1997 Toyota Tercel 1.3 petrol
Nothing has gone wrong so far, although the battery may need replacing soon; it seems to lose charge if the car is not driven for a few days.
The car is a Japanese import with one New Zealand owner.
The interior and overall condition of the car was almost as new when I bought it.
It is a comfortable car to drive around town. Although the car is not too comfortable for long journeys, as the seats lack under-thigh support.
The 1.3 litre engine and three speed auto limits performance in hills, requiring a manual shift to 2nd. Performance on the flat is good and the car comfortably cruises at 100-115kmh.
Rear seat accommodation is limited, strictly for small children only.
I am somewhat disappointed with the fuel consumption. 37mpg is less than expected from a light weight car with a 1.3 liter engine.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th March, 2008