1993 Toyota Tercel Consumer Review: Still going strong in its 16th

1993 Toyota Tercel - Consumer Review

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Base Coupe (1.5L 4-cyl. 4-speed Manual)

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Still going strong in its 16th year
By Terckle on


1993 Toyota Tercel 2dr Coupe


I purchased this car in December '93 just as a form of cheap transportation thinking I'd get another car after five years. I keep waiting for it to give up the ghost, but this car just keeps on going. I rarely need "major" repairs. Trans about six years ago, exhaust last year, brakes two years ago? In 15 years I needed to be jumped twice, but I never had a breakdown or needed to be towed. There's rust by the rear wheels and side view mirrors, and a puff of white exhaust when I start up. It's been dependable in 100+'F weather down to -50'F weather. I get 27 mpg (city), 38 mpg (hwy), and 33 mpg mixed. Overall it's a great dependable car.

Best Features

It's not a showy or sport car, but it has great gas economy, a decent size, and dependability.

Worst Features

Better trunk opening, exterior design that flows water away from (rather than into) the side windows, better sound insulation, cup holders (got one off of eBay).
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