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1996 Toyota Paseo Coupe

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Base 1.5L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual - (22 reviews )
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Great Commuter Car!
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By brian20147
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1996 Toyota Paseo Coupe 2dr Coupe


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This is NOT a sports car/coupe. Don't even mention 0-60 or 1/4 mile times. Buy a Buy a G35 or vette if you want that. It is a commuter car, period! Great gas mileage, handling, and performance "for a commuter car." Purchased this car with 89K for about $3K strictly for M-F communte. Handles good, no rattles or shakes up to 60mph. After that, the engine starts to strain a bit. At 6'3" my hair almost touches the ceiling, have to recline abit for more headroom. Forget using the back seat except for groceries or gym bag. Getting between 30-35mpg avg. city/hwy. Good brakes & sound insulation for a small cheap car. With the price of gas today, this car only makes sense for a M-F car.


Favorite Features

Great gas mileage, handling, accessories, styling (interior/exterior), all around visibilty, for a communter car.


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Fun Reliable Car!!
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By Pam
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1996 Toyota Paseo Coupe 2dr Coupe


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I bought this Paseo in 2000 (4 years old at the time), no kidding, on looks alone, I think I have a slightly different edition, looks different from the 1996 picture. It's 2007 now and still have it, the only think i had to do was replace the timing belts and new brake pads, oil changes etc. Currently 125,000 miles. Handling is nice and it's definitely fun to drive. I pay $28.00 a week at the pump, no kidding.


Favorite Features

GREAT GAS MILEAGE! FUN to drive!


Suggested Improvements

Rear seats are big enough for people <100 lbs and under 5'2".


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Still runs like new at 112K and counting
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By Mike S.
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1996 Toyota Paseo Coupe 2dr Coupe


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I bought this car at 39K miles and now 5 years and at 112K the costliest single expense was the timing belt replacement at 68K (routine). Other than brake pads, regular oil changes, and other regular consumables I have had nothing go wrong on this car. It's always started regardless of the weather or how long it's been sitting (max 15 days with no start up). Handles well up to 85mph - great in snow - handles well on curves - rear seat is a shelf but for a single commuter looking for a somewhat sporty ride this is it. Only negative comment would be for prospective drivers over 6'3" - the top of your head will be pressed on the roof - 35 mpg when gas is $2+/gallon it might be worth it!


Favorite Features

Reliability - sportiness - speed of defroster/heater/AC.


Suggested Improvements

I honestly can't think of any - maybe more headroom for tall drivers but it's supposed to be small.


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Complete truth about this car
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By Rus
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1996 Toyota Paseo Coupe 2dr Coupe


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There is no room in the backseat of this car at all in less your a person with no legs. The engine has no power and is completely gutless. The handling is terrible this is not a really sports car. There stock radio is crap, i have had to replace the brakes pads 5 times, the rotors 2 times. This car only has 102,000 on it. I used genuine Toyota pads and finally gave on the grinding and switched to Performance Friction Carbon Metallic pads best pads ever! There is a awful clicking noise coming from the engine compartment.


Favorite Features

This car is completely reliable.


Suggested Improvements

Should be a two seater only. Needs a new powerful engine, but Toyota decided to drop this model after 97. To many to name that need upgrades. Moved on to a Nissan with better value and performance!


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My opinion
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By BlueG
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1996 Toyota Paseo Coupe 2dr Coupe


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We bought this car as a fresh import from Japan. With extremely low mileage, we figured we couldn't go wrong, with the only mark on the full inspection being that the timing belt would need replacement at 60000 miles. We've driven this car all over and totally love it. With the 1300cc engine it's a bit underpowered, but it's a great city car that's easy to park and fun to drive!


Favorite Features

Everything


Suggested Improvements

More headroom for the rear passengers.


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