1997 Toyota Paseo Consumer Review: Still a Super Fun Hot-Rod

1997 Toyota Paseo - Consumer Review

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Base Convertible (1.5L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Still a Super Fun Hot-Rod
By walkndaddy on


1997 Toyota Paseo 2dr Convertible


Purchased @ 103,00 miles.
The paint is old and a little flaky (like the driver).
Am 6' 2" so I have a bucket-style (non-adjustable) racing seat on the driver's side, and a regular racing seat on the other. Both have 4-point restraints. The seats are significantly larger than the stock ones, but sit very well.
The roll bar makes the body rigid, and provides a protective cage for any rear collision, and roll, as it is above the windshield level.
Strut tower brace in the front is excellent.
The suspension has been re-worked with an off-road coil over springs installation that makes the car drive like a go-kart. The body doesn't roll at all.
The rear seat is replaced by foam insulation beneath flooring, which gives it excellent road noise deadening. Alas, there is still noise from the convertible top.
Thick sound-deadening application to the underside of the hood helps.
I painted the wheels farm-implement yellow, so with the green center caps it looks pretty good.
Last year I re did the master break cylinder and replaced the front brake pads. The drums in the back remain in excellent condition.
"Adequate" acceleration. "on a rail" handling.
Built like a tank already.
Excellent economy and a thrill to drive already.
It is a hobby car for me. WOW!!!!!!!
AND it's 20 years old. In 5 years it will be a classic!

Best Features

  • Road holding
  • Shifting
  • Steering
  • Quality of materials
  • Logic of controls
  • Interior design
  • Purchase cost
  • Fuel economy
  • Maintenance cost

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