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Toyota Celica (Hatchbacks / All Years)



  • guitarzanguitarzan Posts: 632
    I have seen so many of the current Celicas around. Unfortunately, I see red ones all the time also (mine is red.) I'm a very critical person, and I think this car is super cool, one of the best designs around.

    They're gonna blow it with a completely new design! There's no where to go but "down"!
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    they have to change it sooner or later! And annual sales now are down to niche levels - they may drop under 10K per year this year. Toyota must be anxious to bring out a new one. I am glad they will not be dropping the model line, and will be keeping it true to its roots (a light 2-door, economical sport coupe)

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

  • zombozombo Posts: 89
    But if Toyota is going to change it,let's hope it is in the area of increased interior room and performance to compete with the Acura RSX.The only area that I'm not too impressed with is the rear slablike valence panel design,but in pictures the Celica with no rear spoiler looks remarkedly more attractive.I've yet to see one with no rear spoiler in NJ.Studies show that over 60% of new car buyers are women,so let's hope that the bean counters don't have their way and 'Chick' up the Celica again.With the new Scion division going after the younger buyers this is a distinct possibility.
  • gambit293gambit293 Posts: 406
    Personally I think the Celica GT-S already is very competitive with the RSX-S, at least in performance. They are close enough that any sort of contest would end up being a "driver's race."

    Also, most people I know think the celica looks funny without a spoiler.

    Finally, although I would love to see a higher performance version of the current celica, I doubt that will happen. I've heard that a new Supra is in the works; I don't think that Toyota would want the celica to intrude into the Supra's market.
  • zombozombo Posts: 89
    would also be the one that I think would sell.Nothing too dramatic,maybe 160 hsp for the GT and 220 for the GTS with a 9k redline ala the Honda S2000.But nippononly is right,I did some quick web research and discovered that Celica sales have dropped about 30% each year since 2001,with Consumer Guide even saying the Celica might be dropped after 2004.Since the new design will supposedly be very different,I only hope they don't go heavier,slower,softer suspension,with a quieter engine to appeal to the Mitsubishi Eclipse buying crowd(mostly young girls).I laugh every time I read a review complaining about the Celica's noisy engine.It's a sports coupe, not a luxury suv,the growl of the engine is part of it's appeal!The last Supra was a near exotic,especially the price which was in the 40-50k range.So even if the new Supra retails for about 35k it would still be 10k away from the price of a fully loaded GTS.
  • yatittleyatittle Posts: 13
    I see where a sunroof is listed as an option, but nowhere is a moonroof listed. Sunroof just tilts up whereas a moonroof slides all the way open, right??? Is a moonroof optional or can it be custom installed by dealer, and if so, at what price?? Babylon Honda custom installed a moonroof on the Accord LX. Any help would be sincerely appreciated.. Thank you
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    The sunroof on the Celica opens all the way.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    it is a moonroof - it is see-through. It tilts up and slides all the way back - both under power.

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

  • dq1dq1 Posts: 44
    I got back from the grocery store this afternoon, pulled into the garage and my 01 Celica GT (5sp. man) started to surge up and down between 1.5k and 3.0k rpm's. My wife came out and asked what I was doing and didn't believe it until I got out of the car and we both stood there looking dumbfounded at the car while it did this :) I took it immediately to the dealer. While on my way there, I would drop it out of 5th into neutal and it would "bounce" a bit, but by the time I got to the dealer who is about 40 miles away, it had stopped. The tech let it run for about 45 minutes but couldn't duplicate it. I put about another 70 miles on it on the way home and it hasn't done it since. Anybody have any thoughts?
  • 01r101r1 Posts: 280
    I'd replace the fuel filter just to be safe.
  • guitarzanguitarzan Posts: 632
    My 2000 GTS does that when first started, in freezing temperatures. Hrmmm...I don't worry about it, but it is normally brief.
  • gambit293gambit293 Posts: 406
    Just for the record, I had the same "auto-rev" going on during the winter about a year ago (2000 GT-S). I just waited it out and it stopped acting up after a few minutes.

    I dunno what it is. Do you have any mods? I have an aftermarket Cold Air Intake that occasionally fusses with the RPMs.
  • sergeissergeis Posts: 133
    My guess is it is computer going into oscillations. Programs which have a feedback regulating slowly changing processes can do that - my cruise control on Celica GT 2000 often goes into oscillations breaking and surging with speed fluctuations ~5-10 mph, usually restarting the program (almost said Windows - just turn cruise off and then on) stops it. The 'gas mixture' regulating part of the program I believe is self-learning adjusting to driving conditions, I guess it went wild for some reason and then after while 'relearned'.
  • wscc1wscc1 Posts: 21
    The fuel gauge on my 2000 Celica GTS, on very hot days after turning off the engine, when the
    engine is restarted (the off period could be minutes to overnight)
    will not read correctly. In fact, at times it will not show any bars (and why wasn't a standard pointer gauge good enough?????) at all at times. After driving a while it returns to the proper reading. This has been going on since new and, of course, I could not report it to the dealer since it would never do it when I would need it to. Any others out there have this problem and has anyone got a fix?
  • exit00exit00 Posts: 11
    OK... got a 2003 Celica GS last month and it came with Dunlop SP Sport 4000 tires.
                          The recommended PSI for the tires inflation noted on the inside door is 29psi for all
                          four tires. However, checking them today (when they were cold), the tire pressure in
                          each one was 40psi.

                          I'm concerned that 40psi is much too high based on the recommended pressure.
                          Although, I usually keep my tire pressure a little higher than what is recommended.

                          If anybody else has these tires on their 2003 Celica GS, what tire pressure do you
                          keep them at? Before I call the service dept, I would like to hear some other owners
                          opinions first.
  • guitarzanguitarzan Posts: 632
    What is the MAX Pressure Rating of those tires?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    left too highly inflated by the selling dealership - a very common problem. Isn't max pressure 35 PSI for those tires? Lower them down so they do not exceed the max listed on the tire sidewall.

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

  • exit00exit00 Posts: 11
    The max air pressure on the side of the tires states 51psi. So 40psi that the dealer put in doesn't exceed the max, but it is still way over the 29psi that the car recommends. I've never put in more than 33 or so psi in any other Dunlop sport tire so 40psi seems extreme to me....

  • guitarzanguitarzan Posts: 632
    I like your thinking on this exit00, and I wish to add my 2 cents, which some of it is redundant. The tire pressure rating for the car, like you mentioned, is your main reference. That provides a balance of performance and comfort for that particular car. Adding pressure for better performance is possible, and may sacrifice some other things, like ride comfort, wet/snow traction, etc. I think I do what you typically do, and add a couple lbs all around.

    Approaching a tire's rated pressure is really not safe, as that pressure typically far exceeds the recommended pressure for that particular car.

    I'm curious as to how the ride is with 40psi. I'm thinking it is probably somewhat harsh.
  • 01r101r1 Posts: 280
    Set them to 29psi like the sticker says. They were at 40 psi for shipping, to keep from developing "flat" spots on the tires. The dealer's prep service that you probably paid extra for was supposed to deflate the tires to the sticker pressure. I wonder what else did they not do?
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