Rev up your engines, a lot of people have asked me, Scotty how come you still drive your old 94 Toyota Celica. Well today I’m going to explain why.
First I’m a mechanic, we spend all week fixing other people’s cars, the last thing we want to do in our spare time is work on our own cars, that’s why I’ve got a Toyota Celica because the Celica is pretty sporty looking, but really it’s just basically a Toyota Corolla in disguise. It’s got the same exact engine and the same exact transmission down in here, and I’ve personally seen Corollas that had a million miles on them, so you know the thing is going to last. And another reason is I’m cheap, I bought this thing for three hundred and fifty dollars quite a long time ago.
It’s got two hundred thirty nine thousand miles on it now, and the AC still blows cold as can be when you push the button, and it’s still got the original AC compressor. One time I did have to add a little refrigerant but hey, it’s what twenty four years old, so tiny leak like that’s no big deal I filled it up and it’s still blowing cold. That was like six years ago, and it’s still got the original engine, the original transmission, the original power steering pump, these things were made to last, and even the wheels still good. But that’s a trick watch this, these are just autozone wheel covers, behind it are steel wheels. I love steel wheels for one main reason, they can take damage if they’re steel, if you hit a pothole or something, you get a little bend in a steel. You can get a hammer and you can mash it right back out again, if you up fancy alloy wheels like this Lexus, you can see there’s damage here. If you hit a big bump and this wheel brakes, these things cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars a piece, but even if you hit a curb, with these cheapy autozone hubcaps, hey you can buy another set for practically nothing. And from far away they look perfectly fine. There’s nothing wrong with a little facade every now and then.
Another advantage of a car like this is, hey it was the mass-produced car, they made millions of the Corollas, and the Celica being basically the Corolla parts, you can get parts easily and cheaply just about anywhere, even though the car is 24 years old now, and being a hatchback comes in handy, once you take all the covers off, and put the seats down, you can then carry a whole bunch of stuff. I put all kinds of lumber and giant screen TVs in this baby as far as I’m concerned, it maybe the perfectly designed car of all time and since I live in Texas, it may be 24 years old but no rust. Now if you moved down here with the car that started to rust, like my sister-in-law did, then all bets are off, because once rust starts, the humidity of Houston will just eat the car up, she had a Pinto she brought it down from Buffalo, and after a few years one day she opened the driver’s door and it fell off, so then she drove it a while climbing into the passenger door.
So since it doesn’t rust, what is the point of getting rid of this car, it runs good, gets good gas mileage, has freezing cold air conditioning, and hardly ever breaks down. Now granted the front seats did wear out, but look at these beautiful covers that I put on these covers have been on for like five years they look really well and they weren’t that cheap. I mean they were like 65 bucks apiece, but hey it still looks pretty good for an old car, and I put these covers on myself. Just realize if you ever try it it’s not going to look too good for the first few days, because they come in a package all scrunched up, but once you stretch them on, and they sit in the Sun for a few days, they look pretty good.
And yes I did get rid of the crappy Toyota stereo that came with them and put in this JVC, because it really sounds a lot better, that was 75 bucks well spent what the heck, and I did put in a pair of CV axles, but what the heck they were $49 a piece for a brand new aftermarket ones, and they’re still working fine six years later, so now you know why I’m still driving this 94 Celica, even though it has hand crank windows.