Great on Fuel. Bought it 5 yrs ago at 225,000 km. It now has 366,000 km. No Smoke and no Oil Leaks. Still Runs Strong. Needs new rocker panels due to rust-out, and rust spots above rear wheel arches, the A-pillars and window frames. Needs another cat converter to pass emissions test (put a cheaper one in 2 years ago and it passed test very well.
Good fuel economy with 5-speed. Gets 40+ Imperial MPG no matter how hard we drive it!
A/C as standard equipment would be ideal. Also manual lumbar support in driver's seat.
I got this car used with about 118k on it, and drove it until someone plowed into the driver's side door at 55 MPH with a truck. From the beginning to the end I loved this car! The only thing I had to replace were the brake pads and the drivers side caliper which I did myself for about $150. My car burned a bit of oil, but nothing too bad, however it did receive poor fuel economy for a Tercel. I got about 22MPG. The car was also very well built! I was T boned at 55MPH on the drivers door and I walked away perfectly unharmed. The door even opened! But it didn't close - haha. There was also tons of storage room! I had no issue carting 3 guitars, 3 amps, a few suitcases, and 3 people around!
TONS of storage room for a little car, very comfortable bucket seats, quiet engine, smooth transmission!
I wish they had power windows, mirrors, and locks! ABS would be nice on all trims, as well as standard A/C. The engine was a bit slow to accelerate, but it still made it up to 110MPH for me! The cup holders could have been better too. Also, I have heard that many Tercels burn a bit of oil.
110,000 miles and only one new battery,
one new waterpump, two new sets of
tires. No other expenses besides oil
changes. Car continues to run smoothly
and dependably and handles nicely. I
run cars into the ground and expect
this to last another 5 years or more.
Love the car.
Excellent gas mileage. Exterior and
interior still in beautiful condition.
Handles great especially around corners.
Perfect interior size for short person
(I'm 5 feet) but too small for a tall
person (son is 6'1 and with 14EEEE feet
he's too big to drive the standard).
Too bad it's no longer being produced.