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1988 Toyota Celica All-Trac HatchbackReview

1 Of 2,500 To Make It To The Usa — good car needs a rear diff

Pros: turbo all wheel drive disc brakes

Cons: air/liquid top mount inter cooler easy to upgrade though

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1988 Toyota Celica GT-S ConvertibleReview

My First Car - The Car I Learned Mt On - The Bucket Of Bolts Everyone Loved. — My first car and also what I learned MT on. All my friends loved this car. Despite having a good engine, it was in the shop all the time and was falling apart, but it was at the center of many adventures and good memories.

Pros: -260k miles and the engine ran like a top. Gotta love Toyota.
-Drop top.
-Not much power and FWD but it didn't complain when thrown around.
-Great lines for its age.

Cons: Was really old and it showed. Looooots of little and medium problems.

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1988 Toyota Celica GT HatchbackReview

Not Enough Power But Other Performances Are Very Good — I had it for 4 years or so and was very pleased to drive that car. This car had a great handling with original springs cutted 2 inches lower, damn it was stiff on the road but it was handling like a kart! (I cracked the frame too for that reason!)

Pros: great handling with original springs cut 2 inches, damn it was stiff on the road

Cons: me! I sold it to buy a 4runner!

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1988 Toyota Celica ST CoupeReview

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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1988 Toyota Celica All-Trac HatchbackReview
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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.)

Pros: 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.

Cons: 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.

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1988 Toyota Celica GT Coupe Review
Just passager, stick fun power quick complete race car feel.Winter driving proves car to have surprise out of control very unexpected.
vs1988 Honda Prelude 2 Dr Si Coupe
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Power Ranked 1988 Honda Prelude 2 Dr Si Coupe better.
"6cycl automatcic to 4cycl 3speed"
Would Buy Ranked 1988 Honda Prelude 2 Dr Si Coupe worse.
"Toyota has history of long lasting motors few repair problems "
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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

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

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

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

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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