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!
My little Toyota Paseo is the best little car I have ever owned. She has given reliability, good gas mileage and easy driving for the last 12 years. I change her oil, do annual maintenance and she, I call her Mystic runs forever. This morning, I hit a deer, my car swerved out of the animal's way and the damage was minimal to the PASEO AND THE DEER RAN AWAY. I am still alive to talk about how my little car handled the road to try and not hit the deer which was inevitable. Broke the side light, dented the right fender and broke the passenger mirror but my little car keeps driving. I will repair the best little car I have ever owned.
Stole this car from the original owner (brother in-law) for 3 grand. First convertible i've owned. What a blast! Car makes great power for a small engine between 3 and 4000 rpm. Handles way better than most original reviews I've read, and you can't beat the gas mileage. Have put about 4000 mi. since purchase (83,000 on it now) and have only done plugs and wires and oil change - all easily done myself. I have 2 other vehicles I can't even get to the plugs on. Mine is red just like the one in the picture, and people constantly comment on its good looks. With gas prices what they are, Toyota should re-introduce this model.
bought vehicle new and have never had any problems w/ the vehicle !!! besides normal schd maint, I have only replace the rear shocks. Not bad for 150,000 miles !!! I have never owned a car that requires minimal maint. I would strongly suggest this car for those who want a reliable, fuel efficient vehicle that is fun to drive !! joe