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.
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
ok this is the first toyota CAR i have
owned, and i think it will be the last
car i will ever own, because it has
lasted 200,000 miles on the original
engine and we just rebuilt it and i
know it will last another 200,000......
This is my first car and I've had no
problems with it. I've had to have the
front end cv joints replaced, but
that's not uncommon on a front wheel
drive car. i love every minute of this
beast. It's helped out in so many
occasions. I can't complain one bit
about it. Though it's small, it's not
meant to be a big family sedan. A great
car to learn on and know that you'll
have great reliability and won't put
much money into it other than regular
Peppyness, control, convience, size,
and audio system. for a person who
doesn't need a big system or speakers,
they work great for being stock.