1983 Toyota Tercel SR5 3 AC from North America
A Japanese Model A
I recently bought the car and have started doing things to it.
When I bought the car, it was buried in snow over the hood and had not been started in weeks and weeks... we had to jump a battery over to her, after we got the hood up, and I was amazed when she started up...
I have since installed: new battery, front wheel bearings, master cylinder, 2 front tires, all belts and minor stuff. It doesn't leak any oil, nor does it burn any oil. I have driven over the Sierra's to San Francisco and it can run at 60 mph all day long.
What's great about this old Tercel, it has been a California car and not driven on salted roads, so it's 99% rust free. I love the fact it hasn't got a ton of sensors like my Honda; this car reminds me of the old cars I grew up with, the ones you could fix yourself with minimal tools.
Just the bad battery and the master cylinder...
I know a rebuilt steering rack would make the steering more pleasant, but it's not a priority right now, and a new clutch is on my list.
Things are really reasonable and easy to replace... the cost of all I have done is about equal to two new car payments, and this car will be my son's car when he grows up.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th April, 2016