1986 Toyota Celica Overview


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1986 Toyota Celica Overview

The Toyota Celica was completely redesigned for 1986. The biggest change was that the Celica was now a front-wheel drive, much to the chagrin of drivers who loved how the rear-wheel drove. The body was also restyled as sleeker and rounder. The front-wheel drive did create more interior space, but the back seats were still cramped.

The 1986 Celica's engine was actually demoted to a 2.0-liter, but with 116 horses it was noticeably more powerful. The coupe and the hatchback were all available as the ST, GT, or GT-S models. The convertible came as a GT. The GT-S engine got an upgrade to 135-horsepower.

Although some found the new front-wheel-drive Celica not as much fun to operate, it was still a very popular car. Because of its quality Toyota engine, many are still driving theirs to this day. The 1986 Toyota Celica has excellent cornering ability, accelerates quickly off the line, and handles well even at high speeds, making it very popular for racing.


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    If I swap the intake off the 1985 engine and put it on the 1984 engine, will that resolve harness mismatch?

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    The car starts right up,but I have to keep giving it gas,or it wil stall out. As long as I keep the RPM'S up,it won't stall. It's a manual transmission, so I have to take it out of gear, or keep the c...

    93 views with 1 answer (last answer about a year ago)

    Obd 1 Code Readings On 1986 Toyota Celica

    I jumped the E1 and T terminal on the diagnosis conecttor and i got 4 blinks paused then 11 blinks. I read a code 41 is for the TPS. But like i said i got 4 then 11 so im not sure if its the same...

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    how do you unstuck it? it wont spin out of it's socket. im afraid to break it if i force it.

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