Drive — Toyota Celica Used Car Review

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David Morley

Rating: 3 out of 5

Make Toyota Family Series ZZT231R MY03 2005 Badge Description SX 2 Seats 4 Transmission Manual Configuration Description In-line Num 6 Cylinders 4 Build Country Description JAPAN Car Size Fuel Type Description — Premium ULP Drive Front Wheel Drive KM 100000

It seems a bit hard to now, but the Japanese manufacturers once a hotbed of sporty, coupes.

But as the global financial took hold, one by one, the brands started ditching type of car.

A growing among such manufacturers that once-popular cars as the Honda Prelude, Nissan and Mazda RX-8 all went the way of pants and six-inch-wide ties.

And also have to include in roll-call the Toyota Celica.

The had, at various times, the affordable Japanese coupe It had also had its down-times, but the very Celica, which launched in late 1999, was actually a capable performance car, certain limitations.

In many it followed the formula pretty it was front-wheel-drive and used a four-cylinder But rather than take a approach to the question of engine and ride and handling, the latter-day was all business.

For a start, the Camry-derived of the previous-model Celica (which 2.2 litres) was replaced by a much engine (just 1.8 litres). But it lacked in capacity, it made up for in because the 100kW of the old engine was eclipsed by the 140kW of the smaller, unit.

You could opt for a four-speed automatic but that engine was wasted if you did so, and the car for the six-speed manual it was most teamed with.

The point was you had to drive the Celica pretty for it to deliver much of its potential. Get in and it was great fun with a super-sharp end and that wailing engine, but it lazily and it could feel lethargic and harsh-riding.

The suspension was and short-travel which meant it great on a race-track, but also it can be pretty uncomfortable on typical suburban roads and over humps.

In safety terms, the is no shining light when with modern cars. It side-curtain air-bags and even in its most basic form, and the seating position lacks a seat-belt.

Mechanically, we’re Toyota so there isn’t a lot to report. Not compared with highly tuned cars other makers, anyway.

But the banshee nature of the little you’d really want to that it had been serviced good-quality oil and filters all its life, it works hard most of the Also, the variable valve involves lots of small, oilways that will become clogged with if oil changes have been Any rattling or clicking noises the top of the engine are bad news in this

We’ve also heard of a few who have experienced oil consumption in versions of the car but, really, is a function of the way the engine works than any manufacturing or design Engines tuned to this and revved hard are all likely to use a oil between services and in that the is not alone.

Rather, the problem seems to be as we’ve become accustomed to that need no top-ups oil-changes, we suddenly get spooked the level on the dipstick falls a few weeks of running. The trick is to an eye on the oil level every week or so and add a little when required. Ask grandad about it; we all used to to do it once upon a time.

this model Celica was so and track-focused, it tended to attract a new of Celica owner; one that thrash it mercilessly, often at a So try to find one that has led a more life, but be aware that all have seen redline of times in their lives.

Be wary of a modified car. A big was popular, as were tweaks to the management to extract a little Often, though, this no real performance gains, a thirst for fuel (and the preferred 95-RON unleaded) and a in longevity, legality and insurability.

The was also raced in production-car but an ex-race car should be pretty to spot with roll-cage in the floor and plenty of evidence of paint scuffing and wheels bear the scars of a thousand changes.

An early batch of Celicas was for a potential brake-fluid leak at the master cylinder. Corrosion apparently enter the area of the and lead to a leak which, in could have caused a of brakes. Cars with dates from July to June 2000 were

A second recall for cars between March and November involved a potentially faulty in the fuel system which have played hell the fuel flow.

In both a Toyota dealer will be to identify affected cars and whether they’ve been or not, but it remains that the the build-date you can afford, the more the car is going to be hassle-free, if only the previous owner has had less to examine the red zone of the tachometer.

Our would be a post-2003 car purely that brings it in at under 10 of age. Even Toyotas last forever.

Our rating: 3/5

and bolts

Engine/s: 1.8-litre

Transmissions: 4-auto/6-man

Fuel (combined): 8.1 litres per 100km

rating (courtesy of www.howsafeisyourcar.com.au): 3 (Used-Car Safety Ratings)

engine loves a rev and delivers if you the effort

Slick six-speed works perfectly

Brilliant chassis is best on a smooth

Still looks pretty

Automatic version is a waste of Perfect for those without a

Ride can be firm in real-world

Rorty engine can feel unless you really flog it

Has it been crashed? Very

Mazda RX-8 – The last of the rotary engine and, underwhelming. Felt gutless and mini-doors at the rear were value only. Like the the auto version is punishment for who won’t learn to drive a 2.5 stars

Nissan 350Z – The of the Zed-car marked a real driving experience. V6 is strong but and about as refined as Schoolies on the Gold Coast. Ride in versions was shockingly harsh. 3

Hyundai Tiburon – A better-than-average from Hyundai gave us a of the brand’s potential. V6 was potent and the styling out-there enough to the car stand out. Not too many though. 3 stars

What to pay of Glass’s Guide):

Model New Now


SX 2004 $42,700 $11,800

SX $41,000 $13,200

SX 2006 $14,800

ZR 2004 $48,100

ZR 2005 $46,400 $14,300

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ZR $46,400 $16,200

8 comments so far

The gasp of the rotary engine frankly, underwhelming. Felt and rear-hinged mini-doors at the rear novelty value only.

not as brutal as the twin turbo FD it is certainly not gutless if you know how to it (maybe that’s your No argument about low torque

The rear doors are fantastic if fact it’s almost you have never driven let alone with 4 people in it yeah, it really is a genuine 4

Makes your whole of the Celica questionable.

Commenter Location Date and time 29, 2013, 3:54PM

I love engines for their amazing But i hate their fuel and unreliability. Trust me i’ve lotza motza on my batmobile. integra dc2 type r i’d has the best fwd chassis ever eclipsing even the latest megane rs. I’ve driven integra and megane rs and integra the cake in term of overall Give it a turbo and it could outdo lots of rwd monsters out

Commenter rotary engine and hater Location Wagga and time April 04, 2013,

David, thanks for the review. it seems to me that you have not sat in this car — celica not have a centre rear Hope this is not a cut and paste taken from the internet?

Mike Location Date and March 29, 2013, 8:36PM

yours doesn’t have centre seat, coz my 2006 but it’s a almost dog seat. really uncomfortable.

Commenter Location Date and time 05, 2013, 1:55PM

Honda is surely worth a mention as a

Commenter nick.d Location and time April 04, 2013,

Considering the last generation of Prelude was produced from it is an older design than last model Celica. you are right in that the two cars competitors for most of their lives. and the Prelude is better any Celica.

Commenter skwirril Location and time April 08, 2013,

How can you not mention the final Honda as a competitor? It was built over the period of time and is a front drive four cylinder car that loves to rev. it was not mentioned because the Celica is outclassed by it (at least in Type R / S guise).

The 350Z / RX8 are a bit more both in terms of price and in comparison to the Celica, but the Tiburon is on the

Commenter skwirril Location and time April 07, 2013,

You’re defiinitely right. article is poorly researched. back to journalism 3.21a!

In my however, DC2 type r integra takes the crown. Show me a FWD car double wishbones frontback days.

Commenter rotary lover and hater Location Date and time April 08, 9:50AM

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