1996 Toyota Paseo Reviews - Page 2 of 4

1996 Toyota Paseo Coupe 1.8 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired114000 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Reliable with style

Faults:

Not much has gone wrong in the last 4 years, except normal wear and tear parts, i.e. brakes, struts & shocks, tune-up parts.

The 2 ignition coils went bad, and I replaced them with after market; big mistake!! went back to Toyota coils.

Needs a new catalytic converter; no problem.

General Comments:

Car is very reliable! A good chic car! Small, but comfortable.

Somewhat noisy on the highway, because the engine revs high.

Holds the road well with G009 Bridgestone performance tires.

Hope to keep the car for a long time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2007

1996 Toyota Paseo Si 1.5 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.5 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 miles
Most recent distance69000 miles
Previous carRenault Clio

Summary:

Underestimated, under priced - And Lots Of Fun!

Faults:

The third day of ownership, my back box split at the join to rest of exhaust system - should have checked more thoroughly before buying. Was dreading price and parts availability - but a local ETC centre came up trumps, £69 and one in stock (despite never seeing one before!)

2 new front tyres, but you can expect this on any car.

General Comments:

This car is a serious loophole insurance and performance wise for younger drivers. I am 18 with 0 NCB and it costs me less than my old clio 1.2 to insure!

They are economical aswell, I can regularly drive it hard, and I've never had less than about 32mpg, on a run it does upwards of 45mpg!

The manufacturers performance figures are a bit below what its capable of too - 0-60 comes up quicker than 11.2, more like ~10secs, also feels more powerful than 90bhp. Above 4k rpm these are lively little numbers and punch above their weight!

I've replaced the air filter with a TRD panel filter, and also some iridium leads and platinum spark plugs which improve drive ability and economy when driving hard.

Also, typical Toyota reliability, oil is always clean when changed, starts first time, no taps/rattles/knocks.

So if you want something cheap to insure as a first/second car this is for you! Especially with the music on, windows down and sunroof out with people asking what it is, this is for you!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2007

1996 Toyota Paseo 1.5 inline 4 heavy duty engine from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.5 inline 4 heavy duty engine Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired144000 miles
Most recent distance151000 miles
Previous carInfiniti Q45

Summary:

My first Toyota, and I love what you do for me Toyota

Faults:

Gauge light went out just on one side (RPM gauge light).

It burns oil, 4 quarts every 3000 miles, which means I don't have to do an oil change LOL.

General Comments:

I bought this car for $1900 like 2 months ago, and this car is saving me tons of money on gas. Ever since I installed Turbomag fuel saver, I am getting over 40mpg, but recently I noticed burning oil, and it seems like my MPG is dropping a bit, but still getting 40mpg, which is awesome.

I love the car, which was my first Toyota. I thought Toyota cars were for ladies, but I really do like it.

In my state the gas price was close to $4 a gallon, and my Infiniti was robbing me, but my Paseo is saving me tons of cash.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th October, 2006

1996 Toyota Paseo 1.5 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.5 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired114000 miles
Most recent distance146000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Well worth the purchase

Faults:

Check engine light. Replaced oxygen sensor near the exhaust manifold myself. Car has 2 oxygen sensors.

Hard starting if not driven for 5 or more days. Replaced fuel filter, and that helped.

The revving of the engine at high speeds is a little annoying, and the ride is a little stiff, even though we replaced the shocks and struts, and have BF Goodrich touring tires on the front.

General Comments:

The acceleration is very good for a car that has only a 1.5 l engine and automatic transmission. The car corners very well.

Car is very reliable and economical. Easy to replace spark plugs and wires. My mechanic said that replacing the timing belt and water pump was a breeze. Even with 146 K miles on the odometer, we would not hesitate to take it on a long road trip. Overall, we get 36 mpg on daily commutes, and over 40 mpg on highway trips. We are the 4th owner of this car, and plan to keep it well over 200 k.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd July, 2006

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