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 D.K. on Jun 11, 2009 Vehicle: 1996 Toyota Tercel 2dr Coupe
Bought this car used with 119K miles. It just keeps on going like the energizer Bunny. Change the oil every 4K and keep going. Had to replace clutch at 150K. Current miles 189k. A/C blows ice cold in Tx. This car was so great, they don't make it anymore. Mpg too good for the times! 38mpg avg for me.
by blaiseglaze on May 20, 2009 Vehicle: 1996 Toyota Tercel 2dr Coupe
Bought this car when it was 2 yrs old. Don't remember the miles on it. Drove it from KY - TN several times, then from Nashville - SLC. We called her "Tinkerbelle" (called her Tink) because she made that sound. Car was comfortable, fun to drive, excellent on gas... Never once had a problem with that car. So when I sold my Hyundai, I went looking for this yr/make/model again and found a 1995 in very decent condition... Left the car at 219,000 PLUS miles.