I had a great experience owning a slightly used 1991 toyota tercel. Never a problem with it it just keep on rolling down the freeway. at 143,000 miles I became skittish and traded in for an American model boy was that a mistake. I wish I still owned it it was a great commuter with 32 mpg for 5 years.
engine reliability on base model. $ spped manual
Five speed manual on DX. AC should on base models. better paint seems toyotas paint didn't hold up well in the Midwest winter.