1998 Toyota Paseo 1,5l from North America
My lovely piece of crap!
-Had to change the CV axles, front brakes (caliper, rotor, pads) and the front bearings when I bought it.
- Rear bearing at 365 000.
- Starter at 370 000.
- Parking brake cable broke.
- The camber was really bad; went through a set of tires in only a few months.
I had to buy a cheap and reliable car since I was going back to college. It was a temporary choice, and I wasn't so disappointed. Well first of all, at 355 000km, you have to expect problems. A good point with this car is that it share its platform with the Toyota Tercel, so parts are cheap and easy to find. It's a very easy car to work on, but with this much mileage, and with the harsh Canadian winter, you have to expect a jammed bolt and lots of frustration. This car never left me stranded, even though I had to travel 200km everyday, and it was really cheap on gas (somewhere around 5,8l/100km on highway, not so bad for a '98!).
Even though it was a piece of crap, the driving feeling was good, and I enjoyed cruising around with it. The leaking exhaust gave it somewhat of a unique sound, and even though it didn't had much compression left, the throttle was still responsive (downshifting helped a lot).
I only had the car for 6 months, and I had an overall good experience, even with the high mileage. And since it was a really old car, I didn't mind beating it, and it could still take it without any problems. Still a good example of Toyota toughness!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th December, 2014