I'd own it again if I could.. tough little car
CV joints broke at about 110,000 but car kept rolling - replaced for free under warranty.
Basic repairs: tires, lights, muffler.
Seats cracked very slightly in front.
This was a fantastic and reliable car. I acquired mine in the mid 80's and drove it until 1990 when it was traded. Mine was a two door Corolla/Tercel hatchback and when I put down the rear seats it made amazing amount of room for hauling my art which was much needed at the time, or other goods.
Ran in snow like a 4x4-great lil trooper when other cars were left stranded by heavy snow. The rear defrost was sweet too. Peppy for it's size. I took great care of mine and it paid me back with constant riliability and a smooth ride. Affordable repairs listed above.
Great gas mileage in both city and rural drives. Nice commuter car and used for more sporting/scenic driving as well.
Paint held up great- no fade or chips. mine was a copper orange color with black trim that did not fall off. Original parts held up great. When I got this car it was apparently not poorly abused as it ran great for me the entire time. looked like new at 32,000 miles and at 117,000 when I traded it. Hated to give it up, but needed a newer vehicle at time to accommodate other purposes. Saw the Tercel later and often when it was owned by a new owner in area town - must have run well as I saw them use it for many years later.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th January, 2007