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 bjjohnson on Nov 10, 2008 Vehicle: 1996 Toyota Tercel DX 2dr Coupe
We bought this car as a program car in 1998 with 30,000 miles on it. It now has 232000 miles, still gets 42 mpg and is just now starting to require a lot of maintenance and repair. We took it on a 2 week, 4200 mile trip and it was very comfortable and performed well both on long stretches of interstate and in the city.
by SherryB on Apr 9, 2007 Vehicle: 1996 Toyota Tercel DX 2dr Coupe
We bought this car as a commuter vehicle, and have been very impressed. I'm shocked that it doesn't hold its value better, because it runs and drives just as well now as it did in 1996. It's still very reliable and gets about 39 mpg. Its only disadvantage is it's kinda loud.
by KevinP on Apr 7, 2003 Vehicle: 1996 Toyota Tercel DX 2dr Coupe
I never thought I would be praising a
car so much as I do this little one!
It's an amazing piece of engineering,
and starts no matter how cold it is
outside. (I use sythetic oil, which
helps). Quite simply the most reliable
vehicle I have ever owned. I keep
expecting things to go wrong, but the
car just keeps on going regardless.
I cannot recommend it enough.
by BrianV on Feb 28, 2003 Vehicle: 1996 Toyota Tercel DX 2dr Coupe
This was the first car I ever owned. I
put about 75,000 miles on it and then
gave it to my sister. At any rate, I
drove this thing so hard, redline
almost every shift, slammed on the
brakes a lot, etc. I was 16, I didn't
know any better.
At any rate the car never failed, it
needed a new idle sensor once and that
was it. Great car, gas mileage is ok
if you don't drive fast, but this car
really needs to be floored a lot to get
it to move so the gas milage goes down.
Stock tires are way too thin, unsafe in
the rain. Car looks good, interior is
decent quality. Good first car.
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