I bought this '91 Tercel about a year ago, it sat for a year before I owned it, so it had low mileage when I bought it. Since then, I've had to do the CV joints, front brakes and now it leaves me stranded, as the oil pump bearing is shredded, no one is sure how this happened, as it is not a usual occurrence for this car. I did think Toyotas were good cars, but now I am not really sure. I paid $1400 and it could cost me $1000 to fix, I just got the brakes fixed a couple days ago. Since this is the only car my daughter and I own, and we don't live close to my school or my work, not to mention our bus system is lacking quite a bit, it has been a difficult last few days!
Not sure what I like about this car anymore. I would like a car that doesn't need so much work! Thanks to my friends for helping us get to work and to school.
Put stronger metal bearings in places that are important, as I might need the whole oil pump and timing belt fixed, not the mention the engine could have blown, as there was no warning, other than noise when I started the car the other morning. How do I trust this car now?
Very reliable vehicle, I have only had small problems since I bought it for $400. The car does consume quite a bit of engine oil but thats due to faulty valve stem seals from the factory. Now the clutch is starting to slip after 290000 KMs, so this is expected. I believe its the original clutch. It is not the most powerful car nor most exciting but if you are looking for cheap transportation look no further. I would just recommend to get the models 94 and up because Toyota fixed the problem with oil consumption on those.
Add a tachometer, for 1.5L engine should be producing little more hp at least 100 hp.
Well I just got this car not too long
ago with 116,000 and had to replace a
few valves but since then it has been
running and running. I love this car!
but I got hit by a dump truck wheel,:(
so i am going to have to sell it but i
will miss this car soo much.
everything about it was great
For people to be careful of the other
drivers. so they can live with their
What a good car. I've made countless
across the USA with no problems. The
mechanic said he
couldn't believe the car could run as
well as it did (which was great) with
the original plugs still in place after
100,000 miles. Runs well at 80MPH and
now uses just a little oil. Mechanic
who replaced head gasket at said
pistons showed very little wear and car
had many many miles left; internaly the
engine was remarkably clean. Just a
great little car that's a blast to
drive and take you where you want to go
Reliability and durability are the
hallmarks of this car. It is great to
not have to worry about breaking down
and whether the car will perform or
not. Always consistent!
Make the engine components easier to
reach and access, especially the water
pump and the timing belt.
This little car has much more power
than you thought. You can drive it at
80mph without any problem. The car
looks nice and it is very reliable.
The only problems it has are there's a
little engine oil leak on it (one
quart every 1000miles) and sometimes
you need to shake the transmission
before starting the car. These
problems are normal for a 12 years old