1985 Toyota Tercel SR5 4WD Wagon 1.5

Summary:

The best Toyota ever built

Faults:

Nothing. Everything works like new. Showroom condition.

My 1985 Tercel 4wd has the original engine, the original transmission, the original paint (still shiny) and the original interior (plaid cloth).

General Comments:

The Tercel wagon set 2 standards when introduced. The design became a model for later concepts still developed today, including Volvo and Honda SUVs. The 4wd off-road capability (which was fairly rare in a wagon style at that time), coupled with phenomenal reliability, made this wagon invincible.

In my particular case, the vehicle has been kept immaculate. There is absolutely no rust. The interior looks just like when it first rolled out of the dealer. To date, everything works, including all interior and exterior lights. At 94000 miles, the car has needed only regular maintenance services. The original struts are still in place with several other Japanese parts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th January, 2013

1985 Toyota Tercel 4 cylinder

Summary:

Reliable, cheap, and perfect for a kid on a budget

Faults:

The Car ran great while I was in college. However, the car hated the cold, and needed to be jumped during the winter. Also the interior didn't survive its former life in Nevada, and was shot when I got it.

General Comments:

It was cheap. Perfect for a college student. It was reliable as well. The car also became the subject of lore at my college. We called it the danger kart.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th July, 2008

1985 Toyota Tercel SR-5 4-WD Wagon 4 cylinder

Summary:

Happy, Fun and cheap to drive

Faults:

The timing belt broke at 164,000 while I was driving 70 MPH down the Freeway. It is a non interference engine. So I was lucky. 15.00 for a new belt and 20 bucks for my mechanic friend and I was back on the road.

General Comments:

I have owned 5 of these Tercels. Every time I sold one I kicked myself. I am keeping this one. It has a factory electric sunroof and is in very good shape. If you can find one of these with under 200,000 on it. And its in reasonable shape. Go for it. You can park them anywhere, because they are narrow. They go very well in the snow. I had mine down at the Ocean and was on the sand playing with the 50-60,000 dollar rigs. They couldnt believe it. Right now this is my primary car. But if you can find a good one and have the room. This is a wonderful backup car. Just be careful. Once you drive one. You may be hooked. The first ride is for free. LOL.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th November, 2007

7th Mar 2011, 19:30

What happened when your timing belt went out? My 87 Toyota Tercel SR5 wagon suddenly lost power so I pulled over. It made no noise when it lost power. I tried to start it and it made no attempt or sound. I had it towed to a shop who said it was the timing belt that broke. I left it there, then he called me to see if I wanted him to start it. After talking to him I said OK. He called back and said it made all kinds of loud noise and the piston probably went through the ? (can't remember). He expected me to just leave it there, but I had it towed home. Now my son, in the process of parting it out, saw that the timing belt is not broken.

1985 Toyota Tercel 1.5

Summary:

All in all, a great commuter car if you're not concerned with looks

Faults:

Replaced clutch pressure plate.

Driver seat coming apart.

2 rust holes over headlights look like bullet holes.

Windshield is cracked.

Air conditioning does not work yet.

General Comments:

Car is great on gas! I use mostly 87 and every once in a while a tank of 93 and always get 39-42 MPG! I use it to commute to & from work, 68 miles a day. It has the 5 speed inline 4 cylinder, and it's the ugly gold color with those cheap silver hubcaps.

Its very cheap to maintain... tune ups and parts like brake rotors, drums, wires, etc are really cheap. Work is pretty easy too... I don't have a manual, but components are easily replaced.

Smooth ride at 70mph too. Some people look and some laugh, but I laugh back at the gas pump next to them.

The seats are very comfortable, despite having the vinyl on the driver seat falling apart. A seat cover makes it look new... the dash and interior is otherwise like new!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th August, 2005

27th Aug 2005, 04:32

I've seen these mid-80's Tercels log over 400,000 miles on them. Yours has 118,000.. so with proper care your car has years of life still left in it. Happy motoring!