Damn it's been a long time since I posted here! This place was like my second home back in my teen years, and looking through some of my early posts brought back tons of memories. I still occasionally look through old pics from meets and remembered the good times!
Anyways, I'm back in the Celica after about 9 years, though it's back to stock mechanically. Today, it is my daily driver so I'm just keeping up with maintenance and fixing things that break. It's at 145k miles and still runs great, but has old-car qualities like noisy/harsh ride, little creaks here and there, and no tech. I did add a reverse camera and bluetooth though! This is what it looks like these days:
Throughout college, I slowly detuned the car, getting rid of the wheels, body kit, TRD spoiler, etc, and ran a more subtle setup with just lowering springs, TRD exhaust, intake. After college, I bought a 2007 Subaru Forester XT, returned the Celica to stock and my dad took it over, commuting to work. The Forester was a fun, larger car, and although I never did any power mods, it was pretty quick.
I recently sold the Forester and picked up another gray, AWD wagon, this time a 2017 VW Golf Sportwagen! Although down in power, this car is much more fun to drive than the Forester, as it sits lower and has DSG vs 4sp auto. Though neither feel as nimble/engaging as the Celica -- the wagons are so heavy in comparison, and there's just something about manual transmissions! I've been doing some subtle mods, mostly looks, but will be swapping to a larger GTI turbo soon. This is more of my weekend/family car, as it's bigger and more comfortable than the Celica.
Anyways, for those who remember me, I just thought I'd share what I've been up to (car-wise) over the past decade and a half!