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ArumnDark
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ArumnDark Apr 17, 4:18am - #157023 
2004 Silver Streak Toyota Celica
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Tips for a Celica shopper? =)

I'm going Celica shopping tomorrow!

I'll be looking for a 2000-2001 GTS (or 2003+, but probably not, due to money problems)

It's been suggested that I ask if the belt tensioner or engine lift bolts were ever repaired, and I was wondering if anyone has any other things I should be aware of. Like other common problems or concerns, things that I should know about, you know. wink


Thank you folks! grin

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RevMonster Apr 17, 4:34am - #157024 

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- Whatever year you get, steer away from the 2002. The rev limiter is set 500rpm lower. You can't land in lift when racing.

- Get a manual. (duh) spineyes

- Check around the Hood for paint chips. Our cars tend to get quite a few of these...

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VSGTS14 Apr 17, 4:38am - #157025 

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LostAngel Apr 17, 4:38am - #157026 
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Originally Posted by RevMonster
- Whatever year you get, steer away from the 2002. The rev limiter is set 500rpm lower. You can't land in lift when racing.

- Get a manual. (duh) spineyes

- Check around the hood for paint chips. Our cars tend to get quite a few of these...

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ArumnDark
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ArumnDark Apr 17, 4:55am - #157027 
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Oh yeah, definately going for a 6-spd. grin



And, if you take $200/mo. payments, sure. tongue

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DaBigTickett Apr 17, 5:02am - #157028 

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Originally Posted by ArumnDark
Oh yeah, definately going for a 6-spd. grin



And, if you take $200/mo. payments, sure. tongue

Just try not to get ripped off, if you have ne questions just post em here im sure theyll be answered for you.
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Clos Apr 17, 5:05am - #157029 
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test drive all of them and then see witch one you like most thumbsup
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SiLvErGt2001 Apr 17, 5:35am - #157030 

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What color are you looking for wave got to get the 6 speed man. thumbsup
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Erick Apr 17, 5:37am - #157031 

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^^ agreed get a 6 speed.. i regret now.. and dont want to do any modifications till i can get a 6 speed.. thumbsup

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stefanoc Apr 17, 6:49am - #157032 

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belt tensioner, and lift bolts problems are the only big ones. just be ready to bargain, dont give them a price that you are willing to pay in the beginning cause they might give you cheaper than you were estimating(hopefuly). if buying used certified, complain about the color that it isnt ur favorite, complain about every little thing to get a bit discount off somehow. mileage too much and doesnt match the car price at all. no body kit and expensive without one. bad shift feeling... whatever you can say
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stefanoc Apr 17, 6:50am - #157033 

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oh yea, dont forget to test drive it lol
push to the limits, and be very patient. dont just jump on deals. if you cant get it from someone for the deal you want or the precise color you want, wait for next week, or else ull regret it. dont let time fuck you up
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ArumnDark Apr 17, 12:17pm - #157034 
2004 Silver Streak Toyota Celica
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Gotcha, gotcha. I planned on being VERY picky. (And even if I fall in love with it, I'll be disinterested as best I can!)

I'm also gonna check out multiple dealers, and I'll make sure they're well aware of that fact wink


(EDIT): Oh, and as for color, I think I'll be looking for either carbon blue, black, or silver (probably in that order). But it depends what they have, and how much I like it. smile

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theretiredpimp Apr 17, 1:53pm - #157035 

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Congrats. Soon you'll be driving a Cellie. Shop around, you'll be more than happy in the end. thumbsup

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GTSVST Apr 17, 2:40pm - #157036 
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Yeah be sure to inspect the body CLOSELY. I was overwhelmed by the beauty that is Celica when I bought mine and didnt even notice all the little chips in the Hood til after I bought it. frown
Also complain about it pulling to the sides and stuff when you drive it. Just something else to complain about grin
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eric_h Apr 17, 3:09pm - #157037 

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Originally Posted by tdenning
Yeah be sure to inspect the body CLOSELY. I was overwhelmed by the beauty that is Celica when I bought mine and didnt even notice all the little chips in the Hood til after I bought it. frown
Also complain about it pulling to the sides and stuff when you drive it. Just something else to complain about grin



ME TOO! i noticed tons of tiny little rock chips after i took her home and washed it, anyways you can get a bottle of touch up paint for toyota to take care of the big ones.

also be sure to check about tensioner and lift bolts

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Veilside Apr 17, 3:21pm - #157038 
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test drive it and make sure it's a 6 speed grin thumbsup

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FPcelica Apr 17, 10:40pm - #157039 
2001 Spectra Blue Mica Toyota Celica GT
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haha every other word out billy's mouth is "buy my gts!" haha i wish i could buy it but my celica is only worth half of what hes asking

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Krayze Apr 17, 10:59pm - #157040 

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also if it is a pre 02 unless it was a alte model 01 teh gates should not be the wide ones if theya re the wider gatse ona 00-early 01 then it was misshifted and that means it was prolly abused

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LinkTallica Apr 18, 6:10am - #157041 

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Originally Posted by VSGTS14
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xmangt1 Apr 18, 6:15am - #157042 

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Look for a warranty
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GTSVST Apr 18, 6:53am - #157043 
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Originally Posted by xmangt1
Look for a warranty

I wouldnt worry too much about a warranty if you plan on doing major mods since most of them will void the warranty.
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