1996 Toyota Tercel Consumer Review: Basic transportation

1996 Toyota Tercel - Consumer Review

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By fritzyoski on


1996 Toyota Tercel 2dr Coupe


I bought the vehicle new in 2/96. It now has 148K trouble free miles. Started using a little oil in recent years, about 1 qt per 3000 miles. Replaced timing- and drive belts every 60K and regular oil changes. The only (!) unscheduled maintenance was at 115K when some emission sensor went bad and the check engine light came on. Cost $400 to replace. Never ever let me down.

Best Features

Reliability and fuel economy. With the standard 4spd. manual I get around 38 in the city and 43mpg on the highway

Worst Features

Best car for the money. Spacing between the gears is somewhat long, a 5th gear would have helped. Acceleration is sluggish but is an economy car, not a race car.
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