1984 Toyota Tercel Deluxe 1.5 from North America
The perfect car for the practical person with impractical hobbies
I've needed to replace both drive half-shaft (CV joints). They began clicking.
The carburetor needed a rebuilding to make it run smoothly. Could've gone without it though.
Rear brakes needed replacing (drums/shoes/etc.). This was my fault.
Gutless engine, but you can easily keep up with traffic if you work the 5 speed.
The car's handling isn't great, as is expected of a soft-sprung wagon, but the balance that the extra weight in the back affords is excellent when you're "at the limit" or in an emergency.
The car doesn't over-steer of course, but it doesn't under-steer nearly as bad as one would expect. It is very neutral.
Very sure-footed in the snow/rain.
Front seats are very comfortable.
The noisy cabin/motor at high speeds takes away from the comfort during long trips.
The wagon looks so small from the outside, but you'd be amazed at what it can swallow.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th February, 2004
25th May 2015, 14:14
I disagree strongly with the handling comments. I have an '85 deluxe wagon and one day met a 5 ton truck coming up a hill (double solid line). About the time I had just about reached the front of the truck, a car that had been right behind the truck (invisible to me before) pulled out to pass (about 1/2 his vehicle in my lane). I had no time to think, but just yanked the wheel to the right, then immediately back to the left to keep from hitting the bank (mountain country) on the right side of the road. Stuff in the back of the car was flying all over, but I never lost control, and the vehicle responded flawlessly. When I arrived home I sat and realized how close to a possible death I had been, and how wonderful my faithful Tercel had handled. I would suggest checking your struts. Push each corner firmly down and count the 'bounces' until it stops moving. It should come back up, then settle down slightly, and all four corners should be this way. If one or more corners are "soft" then you need strut (or strut insert) replacement. Good Luck!