View Full Version : Decisions

04-09-2009, 05:43 PM
Hey everyone well I'm finally starting to look for a new 5th gen celica got two possible choices that i can see one is a 92 GT that is comes with a new engine dropped in it for 2000. the other is a 92 GT-S with 80,000 miles on it for about 3000 bucks OBO. personally i'm leaning towards the GT-S since it has the engine in it but a new engine sounds really nice.

I guess what I am wondering is are there any other issues that could sneak up on the GT after the engine gets replaced. apparently the original engine has "spun rod bearings (knocking lower end in engine)"

04-09-2009, 05:47 PM
Welcome to the forum!

Both cars have the 5sfe which is about as strong of an engine as you can get. But I would always trust a low mileage original engine over a swap. If the body is good, I would go for the GTS.

04-09-2009, 07:20 PM
I would get the GTS, that's a decent price... unless it has blue interior and you don't like blue.

04-09-2009, 07:48 PM
gts are always nice

04-09-2009, 09:42 PM
If you're interested in the GT, the first thing you need to do is find out where the engine came from, if it really is a 5sfe, and who put it in. Then you can determine if the new engine is really worth.

If you're interested in the GTS, then you need to check and find out if 80k is really the actual mileage. It's becoming very rare to find that age of cars with such low miles, particularly Toyotas. For instance, when I bought my 92 GTS, it had a little over 225,000 miles on it. If you find the mileage is accurate, then find out if there any service records to go with it or have a mechanic look it over.

Personally I would go with GTS simply because they are becoming hard to find and that is a good price for such low mileage.

There are also a few members here who live in Colorado that might be close enough to help you out.;)

04-09-2009, 10:09 PM
is the gt a coupe?

04-10-2009, 04:09 AM
is the gt a coupe?

nope its a hatchback from what i understand.

04-10-2009, 04:25 AM
nope its a hatchback from what i understand.
Liftback :bigthumbu

04-12-2009, 03:16 AM
I recently just found a black 93 celica GT-s that has and automatic transmission and 179895 miles on it for 1100. I am starting to think this may fit my very limited budget better then the 92 GT-S. Still kinda unsure all around with all these choices but I have always wanted a black celica :bigthumbu

04-12-2009, 03:32 AM
black is nice :bigthumbu

Slushbox not so much :zombie:

04-14-2009, 08:42 AM
how mechanically inclined are you?

I've picked up all of my 5th gens for less than $500. The first two had bad trannies, and cost me around $100 each to replace... I picked up my current celica for $500 last summer, and this one had a bad motor, but i was able to pick up a low milage replacement for around $350.

Basically, if you have the skills, and a place to work on it, it's possible to get into a 5th gen fairly cheap.

04-14-2009, 01:07 PM
Ive done basic maintenance for the most part. replaced some parts on a 81 camaro I once owned. but I have never replace an engine or a tranny. mainly because Ive never had anywhere to do the work. I have thought about it but knocked the idea down due to lack of work place.