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Became a member of the family...
18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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By hotrod8983
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1996 Toyota Tercel Coupe DX 2dr Coupe


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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!


Best Features

Reliability. If I had the patience to type that word a thousand times I would. Even with an automatic we still get 37 mpg on the highway, and average about 28 in town. What repairs we've had to make are consistant with any car that has this many miles, and parts are readily available.


Worst Features

A bit underpowered, but considering the gas mileage I can live with that. rear seat legroom is lacking, especially in the coupe. The only other complaint I have is that they don't make it anymore!!!! Toyota!!!! What are you thinking?!!


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Best Car Ever!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By KamJess
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1996 Toyota Tercel Coupe 2dr Coupe


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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!


Best Features

Paint job, bright red and always shiny, even when dirty. Wish the newer cars had this quality.


Worst Features

Why bother, you don't make them anymore. Just ensure you continue to make quality cars.


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Good first car
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By kristina
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1996 Toyota Tercel Coupe 2dr Coupe


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This car is perfect for a first car which is exactly what it is to me. It gets 27 miles to the gallon and is small, perfect for easily maneuvering and fitting into tight spots.


Best Features

fuel economy - 27 mpg


Worst Features

power locks and windows


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Point A to Point B
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Jeff
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1996 Toyota Tercel Coupe 2dr Coupe


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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.


Best Features

Miles-per-gallon. Easy access of maintenance items (oil filter, air filter, etc.). Trunk space.


Worst Features

For the money, it's perfect.


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Best Toyota!
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By D.K.
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1996 Toyota Tercel Coupe 2dr Coupe


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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.


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