by dave350 on Mar 24, 2011 Vehicle: 1994 Toyota Tercel DX 4dr Sedan
I got this car brand new in June of 1994.
This June will my 17th year with it!
It has been a good car.
I have replaced the water pump, starter, and blower (for the heater/AC).
I am about to roll 180,000 miles on it.
This car has been up and down the I-5 corridor from Seattle to Tiajuana.
Burns about a quart of oil every 1000 miles, but I know this and keep up on it.
It is beginning to look its age, but it is obviously paid for and is cheap on insurance.
It was a gift from my beloved grandfather who has since passed on, and I can't imagine getting rid of it.
Still run real well and I don't see any reason to replace it yet.
You can bet it will be another Toyata when I do.
by Jim Boy on Oct 15, 2010 Vehicle: 1994 Toyota Tercel 2dr Coupe
I'm 18 I got this car a little over a year ago its great. I have 235,000 miles on it and I take it on a 420 mile round trip (avg mpg 42) every other week. I live in the bay and force it to drive fast. It sounds a little rough when giving it gas but it has never given out and always starts. We own two of these because they are great cars. I have 3 other friends with this car and they all have over 270,000 miles. The car handles great I took a turn 20 mph turn at 55 learned all the weight is in the front.
by Joe on Jan 14, 2009 Vehicle: 1994 Toyota Tercel 2dr Coupe
The dealer saw me coming and I spent $1000 more than it was worth in '94. No regrets. 215000 miles and the car has started every single time I turned the key. Every time. Simply amazing. Replaced the water pump at 97000 miles but warranty covered it. Except for regular maintenance items almost everything else on the car is original and still working fine. With 4-speed stick it is faster than the 5-speed Audi I owned before. With high performance tires it will freakin' corner at 50 mph. (Yes, I did it once, but only once, you corner at 50 anything that isn't attached goes flying.) I am getting a new car now but only because I am nervous at such high mileage driving in NYC area.
by peggy on Dec 16, 2008 Vehicle: 1994 Toyota Tercel 2dr Coupe
220k and still going reliably and painlessly. Starts at -20 tho the shifting is very stiff until the car warms up, great gas mileage at 34 mpg. It now needs oil along with gas and leaves a blue cloud when it starts.
by Annette on Jul 8, 2008 Vehicle: 1994 Toyota Tercel DX 4dr Sedan
I have a 1994 Toyota Tercel. I bought it brand new - 14 YEARS AGO! I'm still driving it. The paint has faded & its not so pretty anymore, but it has last me many years. For the most part, the car has given me little trouble. Usually when I had a problem it was because I needed a new battery. At about 100,000 miles I had the motor rebuilt since I had a major oil leak. That was money well spent. The car still drives smooth & almost as quiet. My family used to laugh at me for driving the old car so long, but now are wanting to buy it from me with the cost of gas now, and knowing very soon I will be replacing it with another Toyota vehicle. I just hope Toyota make their cars like they use to. :)
by Fusto on Apr 18, 2008 Vehicle: 1994 Toyota Tercel DX 4dr Sedan
This little car is so far a great answer to rising gas prices. I bought it used in 02/2005 with some 103K miles. As expected I have to replace some parts, but still he stands tall in fuel economy, reliability, always takes me anywhere I need to go. I drive some 30 miles daily to my work. Still remember that I used to fill the tank with some $18.00 a week (yeah), true believe it or not. This year for example I had to replace the starter, yeah it had the original starter from Toyota, it lasted some 13 years.This car was built to last, it's tough. Not to mention it's durability it's old school (from 1994, comparing to today's new cars). He is still a good car.