1984 Toyota Tercel Wagon 1.5 from North America

Faults:

Both half-shafts have had to be replaced, as boots tore on both.

Timing belt or one of the pulleys has failed, have not yet taken apart the engine to see which. When the engine went so severely out of time, it pumped all the engine oil out through the air cleaner and down on to the car frame. I talked to a neighbor who previously owned one of these, she advises that she had the same thing happen because they use a plastic drive sprocket for the timing belt.

General Comments:

I will repair this car and continue to use it. I was generally happy with the car until the engine went bad. I am a Rural Mail Carrier, my fuel and repair costs are much higher on my Ford Aerostar van.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2001

7th Oct 2002, 18:29

Wow! I also have a Toyota Tercel 4WD SR5 Wagon. About a week ago it went not so well. Most of these cars take a lot of abuse in maintenence. I've had the engine replaced once and I bought for $1800 with 145,000 miles in 1997. I've heard a lot of good things with these Toyota Tercel's. A werek ago mine caught on fire and I still drove it for a week. I also had the same problem of the oil coming out of the carburetor and there is leakages everywhere. I don't even know how it is running. True these cars are amazing!

1st Nov 2003, 20:20

All I can say is that my '84 Tercel wagon SR5 is still kicking butt. It has 300,000 kms on it and it rocks through the snow up here in Whistler, BC, Canada. The 4x4 takes me wherever I need to go, and I will keep this beast going as long as I can. Rock on, Toyota!

6th Jun 2004, 19:41

My mom bought a 1984 Toyota Tercel about 5 years ago for just $80. Since then the only problems with this car have been a few flat tires and an alternator. This car now belongs to my fiance who has tuned it up to run even better and put an exhaust on it. I love this car, I don't think it will ever die!! The only thing right now that is going on with this car is that either the starter or the starter solenoid are going out... not sure which... but this car rocks!!!