1996 Toyota Paseo Reviews

1996 Toyota Paseo 1.5L from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.5L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired167000 miles
Most recent distance253000 miles

Summary:

Trooper of a car

Faults:

180,000 miles - rear shocks changed (rear right shock retainer grommet wore out).

200,000 miles - thermostat changed & oil pan gasket (sealant paste) redone.

Small electrical fixes here and there (bulbs, fuses etc.)

General Comments:

From a reliability and affordability of upkeep, this car is absolutely superb. I put over 85k miles on the car in 1.5 years with no major maintenance work needed. It had a lot of miles to begin with, but never once did the car leave me stranded anywhere or hesitated to start. I never felt "unsure" about taking it on long trips. It was my daily driver for a 180 mile round trip commute and I was never late to work (because of the car anyways :) )

It definitely isn't a performance car by any means, but it's still fun to drive in its own way. I consider the fuel economy very good: 34-35 MPG on the highway at an average of 70-75 mph.

Everything was blissful until I rear ended a Jeep Compass several months ago and the front end was badly injured. The poor little fellow would still run.

This car is the reason why I developed an affinity for Toyotas.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 18th November, 2013

1996 Toyota Paseo ST 1.5 from UK and Ireland

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance151000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz C-Class

Summary:

Wonderful little coupe from Toyota

Faults:

Replaced battery at 105,000.

Replaced radiator at 145,000.

Replaced rear exhaust at 148,000.

Replaced headlight bulb at 149,000.

General Comments:

Bought as a cheap runaround for £300 with six months MOT. I intended to keep it for a month or so. It has surprisingly proved to be the best car I have owned; it's covered 60,000 miles in a little over 2 years, and has never failed to start. The car has never let me down, and I haven't got round to changing the oil or plugs yet. The bodywork has a few dents due to the age of the car, but there is no rust.

The interior is good and front seats relatively comfortable, but the back seats are cramped, especially for adults. As a 1.5 litre sports coupe, it provides adequate power with good economy. I use the car daily, and it returns 45mpg on the motorway with 35/38mpg in mixed driving.

These cars are quite rare in this country, although the running gear is all Corolla / Starlet based, so parts are readily available, but you won't need them very often in my experience. I really can't fault the Paseo; it's been fantastically reliable; so much so that I kept it, and got rid of my Mercedes C Class Diesel that was a constant drain on the finances.

I would seriously recommend these little cars to anyone who is looking for sporty looks, good economy and fantastic reliability. You won't be disappointed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th November, 2010

30th Nov 2010, 20:02

My brother-in-law owned an early nineties example of the Paseo during our college years. He drove it like a bat out of hell everywhere we went, and that little car kept on ticking no matter what. One of Toyota's best.

1996 Toyota Paseo ST 1.5 from UK and Ireland

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired92000 miles
Most recent distance102000 miles
Previous carSkoda Felicia

Summary:

Incredibly reliable, but very limited on space, especially in the back

Faults:

Exhaust wear and tear needed replacing.

Full brakes (discs, pads, shoes) replaced - wear and tear.

General Comments:

Fantastically reliable, never breaks down, starts first time every time. Bit slow in 4th gear, but still nippy enough.

Decent on fuel consumption and nothing ever goes wrong with it apart from natural wear and tear. Not too great on hills.

It's very small in the back, anyone over about 5'6" can't fit in without sitting awkwardly, and banging their head on the back window. Nice in the front though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th March, 2009

1996 Toyota Paseo Si 16v coupe 1.5 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired73000 miles
Most recent distance79000 miles
Previous carFord Mondeo

Faults:

My drivers rear shocker went.

My radiator went.

General Comments:

This car is in my opinion very stylish for a small car; quite nippy and very generous on fuel.

It's cheap on insurance and just makes the cheap road tax bracket. It is quite pleasing when people ask me about the car, as no one I know drives, owns or knows anyone else that has one.

I must admit that the back seats are quite cramped though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st March, 2008

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 18 reviews