View Full Version : buying my first celica

08-14-2007, 12:40 PM
Hi, first of all. Found my way here while looking for info on the Toyota celica model which i'm thinking about buying. What i wonder though is, what should i look out for on a used celica, model year from 1986-1992, which are the models i'm most intressed in. All info is welcomed since i know nothing about the celica models, just drove one several years ago when an old friend had one. The only cars i've owned is Volvo 240 models...maybe not he most fun car in the universe but pretty cheap to own.

Any info is welcomed, and if but this thread wrong, move it to the right place.

Cheers! from sweden

08-14-2007, 01:08 PM
Welcome and lets see:

Look out for:
1. Body condition
2. Maintenance records
3. rusty quarter panels
4. Fuel Leaks
5. anything that may be broken the interior
6. Electrical
7. Overall condition.
8. A/C (make sure it works, if not see if its repairable)
9. Inspection stickers
10. Any broken suspension parts.

And the list goes on. WIth that said there are pletty of them out there that are still in very good conditon. You might not find one under 85K on the odometer (like mine was) but still there pletty out there. Just look out for these things and you will be ok.

08-14-2007, 01:19 PM
Thanks, i'll keep that in mind when i'm looking for one. Btw, real nice forum you guys got :bigthumbu Gonna hang around alot more to learn more about celica.

And as you said, you can get att pretty good celica for a rather low price, it's not really an unusal car even here in sweden.

Sorry for any bad spelling, my english isn't really perfect.

08-14-2007, 02:07 PM
Welcome to CelicaTech! Hopefully everything goes well with the Celica your looking at.

08-14-2007, 02:22 PM
Welcome! and your spelling is great!

08-14-2007, 04:38 PM
Yeah, welcome. Come hang out here anyway, even if you don't get a celi...there are quite a few members that don't even own celicas.

In Sweden, I'm not sure, but are there are plenty of GTfours around? (the ones with 4wd and turbo engine).

08-14-2007, 07:42 PM
yeah, there are som GT4 arounds, but i'm looking for regular GTi or similiar, the 150hk engine, i love N/A tuned engines and choose those before a turbo enginge, besides in sweden there alot cheaper too own than those with turbo.

08-15-2007, 03:33 AM
What motors do the GTi have in them?

Idiot Stick
08-15-2007, 07:53 PM
3sge I think

08-15-2007, 08:02 PM
get a rwd celica u can have more fun with em and they are cheaper to mod/maintain than the fwd brats

08-16-2007, 04:03 AM
GTfour...do it! I wish they were more redily availible around here.

08-16-2007, 11:29 AM
k.........if u get a gt 4 yes awd is fun but expensive

i have awd but 1 its a subaru, 2 i still like the handeling of my rwd car better, and its hella cheaper to build than the awd car

08-16-2007, 05:03 PM
OMG, I saw a celi like yours the other day for sale stxman. Pretty much mint. I wanted it really bad.

08-16-2007, 08:44 PM
yeah the 3sge is a nice na motor, aftermarket parts are hard to find but well worth it. what kinda prices does celica's run there for.

08-16-2007, 10:53 PM
well speaking of building engines...heres my cost
bottom end rebuild and bored 40 over 500
engine builder stage 3 head 640
engine builder cam 110
master engine kit???
timing chain with metal guides 60

thats your basic 175-185 hp and 220 wt 22re....it wont be no supra but it will be evil enough....this is on stock ecu, for anything over 190 u need megasquirt

OMG, I saw a celi like yours the other day for sale stxman. Pretty much mint. I wanted it really bad.

OMGBBQ why did u buy it, some ass is gonna get it and ruin it