Toyota Tercel Review from Japan

1993 Toyota Tercel

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired88000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles


Great for the first time driver


Small oil leak beside the spark plugs, unrepairable. Had to constantly check oil levels and change spark plugs.

Interior light stopped working, along with the cigarette lighter.

Transmission started going bad for no reason. The car would die at a stop sign or red light.

Tire ware was horrible, even with regular rotations and balancing. Had to change tires every 6 months.

Seats began to tare, had to begin purchasing seat covers.

Heater would take up to 30 minutes to heat up the car. The car itself took 20 minutes to warm up in 30 degree weather.

Bad for hydroplaning. I ended up totaling out this car while going around a small curve only going 40mph. Just glad I hit the bluff and not the bottom of the hill.

General Comments:

This car is awesome for a first time driver. It handles well if going the correct speed. No problems with steering or breaking.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2003

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 1 review