2003 Toyota Celica User Reviews

2003 Toyota Celica Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 23 reviews

  • Performance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Appearance:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Build Quality: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
  • Overall: 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

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PROS
"ride" 11 reviews
"handling" 6 reviews
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"speed" 5 reviews
CONS
"power" 3 reviews
"fwd" 2 reviews

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Edward writes:
2003 Toyota Celica GT Review
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Almost everything

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Blind spot

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Celica — Beautiful car, I love the build, it's got fuel efficiency for the current gas situation. It's a stick so it moves depending on its driver. Very affordable car absolutely love it. The balance rods in the car makes winding roads easy. The resale value of the car is completely off the scale, it almost sells for how much it's worth. With a little work, this car makes a really nice 4 cylinder racer.

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Heather writes:
2003 Toyota Celica GTS Review
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Hot car. Low KM's. Leather seats. Manual 6 speed transmission. Great mileage, even with A/C blasting all summer.

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Orange dash lights

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My Sweet Sexy Car. — I wanted one for years, and I LOVE it. 180 horse out of a 1.8L engine, even if I rarely use the last 40. The only thing that bugs me is that in the summer I can hear my shifter linkage squeak when my windows are down and I just haven't gotten around to lubing it yet. I've only changed the oil and the tires so maintenance costs are very low. I love winding it up to 140 in fourth gear. No governor either, LOL.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jonathan writes:
2003 Toyota Celica GT Review
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Amazing styling, very good driving dynamics, surprisingly practical

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Lacks GT-S bits that improve performance, spoiler spoils some of the rear window, very expensive for a used car, FWD

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A Aggressive Toyota That Mostly Acts The Way It Looks. — I've always wanted to drive one of these cars primarily because I always wanted to see whether Toyota made a great looking car but ruined it with disappointing driving dynamics. I finally had a drive in one of these cars, for once I have driven a 21st century Toyota that wasn't boring. This is the GT model so it does make do with a ho hum Corolla engine. Despite this, the Corolla engine is tuned so that its slightly more aggressive while being slightly less fuel efficient. Acceleration-wise it seemed to pick up quicker than a Corolla. Braking is pretty good. The steering is extremely well weighted, I loved how it was heavy without going overboard. It handled great and the ride comfort was a lot better than an Acura RSX. I didn't give it a full score because, I've yet to try a GT-S which has better brakes, tires, engine and transmission. As a car made in Japan, I didn't find any build quality defects and many Celicas have made it to 200,000 kms so there's no denying its reliability. Ergonomics is where the shape of this car might be troublesome for some drivers. If the size of your body is relatively small you shouldn't have any issues fitting inside, if your body is tall proportionally then your head might touch the roof. Its rather low to the ground, so if your used to normal sedans the low driving position is unique. It has some extra blind spots I'm not used to along with a not very big rear window made smaller by the spoiler. The hatch is quite practical so its a great looking car capable of daily driving chores. Since it is a GT, its actually fuel friendly, reliable and it looks great. Its only flaw...since I haven't driven a GT-S which I heard was even better...it means for only a bit more money you could have an even better experience. Another flaw is resale value...Celicas are expensive even used. Last flaw, FWD...if it had AWD or RWD who knows how amazing this car would go. Absolutely nothing Toyota makes today feels as good as a last gen Celica. Why did Toyota stop making this beautifully engineered car? Why hasn't this car's amazing driving dynamics get put onto the rest of the lineup? Truthfully now that I've driven this car, every other 21st century Toyota I've driven has inferior driving dynamics. Only the Yaris gets somewhat close.

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sharzilla86 writes:
2003 Toyota Celica GT Review
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4

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This is an incredibly fun car to drive, handles well, is small, and can make quick maneuvers.

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It's not exactly family friendly or friendly towards very tall people....

sharzilla86
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Fantastically Fun — 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 get me from point A to point B. I highly recommend this car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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helpchris513 writes:
2003 Toyota Celica GT Review
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Fun to drive handles well

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It's an automatic and it's been acting weird right after 100,000 miles

helpchris513
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Fun To Drive As Far As Handeling But Not As Fast As I Would Like — the car is a good reliable car or atleast it was been acting weird since 100,000 hit but I'm sure it will pass handles great not very fast and gets aweful gas milage for not being so fast but other then that good car

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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ozzy1990 writes:
2003 Toyota Celica GTS Review
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5

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great gas mileage, for a 1.8L engine gets 180 horsepower

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small, very low to the ground,

ozzy1990
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Good — The feeling you get when your driving this car so low to the ground is pretty awesome. Knowing you get great gas mileage makes you step on the gas pedal a little harder getting that VVT-I engine work for the speed.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Caliman73 writes:
2003 Toyota Celica GTS Review
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Sporty, good handling. Solid build.

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It is basically a two seater with 4 seats.

Caliman73
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Sporty Ride. — 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 surprisingly, it is good on fuel. You can use it to commute without breaking the bank.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Azereza writes:
2003 Toyota Celica GT Review
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It looks nice for the price, and can be mistaken for a pricier car for the untrained eye

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Loud at high speeds, or in general. Lots of road noise, and stock sound system is not strong enough to cope.

Azereza
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Celica Gt Is Acceptable — 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). Aside from that, maintenance has been gratefully inexpensive and have had the pleasure of owning this car for 6 years with little issues. Strong engine, strong brakes and currently at 150k miles. Getting older so the loud, small, show offy car may be out of my style now, but I still love her nonetheless and when she goes caput, its gonna be hard to say goodbye.

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Ben writes:
2003 Toyota Celica GTS Review
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5

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i love the ride, its smooth and fast

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not fast enough

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Fun To Drive — performance- quick but definately needs a turbo Build quality- definately done right Appearance- celica is a good looking car to begin with but it helps to have a TRD body kit and engine in it Cost of ownership- really doesnt cost that much to repair anything, i have blown out the clutch once and had to replace it and it wasnt quite as bad as i thought Fun Factor- i like having ppl ride in the car and grab the side bc of how scared they are and how they didnt think the car would be that fast

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jesse writes:
2003 Toyota Celica GT Review
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Fun, Sexy. Quick

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Coupe, no room

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Great Car — Love, Love, Love it...Great MPG, alot of fun. Its a coupe for a reason though, no more then 2 people. Quick as hell but not much high end power. Handling is tight and she hauls ass. Great Car Everyone

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

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Reviews From Other Years

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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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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2000 Toyota Celica Reviews

It's Been A Good Ride... By raybgd

I had owned this car over 7 years and have no complaints. This car had been getting better gas mileage than reported by the manufacturer. I have never seen my MPG lower than 27 and was recording 32MPG... Read More

Great Little Auto By tshorse

i like the stereo system the best. the moon roof is cool but hard to find a replacement. wheels are easily damaged by hitting a hole or berm. too much road noise. the car is very responsive when dr... Read More

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