1994 Toyota Tercel Consumer Review: Decent Car

1994 Toyota Tercel - Consumer Review

Average Consumer Rating

24 Total Reviews

Base Coupe (1.5L 4-cyl. 4-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Decent Car
By bwible on


1994 Toyota Tercel 2dr Coupe


Bought car in 1996 with 43k miles on it. 4-spd manual got only decent 29 MPG. Oil light came on at 80k. I was told by the dealer that you have to change oil every 3k or the valves burn up. Replaced the ignition silenoid at 100k. Engine light came on soon after and had to replace EGR gasket. Car was overheating at 149k and needed new head gasket so I sold it. The seats tore apart after only a few years - and that was with seat covers. Paint starting coming off after about 7 years old. Overall though, it was a good, cheap car to get me through college.

Best Features

Easy to drive and fairly reliable.

Worst Features

MPG, paint, oil burning
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