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i'm gonna buy a car soon but i wanna get some info about the cars first... this will be my first car and i want something i can stick with for a while....

what are the goods and bads to having a 5th gen celica? and like what are some common issues that the celica has?... i really like the celica but... 240sx i heard are pretty nice too... can you guys help? thanks
 
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if your looking for reliability go for the celica.


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go with the 240 i used to own one and i wish i would have never sold it dont get me wrong i love my 5th gen but the 240s are alot faster and funner to drive and they make alot more aftermarket stuff for a 240 and there isent have as much aftermarket stuff for a 5th gen


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The celica will be way more reliable, Ive gotten 250K miles out of mine so far without any major problems. 5th Gens handle pretty good too. Another plus is Toyota used the 2.2L 5SFE engine in cars from 90-99 so parts are plentiful. (I dont know much regarding the 1.6L ST engine, but Im sure its just as reliable)

Only downside is the GT & GT-S 5SFE engine arent really performance platforms. Theyre economy engines so you cant really reliably turbo them without some intermal upgrades

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And even that is academic. a 5SFE can be turboed without any modifications to stock internals, or the engine can be swapped.

Since its a first car, I would recommend a 1992-3 GT coupe with a 5-speed. The 240SX is a great car, fast, handles well, and isnt unreliable per se, but everyone crashes their first - and for a beginner, a rear wheel drive car thats fast is gonna crash worse than a front driver thats quick. just my idiot opinion, go with the Celica

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alright thanks guys =D yer the best

so the thing is my friends found me a 240 with 190k on it... but it supposedly being kept in top shape... and i've been looking for a 5th gen celica for sedimental reasons...

but yeah man.... personally i think the celica is much prettier than the 240... ooooo well... thanks guys
 
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Actually, I like them both. 190k is rather high mileage for any car, unless your getting it for free. A celica with 120-140k is not hard to find for around $2200, and will last you 3+ years depending on how you treat her. Make sure you get a 5-speed, and get a GT or GT-S. There are several threads on this site on what to look for before you buy a Celi, but the most common problems are not biggies. Seventeen people b*tching about a broken climate control knob says something about the build quality of these cars, but have a trusted mechanic check it out thoroughly anyway --better to spend 25 bucks now than 250 down the road.

and yes, they do make some aftermarket stuff for this car if you wanna go down that road, basically intake exhaust and header bolt on stuff, but turbo kits and turbo swaps are the best bang for the buck.

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Actually, I like them both. 190k is rather high mileage for any car, unless your getting it for free. A celica with 120-140k is not hard to find for around $2200, and will last you 3+ years depending on how you treat her. Make sure you get a 5-speed, and get a GT or GT-S. There are several threads on this site on what to look for before you buy a Celi, but the most common problems are not biggies. Seventeen people b*tching about a broken climate control knob says something about the build quality of these cars, but have a trusted mechanic check it out thoroughly anyway --better to spend 25 bucks now than 250 down the road.

and yes, they do make some aftermarket stuff for this car if you wanna go down that road, basically intake exhaust and header bolt on stuff, but turbo kits and turbo swaps are the best bang for the buck.
If you plan to drive it in the winter would can forget the 240. Besides the fact that it will rust right before your eyes it is comically difficult to get anywhere in the snow with it. If it's going to be a summer only car, and you can find one that the rear strut towers haven't already rusted out of, then go for it.
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Originally posted by 91celicastx@Jul 7 2006, 01:09 AM
but the 240s are alot faster and funner to drive
Never listen to someone who says funner. lol

In actuality I like the 5th Generation Celica better than the 240. However, I think you'll find more aftermarket parts for the 240. On the flip side. The Toyota is much more reliable.

So you must decide what you want in a car, and then find the one that suits you.
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just get a 240SX (im sorry celica forgive me)
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