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  • Where are you from? BC, Canada
  • What's your current car? 1991 Celica GTFour RC, 2007 Rav4 V6 Limited, 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Project cars? The Celica build is on alltrac.net and the Jeep build is on JeepForum
  • What's your hobbies? TSD rallying and video games
Hey all, like everyone else I'm excited for the GR Corolla. If it's as good as we all hope then it will be replacing my Jeep as I now need something more practical and reliable for work trips and part-time family hauling. I love my Celica but 31 year old cars can be a little touchy. The Corolla would also be the first thing I've owned that wasn't old and high mileage lol. My wife and I have had a fair number of Toyotas over the years (87 Celica GT-S, 92 Celica GT-S, 05 Matrix XR) and some non-Toyotas (97 Prelude, 95 del Sol, 87 RX7, 00 Cherokee, 92 YJ, 07 Grand Cherokee diesel).

I've owned my GTFour since 2011, bringing it from where the previous owner was considering scrapping it through a few different styles to where it's now lifted 1" and used for TSD rallies.

From stock, to this:



and then to this:

 

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I've wanted a GT-FOUR Celica for a good long while now.

It's hard to get an AWD coupe. I've got one, but in Subaru flavor. I was planning to eventually get an imported one as a new fun car, but I think a GR Corolla is more rational choice, and a better all-arounder
 

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Thanks guys!

There really aren't a lot of options out there. I considered selling the GT-Four several times, but when I look at what I could get for it (not much) and what a car that meets my needs would cost (a lot more) it just made more sense to stick with it.

For what I need the new car for, I'd probably be perfectly happy with a regular Corolla hatch. But the GR Corolla is now an option, I can't pass up getting my Celica's second cousin four times removed or however distantly they're linked lol.
 

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Thanks guys!

There really aren't a lot of options out there. I considered selling the GT-Four several times, but when I look at what I could get for it (not much) and what a car that meets my needs would cost (a lot more) it just made more sense to stick with it.

For what I need the new car for, I'd probably be perfectly happy with a regular Corolla hatch. But the GR Corolla is now an option, I can't pass up getting my Celica's second cousin four times removed or however distantly they're linked lol.
That's how it is for me trying to get into a GT-Four 😂. It checks all the boxes for me but to find one for sale in general is hard, let alone one in amazing condition for less than $25k. This GRC is just going to be a better choice for a bit more money. However, if you do want to sell that GT-Four, I'm willing to talk numbers;)
 

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They used to pop up somewhat regularly around here, heck when I bought mine I had test driven another black RC the same day I checked out the one I bought (I always end up buying the second vehicle I look at for some reason), but even before the supply shortages they started getting harder to find.

If you want one in amazing condition mine wouldn't be the one for you. Mechanically it's quite solid, I've done and had done loads of mechanical work and upgrades to it over the years. Rebuilt engine with new gaskets, hoses, seals, rebuilt turbo, replaced everything in the suspension/brakes, etc. Put in a carbon driveshaft, upgraded center diff, the list goes on. I've also accumulated a large pile of spare stock and aftermarket parts for it. I have two different BBK adapter kits on a shelf lol. But cosmetically it's definitely got some flaws. A couple small rust patches on the body from poor repair work some previous owner had done, some scratches to the paint, and it definitely had a small accident on the front right corner at some point.

In my (biased) opinion it's a solid "drivers condition" car. Long story short I used to baby it but then realized there's no point in babying cars so I started using it for the TSD events on back roads and I'm very glad I did. These cars are an absolute blast on loose surfaces with the torsen LSD in the back.

I'm rambling a bit here but after 11 years I have a lot of thoughts on GTFours rattling around in my head lol.
 

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Oh yeah, I don't mean like "amazing" like garage kept condition with low miles but ones here in the states are rotted to hell, many dents and dings, absolute wrecks or they're too pristine and too much money. My definition for "amazing" condition for them is basically like your's but maybe less rust(I deal with enough rust from living in PA)
 

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Why didn't I know you when I had the car for sale 😂 I even had a rust free GT-S I could've chopped the couple replacement sections out of. It's all in odd spots so I'd love to know how the heck someone caused the damage that lead to the rust. There's a small strip along the top edge of the passenger rocker (I did buy new rocker panels), another small spot at the front edge of the passenger rear wheel well, and the worst spot is an actual hole (that was covered in bondo) in the underside of the rear fender just behind the rear wheel. How on earth do you hit something with that?

Other than that it's just the usual little bits of surface rust on springs, control arms, etc. The shell of the car is nice and solid, which I guess is unusual when I see the swiss cheese some guys have for floor pans.
 

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Better than one I saw on Facebook. It was a 92 All-Trac Turbo that they wanted $8k USD for but it had both quarter panels basically rotted out, beat up bumpers, smashed fenders and awful rust on the rockers and underneath
 

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The second time I had mine for sale I was asking the equivalent of $16k USD, and all I got was a bunch of insults and one offer for $4800 USD. That's when I said forget it, if that's all I'm gonna get I may as well be the one beating it up a little.
 
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