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ct
C'mon & hit me!
ct Jul 26, 4:21pm - #232700 

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2000 Toyota Celica GTS

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test driven scion tc...review!

i've test driven the TC (thanks scion of santa monica wave)...i have driven both GT and GTS celicas...and this is my comparison.

exterior-the tc seems "huge" in pics...but in person it's not that bad. looks like a psedo small BMW. i like the looks...no comparison to the celica in that department but it does have a look that makes you double take.

interior-ummm...the celi gts with it's leather seats, etc. looks a bit "pricier" than the scion tc's. i never got to play around with the radio but it does have a nice stock set up. the seats are comfy with lots of leg room in the back...ulike the celi's clostrophobic back seats. the moonroof is awesome. it's a good wow factor that lasts for about 2 seconds. what impressed me that it was quiet. almost lexus quiet. being accustomed to celica's creaks and rattles it was almost too quiet. having learned that scion planted extra sound dampners..i can see why. all in all the structure feels solid. like a tank. mind you it moves like one too in the corners.

power-all this torque down low kind of made me expect great things. i have been in a 1.8T jetta which produces 170lbs of tq at 2K rpm at 3000lbs, and it pulls...the scion tc has 163lbs of tq at 4K at 2900lbs. while not at much pull as a 1.8T...it produces unfamiliar tq down low that i was not accustomed to in a celi. though my gts would pull on it at the high end...i believe a supercharged tc (from TRD...thanks guys for forgetting us celi/mr-s owners) would take us in every power department.

handling-at 2900lbs. the tc is not a BIG car...but we're all accustomed to driving 2500-2600 lbs. cars. does that make a differnce? yeah...like night and day. i couldn't believe how the tc handled. it boasted independent rear suspension. mac strust, influenced by the euro toyota avensis, blag, blah, blah...it was a pig in the corners compared to my celi...even though it sported 17s with bridgestone potenzas. i guess maybe i was too used to the celi's light weight and cornering abilities...maybe i was just spoiled. i dunno. some TRD sway bars and/or a strut and spring combo should take care fo the body roll. it brakes pretty well for a "piggy", which is nice that it comes with all discs around stock.


all in all i liked it for what it was. plus there are some modifying potential that is truley exciting. at a low compression rate (even lower than the celica GT) it screams boost! hmmmm doesn't dodge have a 2.4L little coupe that boosts like crazy and make 230whp stock...not that i'm saying the tc is a srt-4 knock off. but it does have some similarites...and potential.
i guess this car goes under...i like it but won't buy it category thumbsup

Originally posted by SKOOF:
yoru such a clown, i wish you lived in nyc, i would love to just give you the beating that youve probably never gotten in your life.
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ravadude338
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ravadude338 Jul 26, 4:24pm - #232701 
2003 Carbon Blue Toyota Celica GT
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they should have made it stock teeer-b0owwww-Eddd
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Polykarb
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Polykarb Jul 26, 4:28pm - #232702 

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2000 Toyota Celica

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The "Dodge little coupe with 230whp", you're reffering to is the SRT-4 (neon chasis), a sedan with 240hp. 2.4L Turbo

Yeah i saw a tC at my dealership as well, looks sleek inside. If i had to get rid of my celica and was in dire straights for a car, the tC would be my choice.

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Polykarb
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Polykarb Jul 26, 4:50pm - #232703 

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2000 Toyota Celica

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Tampa, Florida
The tC is just waiting for a supercharger. TRD has one as an option. Everyone wouldn't buy a tC for it's looks, but mechanically i does have enormous potential.

Engine

Double overhead cam (DOHC) 16-valve VVT-i 4-cylinder
Displacement 2.4 liters
Bore x stroke 88.5mm X 96mm
Compression ratio 9.6:1
Valvetrain Double overhead cam (DOHC) 16-valve with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i)
Induction system Multi-port EFI
Ignition system Electronic with Direct Ignition System (DIS)
Horsepower 160 hp @ 5,700 rpm
Torque 163 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm

Transmission

5-speed manual overdrive Standard
4-speed electronically controlled transmission (ECT) Available

Suspension

Front MacPherson strut
Rear Double wishbone suspension
Steering Power assisted rack-and-pinion steering
Turning Circle 36.1 ft.
Brakes Power-assisted 4-wheel disk with Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)

Exterior Dimensions (inches

Overall height 55.7
Overall width 69.1
Overall length 174.0
Wheelbase 106.3
Track (front/rear) 59.3/59.3
Ground clearance 5.2
Interior Dimensions Front/Rear (inches)
Head Room 37.6/36.6
Shoulder Room 54.3/50.0
Hip Room 53.2/47.3
Leg Room 41.6/33.6
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 84.7
Cargo Volume (cu. ft.) 12.8
Seating Capacity 5

Weights and Capacities

Curb Weight (lbs.) 2,905/2,970 (manual/automatic)
Fuel Tank (gal.) 14.5
Tires P215/45ZR17 (All Season)
Spare Temporary
Mileage Estimates (MPG City / Highway)
Manual 22/29
Automatic 23/30

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R3DLIN3GT
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R3DLIN3GT Jul 26, 5:01pm - #232704 
2003 Silver Toyota Celica GT
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2003 Toyota Celica GT

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^^ yea people will buy it for its value and potential

looks arent too bad but not the best thing when buying the car
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ct
C'mon & hit me!
ct Jul 26, 5:26pm - #232705 

C'mon & hit me!
2000 Toyota Celica GTS

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Woodland Hills, CA
Originally Posted by Polykarb
The "Dodge little coupe with 230whp", you're reffering to is the SRT-4 (neon chasis), a sedan with 240hp. 2.4L Turbo


wtf confused didn't i say that?

"hmmmm doesn't dodge have a 2.4L little coupe that boosts like crazy and make 230whp stock...not that i'm saying the tc is a srt-4
knock off."<---from first post... rofl

Originally posted by SKOOF:
yoru such a clown, i wish you lived in nyc, i would love to just give you the beating that youve probably never gotten in your life.
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UFCELI
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UFCELI Jul 26, 10:55pm - #232706 

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2000 Toyota Celica GT

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Florida
Originally Posted by ct
Originally Posted by Polykarb
The "Dodge little coupe with 230whp", you're reffering to is the SRT-4 (neon chasis), a sedan with 240hp. 2.4L Turbo


wtf confused didn't i say that?

"hmmmm doesn't dodge have a 2.4L little coupe that boosts like crazy and make 230whp stock...not that i'm saying the tc is a srt-4
knock off."<---from first post... rofl


Yeah wtf??? I saw a Tc in person today for the first time and it looks pretty good. I think if I was in the market today again as a 17-year-old like when I bought the celi the Tc would be up on my list thumbsup

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pimpmyride Jul 26, 11:45pm - #232707 

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west coast customs has a really sweet scion for 30 thousand check it out at www.westcoastcustoms.com
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