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Toyota Celica GT-S



  • bcloughbclough Posts: 97
    I would add, when you choose this car, think about how easily and safely a child seat can be put into it. The kid will, by law, have to ride in that seat for at least several years, until he weighs over 40 or 50 pounds. Don't set yourself up for a backbreaking five years.

    And, for what it's worth, this principle applies to everything else in your life too. You think where you're living now has enough room? Not when a kid arrives. For their size and weight, a baby takes up more room than you would believe possible.

  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    Hi! The Celica is a very nice car. But it's not the car for you and your household. With limited need something that will hold up for a long time and that doesn't need inconvenient repairs that can occur when you least expect it. My advice is to stick with a Toyota, or maybe even Honda. I think the Honda Civic is overpriced though for what you get. Corolla is a well-built solid car that will run forever. The 2002 is quite sporty...especially the front. You do need something with 4'll see why once you have the baby. Another recommendation I have is the Toyota ECHO. It starts at about $10,000. It's your basic extremely reliable transportation at an honest price. They may look odd....but that's why people like them. May look small....but has a huge interior. Engine is very peppy despite lower horsepower. Good luck on your search.
  • sunilbsunilb Posts: 407
    with a kid and all the accompanying stuff, I would suggest that you get a USED Camry (or better yet, Maxima) for around $10K. They'll run forever, be easy to maintain, safe, and the Maxima in SE trim can be a lot of fun to drive (I had a '91 Maxima SE, 5speed, that was a blast).
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    this discussion has been re-opened. Hope this is helpful.

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  • I'm thinking about replacing my V6 Firebird with a Celica GT-S sometime in the next 2 years (after my Firebird's warranty expires).

    My Firebird is great, but it is high maintenance and expensive with insurance.

    I hear that the GT-S has 180 hp. Does anyone know the torque? Do you have to use premium gas? And what's your general fuel economy?

    For my Firebird, I have 200 hp, 225 lb ft of torque, runs on regular fuel, and I get 24-26 mpg with mixed driving.

    The annoying thing about my car is that it is too wide, and the doors are too long, so I have to park far away from everyone else.

    Thanks in advance for the info.
  • marktestmarktest Posts: 43
    Crazygrrrl - The GTs is 180 hp @ 7,600 RPM and 130 ft-lb @ 6,800 RPM. If you go with the GTS, get the 6-speed manual. The automatic has NO guts, even the 6-speed is 0-60 in 7.2 sec. There is very little low end torque and the power doesn't come in until 6000 RPM. Then you pretty quickly hit the 7800 RPM limit.

    I have the automatic, which is why I recommend NOT getting it. The GTS does require premium fuel and I get an average of 25 MPG with about 29 MPG on the highway. It is reliable, good handling and braking - just not quick.
  • Thanks for the info.

    If I buy a Celica, it would have to be an automatic. A stick shift car would be too much of a hassle in my stop and go daily commute.
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    VW Golf/Jetta/New Beetle TDI (Diesel).

    90 bhp @ 3750 rpm
    155 lb-ft @ 1900 rpm.

    With the stick shift, during stop & go traffic, just play with the clutch. Release the clutch fully (no gas applied), it will idle along at 5 mph.

    Can't wait until I chip it.
  • brn2hvfnbrn2hvfn Posts: 1
    Does anyone know how much dealers expect for Adverstising on the GTS?
  • raybearraybear Posts: 1,795
    It can run about 1.5% of invoice before shipping, depending on where you are located.
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,238
    Anyone notice the auto tranny downshifting if you hit the brakes going down a hill? It's not the torque-converter either, it shows on the dash jumping from 4th to 3rd.

    Anyone have their rear window tinted? Had this done and can't see well through the tinting I think because the window is raked so steeply. Blurs everything, especially at night. Wondering if it's just the tinting that was used or what.
  • sergeissergeis Posts: 134
    Yes, it shifts down for engine braking in my GT2K.
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    IF you just got the window tinted, until it the tint is fully dried, it's going to look blurry at the defroster lines, in any car
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,238
    It's been about three weeks. The guy is going to look at it sometime this weekend. He's done all my vehicles and I've never had any issues and he always uses the same tint. It's almost like you can see texture in the film the angle I'm looking at it.
  • Until very recently, I had planned to buy a new GT-S. However, I have relocated to Chicago (from San Francisco), and suddenly how this car handles in the snow has become very important. Does anyone have any opinions about how this car handles in the snow? Thanks in advance.

    By the way, the other car I am considering is the Acura RSX.
  • sergeissergeis Posts: 134
    I drive it in Iowa and Indiana. I think it handles well, unless you go into deep snow. It is front wheel drive, pretty stable on ice.
    But I don't have problem winter-driving Grand Marquise either, it does not handle as well but you just account for that and drive more carefully.
  • boomn29boomn29 Posts: 189
    I have my back window and back-sides tinted with 5% limo tint. I did it myself, it's about the 5 car I've done and there is no blur. It will make it more difficult to see out of at night of course. One thing to be careful of is during the day when you have the moon roof open there can be a big mirrored glare through the rear-view mirror.
  • boomn29boomn29 Posts: 189
    It is FWD, but the factory tires are nothing close to all-season snow tires. This car wasn't made to travel well on snow, but neither is the RSX, so no help there.
    Like sergeis said, if you are aware of that, just compensate and drive carefully, you'll be fine.
    It is hard to let out the clutch in snow w/o spinning.
  • swinga7swinga7 Posts: 45
    was thinking about picking up a 2000 GTS but after all the smack I've read about the celica from people that own them I'm re-thinking it. so whats the final verdict? good car or not? compared to a 2000 integra gsr which would you choose?
  • wscc1wscc1 Posts: 21
    To answer some comments about the latest generation Celica GTS, note that I have 38000 miles on a 2000 GTS and live in the NY city/Westchester area.
    In regards to the car's handling in snow, on high performance summer tires it is terrible (as any car would be). Just touching the brakes on a half inch of snow brought on the antilock brakes. (By the way, the brakes are by far the most impressive feature of the car,)
    This past winer I went to snow tires all the round. It was better but I can't give a real evaluation since the area didn't have enough snow to make a real judgment. Remember the car is very light (about 2500 pounds). The AC is marginal, it works great at night and overcast days (even have to turn it down). However, it has a lot of difficulty with hot sunny days. Probably the results of sun soak - especially bad with my black car. The car is an excellent commuter vehicle (despite the poor rear vision with the standard spoiler and side view mirrors),
    but I'm sure I wouldn't keep as long as my previous car ('88 CRX-Si) since the transmission makes the car a very poor autocrosser. (I just can't get a clean 2-1 down shift and even up shifts are sometimes a problem).
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    every car I get into this summer has noticeably more effective A/C than my celica. It is not that the A/C is ineffective, just that 90 degree plus days when it has been sitting in the sun tax it to the max, and even after 15-20 minutes of running full blast, it is only just cooling down. In other cars, even other Toyotas like camry and 4Runner, I can feel like I am sitting in a fridge after 10 minutes of full blast A/C.

    Apart from that, it is everything I expected from it. This is my first summer with it, which is why I am just noticing it now.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • donkeedonkee Posts: 1
    My wife's 2001 Celica has the largest
    rear quarter panel blind spot I've ever experienced in any car I've driven the past 40 years. She missed seeing a car in that rear panel blindspot when changing lanes and swerved right to miss it when she finally saw the car through her side mirror. The car was so skittish when served right that she lost control of it and ended up in the highway median having flipped 3 times over and over completely demolishing the car. She was briised and battered but not seriously injured. This car is very dangerous because of that blind spot and steering sensitivity during accident avoidance manuvering.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    As with any car that handles as well as this one, you have to be careful about huge inputs into the steering, physics can not be supervened. And in this particular car, with the rearward vision as it is, you have to be very careful about backing up, lane changes, etc. But having had mine for a year now, I can say that with proper use of the side mirrors, it does not have to be dangerous to drive, or anything like that.

    I am glad your wife is OK!

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • boomn29boomn29 Posts: 189
    You can't rely on your rearview mirror in any vehicle, expecially the Celica. Just do a quick look over your shoulder. I do EVERY time and it's like second nature to me. It's much safer anyway!
  • 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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  • I currently own a 2001 Celica GT-S it has about 19,800 miles(majority Hwy mileage.) I recently blew the engine will down shifting to avoid an accident. The service rep. at the toyota service dept. stated that the timing belt a jumped a tooth and the all the pistons bent in the engine. He says he has only seen this once before. If anyone out there has had this problem please reply. Very Important!!!
  • muffin_manmuffin_man Posts: 865
    Did you miss-shift? That seems to be a very common problem with Celica's because of the nature of the gearbox. I recommend visiting, because I know (not personally) that a lot of people have made the same mistake.

    Just out of curiosity, how would downshifting help you avoid an accident?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    a common problem for GTS's, with the extra-close gears, people downshift to 2 instead of 4, and redline the engine, blowing it up in the process. Supposedly, they redesigned the '02 gearbox so it could not do this. Toyota might have some assistance for the people in pre-'02s, since they formally recognized the problem.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • muffin_manmuffin_man Posts: 865
    It sounds like Toyota was fixing a lot of engines for miss-shifts, but I don't think they recognized any sort of defect. It was always user error.
  • Well I thought by downshifting it would slow the car down faster than just using the brakes. This is my first manual car(that is what I was taught to do by a friend, not good advice I guess.)Well at this present moment my Toyota Service Dept. is waiting for a Toyota Rep. to look at my cars engine, to check for any defects. But for one thing I didn't mis-shift, I went from 6-5-4 and the engine made a loud noise and then it cut-off. I really can't say how loud it was because I had a AEM Cold Intake installed and a HKS Hiper Cat-Back. With those two items you really can't hear the engine. Thanks to everyone that gave me info.
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