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The Toyota Celica Standard is one of the more practical coupes available. Although it is arguably slightly slow acceleration wise, it is fun to drive and well designed, both inside and out.

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      19.05.2013 19:07
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      Well bolted together, great engine, well equipped, reliable.

      I'm now on my third Toyota Celica. The previous two were the Gen 6 model and I rustled together the funds to buy a Gen 7, which is my current car.

      From the moment that you open the driver's door, the build quality is apparent: solid, frameless doors that close with a reassuring thud. A well appointed interior with a mix of analog instruments and a partial LCD panel.

      The engine in mine is the well proven 1.8 VVTi unit producing 140BHP and proves capable for most everyday situations, mated to a slick, 6 speed gearbox. It's rapid enough to sprint down a slip road on to the motorway without being silly in the fuel economy stakes.

      In terms of practicality, the Celica is difficult to beat for a sports coupe. With the rear seats folded down, the boot load area becomes huge; so much so, that trips to the local DIY store are possible without searching for a neighbour's Volvo estate!

      So, if you're on the look out for a sports coupe that can nearly double as a family car, look no further...

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      11.01.2012 21:30

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      Futuristic looking reliable sports coupe

      I purchased an W reg 1.8 140bhp toyota celica several years ago and found it to be a comfortable ride without the pure speed and handling you might expect from the looks. It still looks a fresh design even after all the years it has been in production with its futuristic lines and low slung purposeful front end. I found it to be very reliable as you would expect from a japanese car manufacturer with only a set of brake pads required in two years of steady motoring. Due to its rather restrained performance the mpg i found to be actually respectable, frequently in the mid 30`s, not so bad for a sports coupe. There is a decent amount of rear lugagge space if you drop the rear seats and I was able to fit a flat pack book case in there when I was moving house.

      The main problem is a relativly minor one, but day to day is really annoying, and thats the boot. More specifically the boot struts. If you have the optional spoiler then the boot struts are simply not strong enough to keep the boot open! Many times I tried to put shopping in the boot and got whacked on the head! Something to look out for!

      All in all this is a great looking car with decent performance that won`t let you down and will not break the bank. Its also still one of the best looking cars out on the road.

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      25.06.2011 14:33
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      A great, fun and practical coupe!

      Toyota Celica 1.8 VVTI 140bhp

      INTRODUCTION

      These new Iphones present a certain danger to ones financial health nowadays due to the fact that the owner has the potential to walk around with a lot more than just a phone in his or her pocket. For example, I have apps such as Ebay, Amazon, Play.com, The Lotto and Just Eat on my Iphone which are all readily available at any time of the day or night wherever I might be. It was one day last year that I sat at home bored and decided to take a look in the "apps store" on my Iphone. Whilst browsing I suddenly stumbled across an app for Autotrader and immediately downloaded it. Three weeks later I had increased my debts by another £4000.00 and was the proud owner of a black Toyota Celica. In the coming weeks I would soon come to find that this was money well spent.

      As mentioned above I have had my Toyota Celica for around a year now and I must stress that it is the best car that I have ever owned. It gives me a nice comfortable driving experience and has great performance when it is needed. In my opinion the Toyota Celica looks great and handles very well too. When driven carefully I get relatively good fuel consumption from it so it isn't always like driving around constantly looking for a petrol station. Particularly important nowadays with our current ridiculous fuel costs.

      LOOKS

      Ok, so lets start with the looks. This shape Celica is the seventh generation of the Toyota Celica series. It was first released all the way back in 1999, but its futuristic sporty shape keeps it looking modern and up to date. I'm sure that most of us know what the Toyota Celica looks like as they aren't a rare car at all, but for your benefit I have uploaded plenty pictures of mine so that you can see what I am talking about.
      For the Toyota Celica my favourite colour has to be black, so long as it is kept clean. My Celica is black and looks amazing when it has been cleaned well and waxed with a good quality carnauba wax. If neglected though black soon looks dirty and if I am honest its quite a high maintenance colour for any car. I have recently grown quite fond of the silver Toyota Celica's and I think that silver would be an attractive option when buying one.
      If you take a look at any pictures I am sure you will agree that the Celica's shape is hiding its age somewhat. In some pictures you are actually looking at a nine to twelve year old car and don't forget that this shape was released way back in 1999. A shape that still looks quite current for one developed twelve years ago. Toyota have clearly produced a shape to last with this generation of Celica.


      COST

      The price of a Toyota Celica varies from place to place but they are generally quite reasonably priced now. I bought my Celica last year for £4500.00. For my money I got a Celica on an 02 plate with 55,000 miles on the clock. It had two previous owners and a full service history (in fact it has actually been over-serviced). The car had no damage and no previous problems. I got a 12 month used car warranty, full service and a new MOT pass certificate plus 6 months road tax. The Celica I bought had a few extras with it as it was bought with the "sport pack" which included things such as a Sony CD player, electric sunroof and rear spoiler etc.
      If you shop about I would imagine that you could find a Celica similar to mine with the same miles for around the £4000 mark today (June 2011).

      RUNNING COSTS?

      Ill start by talking about the major cost of running any car, fuel. The review for this Celica is based on the 1.8 litre engine. Toyota Celica's have a 55 litre fuel tank and take unleaded petrol. To fill this tank from empty at today's average petrol price of 136.09 pence per litre would cost just short of £75.00. This sounds quite scary to me if I'm honest! Lets work out how long this would last or how far you should get from a full tank.
      55 litres is 12.1 gallons, so if we work on the Toyota Celica's average fuel economy for combined urban/extra urban driving of 36.7 mpg, a full tank should get you 444.07 miles. For urban driving the fuel economy is 27.4 mpg which should get you 331.54 miles. Finally, the fuel economy for extra urban driving is 45.6 mpg which works out as 551.76 miles from a full tank.
      Just for fun lets try something really scary and work out how much you would spend in a year if you drive 11000 miles at 36.7 mpg. Oooofffttt! 11000 miles at 36.7 mpg when the cost of fuel is 136.09 pence per litre is an annual cost of £1854.35.
      Try working this out for your own car at http://www.fuel-economy.co.uk/calc.shtml

      Another major running cost if you are my age or similar is insurance. The 140bhp Toyota Celica falls into insurance group 13. For me this means an annual premium of £550.00 fully comprehensive, that's with two years no claims discount and I am 24 years old. I do have an occupation which lowers my insurance premium a lot but for now I find swiftcover the cheapest.

      For road tax costs my latest tax disc just reminded me that I paid £200.00 for twelve months tax in march 2011. That stings a bit.

      HANDLING

      This is an area of the review which I am reasonably well experienced enough to comment on. Driving cars fast is all part and parcel of my job and I have been doing this for four and a half years now. Driving quickly and well in excess of the speed limits is something I do daily at work (legally) and during this time I have driven a number of different vehicles with different qualities in handling. Being trained to drive fast safely including skid-car training has helped give me a good understanding of car handling too.
      The seventh generation Toyota Celica is now only available in front-wheel drive. The drive is comfortable and very pleasant when driven carefully and with consideration. It has the right amount of power when it is needed for overtaking and feels like driving a low seated saloon car. If you put your foot down you can bring the car to life. When driven hard the handling is exceptional but you will need to keep the revs high in order to keep the car lively. Between 4000 and 7000 rpm the car sounds great. On country roads this car tackles corners enthusiastically and goes around them as if attached to railroad tracks. There is very little lean in this car as its suspension is a bit harder than an ordinary car and it is lower to the ground making its centre of gravity closer to the road. I really like this quality when on winding country roads as they can be navigated quickly and comfortably in a nice stable car which always feels flat to the ground.
      As I said earlier this car is front wheel drive so the usual type of skid you would expect if over pushed will be a front wheel skid (or under steer). When navigating tight corners or round-a-bouts on wet roads it is fairly easy to induce a minor front wheel skid or under steer if you are driving too quickly. This of course is not desirable but only happens if the car is driven dangerously or overly hard in the wet. I have found this car to be very safe and more than stable when driven properly, I am merely trying to explain that the car has enough power to cause this to happen with a careless foot. On dry country roads I have found my Celica to have excellent road holding.
      The steering is nicely responsive in the Toyota Celica and the stability is excellent. You can expect a comfortable drive in a Celica and not too much of this comfort is lost when we get onto those quiet country roads and increase the speed a little bit. Compared to the handling of other cars which I have driven hard at work I consider the handling of the Toyota Celica to be excellent.


      PERFORMANCE

      The acceleration of the Toyota Celica from standing feels a bit tepid and that's because it is. 0 - 62 miles per hour takes the Celica 8.7 seconds which is fairly slow for a coupe. The Variable Valve Timing Intelligent (VVT-i) engine must be revved hard to get the most from its performance. The Celica does have enough power to provide fun and does so when driven in the upper third of its rev range. When driven in this manner you can feel the car pulling hard out of corners and during overtaking.
      The Toyota Celica has a maximum speed of 127.31 miles per hour (205 kilometres per hour). It has a six speed gearbox and in my opinion the gear changes are smooth.
      All in all it manages to deliver a decent driving experience with plenty of power in reserve for fun when you need it.


      PRACTICALITY

      The boot space is a fairly large size for a coupe (see photo) and this is helped due to the fact that this car has a hatchback rather than a small boot lid. I have had fifteen bags of food shopping in the boot on one occasion. On top of this the rear seats fold down for extra room and a more practical choice when buying a coupe. I have also transported a coffee table in my Celica with the rear seats folded down. The inside offers as many cup holders as seats and a couple of extra little storage compartments. The glove box isn't anything special in terms of size but there is an extra storage box above the radio which has a door and I use this to keep my phone and wallet out of view. There is another storage box at the rear of the centre console for a few extra small items you might want to hide from view.



      COMFORT

      The two rear seats are seriously restricted to accommodating either children or really small adults. Legroom is minimal and the long sloping rear windscreen decreases the headroom the further back it gets and it's not so easy to access. The front seats are very comfortable and full leather is standard.
      Behind the wheel I find a sporty environment with a leather seat in a low-slung position. I find that I get plenty of support from the drivers seat and the height can be adjusted. The controls are really well placed around a nice leather grip steering wheel. The view in the interior mirror is good and there is only a minor obstruction from the spoiler.
      On the motorway some of the road noise does permeate through into the inside of the car and driving like this is not particularly quiet.
      Getting in and out of the car is only a little harder than a normal car as it is a bit lower to the ground. I find that I lean in as far as I can then just drop to the seat when getting in. Getting out needs just a little more effort than usual but you soon get used to it.

      SAFETY

      The Toyota Celica has four SRS airbags. One in the steering wheel, one in front of the front passenger and one in each of the front seats which explode forwards to separate the driver/passenger from the door windows. The Celica also benefits from an anti lock braking system.
      All Celica's have remote central locking, fitted alarm systems and an immobiliser. I have noticed that whilst washing my car it automatically locks itself after a few minutes but I am not sure if this is standard.
      Toyota didn't put the Celica through any EuroNCAP crash tests, so it has no rating.

      SUMMARY

      The Toyota Celica is a fantastic car and I would not hesitate to recommend it to friends. It is one of the more practical coupe cars and is fun to drive. Please view my photographs which I have submitted to supplement this review.

      I hope that this review has been helpful, thank you for reading and if you have any further questions please message me.

      Martin.

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        11.10.2010 23:04

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        Expensive to run but worth the sacrifice

        I recently decided to stop buying new small cars and went down a few years and up a few horsepower. My 2000 Celica, standard model has been on the road a few months with me now and I've discovered a few quirks, but also a few thousand miles of trouble free driving.

        Firstly, changing headlights on this model is NOT easy. It involves removing both battery and coolant tank, taking a lot more time and elbow grease than any car I've previously owned.

        Secondly, not many stockists keep Celica parts in stock, meaning a wait of at least a day to get your parts.

        And, as anyone thinking of buying this model needs to know before a test drive, it is powerful sore on both petrol and oil, and the parcel shelf is badly engineered and will need a little tweaking to eliminate a very annoying rattle! After a lot of searching I found a set of rubber chocks on ebay which solve this problem.

        That said, once you have come round to the fact that a 1.8 litre, 140 Bhp vehicle will average around 28 Mpg (a little low in my experience) and that this model will use around a litre of engine oil per 800 mile, (a common problem up to the 2003 facelift model) and accepted these facts, you will certainly enjoy driving such a striking motor.

        Kitted out with a set of 18 inch Chrome's, my ten year old red Celica still turns heads!

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        29.05.2009 23:07
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        It is a very good car with the looks of a sports car and purposeful as a hatchback.

        Toyota Celica VVTi (variable valve timing) 2000- 2005 is the seventh generation of Celica's. I bought my second hand black car in 2002 for £11000. On an average you can buy the second hand cars now for £6500-I think it's still one of the best looking mid range cars. Its performance is outstanding and drives brilliantly.

        Specifications-
        It is a 2 door hatch back coupe and comes in 2 trims- GT and GTS. Its engine size is 1.8 litre with the horsepower of 140bhp. It has 6 gears and mine is a manual car with front wheel drive. Its goes from 0 to 60 mph in 8.7 seconds and not too great when starting from 1st gear in signals. Its top speed is 127 mph and I have actually managed to drive mine upto 120 mph in motorways quite easily but I wouldn't advice everyone to try it if you are not comfortable! The fuel tank capacity is 55 litres and it can easily drive for 250 motorway miles with this. It has 16 inch alloy wheels.

        Interior-
        Air conditioning, power mirrors, electric windows, sunroof, ABS brakes, tilt steering, and CD stereo were all standard inclusions. Its leather upholstery makes its look more elegant and cleaning very easy. The front panel looks well organised with all buttons placed at the right place and distance. The temperature and the radio/cd controls are in the right distance. Its small and sturdy gear is easy to handle. It is a 6 geared manual car. Its reverse gear application is very different from the other gears handling, so you wont put reverse even by mistake! The steering wheel also has leather covering and its height can be positioned at three places making it adjustable for different height people.

        It has 4 airbags. Therefore you cannot put a child/baby seat in the front passenger seat unless you get the airbag removed/inactivated. It's back seats are quite spacious and has enough leg space. I put my child seat at the backseat although there isn't a good visibility from there (windows are too small) but still he likes being in this car than the other big cars. I feel much safer when the child's in back seat (of coupes) as there is no window or door for them to meddle with.

        I have had it for 7 years and there has not been any major problem with the car until now. I have changed the wipers, tyres, brake discs and had some small repairs on it but still is not noisy inside while driving. Toyotas are known for their reliability and least breakdowns.

        Celica has a front engine when compared to the Toyota MR2 which means there is a good boot space. It takes in a child's pram easily with still space available for 2 small bags. Celica and MR2 were two of the best looking cars but unfortunately Toyota has stopped manufacturing both these cars. So buy a good second hand car now before it gets too old.

        It is a very good car with the looks of a sports car and purposeful as a hatchback.

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        25.09.2005 17:53
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        Flash, reliable, cheap to run ....and fun!

        After my gorgeous Alfa 156 blew up on the M6 I had to get something else with similair qualities ....but reliable!

        So ... I bought an early 2003 Celica 1.8 VVTi from Culvers in Stockport (excellent experience) with 14K miles on the clock. That was 14 months & a big 36,000 miles ago, mainly motorway driving. Happy to report it is totally reliably and has never let me down.

        Like the Alfa, and unlike many Euro-box vanilla saloons / MPV's I could have gone for, it's the sort of car you actually look forward to driving. Great looks, superb handling, super-smooth on motorways, very comfortable over long distances & OK economy. Add the boring bits (big boot for a coupe, fairly cheap insurance, cheap to service, no rattles or squeaks) and it's a winner all round.

        It's been totally reliable ... though it does have a high pitch whine in 6th gear on the motorway. I reckon it could be a worn syncromesh but the dealers can't find anything wrong & it's covered by warranty anyhow. It's had 3 x 10,000 mile services at £150, £95 & £195 respectively which is good value. Note: do ring around as prices differ considerably between Toyota dealers!

        Minus points: it's not quick enough low down in the rev range, only gets going above 3500 rpm ..... but then the engine starts to sound thrashy at high revs. This contasts to the Alfa which sounded glorious at the red-line. Don't go trying to burn-off Mini Coopers, chavs in their Nova's etc. at the lights or you'll be embarassed. The interior is a bit drab and plasticky and soon gets scarred. Lovely low-slung driving position however.

        All-in-all an excellent car especially if, like me, you want a flash car which can cope with big mileages. In fact, my warranty runs out early '06 and I will be trading in for another one. No better recommendation than that!

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          17.06.2001 01:48
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          When my uncle decided to buy a new car, I recommended him to buy a Toyota Celica. It was like it's name sleek-a. It looked very cool and knowing Toyota, it was probably very reliable and very good value for money. Everytime I saw it on the street, I always glanced at it and looked at it in admiration. So, this seemed like the perfect car to buy. He went off to the nearest Toyota Garage and test drove the Celica. He loved it. It was extremely smooth, extremely comfortable and best of all, the steering wheel was easy to use (a must for my uncle). So, sleek, easy to park, good looking, economical, confortable, smooth...absolutely brilliant sports car. Here is some facts and figures to do with the Toyota Celica: Adjustable steering rake Alarm Alloy Wheels Anti-lock brakes CD Player Central Locking Climate Control Driver's airbag Electric front windows Electric mirrors Electric sunroof Heated mirrors Immobiliser Leather seats Locking wheel nuts Passenger airbag Power steering RDS Radio Remote central locking Seat height adjust. Seatbelt pretensioners Side airbags Side impact bars Split-fold rear seats Maximum Speed 140 0-60 mph seconds 7.4 30 - 70 mph seconds Power: bhp/rpm 189/7800 Pulling Power/torque (lb ft)/rpm 133/6800

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            After carefully considering the options I decided that the trusty Passat 1.8T had to go in favour of a smaller, sportier car. Not that I’ve been un-happy with the old VW - It was comfortable, reliable, and for its size, economical, but I no longer had a need for a car that was at it’s best on long motorway journeys. I was after something that would be a pleasure to drive on the twisty stuff. I read the motor magazines and narrowed down my choices to the Audi TT or the Toyota Celica. The Audi was tempting me as I hoped that it would share many of the virtues of the VW. However, even the cheapest TT Coupe was £4K more than the most expensive Celica, and I was very very happy with a Corolla I once owned, so I thought I’d give the Toyota a go first. The only car available in my area for a test drive was a standard 140 model but I figured that that was close enough to get the feel of the car. The build quality was superb, apart from a cheap plastic used for the centre console. But after the beautifully finished interior of the Passat I was having doubts. These disappeared as soon as I noted the ideal driving position with all the controls falling perfectly to hand. The seats were beautifully supportive, and other than the centre console the interior finish was good. In the front there was plenty of space and it didn't feel too cramped, but without trying the rear seats I could see that there wasn't much room back there. The boot seemed pretty big for a sports car. Not quite room for a set of golf clubs, but the rear seats could be folded down to make quite a lot more room if necessary. No surprise that Toyota don't see this car as remotely similar to the MR2 then! On starting the engine I was hooked. The four cylinder unit burst into life with a beautiful roar, and was noticeable, without being too intrusive. The gearbox was also a pleasure with the gears being easily selected with a small fl
            ick of the lever. The test drive was a hoot. We started with a quick 5 mile blast up the motorway, followed by some more pleasurable twists and turns. It was immediately clear that correct gear choice was imperative if the Celica was going to perform. This took some getting used to after the remarkably wide torque band of the VW Turbo. The Celica was a complete contrast, needing to be given revs, lots of them, before it would sing. If you’re looking for something that you can stick in gear and tootle along in then this isn’t the car for you. You need to be prepared to think ahead and be in the right gear at the right time. When changing down to accelerate, don’t just think of going down a gear. In 6th gear it can be necessary to go down 3 gears to really get the engine going. I’d heard that at motorway speeds the car could be noisy, but at 70mph it seemed fine to me, and I didn’t even have the stereo on. Even in 6th gear we were doing more revs than the Passat would have been doing in top at that speed, but it didn’t seem to be too bad. On the twists, the handling was a real pleasure. The ride wasn’t uncomfortably hard in any way, and yet the steering and suspension was letting me know exactly what was going on.

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            26.01.2001 17:13

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            Not only does the Celica Cabriolet look good with the hood up, but there’s a sexy aggression to the nose treatment that will get you noticed. But clambering into the Toyota after soft-top rivals like the Saab 900 Turbo and BMW 328i is like wandering into a burger joint after the Savoy. It’s downmarket, and there’s plastic everywhere. Build quality is not all it could be while wind and engine noise are more noticeable. The leather seats are narrow while the rear is cramped. Boot space is OK, provided you don’t mind the high load lip and have left the tonneau cover at home. The Toyota’s hood is complicated. Each window must be lowered by its own switch, a slow and noisy job. After the two retaining clips are undone, the Toyota’s electric motors fold the hood away, but the plastic tonneau cover must be fitted manually. The Celica is not at its best in a traffic jam thanks to a jerky transmission. And in this company, the 1,998cc 16-valver’s 173bhp is beaten by the others. Another bugbear is smoothness – the engine’s raspy, but not in a very exciting, performance-car kind of way. Despite its drawbacks the Toyota is more fun than the Saab. It has the best gearbox and steering of the trio; the brakes offer the most feel, too, but they are not the most effective. Like the Saab, the Toyota is front-wheel drive but it’s cleaner, tidier and more involving. Over the sweepy stuff it feels firm and well constructed, with minimal body shake. The Celica's all-new engine might be state-of-the-art, with intelligent variable valve timing, 16 valves and twin overhead camshafts, but it develops only 140 bhp and has an even less impressive torque figure of 125 lb ft it simply isn't enough to give the car the performance it needs. Toyota claims a top speed of 127 mph, with the 0-60 mph dash taking a comparatively tardy 8.7 seconds. In an att
            empt to disguise the lack of torque, the car has been given a six speed gearbox, but Toyota then shoots itself in the foot by gearing the car for relaxed cruising rather than performance.

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            02.09.2000 23:06

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            This car in rally gear his a world championship winner. The ride is comfortable and relaxing, gear changes from the five-speed box are fantastically slick and precise, and the power steering gives a good feel of the road at all times. It also makes the Celica a doddle to manoeuvre, even though rear visibility, because of the severely sloping rear window and high tailgate, is not the best. . Front seat occupants enjoy plenty of leg and headroom, but these are strictly limited in the rear. All the dials are clear and easy to read. Electric windows, mirrors and sunroof, a driver's airbag and remote-control central locking are all standard on the solidly built Celica. Anti-lock is standard on the powered all-round disc brakes, which bring the car to an instant and undramatic halt if required. The seats are firm but comfortable even after long journeys. Boot space is good but it is on the deep side, making loading and unloading heavy items a trial. The rear seats can be folded forward to create extra space and can even be locked in place for better security. For a sporty car, fuel consumption isn't bad at all — I averaged 33mpg over all kinds of driving. A lower priced model is also available — the 1.8 ST at £17,349. but the dearest can go up to 36k

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            I have just bought a (2000 edition) Toyota Celica GT, Not the GTS, but there you go we can't all afford the top of the line, It is "Dark Blue" almost "Black" and looks great this car looks so much fresher than any other car in its class, Toyota really did a good design job. The engine bay is tiny i don't think you could get in there to do very much work yourself, the boot is quite small, but you can get a fair amount of luggage in without having to drop the rear seats. Inside the setup is in my opinion very good, this car is designed for a small to medium sized person, if you are over 6 ft tall or 250lbs, think again, you just won't fit in, front seats are great very comfortable, while the rear seats are fine if you are a child or under 5ft tall, instrumentation is fine fairly typical stuff no great technology advances here but easy and practical to use. My main complaint is the stereo, while the standard setup of AM/FM, cassette, Cd player is fine, apparantly Toyota decided that if you want a CD changer, which the standard stereo has buttons for you have to buy the Toyota branded model, because it has been wired in a way that no one else has a match for as yet, by the way the Toyota 6 disk changer is approx 500 to 600 U.K. Pounds installed, 2 to 3 times the price of a normal 10 disk changer. On the whole i am very satisfied with this car it is quick, it is quiet, standard stero, is loud and clear (Just that changer thing), it is good on petrol, looks great.

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