Bought with 110,000 miles on and now have 175,000. Still getting 31-34 mpg. (has AT) only maintenance have done is replaced bad 02 sensor a couple years ago, oil change, drained at fluid but didn't replace filter, replaced front brakes and rotor. Recently changed spark plugs and air filter idles very smooth. Not a car for a larger person. But if you're under 5'10" and 180#s, it's great.
Gas mileage and reliability
Alloy wheels get this black residue which isn't from brake pads.
This is NOT a sports car/coupe. Don't even mention 0-60 or 1/4 mile times. Buy a Buy a G35 or vette if you want that. It is a commuter car, period! Great gas mileage, handling, and performance "for a commuter car." Purchased this car with 89K for about $3K strictly for M-F communte. Handles good, no rattles or shakes up to 60mph. After that, the engine starts to strain a bit. At 6'3" my hair almost touches the ceiling, have to recline abit for more headroom. Forget using the back seat except for groceries or gym bag. Getting between 30-35mpg avg. city/hwy. Good brakes & sound insulation for a small cheap car. With the price of gas today, this car only makes sense for a M-F car.
Great gas mileage, handling, accessories, styling (interior/exterior), all around visibilty, for a communter car.
I bought this Paseo in 2000 (4 years old at the time), no kidding, on looks alone, I think I have a slightly different edition, looks different from the 1996 picture. It's 2007 now and still have it, the only think i had to do was replace the timing belts and new brake pads, oil changes etc. Currently 125,000 miles. Handling is nice and it's definitely fun to drive. I pay $28.00 a week at the pump, no kidding.
GREAT GAS MILEAGE! FUN to drive!
Rear seats are big enough for people <100 lbs and under 5'2".
I bought this car at 39K miles and now 5 years and at 112K the costliest single expense was the timing belt replacement at 68K (routine). Other than brake pads, regular oil changes, and other regular consumables I have had nothing go wrong on this car. It's always started regardless of the weather or how long it's been sitting (max 15 days with no start up). Handles well up to 85mph - great in snow - handles well on curves - rear seat is a shelf but for a single commuter looking for a somewhat sporty ride this is it. Only negative comment would be for prospective drivers over 6'3" - the top of your head will be pressed on the roof - 35 mpg when gas is $2+/gallon it might be worth it!
Reliability - sportiness - speed of defroster/heater/AC.
I honestly can't think of any - maybe more headroom for tall drivers but it's supposed to be small.
There is no room in the backseat of
this car at all in less your a person
with no legs. The engine has no power
and is completely gutless. The
handling is terrible this is not a
really sports car. There stock radio
is crap, i have had to replace the
brakes pads 5 times, the rotors 2
times. This car only has 102,000 on
it. I used genuine Toyota pads and
finally gave on the grinding and
switched to Performance Friction
Carbon Metallic pads best pads ever!
There is a awful clicking noise coming
from the engine compartment.
This car is completely reliable.
Should be a two seater only. Needs a
new powerful engine, but Toyota
decided to drop this model after 97.
To many to name that need upgrades.
Moved on to a Nissan with better value