1996 Toyota Tercel Consumer Review: Love this car

1996 Toyota Tercel - Consumer Review

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By Big_Mikey on


1996 Toyota Tercel 2dr Coupe


Purchased car new (11/95) and has been a great car. During years 2001-2006 car was driven often from LA to Las Vegas in excessive heat. Replaced engine at 171K with used engine (84K) and car continues to run like new. Avoided fancy options other than A/C and auto transmission. Performed regular and proper service on car and interior/exterior is in great shape for 12 year old car. I plan to keep this car for several more years and often people make offers for the car. 26 MPG city as much as 33 MPG hwy. Always use just 87 octane and regular 10W30 motor oil every 4000. Now that I am living in Las Vegas, I keep an eye on coolant and transmission oil more closely. I will never sell!

Best Features

You can park it just about anywhere. You can hide it behind a tree! A little tight if you are taller than 5'7 or havier than 180 for a man. More a woman's car than man's car, perhaps. A/C seems to work great and does not need any service.

Worst Features

Passenger seat safety belt needs major improvement. Almost every woman I have had in the passenger seat complains how uncomfortable it is. Car is a bit noisy and bumps are tough at times. I tried bigger tires but they did not change ride. Car did not come with rear defogger. My last Corolla did.
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