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Toyota Celica (Hatchbacks / All Years)

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  • I purchased my GT back in September and love the way it handles. I decided on the Celica because I liked the way it looked, knew that it handled well and gave great gas mileage,which is great for me since I commute about ninety miles a day. I decided on the GT rather than GTS because all the GTS' that were available in eastern Mass. had sunroofs, and I being long of torso, needed it sans sunroof. I got it with the spoiler, mats and foglight package which was enuff gingerbread for me, especially since it would have cost me several grand more for the GTS, even if one was available without the sunroof. Anyhoo, the alloy wheel package wasn't available on this one, so I figure when spring rolls around, I'll buy some aftermarket wheels and tires to replace the 15 inch numbers. I'm toying with buying either sixteen inch (as offered in the GT-S)or go really crazy and buy the seventeen-inchers. Have any of you had any experience with this type of thing?
  • dash cleaning

    actually armor all is a great choice since the dash is rigid and scuffs easily. you can buy the low gloss armor all if you don't like the shine.

    ABS help
    If the light never comes on then you probably don't have ABS, but I think the dealer could easily check it out for you at no charge.

    aftermarket wheels
    I got the hubcaps too cause I didn't like factory alloy package. I found that the price difference between 16" and 17" wheels/tires was very small, so I went with 17" Focal F5's. I got 4 new rims from ebay for $600. I haven't gotten tires yet so I can't tell you about the ride, but 17" wheels provide a much more dramatic look than 16" wheels. I'm going with 215/45/17 size tires which start around $100 each. Make sure you pay attention to wheels weight when selecting a rim. Getting those heavy looking designs can kill performance. Focal's are made for racing and my 17"'s weigh 22lb. They feel incredibly light.
    You can check'em out at www.focalwheels.com
  • thanx :)coupe2001, for the info. re: armour all and my dash.
  • Hi guys, just leased a 2000 GAS 6-speed.

    I'm sure I read in the manual specifically NOT to use products like Armor All on the interior plastics.

    The steering on this car is really excellent! Brakes are wonderful also. And, I have found the inclement weather handling is very, very good! I had 2 Aura's before this, and they were terrible in the snow.

    I'm going to ask my sales lady about the shocks for the hatch. The hatch is dropping during this cold weather. Unacceptable for such a price tag. Also, the DC skips a great deal.

    Man, this car is a cooker. Everyone is looking at it. I'm not used to that. You know what, the front does have a Ferrari kind of style to it, don't you think?

    The 6-speed didn't take as long as I thought to get to know. I've been driving for 1 week, and have gotten comfortable. Of course, I'm still in the breaking period. I cannot wait for that 1,000 mile mark, so that I can try my best at some rapid downshifts. It can be easy to go to 2nd rather than 4th. I am already comfortable with this shift doing a normal shift. I don't think it will take too long to get comfortable with a fast shift. We'll see.
  • Bad mods Edmund's made in my post: GTS, 2 "Acuras", "CD", "looker", "break-in or breakin"

    Sorry.
  • Thanx, coupe2001. I agree the 17 inch wheels are a lot more dramatic. I'm curious if it affects handling much. When you cite the weight, I would think you mean to go for a more "open" syle with spokes that are widely spaced rather than close together, yes? I'll definitely keep that in mind as I browse for what's available.
  • coupe2001coupe2001 Posts: 100
    The owners manual does say, "Don't allow dash protectants like armor all to seep behind your dash". I have always applied armor all on a towel and then applied it to the surface. Personally, I would not want anything to seep behind my dash.
    Lots of Celica owners use Armor All. In fact, it is recommended to avoid scuffing the somewhat hard interior. Armor all doesn't have corosive ingredients. It is water based and will not harm any plastic.
  • coupe2001coupe2001 Posts: 100
    yep, open spoke designs are the lightest, but they can be deceiving. check the wheel weight before you purchase. e-mailing the manufacturer is the easiest way to find out.

    As far as handling, I did test drive the Lexus IS300 during one of the Edmunds LIVE events. That car comes equipped with 17" wheels with 215/45 series tires. That car was very agile, you could really feel the road, but it wasn't harse. The ride just instilled confidence. Of course, the Lexus is a different car, but they are both Toyota designs and have sport tuned suspensions.
  • 00gts00gts Posts: 42
    Here's an extensive list of aftermarket wheels that lists manufacturing method, size, and weight: http://www.home.earthlink.net/~cvlocas/wheels.html

    You can check out http://www.tirerack.com to see which wheels will fit your car. The best part is that it lets you see what the wheels will actually look like on your car!
  • hey celica owners--whats up? i kniw u guys are partial to the celica, and hey its an awesome vehicle so i cant blame u. im finally in the market for some mean set of wheels after years of savings. Having trouble deciding.

    Im looking at the Celica GTS vs. Mustang GT--

    I love the Celica's looks but i love the Mustang GT's muscle--

    I was wondering how you guys and gals thought the two compared-- i would really appreciate anyones input--
    thanks all---enjoy ur ride
  • Is it possible at all to get a Celica GT-S in Yellow?

    On the japanese celica website they show a yellow one, but I have never seen any possiblility of getting them in the states.

    Any clue?
  • coupe2001coupe2001 Posts: 100
    nope, it's not an option. i wanted yellow too. weird they will make the mr2 spyder in yellow, but no celica. i guess they would have to eliminate one of the other color choices, which would probably be carbon blue, but that color is very popular. maybe in 2002, but that's a hella long wait.

    re: brooklyn kid
    Drive both: If you like the Mustang GT, make sure you get the 100,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty.
  • guitarzanguitarzan Posts: 632
    Yellow sells really poorly, that's at least one reason for not currently offering it. My sister had a yellow Celica, not sure, around a '98. Everyone loves to look at them, but few will buy it.

    I'm trying to recall...I think she said the yellow didn't hold up well. I think it was like black, you have to pay it lots of attention, and I'm sure she didn't.
  • Okay, so i am not really convinced that i should be using armor all to clean my dash. I used some on the passenger side door and where i used it seems to be a bit darker now. Does this makes sense ? and do i really want to do the whole dash, making it a shade darker ???? Help !!
  • I am now serious about selling my wifes 2000 GT-S

    and thought I'd give the group a shot at it b4 I

    try eBay. It is a 6-speed that has just had a new

    transmission dealer installed. I also had a flat

    tire last week, so it also has a new pair of front

    tires. It has the alarm, sunroof, CD changer,

    floor mats, spoiler, 16" wheels, and wireless en-

    try. It just turned 16K miles, 7500 were on a trip

    out West. Oil change every 1500 miles. $19000 and

    will deliver within 200 miles of Kankakee, Il. The

    color is white w/ black cloth interior. Send me e-

    mail at kurt@oddjob.uchicago.edu..
  • guitarzanguitarzan Posts: 632
    Forgive me if you said earlier, but I am new to my GTS and to this discussion: Did your car have a bad tranny, or possibly, did you guys miss a downshift and blow her up?
  • roadroachroadroach Posts: 131
    He's trying to sell a car. Do you think he's gonna admit a missed shift resulted in a blown tranny (and the associated possiblity of some bent valves)? All he HAS to admit to is the tranny's been replaced.

    I'd be more interested in why he's selling.

    BTW, I heard the news......bummer.....
  • My celica is a 2001 St, automatic. Is it okay to drive in over drive at all times, or should I take it out of over drive when I am not on the freeway but on surface streets with lots of traffic signals ?? Just wondering...
  • hbarkhbark Posts: 26
    Remember me, I had ordered a Celica from Japan back in August? Well it's on a truck somewhere between the Port of New York and the dealer in Cherry Hill NJ, hopefully I'll get it this weekend, woo-hoo!
  • 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!

    Brenda
  • 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
    http://www.vtec.net/pics/02/rsx/rsx-02.jpg

    http://a332.g.akamai.net/7/332/936/0001/www.edmunds.com/pictures/42326.jpg

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

    http://www.vtec.net/pics/02/rsx/rsx-04.jpg

    http://a332.g.akamai.net/7/332/936/0001/www.edmunds.com/pictures/42328.jpg

    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.

    hbark
    i though you ordered your car in September. I ordered mine September 22nd, and I though yours was a week after me.
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