2003 Toyota Celica Buyer's Guide

Owner Reviews
4.5
2 Reviews
Overall
4.5
Value
4.5
Performance
4.5
Style
4.5
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
5.0

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 - Love this car, especially the handling and looks.

Celica Owner
Westfield, Massachusetts
Overall
5.0
Value
5.0
Performance
5.0
Style
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Economy
5.0
Reliability
5.0
I like the Celica's handling characteristics, styling and overall comfort. The front seats are especially comfortable for long rides and around town. They are more of the bucket style and grip the driver around and keep planted in place. This adds to the overall enjoyment of the vehicle. The rear seats are definitely on the smaller side, but currently not being actively used so I do not consider it a big con to count against the car. The styling choices that we made by Toyota are pretty timeless. The car is short, easy to maneuver in tight spaces and does not take long to get used to driving. The hood has a sleek air ram style option which adds to the sporty looks. The model of the car is GT, which is the lower end of the spectrum with 140hp compared to 180hp that came with the GTS mod... (more)
Story
I always have a smile on my face after coming home from a car ride. This is probably due to feeling of control while driving and good feedback from the tires to the steering wheel.
Pros
Handling, comfort, style some of the top likable characteristics of the Toyota Celica GT.
Cons
Power, paint, small rear seats are most of the commonly known cons found in this model.

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