I'm now turning 225700 km and still proud of my Tercel. The body is in bad shape. No more rocker panels. Maybe I used to much soap. It sure was worth all of it's pennies. By the way it is still on the road and in March 2005 it passed the anti pollution test. Motor and tranny very good on this little car.
Me I'd say the mechanic and good it is on gas. I used premium gas 92 of octane. No problems, changed oil and filter every 5000km. I used Valvoline 5/30.
Better seats would be appreciated. Could used bigger tires. Please do something with the body, it rusts just looking at it.