1988 Toyota Celica User Reviews

1988 Toyota Celica Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 15 reviews

  • Performance: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
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5
  • Overall: 4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 6 reviews
"power" 6 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"interior" 3 reviews
"turbo" 3 reviews
CONS
"high maintenance" 2 reviews

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Vishis writes:
1988 Toyota Celica All-Trac liftback Review
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4

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Bone stock its a great performer, a few minor mods and it is a properly fast car. Handles great, looks amazing, makes an absolutely amazing sound. It was built very solid as its a Toyota.It has almost every amenity of any new vehicle, power windows, power adjustable lumbar and bolster support, power sunroof, A/C, automatic climate control and heated mirrors and ABS standard. Mine came equipped with a CD player from the factory as well as a factory alarm system.  the 3S-GTE is powerful and raw, backed with the 5spd and a LSD its a winning combination. Its a car built for racing and performance. Do not kid yourself if you think its going to be an around town beater, this car demands the best and will give it in return. This is not a honda civic that you can abuse day in and day out without maintenance, its a performance vehicle and needs to be treated as such. I see another user said it came equipped with a primitive VVT system which is not true, he may have confused the TVIS system with VVT but they are drastically different.

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Parts for them are scarce as the cars are very rare, some of the turbo components (sensors and such) can be very expensive. The back seat is for children and adults.

Vishis
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Powerfully Beautiful — I have owned my Celica GT4 for many years and it has always brought me joy. Its one of the legendary cars made by Toyota that very few have seen. Its styling is beautiful and powerful at the same time and it has every option and then some. Toyota spared no expense when they made these. The car first and foremost is a road going rally car. It was not built or designed like a 4 door corolla or a Camry, so do not expect the same thing. It wasnt built to drive to the grocery store on sunday, it was built to be driven like a performance car and maintained as such. You dont buy a Corvette to drive to your job as a bathroom fixture salesman and then expect to pay for Chevy Aveo maintenance. This car should also not be compared to camry, corolla and tercel alltracs. They are utilitarian cars and as i said before this is a sports car.

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

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Kevin writes:
1988 Toyota Celica All-Trac liftback Review
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The first Japanese car to won the WRC

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Nothing

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Celica Gt4 St165 — My first 4WD and turbo car, it equipped with a 3SGTE 2.0 L engine with CT26 turbo charger. This GT4 is running a water intercooler which is unique compare to most other turbo 4WD using air intercooler, the handling is exceptional, acceleration is good but not fast compare to other 4WD turbo during that era due to heavy weight. The build quality is good (usual Toyota standard), exterior styling is very unique with two large fog light in the middle grille, interior is ok consider it is a 2 doors, the gas mileage is ok as it got turbo and 4WD. The car is very fun to drive, only draw back is the heavy weight. Really wanted to drive this car again!!!

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

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vlasktom writes:
1988 Toyota Celica ST coupe Review
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Great Car, But Some Minor Problems — I've had this car for almost 3 years now, and i've had very few major problems with it. The starter has gone out a couple times, and the alternator has gone out a couple times... but other than that, it's a great car. It gets great gas milage. The only major problem i have with it is that they should've made the back seat bigger, because when i ride in the car for 3 hours in the back seat, my legs hurt like no other.

Owner for 2 years, 11 months

Miles Driven per Year:8,000

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Daniel writes:
1988 Toyota Celica All-Trac liftback Review
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turbo awd and its a toyota leather interior fun to drive

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hard to find parts very tempermental

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Awesome Peice Of Machinery — this car rocks in the snow why because its all wheel drive and turbo but it also shines on dry ground. Its an oldie but a goodie. Did i also mention it won a few wrc championships when the car was created yea i love it specifics 190 hp very solid not to boxy so it looks a bit sporty gas is fairly good maintenance is hard because parts are scarce super fun to drive if you have the money

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

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Payton writes:
1988 Toyota Celica GT-S coupe Review
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Fuel economy over 30 MPG

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Everything else

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Mediocrity At Its Worst — I actually have a mental block about this car. I had owned a 1979 Celica GT, so when I ran across this car at a very reasonable price I jumped all over it hoping that the engine problems I experienced with the 1979 Celica were just an anomaly. Unfortunately this car was just as bad, and it's not as handsome as the 1979 Celica.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Keegan writes:
1988 Toyota Celica GT-S liftback Review
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zippy and fun to drive

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constanly under the hood and there is very little info about the onboard diagnostics

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The Celica Is An All Around Great Car — Lots of fun to drive around corners. things really start moving when the turbo kicks in. It has a suprising amount of room and the lift back makes it easy to access the trunk. It has plenty of technology for being from 88

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Rawxy writes:
1988 Toyota Celica All-Trac liftback Review
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i love her

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she is high maintenance

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All About Celi — all wheel drive turbo. she has a 3sgte engine (MR2) the only hin that is wrong with her is the oil feed line has cracked. Have not driven her For a while.But she will be out on the road soon enough.

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Matthew writes:
1988 Toyota Celica All-Trac liftback Review
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cheap, gas milage, good ride, and its a toyota

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that i dont drive anymore

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Ye Old Car — Even though the car was 17 years old when i bought it, it had no problems with it. yes it did have some rust problem but the engine and tranny where in exellent condition. there are many upgrades that can me done to the car to make it even faster.all in all it was a goodcar and worth every penny i paid for it

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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David writes:
1988 Toyota Celica All-Trac liftback Review
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Its fast

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none

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Great — it got stolen!! but i have nothing bad to say about this car ..its was fast,allwheel drive,turbo, and it hade one hell of a good look..in side and out.. so all in all I would buy it agian if i could find one

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

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Jordan writes:
1988 Toyota Celica GT-S liftback Review
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Reliable, sporty, and fun for really cheap

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Rust, paint, thats about it.

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Toyaot Had Cheap, Good Vehicles In The 80's. — Another great, cheap car I got. I bought it as a winterbeater, and realized it was worthy of much more. The 4 cylinder had a prehistoric version of VVT. It had about 190,00 mile on it, went through no oil, went to red line with no problem. Cool, hard car to find, and cheap. Money well spent

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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

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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

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

Fantastically Fun By sharzilla86

I love this car. I love the looks, the ride, the fuel economy, and the reliability. Toyota has had a bad rep recently, but my '03 Celica has never had a major problem. She's always been able to safely... 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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