Look.. I have a GT, and I know the GTS is better STOCK (that's why they are more expensive), if you don't want to mod your car just buy it and forget about it, I think a GTS is a smart buy, (although honestly, driving them, I prefer the '00+ GT eclipe and the RSXtypeS, both cheaper cars than a GTS stock, both of them are around 200hp and both have a much better low end, ESPECIALLY the '00+ eclipse, trust me I had one for 3 years).. however if you plan to do aftermarket mods, then I think a Celica GT is a better buy than all of them because of a few things.
1. NA parts cost (much cheaper on a GT)
2. Turbo cost (once the kits come out this summer, will be much cheaper on at GT because of the stock compression)
3. Looks IDENTICAL to the GTS
4. Take the money you saved, put it into aftermarket mods, and you have a better car (this is WHY a turbo or supercharged GT will more than likely replace the VVTL-i engine in the higher model celica within the next year or 2, because the GTS is losing out to the RSXtypeS and the Eclipse, because of the price tag.
I am not trying to be insulting, I am just trying to explain why I, who could have easily afforded a GTS, purchased a GT and chose to put that 8K (Canadian) I saved INTO the GT.. so now, for less than the cost of a GTS by the end of this summer I will have a 235hp (200whp) 2003 Celica GT Turbo, with rims, red accent suede seats, TRD
steering wheel, TRD
body kit, exhaust, 2 10" audiobahns, and a 300w JBL amp. Just my 2c.. take it for what it's worth. [ 05-01-2003, 10:27 PM: Message edited by: FX-MAN ]