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1996 Toyota Celica Consumer Reviews

4.6
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226,000 and going strong

by from Olympia on February 18, 2009

I've had my Celica since its birth in 1996. This car was been hit by a semi on I-90 in 19997 and just kept on going with only $3k in repairs. Still have OEM everything. Replaced 5th gear in 2005, but ...
I've had my Celica since its birth in 1996. This car was been hit by a semi on I-90 in 19997 and just kept on going with only $3k in repairs. Still have OEM everything. Replaced 5th gear in 2005, but the easy access panel on the manual transmission saved $1000 in repairs since they did not have to drop it out of the car. Gets 35+ mpg on highway and 500 mile range per tank. Drives like a rocket sled on rails in the corners (that's good :-). Can't wait till the Celica makes it come back in 2010/11.
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Does recommend this car

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just like any other old toyota very reliable

by from chicago on May 18, 2007

the car may look nice and drive great very fun to drive. it gets sweet gas millage and if you drive with a heavy foot its still the same considering it not very fast. for a slow car that may look fast...
the car may look nice and drive great very fun to drive. it gets sweet gas millage and if you drive with a heavy foot its still the same considering it not very fast. for a slow car that may look fast i still recomend it.
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Love it!

by from Ohio on July 19, 2006

A joy to drive, extremely reliable, 40-45 mpg, and looks good too. My detail shop makes "her" looks great.
A joy to drive, extremely reliable, 40-45 mpg, and looks good too. My detail shop makes "her" looks great.
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Love it!

by from on April 10, 2009

My investment in this car has really paid off. I would still be driving it if I had not been hit in the parking lot.
My investment in this car has really paid off. I would still be driving it if I had not been hit in the parking lot.
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Koolest Car I Ever Bought

by from Long Island on September 17, 2012

I got the 25th year anniversary edition Celica GT convertible. It's styling is way ahead of it's time, which was 1996 by golly! Actually, I wish Toyota still made this car---and KEPT the exact same st...
I got the 25th year anniversary edition Celica GT convertible. It's styling is way ahead of it's time, which was 1996 by golly! Actually, I wish Toyota still made this car---and KEPT the exact same styling. Some cars just NEVER go out of style! This is not, however, one of those "muscle cars," it just looks like one. Don't get me wrong, it HAS power, and plenty of it. Step on the throttle and you're going to get a "push back" into your bucket seat. Nevertheless, the hard core "bang-my-head-on-the-headrest-why-don't-you people" are not going to be jumping for joy. This is an in-between car that gives you the muscular look and feel but does not cost you those hard-earned muscle bucks! I always say: "Know what you're getting, then go for it!"
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Excellent Car

by from Springfield, IL on June 12, 2014

I used to own a 1996 Toyota Celica GT Convertible & it was off the chain. I'm looking for another one under 2,000 dollars now & can't find one so I will wind up getting a 2004 PT Cruiser my wife loves...
I used to own a 1996 Toyota Celica GT Convertible & it was off the chain. I'm looking for another one under 2,000 dollars now & can't find one so I will wind up getting a 2004 PT Cruiser my wife loves the Toyota & would rather get it but have no choice to get the PT Cruiser as I can't find a 1996 Toyota Celica GT Convertible automatic for sale.
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great car

by from on May 5, 2014

bought this car used with 101k miles on it. been driving it daily for 2 years now and over 45k miles. not a single problem with it at all. never done any "major" repairs. rebuilt starter at 130k miles...
bought this car used with 101k miles on it. been driving it daily for 2 years now and over 45k miles. not a single problem with it at all. never done any "major" repairs. rebuilt starter at 130k miles but that was it. best car ive ever had. plan to give it to my newborn son when he is 16. i have no doubt it will last until then
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Hope it lasts forever

by from UK on April 7, 2015

I have had my Celica GT for 4 years now and its great. Styling still looks contemporary; almost pretty. Reliability is brilliant with no major works done since new although I had the cam-belt done for...
I have had my Celica GT for 4 years now and its great. Styling still looks contemporary; almost pretty. Reliability is brilliant with no major works done since new although I had the cam-belt done for peace of mind. I bought it because it had a full service history and a full set of paperwork for even the small items like bulbs and wiper blades and tyres. I don't do a huge amount of miles these days but I love to go out in it some days just for the pleasure of driving it. It still delivers excellent performance; corners well; and seems to thrive on being pushed into higher revs.
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Good; If You Can Find A Good One.

by from South Florida on April 27, 2016

So many people tout the reliability of Toyotas. I think any blanket statement like that means that they are over rated. It really depends on the model and even the year. Anyway, what is so special ...
So many people tout the reliability of Toyotas. I think any blanket statement like that means that they are over rated. It really depends on the model and even the year. Anyway, what is so special about mid-90's Celicas? The are among the few FWD cars with equal length half-shafts. As a result, you won't feel that sideways sensation of movement under hard acceleration. They go straight go the road. But that takes more engineering, so current FWD try other ways to mask that trait. Without frequent tire rotation, FWD tires wear alot faster than RWD. The Celica was an exception to this. Take a good look at the front exterior design. Just beautiful. The rear not so much unless it was the liftback. Those you find today are worth restoring if they've not been smashed or used to deliver pizzas for ten years.
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celica

by from chicago on May 29, 2006

it doesn't look like how you think it is.....
it doesn't look like how you think it is.....
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