Toyota Celica - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Toyota Celica owners have reported a total of 277 problems for their cars built in the 10 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Toyota Celica. The 2000 Toyota Celica cars have the most problems reported (124 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Toyota Celica

  Common problems of Toyota Celica

The following chart shows the 20 most common problems for Toyota Celica cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (71 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (33 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Toyota Celica

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
71
  Power Train
33
  Air Bag
30
  Vehicle Speed Control
26
  Structure
21
  Tire
15
  Service Brakes
15
  Gasoline Fuel System
11
  Seat Belt
10
  Electrical System
8
   
  Suspension
8
  Visibility
6
  Steering
6
  Exterior Lighting
4
  Latches/locks/linkage
3
  Wheel
3
  Equipment
3
  Unknown Or Other
2
  Electronic Stability Control
1
  Diesel Fuel System
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Toyota Celica of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Celica model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Toyota Celica model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Celica Model Years

Celica
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2005 34,25813    
0.05
  2004 48,48314    
0.03
  2003 1718,03915    
0.06
  2002 3725,68316    
0.09
  2001 5335,54017    
0.09
  2000 12460,36818    
0.11

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Toyota Celica is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2005 Celica
1
  2003 Celica
2
  2002 Celica
5
  2001 Celica
6
  2000 Celica
14
  1997 Celica
1
  1996 Celica
3


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