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Old 10-01-2010, 05:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm in a predicament of whether I should sell my 2000 celica. The insurance is pretty nut grinding and an old 1987 samurai with 130k miles seems appealing. It's bigger, I could pull our boat to the lake, I could learn to work on cars with it, give it TLO that I can't do with the celica cause it's to modern and new and nice. Is it weird I want something older and more beat up compared to a nice car? Anyways, the plan would be selling the celica for 6 grand and buying the samurai for 2.5k What are your thoughts? Are they good cars? (I'm just 17, wanting to have a job in the summer that doesn't have to be dedicated to paying off the last 3000 on the celica and be able to go camping somewhere deep in the mountains since I live on em.
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sounds like with your needs and wants, a samurai is a good idea. Things that you will need along with your samurai (if you plan on doing the work yourself) a basic set of tools (socket set, wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers) a torque wrench, a volt meter, an airpressure/vacuum gauge with fittings for compression checking, timing light. There will be things that break and things that you want to upgrade and these tools will be most of what you need to work on your rig. The other very important item other than tools is the Factory Service Manual. You can't buy one, but you can download it.
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Hmmm.... I have an '87 Samurai that has most of the good stuff done to it and we were thinking about getting a car that gets good gas mileage.

Is the Samurai really bigger than a Celica?
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It's bigger in the part of where you sit up your head won't hit the top of the car if you're tall. Also can pull a boat and what not. Atleast our boat, it's nothing huge. Celica's are rather small but suzuki seems to specialize in small cars. Look at everything they have, it's all condensed compared to other cars. But Samurai's look like miniature affordable jeep wranglers which is why I like them. If they have a lift of course.

Still debating it. It's a real nice car inplace for a potential metallic problem.
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I don't know if the samurai would be a better tow vehicle if that's a critical selling point. The celica has a good 50 or 60 hp more than the samurai... almost 100 percent. It's doesn't have a powerfull engine, but when geared low, it can go just about anywhere. It just won't get there in a hurry.
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That's true about the towing part, but I think it really comes down to your axles, bearings, etc.. when towing from a coupe or a jeep sort of vehicle
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