1981 Toyota Tercel SR5 1.5 Gasoline from North America
It was the best vehicle I have ever owned
I replaced clutch and transmission at 130,000 Kilometers. I replaced CV joints several times--these were jobber replacement units and were guaranteed, but kept failing--so I blame the re-manufacturer of these parts. I replaced brake calipers 2 times--the originals lasted 15 years, but the jobber replacements lasted less than 2 years so I used units from another 1981 which was low mileage that I bought for parts. These lasted 3 years.
My previous posting was the one that said "I wish I could find another of these cars as I could make it last 20 years". Unfortunately, that particular vehicle was destroyed 3 nights ago by a hit and run pickup driver.
I have been able to find a 1985 4x4 Tercel wagon as a replacement for the written off vehicle--however, this has a 3-speed automatic and no overdrive so revs out badly at anything over 60 MPH--I would like to know if anyone knows if the 5 Speed transmission from the 1981 could interchange on the 1985 4x4--even if it means losing the 4 wheel drive function and keeping the newer vehicle as a front wheel drive.
The new posting is to to convey this request for information, and to give Lil Red (the 1981 SR5) an appreciatory sendoff to "Tercel Heaven". Happy motoring to all you Tercel owners!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th November, 2002
27th Apr 2003, 17:13
I'm interested in all comments about Tercel SR5 as I have recently purchased one in excellent body and chassis. Not sure about mechanicals as car has 270,000k on the clock. Would like reviews to be more in depth and with hints and tips on keeping the Tercel alive.
19th May 2006, 20:07
I don't know if the 5 speed would work, but you should be able to pick up a six speed from a wrecking yard for $50-$75 and that would work.