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 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.
by gary b on Mar 3, 2007 Vehicle: 1994 Toyota Tercel DX 4dr Sedan
This car was a big disappointment. After having good luck with a 91 2 door Tercel (dependable, high mileage 150k+, and awesome gas mileage), I found this car didn't live up to its older brother. I purchased the car with 60k miles. The car had a rough ride, was very cramped, and the gas mileage wasn't very impressive 26-30 mpg as opposed to the 35-40 mpg in my 91 Tercel. Wouldn't buy another one. Had a 96 corolla that got much better mileage and was a whole lot more comfortable.
by Mattie on Aug 29, 2005 Vehicle: 1994 Toyota Tercel DX 4dr Sedan
For $2,500 there is not much better. I have the 5 speed (highly recommended). Good gas mileage, eats a little oil (normal for the Tercel) I have 230K on it (bought it last year with 178k) and it runs like a champ! I added lowering springs, 15" rims with low pro tires and a cold air intake and now it is almost quick. Slapped a $500 paint job on it, some tint and a sound system and I got new car looks and performance with no car note. I have only had to replace the water pump. I beat it up everyday and it wants more. Toyota sure knows what they are doing when they build cars. I bet it will run to 300K, stay tunned.
by Jeff Popp on May 5, 2003 Vehicle: 1994 Toyota Tercel DX 4dr Sedan
I bought mine used at 60K and found it
quickly going through oil. It started
out needing a quart about every 1500
miles and eventually degraded to every
400. On the recommend on my mechanic
(he thinks it has a cracked ring) I
switched to 20-50w oil
returned to 800 miles.
It is NOT comfortable, NOT roomy (I'm
6-3) and NOT fun to drive. It is a
pig on hills and you can forget about
trying to pass anyone on a two-lane
road. But it has always gotten me
where I need to go and may continue to
putt on for who knows how long.
It now has 134K miles and I am giving
it away to our church.
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