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Toyota Celica (1989 - 1993)

Last updated 5 October 2013


Buying Guide


  • Weird-looking coupe.
  • 201bhp to 205bhp GT-Four has warts and growths over its bonnet area.
  • 'Carlos Sainz' GT-Four was collectable.
  • Very quick, with excellent rally pedigree - notorious for being banned for a year for ingenious flouting of air restrictor rule.
  • Basic front-wheel-drive models have 158 bhp, which is enough.
  • Handle well. Good to drive.
  • Toyota had fourth lowest average cost in warranty claims for cars up to 10 years old in 2002 Warranty Direct index
  • (Please note Haynes manual is for US spec.)


  • It really is ugly in an organic way - like something designed for 'Alien' by H. Gigor.
  • All models have a firm ride.
  • The interior is black as a coal mine.
  • Reliability of front-drive models is typically Toyota, but GT-Four power train comes under strain.


  • GT-Four is a gearbox breaker.
  • Must have specialist service history, but even then gearbox may fail.
  • All need six-monthly oil changes, preferably using fully synthetic oil.
  • Watch out for used RHD imports from Japan. May not be fully up to UK spec.
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