't be much faster than the Celica GT-S in racing terms, and probably won't be as nimble in handling.
  • hbarkhbark Posts: 26
    I ordered mine August 30th, to be exact.

    Have no clue why mine took like a month longer than yours...

    Today she told me "it's on the truck" from the Port of New York going to southern NJ... gave me the VIN #, etc.

    Hopefully in a day or 2???
  • The service mgr said that there are a bunch of 6

    speeds out there that are starting to fall apart,

    no fault of the driver. The trans started getting

    hard to downshift into 4th, then it started grind-

    ing, so instead of trying to repair it, they said

    it would be easier to just replace it.My wife wants

    an MR2 ( they weren't around when she bought the

    GT-S). The dealer allowed 18K as a trade-in, I just

    hate to see them make even more money off of this

    car !
  • hbarkhbark Posts: 26
    Picked up my '01 Spectra Blue Mica GT. 5-spd.

    Waited over 4 months, since I ordered it special from the factory, with ABS and no spoiler (which was impossible to find on the lots).

    Looks great, love the color! (Can't wait to see it in the daytime...)
  • jk111jk111 Posts: 125
    oh man, now I have to decide between the new integra (RSX) and GT-S. This is going to be tough...
    How about the new WRX? It is a little more expensive but hella better in terms of performance..
  • Hey I'm looking for anybody still driving one Toyota's best kept secrets!! I'll put my 88 AllTrac up against any GTS out there! And if any of you happen to be driving a 93 AllTrac, I buy it from you!
  • dq1dq1 Posts: 44
    I'm shopping for a 2001 Celica CT in Orlando. I have been to three dealerships and they all have a dealer add on for a Toyota Protection Package (paint protect ant, fabric protect ant and undercoating) for $619. This seems like dealer fluff since the paint is clear coat, Scotch guard cost $5 for a can and why would I want undercoating in Florida. I haven't started negotiating yet and I'm wondering if this is something I can tell the dealer I don't want or is it something I have to accept. Any suggestions appreciated.
  • guitarzanguitarzan Posts: 632
    I went and leased a GTS. Unfortunately, they only had 2 stick shifts, gray and red. Of course, I took the red one. But I had to take the leather and spoiler. What a waste of money for both options. But, I had to take what was there.

    You wouldn't want undercoating. We have harsh winters up here in Cleveland, and my car is currently caked in pure road salt. Guess what? Toyota did a good enough job that your wheel wells will last 10 years or more without any problems.

    Have you checked other dealers? If it boils down to having to take a car with these extras, the same rules apply as without them: Figure out a fair cost for the car, and offer it to them. My deal on a GTS was based on $500 over invoice. Granted, our sales may be worse up here due to the weather. But you should be able to get within the ballpark. And simply figure in $0 for the protection package. You're right, it probably cost the dealer $15 total.
  • aim9aim9 Posts: 9
    Go to Mike Erdman Toyota on Merritt Island Fl, and ask for salesman Dan Macleod, and sales mgr, Hugh. There are some things that SE Toyota just will not negotiate, but this dealership/salesman has treated me extremely well, in addition to providing great service to both my 98 4-Runner and 2000 GTS 6spd. I leased the GTS from Erdman when I moved to Fl last year. I love the car and you will too. It is my 4th Celica since 1978, and truly the most fun. Tell Dan that George the
    "Phantom Phlyer" recommended you to them, Good luck.
  • We own a 2000 Celica CT - automatic - Red. 25,000 miles

    What we like

    Color - lots of looks and comments
    Build quality - Typical Toyota - I,I an engineer - this car is well thought out and put together
    Handling - corners like a go-cart
    Ergonomics - everything is where it belongs inside the car - switches have a good touch - solid feel
    Radio/DC - Good sound - large buttons
    Dash lights - easy on eyes - easy to read
    Minimal road noise - good solid feel
    Cargo room plenty - unreal how much stuff you can put in this thing - even with the rear seat
    Head lights - unbelievable illumination from the projector beam lights - on high beam you can see from LA to New York - every car should have these things
    Gas mileage - great - combined around 30 mpg

    Not so hot stuff

    Visibility - up front O.K. but back and aft side is horrible - almost would consider it unsafe - you do not change lanes without doing the owl thing - scared to death making emergency lane changes when those times have occurred to move quickly. Have creased the rear bumper twice on both corners from not being able to see when slowly backing up - and I mean slowly! - spoiler makes it even worse.

    Engine - good sound and power at speed but weak at the low end - especially with the automatic - have been times when pulled out into traffic and prayed for the thing to get up and go - way too sluggish considering the vehicles image. Has a long spool up time before the power torque comes in.

    Seats - comfortable but low to the floor - as you get alder long rides make your back stiff because your legs stick straight out - but hats an age thing - good support - and durability.

    Reliability is great - only issue has been that on very rare occasions the automatic misses a shift - when kicking down for needed fast acceleration - and acts like it goes into neutral - lots of rpm but no poop - dealer can,t pick it up on the computer diagnostic thing - but it has happened three or four times - read about this happening in another Toyota product being tested by a magazine - avalon I think.

    Kick to drive but our biggest complaint is the rear and side visibility issue. Edmusnds long term test report of a GTS says the same thing.

    Hopes this gives some user friendly insight
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