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  1. Happy Birthday Uncle GXi!

  2. Hi - which year Celica you got? Trying to replace the dash bulbs in my ST182 at the mo and it's a nightmare! But could help with some advice if this is what you've got...
  3. Thanks for the info everyone. I'll start giving these a try on the weekend. I should add that it did not have this problem before going in for the service, but it didn't perform as well before. Acceleration was quick to pick up in any gear at any RPM. The mechaniac at the place I took it to said that this was done to filthy spark plugs covered in oil from the leaking valve cover gasket. Doesn't explain why there is a problem now, though! I'll give it till the weekend, see if it sorts itself out, then I'll do an ECU reset. I'll post results back here! Cheers again everyone.
  4. Hello all, sorry haven't got round to changing my name on here yet! Just got an ST182 Celica GTi on an L plate ('94) although I assume the car was made in '93. Right, bit of a problem. The car is generally in pretty good nick for the age and mileage (just shy of 130,000!) but having minor grief with the engine. It starts perfectly (and certainly hasn't broken down) so the problem is more an annoyance than anything else. I recently had a service done which including timing belt, other drive belts, new plugs, oil, filters and rocker cover gasket (which was leaking oil). However, the car is running lumpy. Idling is erratic, with noticible vibrations as it varies between 800-1200 RPM. Also, when accelerating, the car is pinking (at least I believe that is the term). It sorts of stutters and jerks a bit, especially at lower engine speeds (please note that I can drive OK and the car is in the right gear :D ) Any suggestions? Is it a dodgy batch of fuel or does the timing or something need to be adjusted? Cheers.
  5. I think they are a little different. I'll have to check properly on the way back from work tonight, but I'm pretty sure at 80mph I'm up at around 4200rpm in 5th... I've got the official figures at home too. I'll check these and post them as soon as I get a chance. Cheers. ← Had a proper look when on the motorway last night. 80mph = 3900 RPM in 5th.
  6. Hi - I've got the same problem with my car ('94 GXi) with the knocking sound from the back. It sounds like the parcel shelf is constantly rattling, even though its not that. It does sound naff when you're driving around town! My rear shocks seem OK though - the car only dips once at the back when pushed on... I'm going to get my local mechanic to check it out next week anyway. I'll post up any findings on here.
  7. I think they are a little different. I'll have to check properly on the way back from work tonight, but I'm pretty sure at 80mph I'm up at around 4200rpm in 5th... I've got the official figures at home too. I'll check these and post them as soon as I get a chance. Cheers.
  8. It's pretty straight forward on this car. Pull off the heater/ventilation control buttons (they should clip straight off). Then pull the dash section surrounding the stereo and ventilation controls away. It is just clipped in and you don't need to un-do any screws. Easiest way to do this is grip the centre vents on the dash and pull! After unclipping the 3 multiplugs which serve the clock, hazard light button and rear demister, you should have a clear view of the stereo. There are four screws holding this in which are pretty accessible. Then it's just a case of pulling out the multiplugs at the back of this and removing it. Any probs, let me know.
  9. Just forgot to mention - if you currently have the 1.3 Corolla ('87 to '92 type) which I have also owned, then the GXi will feel monster fast! :D
  10. Hi - I can tell you pretty much anything about these cars (and have written a few bits and pieces on here before... Anyway, here it goes! Must make clear they are NOT as quick as the previous Corolla GT's. Quoted 0-60 is 9.5 secs with a top speed of 124mph. BUT don't discount it just yet! Due to the larger displacement (1.8) and different engine type (which isn't as revvy), it does mean it is a lot more tourqey. You don't need to rev it to the sky to get a fair turn of speed from it, which makes it great for everyday driving. It's speed is ample for me really and it will certainly keep up with modern day traffic demands. Again, this is an economy engine (the 7AFE - designated by the F series head). Can't remember what the quoted figures are but they aren't too bad at all (expect around 30-35 mpg around town, 40-45 at motorway cruising. So long as you get one thats been well looked after and keep it serviced according to its schedule, I can honestly say this is the most reliable car I have ever owned. Apart from my shocks being replaced (due to putting 16" alloys on), the car has not had a single thing go wrong and absolutely never fails to start first turn of the key. My favourite bit is that the things don't rust (a huge problem with older Toyotas - it killed my old Corolla GTi). If you're looking for the real sports car feel, it's probably not the best choice, but for a decent looking Corolla (with all the trimmings) on a budget, it's superb. If you want to look at some pictures, I have a web page with my car on there. Go to www.yahoo.co.uk then select 'groups'. You will have to register here if you haven't done so already. Search for the 'Performance Corolla' group and log into that. There are GXi pics on there somewhere. Any other questions, let me know. Cheers.
  11. Right, I've probably missed out on this discussion now, but here it goes anyway! I've had both TVIS and non-TVIS versions of the Corolla GTi and I've found that the non-TVIS was quicker. Bearing in mind that the removal of TVIS wasn't the only change on the later spec engine. It also gained oil-sprayed piston skirts and a narrower port design on cylinder head (see Fensport for more info on this). Quoted power figures were 122BHP for the TVIS and 129BHP for the non-TVIS. However, both versions of the Corolla GTi were quoted with the same 0-60 of 8.3 secs. In my opinion, it really seems to vary with each individual engine... Some days when I used to drive my '91 GTi it would seem sluggish and really strained. Other days it would absolutely fly. A similar situation with my '88 GTi too... Anyone else experienced this?
  12. Hi - not sure how the engines differ appearance wise, but the 1993 Carina GTi is the 155bhp version (according to the brochure I have at home. The engine was uprated mid-1994 as far as I'm aware (when the new Celica came out which shares the same engine).
  13. Hi - I'm one of those that had front shocks destroyed by 16" alloys. Mind you, I have a '94 Corolla GXi and the shocks, springs and anti-roll bars are all a bit beefier than the 1.3 version (hence the rock hard ride and knackered shocks), so the larger wheels may be OK on yours. If you're after anymore info on your Corolla, I have a load of original brochures here I can put online if you like? Cheers. ← Yeh that would be great mate if you could put the original brochure online i have been looking out for them for a long time but never came across them. cheers ← Hi - drop me an e-mail at catfordmartin@aol.com as a reminder if you could! I'll scan them in next weekend. Cheers.
  14. Hi - I'm one of those that had front shocks destroyed by 16" alloys. Mind you, I have a '94 Corolla GXi and the shocks, springs and anti-roll bars are all a bit beefier than the 1.3 version (hence the rock hard ride and knackered shocks), so the larger wheels may be OK on yours. If you're after anymore info on your Corolla, I have a load of original brochures here I can put online if you like? Cheers.
  15. I know I've mentioned this elsewhere and not one to put a damper on things, but I had 16" alloys on my GXI and the ride was SOOOOO hard that it knackered my front shocks within a month and rattled my interior to bits. I'd stick to 15's max if I were you (Toyota dealers do some really nice looking TTE alloys that would look top!)
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