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.
Ice cold air. Gas Mileage and Reliablilty. Roomy Interior in relation to its size.
How amazing it is seeing the fuel meter go slowly. I use this car to go to college and its amazing on how economical it is. Its a bit slow when full of people and cargo but when you are alone... let the good times roll. Is small to fit anywhere and it's reliable. Barely have mechanical problems with it.
This car is an IDEAL starter, HS,
college, commuter car. It's my starter
car and I'm still driving it(my second
year). It took some serious punishment
with my driving (that includes peeling
out, handbrake slides, going over bumps
at fairly fast speed, fast cornering),
yeah it lacks power but it surely
doesn't handle badly(60mph on 35mph
My tercel also was consuming oil at one
point, but after timing belt replacement
(and oil change with it) it stopped!
I managed to blow (well crack) a head
gasket in it, but with a $2 bottle of
radiator sealant and new spark plugs, it
was back up and running. Up to this day
it is still running with 90k miles on
it, no engine/tranny problems
-suspension (surprisingly it takes bumps
better than many cars) and doesnt fly
out on turns
-ease of repair/maintenance (CHEAPEST
-light weight (1950 lbs!!)
-surprisingly roomy (for a car its
size) it fit me, 5 girls and a dog.
dont ask :)
-better seat upholstery material (mine's
cracking in some places)
-passanger seatbelt is funky, first time
passangers are usually lost trying to
We bought this car as a second vehicle
to go to and from work. This car is very
basic-NOTHING fancy. This one is a 4
speed and has good fuel economy, but is
very noisy when at higher speeds. The
seams on the interior seats are coming
apart in a couple of spots. We have not
had any major engine problems but the
driver side window hinge came apart and
the window needed to be replaced. This
is a good reliable very basic vehicle,
but not great for long trips.
Good fuel economy/very basic less to go
Better material used in seating/there
are no cup holders. Better ergonomics.
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