1990 Toyota Tercel Reviews - Page 2 of 5

1990 Toyota Tercel EZ Liftback 1.6L 1BBL from North America

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6L 1BBL Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired108000 miles
Most recent distance118000 miles
Previous carMazda 626

Summary:

Fun for about a day

Faults:

The engine blew a gasket and began to leak oil under the hood. All of this oil was shooting onto the starter.

The starter blew out at 111,000 miles due to the oil leak.

The driver side door cable snapped and the door ceases to open.

The exhaust manifold gasket continues to blow out after having it repaired twice.

A strange rattling can be heard when the engine is revving high or when shifting.

The horn is consistently problematic.

No RPM gauge makes shifting confusing at times.

Carpets get wet when it rains.

Windshield leaks.

Windows are hard to roll up.

Defrosters, both front and rear, take at least fifteen minutes to start working.

Dome light keeps burning out.

When the wind blows on the highway, I am sometimes pushed into the neighboring lanes.

Extremely small and uncomfortable.

The clutch blew out at 112,000 miles and it will cost more than the car is worth to get it fixed.

General Comments:

The car is very reliable, but it requires constant maintenance.

It is a fun car to drive, but not to own.

Too many problems to warranty a purchase.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th November, 2005

1990 Toyota Tercel 2dr, DLX 1.5L EFI from North America

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.5L EFI Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired287000 kilometres
Most recent distance300000 kilometres

Summary:

It's a great car, but can be very depressing somtimes

Faults:

My carburetor does not like to run my car at a good Idle in colder weather, it will idle at about 600 RPM till it is warmed up, or it will stall and kill the battery.

The front oil seal began to leak.

Replace battery.

Alternator does not give enough power when idling.

My rear suspension is shot, rear end floats around.

Engine misses throughout RPM range.

General Comments:

Engine is pretty durable and can take abuse.

Extremely reliable.

Handles great, no power steering gives you awesome feel for road.

Awesome highway mileage.

Never gotten stuck, plows through anything.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th January, 2005

19th Jan 2005, 12:59

Check your choke, if your car runs poorly when cold. My 1985 Corolla had a similar problem. Once it would run on 500 RPM, the next time, 2400 RPM. It turns out I had grease on the choke. Cleaned it, and never had a problem since.

1990 Toyota Tercel EZ 1.5 gasoline from Guatemala

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.5 gasoline Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired64200 miles
Most recent distance82100 miles

Summary:

Small, but comfortable

Faults:

It was a wonderful vehicle, did not bother me at all.

General Comments:

It is a very quick car.

It gives a very high mileage, which is important here in Central America.

Despite the size of the car, the cabin is very comfortable and the cargo space in the back has plenty of room.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2004

1990 Toyota Tercel 1.3L from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.3L Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired149000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles

Summary:

A Cheap Reliable Unsafe Car

Faults:

Radiator went bad only because it had been sitting for so long.

General Comments:

This has been a great car!

I bought it when I was 15 for $100 and it didn't run. I got it home and replaced the battery and is started up perfectly! It had even been sitting in he previous owner's front yard for nearly 3 years!

I had some fun with it because I knew that I never would put it on the road because I am 6 foot 2 and I don't fit well.

I tore off all of the non-essential items, so the only things left on the outside of the vehicle are tires and the hood. (along with the doors and rear quarters) I gutted the inside so there are only parts of the heater, steering wheel, seats and other small parts I couldn't remove. Because it wouldn't be useful as a car, my Dad and I sawed off the back and turned it into a truck. Boy, the metal on that car is so thin, I would never want to be driving in one of those small Japanese cars ever! There is nowhere on that vehicle where the exterior metal is 5mm wide!

I drive it very often around the yard and to use for hauling wood and it still runs great! I haven't had to replace anything else since I got it.

It is amazing that it is still running even though I have put so much stress on it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th November, 2003

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 19 reviews