by mtnsubiedriver on Feb 22, 2013 Vehicle: 1996 Toyota Tercel DX 4dr Sedan
Bought a '96 four door Tercel
in October of 2012 but with automatic transmission.
It had 198k miles on it but ran great, other than needing new brakes.
AC works fine, power steering,
Got 40+ miles per gallon on the highway, 30mpg in town.
I now have 207k miles on it.
Needs a few things, like fan selector needs tweeking, CV joing is rattling on sharp turns, and will probably install new front calipers.
High beams don't work but it is a switch problem in the column.
All easy to repair I hope.
I don't mind the faded paint.
Bought for $1400 and won't part with it unless I find another, maybe a straight drive to get better gas mileage and cruise control.
by hotrod8983 on Mar 11, 2011 Vehicle: 1996 Toyota Tercel DX 2dr Coupe
My wife and I bought our Tercel new in '96, joking that our 7-year old would drive it someday.
She's now 21.
She's still driving it.
Yes, being a young college student she sometimes complains that it's not 'pretty' like some of the newer cars her classmates drive, but the reliability has been nothing short of incredible.
At 325,000 miles, the old girl finally gave one last blast of blue smoke and burped her last breath.
Our daughter actually cried.
while she shopped with her mother for another car, I installed a rebuilt engine and she couldn't be happier.
Another 300,000 miles?
I don't see why not!
by KamJess on May 11, 2010 Vehicle: 1996 Toyota Tercel 2dr Coupe
I bought my Tercel w/53,000 miles about 9 years ago and I just had my most expensive repair (coil at $250) at 143,000! I got a newer/used Corolla and I hope it lives up to my Tercel. Reliable is an understatement. I'm having separation anxiety from having to sell it, but can't afford to maintain 2 cars. If you take care of your Tercel, it will take care of you. I'll miss "Big Red" but I think my "Silver Bullet" will rise to the challenge. I don't care what they say-TOYOTA, I'm with you for life!
by Jeff on Aug 12, 2009 Vehicle: 1996 Toyota Tercel 2dr Coupe
I purchased this car with 229K miles on it and it currently has 240K. It's great on gas, is economical, and needs very little maintenance. Honestly the best car for those that have long commutes or need to take it into urban areas with tight parking spots. The trunk space is also very usable considering how small this car is. The manual transmission is average at best, but for the price and what this car was geared for, it's really a good car.
by marambre on Jul 25, 2009 Vehicle: 1996 Toyota Tercel DX 4dr Sedan
My 1996 Tercel has more than 221,000 miles! I have never had any problems at all!!! I have changed the timing-belt twice, just regular maintenance, and have changed the oil religiously every 3000 miles- Castrol GTX 10-30. It's not the prettiest car on the road but I can't rationalize buying a new one.
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