1983 Toyota Tercel STD 1.5 carburated from North America
Reliable and cheap, they don't make them like that anymore
Tough question; not many come to mind.
Came without a headliner, but I put in a new one with vinyl from a hobby place.
The horn doesn't sound if you hit it too hard.
Doesn't pass emissions and the carb looks new. Looks like it's just in need of an adjustment.
The rear defroster doesn't work at all.
So cheap to operate. I drove it from Pasadena, CA, to Salt Lake City, UT. Drove a rental Prius to pick it up and it took 1 tank to get me there. The little Tercel took 1 tank and a half, uphill. I did the calculations and it's about 42 MPG on the highway. I get about 28 in the city, probably due to the carb maladjustment. The tires are cheap to get, the insurance is cheap (approx $27 a month for full coverage), and it just does not break down so no mechanic expenses; gets me here and there as reliably as a new car.
The engine is smooth. Not a lot of power, I'll never win a race in this car, and it's not a climber; everyone but the heaviest semis were passing me on the trip from CA. But it still got me here without a hiccup. And if it's not an incline, it will do 85 very comfortably. It will even do 90 (shown on my phone GPS). And it looks cozy. Nice and brown inside, no frills vinyl seats, but it's all there. The dash looks like it was very modern looking at the time, with eccentric indicator lights. No tachometer, oil pressure, amps, nothing. But that does not take from the big smile I get every time I drive the little car. And the smiles it gets when I take it to the gas station, or the mall, or Wal-mart. Takes me right back to 1983 with a true, honest, no frills smile. I love the little car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st February, 2018