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I am at that stage of thinking about ordering a GT86, wondering how I'm going to pay for it etc etc.

I owned a Mk1 1600ST Celica '73 Mreg years ago. I loved that car. It was a tad underpowered but exactly what a car should be...then I owned a race modified Triumph Spitfiire for many years until it was killed by an uninsured bread van just before I was due to convert it to 2.5PI six power. :( I then went through a phase of Pug205GTis...2 of them - but FWD just isn't FUN!...then I bought one of the last shaped Celicas - this was the first brand new car I bought. I loved it but it was underpowered and FWD :(....I had child #1 and managed to find a child seat that sat well in the bucket like rear seats..but the Mrs moaned and moaned and moaned about getting kicked in the back and nagged and nagged and nagged until i bought a sensible family car; a Mazda 6 TS2 estate....that got nicked and written off (there are pics on a Mazda6 owners site) and then the insurance Co bought me another one.......since then the Mrs has thrown me out (2 years now) and i find myself with a dull family estate and as a single man again. My Mazda6 is 5 years old now and I think I need a change. I have now decided that if i can find a way to raise the funds (not easy with 2 houses and 2 kids and alimony to pay) I want a Gt86....it seems to be what the last Celica should have been and tbh I did like that car.

The GT86 seems ideal to me. It has some albeit small seats in the back for ferrying the kids between their mother's and my house. It is RWD with more power than the old Celica....and more character than a FWD coupe like a Scirocco....and it's got me lusting after a car again...

I have one question at the moment about the Gt86. I doubt anyone will be able to answer it as none of you will have had yours over a winter yet. The wheels on my '02 Celica suffered REALLY badly from corrosion on winter roads. Each winter Toyota, after lots of moaning, replaced the wheels under warranty. the final year before the warranty ran out they replaced the wheels and let me keep the old ones, so the old ones went on the car and the new ones were stored in the garage until I sold the car. ;)....What I want to know is whether Toyota have sorted out the corrosion problems on their alloys? There's little worse than wheels going furry after a couple of drives on salted roads.

Edit: Also could someone advise if a bass guitar in a flightcase is going to fit in the boot (with the rear seat folded down) ?



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The wheels on my y2001 celica done the same as did a lot of the people I know who had the 16" standard wheels tho friends with the 17" tsport and celica gt wheels didn't have that problem, I also changed mine for the 17s and they were fine, also on the subject of the guitar I have read in a review that with the rear seats down there is enough room for a set of track/race wheels as I had similar concerns about golf clubs,.
Hope that's of some help
 

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Habu said:
I've always found Toyota's warranty excellent .
In part, because most of their clients are difficult old farts.
 

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Thanks for the reassurance about the wheel corrosion....yes Toyota's warranty is great - they did get a bit funny about replacing the wheels for the 3rd time though!!!!!


I think I'm going to book a test drive of a GT86 and take one of my basses with me to see if it will fit.....really got the bug now.

:)

Just got to find the money - I wonder if the ex will take a cut in maintenance?
 

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Have you thought about having it on a PCP cuts the repayments down quite a bit and with the guaranteed future value being so good makes sense
 

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Have you thought about having it on a PCP cuts the repayments down quite a bit and with the guaranteed future value being so good makes sense
Yes that's definitely an option worth considering......
 

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I had same issue with 17s and had them referred every 2years but I am told all sorted since 2010
 

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About the base guitar in a flight case -apparentlythe boot size with the seats down was determined to ensure you could fit 4 wheels with tyres fitted and a toolbox so you could go on a track day - well according to the salesman at the dealership when I ordered mine
 

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About the base guitar in a flight case - apparently the boot size with the seats down was determined to ensure you could fit 4 wheels with tyres fitted and a toolbox so you could go on a track day - well according to the salesman at the dealership when I ordered mine 
I got told the same story.
 

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Hmmmm with the narrow slot opening of the boot which i nicknamed a letterbox, I cant see how wheels would fit in? Unless my dealer forgot to tell me that it wodens up somehow but he said that was it, certainly looked very narrow
 

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Hmmmm with the narrow slot opening of the boot which i nicknamed a letterbox, I cant see how wheels would fit in? Unless my dealer forgot to tell me that it wodens up somehow but he said that was it, certainly looked very narrow
You have to put one wheel in at a time. Not all four stacked on another at once.
 

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Twigman said:
Edit: Also could someone advise if a bass guitar in a flightcase is going to fit in the boot (with the rear seat folded down) ?
Welcome and nice to see a fellow Bass player on the forum.


Not a definitive answer but: When the dealer showed me the boot space, I was originally impressed as it looks twice the size of what you got with an MR2... then he showed me that the rear seats folded down (I had not expected that on a car like the GT86) and I remember thinking, that should be big enough to get my Bass in (a Yamaha RBX 374). Can't confirm it yet as I don't get my car until the end of September but I really can't see it being a problem. Mind you, I carry mine in a gig bag, not a flight case and that currently fits across the back seats of my Fiesta (just).

I'm sure your local dealer would be happy for you to bring your Bass in its flight case to try if you asked.
 

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Angel C said:
Twigman said:
Edit: Also could someone advise if a bass guitar in a flightcase is going to fit in the boot (with the rear seat folded down) ?
Welcome and nice to see a fellow Bass player on the forum.


Not a definitive answer but: When the dealer showed me the boot space, I was originally impressed as it looks twice the size of what you got with an MR2... then he showed me that the rear seats folded down (I had not expected that on a car like the GT86) and I remember thinking, that should be big enough to get my Bass in (a Yamaha RBX 374). Can't confirm it yet as I don't get my car until the end of September but I really can't see it being a problem. Mind you, I carry mine in a gig bag, not a flight case and that currently fits across the back seats of my Fiesta (just).

I'm sure your local dealer would be happy for you to bring your Bass in its flight case to try if you asked.
Excellent.
I have 3 precisions. [ 1 squier and 2 Warmoths which i made myself]
I have a huge custom made flightcase but I also have a shorter 3star hard case.

To give an idea of just how big it is here is a pic of my Warmoth P-J in the full flight case:
 

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DoogleDog said:
Hmmmm with the narrow slot opening of the boot which i nicknamed a letterbox, I cant see how wheels would fit in? Unless my dealer forgot to tell me that it wodens up somehow but he said that was it, certainly looked very narrow
You have to put one wheel in at a time. Not all four stacked on another at once.

ROFL yes I realise you would have to put one wheel in at a time even so I still think the opening is very narrow, I expected the whole of the glass to lift similar to the Hyundai coupe hatchback, so was surprised how small the opening was more like a boot than a hatch
 

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Ive got a picture from the launch of all the wheels inside if you want to see? Ill try and work out how to upload off my mobile
 

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The standard wheels will almost certainly suffer corrosion due to the polished face. All polished wheels suffer this in the UK, BMW are the most common I think. We cant grasp why OEMs keep using them, at they dont have much of a premium look about them compared with a nice anthracite finish or similar, and they just have to replace them all the time!

Powder coating is something to be very careful of, if you dont go to a wheel specialist but just to a general powder coater the oven they cook it off in after coating can be way too hot, and significantly reduce the strength - 99% of the time this is where all of the broken OEM wheel pictures come from.
 

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The standard wheels will almost certainly suffer corrosion due to the polished face. All polished wheels suffer this in the UK, BMW are the most common I think. We cant grasp why OEMs keep using them, at they dont have much of a premium look about them compared with a nice anthracite finish or similar, and they just have to replace them all the time!

Powder coating is something to be very careful of, if you dont go to a wheel specialist but just to a general powder coater the oven they cook it off in after coating can be way too hot, and significantly reduce the strength - 99% of the time this is where all of the broken OEM wheel pictures come from.

Totally agree


I use a company called Spit and Polish http://www.spitandpolish.co.uk


Nothing to do with me i might add but excellent service every time i use them and they collect from you as well and on my Celica i had Graphite Grey powder coated to the wheels which lasted nearly 3 years each time but was let down by poor alloy from Toyota


Think i may just get GT86 wheels done when i get car to save hassle later on with wheels


I recommend anyone to use this company as been going for over 25 years now as well
 

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Ive got a picture from the launch of all the wheels inside if you want to see? Ill try and work out how to upload off my mobile



Here's a similar pic from the Japanese website which may help give an idea.



 
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