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1997 Toyota Celica

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Information shown for entry-level Coupe.

Fuel Economy:
City 25/Hwy 32/Comb 28 MPG
Max Seating: 4
Engine: 4-Cyl, 1.8 Liter Transmission: Manual, 5-Spd
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: Japan

1997 Toyota Celica Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 183 Ratings for the 1994 - 1999 models.

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  • Value
    9.5/10
    Quality
    9.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Being a convertible hurt it's score..

By on Monday, March 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Reliable, Sexy, Gas Mileage, Fun"

Cons: "Convertible top, top, top, top"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I would have easily rate this car at least a 9 out of 10 if it was not for the top. Mechanical issues at 150,000 have been mostly maintenance issues.. tires.. brakes.. suspension.. etc etc. I cannot complain there.. I am sure most of the equipment on the vehicle is original from the factory. These Toyotas run and run and run forever. It always starts for me, the motor is quiet, and it get's decent enough gas mileage for it's age. It's peppy (not quick, or fast) and brakes and corners nicely. The motor and transmission have been VERY reliable as far as the internals go. Like mentioned before most of the issues I have had are due to high mileage and the hot Mojave Desert climate. The GTS Anniversary speaker system still sounds VERY good after all these years. It really pumps out some good base.. one tweeter is blown if the bass is too high though. My major gripe with this car is the top.. I know that Toyota did not make the top so I cannot fault them for that. But everything related to the top has completely failed. I am suspecting this is due to the - at times 120F+ temperatures around here. The material is just tearing and falling apart. The back window has fell through to the inside, the rear window regulators have failed and the windows have dropped themselves into the rear quarter panels. Finding new parts for the convertible windows and top at a reasonable cost is near impossible. And the parts that are available through Toyota are atrocious in price. I forgot to mention - the push button open/close feature for the top is broken too - I suspect the linkage is bad for the motor that controls it. For that reason I am going to have to get rid of my beloved Toyota Celica (My 3rd). The costs to repair the top are just not worth the value of the vehicle. Overall an excellent car - WELL WORTH the money - just beware of the convertibles.. if you are interested in one do a complete inspection of it. Or if you are in a milder climate it might be nothing to worry about."

Excellent car

By on Monday, March 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 281,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Good gas Millage, cheap to fix"

Cons: "Not very fast"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I got this car when I was 17 I have to say this is a amazing car it's was a little on the slow side but it got me to where I needed to go not many repairs had to be made just standard stuff"

Unusual auto

By on Sunday, November 17, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 144,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "runs great...fun to drive....rated as sports car"

Cons: "It has everything, automatic, Air, etc. great gas"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This Toyota Celica GT Hatchback seems to be unusual in that everyone wants to buy it from me....I get signs stuck under the wiper blades in supermarket parking lots and other places offering me a good price. Its a one owner car, white with air foil on trunk lid...why so valuable?"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Amazing little car! Reliable and Cute :)

By on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 152,800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliable, great MPG, good looking"

Cons: "Rough ride, not much power for a GT"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car used in 2002 with 87,000 miles and will be trading it in only because I need something bigger for our two dogs and new family member. I never had any major problems with my Celica besides small, inexpensive maintenance and repairs related to normal wear and tear. VERY RELIABLE VEHICLE! The back seats fold down, which gave me extra room when I needed it and the hatchback made it easily accessible. A bit of a rough ride being a smaller car and low to the ground, but overall I enjoyed it. Made many road trips in this baby - great gas mileage, I averaged about 28 MPG. I still get compliments on how sharp she looks (especially for her age). I'm sure she has more life in her and hopefully she will find a new home. She will be missed greatly!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

A Legacy

By on Sunday, September 29, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 113,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "It's a Toyota! It's awesome to drive! Fast! Fun!"

Cons: "Convertible - Safety"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My late hubby bought this vehicle to replace a '95 he had. It has a few minor problems regardless of what 2 reports show. It has a straight frame, and the body is in great condition, with the exception of a small ding in the left rear quarter panel. It sat for roughly 4 years, 2 in a garage that I know of. I have no idea why it has shown salvage titles in it's history, because it does not, appear, after close inspection to have ever been in anything other than a minor fender bender. I do know that the owner before my husband, had purchased it from a police auction, and perhaps that is why the title has those notations of prior salvage titles.I would love to have better details of each. It has received a brand new top in 2013,new window motors for the half windows in the rear passenger seat.I have thoroughly cleaned and reconditioned the all leather interior. It runs and drives like a dream, and hugs those corners like a glove. I love this car,and have actually done a lot of the work myself, but I really wish my hubby were here to drive it. I think about him every-time I drive it. I hope I've done him proud."

fun and affordable!

By on Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "reliable! handles well. good fuel economy."

Cons: "lacks power. small cup holders."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"i bought this car with 60k miles on it and i liked it. could use a little bit more power but its a very reliable car. not one problem. handles very good. interior is ok i do like that the head unit faces the driver. cup holders are small. good economy car with great handling. i get around 23city/33hwy. 1.8 with a 4 speed auto. i wish i had the 5 speed :("

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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