1985 Toyota Celica User Reviews

1985 Toyota Celica Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 23 reviews

  • Performance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Appearance:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 9 reviews
"power" 6 reviews
"speed" 6 reviews
"handling" 4 reviews
"reliable car" 3 reviews
CONS
"power" 5 reviews
"small power" 2 reviews
"paint job" 2 reviews

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Plantmom100 writes:
1985 Toyota Celica GT-S convertible Review
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solid connection to the road, peppy and responsive

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side mirror motors quit working, can't figure how to fix em

Plantmom100
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Sexy And Runs Forever! — My sis-in-law calls it a rattle trap, the noyve! It is such a stiff ride that it does indeed squeek and rattle, but nothing falls apart. I love the wheels and wide tires. It is very tight on curves and accelerates well for a 4 cylinder. I feel very connected to the road. I put all159K fun miles on her. I have replaced the clutch and the rear differential - whatever that is - several years back. There are a few things that need attention - the electric mirrors motors don't work even tho I replaced one with a salvaged part. The auto antennae has stuck just recently. The letters on the buttons on the console have worn off so I have to try a few pushes before I get the correct button sometimes. The driver's seatbelt rubs and has worn thin the upper upholstery. I replaced it but the fabric faded and now looks bad. Enough of the bad stuff. This car is lively and very sexy with the top down. I can't tell you how many offers I've had from people off the street to buy it. Maybe a dozen over the years. It keeps on running and running. Today an old guy in a parking lot told me to never sell it. I see that same advice on this forum. OK, but I might trade it for a Lexus RX or I might not. It's cool to hear from you other GT-S owners.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Berryroof writes:
1985 Toyota Celica GT-S coupe Review
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Berryroof
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My 85 Celica Gts Coupe Still Runs Like New In 2007, Bullet Proof Engine — "Planned Obsolescence"? Not with this car. Love at first sight, I bought this car right off of the showroom floor in 1985 and I have maintained it like my life mattered on it's existence. Looks showroom new I will never sell or trade in this car, because I doubt I will ever find another car as reliable and as overall excellent as this car has been to me.

Owner for 22 years, 2 months

Miles Driven per Year:7,000

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Chris12142 writes:
1985 Toyota Celica GT-S liftback Review
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5

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fun, well built, tuff, electric sunroof, sporty, drives great, plenty of power, great on fuel, easy to look after

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body has a few scratches and marks, 25 years old, no power steering

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The Typical Mid 1980's Red 2 Door Sports Car (near Convertable) With An Electric Sunroof! — Everyone who has driven the "toy" loves it. I bought it to enter it in off road rally events and car club activities but it's in such great condition for a 25 year old car and it's so much fun to drive on the road that I can't bring myself to thrash it on the dirt. I have decided to keep it tidy, original and have fun on the road instead.

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IgorK writes:
1985 Toyota Celica GT-S coupe Review
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IgorK
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Incredible Seats And Handling — Celica 85 GT-S was my first car and that could partially, but only partially account for why I liked it so much. It had just enough power to be fun, great handling and the most comfortable seats I've ever introduced my buttocks to. Didn't like at first how it looked but with time grew to love it as well. Because of its rear wheel drive it was really bad on the snow unless you used snowtires which I never did. The car had about 180K miles when I bought it and I put another 70-80K on it without much sweat and repairs.

Owner for 6 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:15,000

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Dennis writes:
1985 Toyota Celica GT-S liftback Review
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5

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Handling, braking, acceleration, appearance, extremely reliable.

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Hard to find parts, low top end power, rust issues (from being 20 years old)

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My Favorite Car I've Ever Driven. — 3rd generation Celicas are stupidly reliable. engines are known to well outlast the car. GT-S have Supra suspension designed by Lotus and Supra brakes, so handling is tight and precise and brakes are more than adequate. Liftbacks have the timeless, streamlined looks so they are definitely sexy cars. Interior is filled with features and comfortable. Their only real drawback is the USDM Celicas instead of coming with turbo 1.8Ls, came with the pick-up derived 22R 2.4L, which istead of giving it great top end speed, gives it immediate engine response. The 22R needs some modification from stock to be fast but is still a great engine.

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Danno81 writes:
1985 Toyota Celica GT-S convertible Review
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5

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Fun overall car.

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At 27 years old and still going strong, no cons.

Danno81
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Fun In The Sun. — I owned an '85 coupe back in the late 80's, loved the car but the cost was alot back then. One day I saw an add on craiglist for a convertible, I began my search for a either a rebuilder or a good original. Well, in Comlumbus Ohio I found an excellent original, not perfect but dam nice, 89000 miles, white, and everything works, the guy even sent the radio in to have it gone through. I spent 22 hours from the time I left home at 4am that morning trailering the car home. Now waiting for this ever lasting midwest winter to get over so I can enjoy it. I believe the car will actually appreciate over time, I had it appraised and it was worth 6500.00, which is 2000 more than I paid. Very surprised they are not worth more since they were the last with rear wheel drive and the bullet proof 22RE engine, not to mention they only made about 4400 of them. Happy and safe travels for those who own one. Dan

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Peter writes:
1985 Toyota Celica GT-S liftback Review
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3

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Will last a long time

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Older, hard to find parts and performance mods for it.

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Great Car That Will Last A Life Time — I Really loved this car and wish I didnt sell it. When i got it the car had 205k on it but it looked great. Very fun car to drive it was the last year they did RWD in the Celica. Drifted around corners nice (when wet). The 22RE is a solid little motor.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Joe writes:
1985 Toyota Celica GT liftback Review
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4

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quick sporty little car great mpg. great power.

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i had to get ride of the car cuz i blew a hole in the block. but that was after i got hit in the winter and totaled the car. i figured go big or go home.

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Celica Gt — was a nice little car i picked up for cheap. the paint was messed up someone before me keyed it really badly. every panel, door, trunk, hood, roof. idk what happend but it didnt look to good. fun sporty little car good gas mileage. five speed.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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MsTigrLadi writes:
1985 Toyota Celica Review
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5

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handles well

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a lot of work left to do

MsTigrLadi
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Love This Car — First of all, I LOVE this car! I love the way it performs, I love the feel, etc. I bought it as a project car with a LOT wrong with it. Still have a few more mechanical things to do and then of course cosmetic. I know when it's done - she will be a dream :)

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uberm3 writes:
1985 Toyota Celica GT-S liftback Review
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5

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timing chain needs to be replaced at 130k+ miles

uberm3
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I Love It. — Its my daily driver car is amazing and you can fish tail the car on fast u-turns.

Owner for 22 years, 6 months

Miles Driven per Year:500

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2005 Toyota Celica Reviews

Great Vehicle, Though I Reccomend Making The Step Up To A Gt-s Variant. By Anthony

Great Acceleration though spotty at times, 1.8 Liter Inline 4, 140 HP/125 lbs. of Torque, Nice build quality, durable for sure, Great exterior styling, very sleek vehicle, Gas Mileage was decent on lo... Read More

The Dog's By Ben

0-62...6.6 !!! top end... limited 155mph !!!! wat more is there to say. But very greedy on the petrol and super unleaded racks up the pounds!! Great bit of fun, but keeps you pooor, 7months on it stil... Read More

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2004 Toyota Celica Reviews

Awesome Look, Low Operation Cost, Low Power By Frédéric

Really reliable car. Great on fuel economy, good brakes and handling. Fun to drive and this car is definetly a head turner... But for those who quantify performance only by horsepower, this car is... Read More

Best Sport Car For The Money By GTS_Bruce31

The Celica GTS is one of the best made sport cars of old. It is no longer in prodduction and is very much in demand. A great fun car to drive that turns everyones head when you pass by. Hate to have t... Read More

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2003 Toyota Celica Reviews

Sporty Ride. By Caliman73

I really like how it handles. You never feel like you can't take that curve. Acceleration is crisp and responsive. Braking is good. The Toyota Celica is a great car for a fun spin around town and surp... Read More

Celica Gt Is Acceptable By Azereza

For a relatively inexpensive used car, it is a good buy. I broke the manual transmission when I was younger because of stupid driving, and replacement was 1600 dollars (paid a dealer. Stupid on me). A... Read More

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2002 Toyota Celica Reviews

Love It By Fem_I_am

Overall great car. Good first car or second car. Great fuel economy. Love this car. The power at 140+/- HP for a small car is great but could be better. The handling is great along with the styling. W... Read More

Fast And Furious By Fastandfurious

Fantastic car. Great gas miliage. Acceleration is there. Braking, you can stop on a dime. Handles like a BMW. Definately in control while driving it. It's a blast to drive. Never raced it, but I woul... Read More

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2001 Toyota Celica Reviews

Its Amazing By spider72012

I liked the sporty feel without the high price of a high end sports car. it really made me a happy camper to show off my car to friends and family. I really recommend this car to any safe and responsi... Read More

The Best Celica Ever By Kieth

fun car to drive, great performance and gas mileage. This is one car Toyota never should've stopped making. Scion TC is a very poor replacement, especially since the Supra died along with the Celica... Read More

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