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Feb 17, 7:33pm - #403099 
Best year for 7th gen?

Hi, new to the forum. Don't own a celica yet, but looking to buy one in the next few months. I remember reading a long time ago that one year of the 7th gen's had a lower redline or rev limiter. Just wondering which year this was, and if there's anything else I should look out for between the years.

Sorry to repost this but I can't find the old thread.

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Feb 17, 7:57pm - #403100 
02 and 05 have lower rev limit thumbsdown

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Feb 17, 7:59pm - #403101 
if you want hid's then 03 and 04 have them
but if you want a power fc and i different clock color then 00 and 01 are the way to go
and ss are harder to get for 03 and 04 confused

someone correct me if i'm wrong

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Feb 17, 7:59pm - #403102 
00 is the best, cant mess with the orginal.

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Feb 17, 8:00pm - #403103 
ya basically...the 04 (i got) is cool as hell but the clock is orange and doesnt match my headunit and i cant change it b/c its a bitch 2 do angry


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Feb 17, 8:00pm - #403104 
03 overall is the best year


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Feb 17, 8:00pm - #403105 
I recommend the 2001 GTS.

The 2000 GTS I believe has some recall issues but I don't know if they are serious.

The 2002 GTS has the lower rev limiter set at 7800 rpm vs the other years at 8350 rpm. This can be resolved by the PowerFC, the one-and-only standalone ecu for the Celica, and an excellent one at that. The 2002 does have wider shift gates than earlier years which could be good if you are worried about pulling a 3rd to 2nd misshift.

If you are serious about performance don't get a GTS which is '03 and up, because they have Drive-by-wire (DBW) and that is not compatible with the PowerFC.


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Feb 17, 8:01pm - #403106 
00 just gotta make sure the master brake cylinder has been checked out by toyota

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Feb 17, 8:03pm - #403107 
Originally Posted by v4shj16
00 is the best, cant mess with the orginal.


sorta...high rev limit...different clock if that matters...

BUT
We have tranny problems with the synchros AND brake master cylinder recall...
If i would have to say...I would go with '01...all of our strengths and fewer of our weaknesses. plus i don't really like the 03-up bumper...

BUT 03 and up have full leather interior not fake vinyl in the back...and arguably better taillights... *shrug* Whatev they're all sexy thumbsup

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Feb 17, 8:03pm - #403108 
2000-2001 best for turbo and performance mods.
2002 the safest of them all if you wanna buy used, because previous owner couldnt launch it more than 7800rpm.
2003- best interior, less or no rattles, better dash paint and quality, better leather seats. improved overall.

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Feb 17, 8:04pm - #403109 
^lol 4 posts while i was typing mine rofl

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Feb 17, 8:05pm - #403110 
2001, but find a Celica driven by a granny, but then again my granny cruises at 85 mph on the freeway rofl


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Feb 17, 8:07pm - #403111 
Originally Posted by stefanoc
2002 the safest of them all if you wanna buy used, because previous owner couldnt launch it more than 7800rpm.


great point. thinking about it, it's no assurance of course. maybe on the other years they didn't go much into upper rpms. and then there are those that say the stock valves are fine up to 8500+ rpm. attempting to land lift with 7800 rpm limit could also mean they spent more time bouncing off the rev limiter/fuel cut running lean which is not good. it's all about how it was driven. I would have a compression test done, before deciding to buy, whichever year that is.


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Feb 17, 8:11pm - #403112 
Originally Posted by g96818
if you want hid's then 03 and 04 have them
but if you want a power fc and i different clock color then 00 and 01 are the way to go
and ss are harder to get for 03 and 04 confused

someone correct me if i'm wrong


SS are not hard to get. I have an 03 and i put in a B&M thumbsup


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Feb 17, 10:37pm - #403113 
for looks, 03 is the best, but for performance, 01 is the best

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