White 1994 Toyota Celica ST Coup, 2WD, manual transmission, with a 1.8L 7A-FE engine: "Betsy" was purchased from a newspaper ad about ten years ago for $5,000, yet I was forced to pay sales tax on $7,...
White 1994 Toyota Celica ST Coup, 2WD, manual transmission, with a 1.8L 7A-FE engine: "Betsy" was purchased from a newspaper ad about ten years ago for $5,000, yet I was forced to pay sales tax on $7,500. Of course, formal complaints to my government were rebuked.
She now has 252,800 miles on her and I have finally replaced her rear struts, sway bar bushings and links (by myself) in anticipation of more difficult maintenance jobs I keep expecting to be needed, which is why I began to DIMY. Parts are not hard to find.
Earlier repair history: changed out her clutch, timing chain, alternator, a couple of batteries, and fixed an oil leak, but Betsy has run like a top as long as I have had her. I have not kept up perfectly with the maintenance schedule (far from it), so she probably would have died long ago if not for her Japanese quality heritage. Oh, and if not for my wife's great attention to oil change frequency.
We've brought home many large items, including Christmas trees, in Betsy, despite her petite appearance! Driving this car has been such a pleasure, not to minimize the happiness derived from 33 mpg on the highway, and eternal reliability, I wanted to tell the world. My only complaint was the poor ride one got in the back seat, but the new shocks might have fixed that.