2003 Toyota Celica Buyer's Guide

Owner Reviews
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2 Reviews
Overall
4.0
Value
4.0
Performance
3.5
Style
4.5
Comfort
3.5
Fuel Economy
3.5
Reliability
4.5

2003 Toyota Celica Owner Ratings & Reviews

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2003 Toyota Celica - Happy with a car hat isn't made anymore

Andrea
Casa de Oro-Mount Helix, California
Overall
4.0
Value
4.0
Performance
4.0
Style
4.0
Comfort
3.0
Fuel Economy
3.0
Reliability
5.0
The look of the front of the car is outstanding, sporty, elegant, and almost futuristic. I walked into the showroom and fell in love with the car at that sight, and even though it is now 15 years later, the look still holds up against more modern cars. (Now, if only the back end looked as good!) With sun roof, cruise control, and decent default sound-system, the car is just fun to drive. I am beginning the search for my next car, but I don't mind telling myself "eh, why not just keep this one for a few years more?"
Story
Opening the sunroof while driving a deserted country road at night and seeing all the brilliant stars. It's like opening the hatch to a spacecraft!
Pros
The car has been extremely reliable over 15 years and nearly 100,000 miles, hardly needing any service. The most worn parts of the car are the driver's seat and some of dust/dirt panels that protect the top and bottom of engine... that's about it. The sporty look of the car still revs my engine and still occasionally turns some heads even after 15 years. Not bad for one of the cheapest sports cars for sale at the time. Surprising amount of cargo space for an almost compact sporty car. When back seats are down and back hatch liner is removed, it almost becomes a small pickup. Friends are co... (more)
Cons
Road noise - My only concern when test-driving, as the driving noise was more than my previous vehicle... however, you get used to it and only notice when you've driven someone else's car for a bit. Troublesome engine compartment - For a self-maintenance, the engine compartment is jam-packed and many items which should be easy to access (such as headlights for changing bulbs) are difficult to get at. Gas mileage is average.

2003 Toyota Celica - Fun car

H. B.
Lakewood, Colorado
Overall
4.0
Value
4.0
Performance
3.0
Style
5.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
4.0
Overall, this is a great car. It is 11 years old, and I have never had any major repairs or replacements. On fairly level ground and downhill, it can accelerate at a good rate. However, it cannot handle steep roads as well. While it is aerodynamic and very light, the horsepower is severely lacking. The body style is very attractive, with a sleek design. The front seats pretty conferrable for myself, but due to how low the vehicle is to the ground, I would not recommend it to someone with sore joints. The backseat is small and hard to get into. Due to the deep bucket seats, it is generally impossible to keep anything level back there. The trunk is fairly large though. It has blind spots looking towards the rear sides. Also, if someone is in the passenger seat, the view, from that side, ... (more)
Story
Speeding past large trucks and sport utility vehicles, on the interstate.
Pros
The best features are the appearance and reliability.
Cons
The blind spots towards the rear are a problem, and the lack of horsepower is frustrating, when driving in the mountains.

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