1991 Toyota Tercel DX 1.5L 16v from North America

Summary:

You can't find a better cheap car

Faults:

Head was replaced at 200,000 km due to a few sticky valves.

Replaced converter and flex pipe, but still have problems with exhaust system.

Rocker panels rusted out.

General Comments:

This car has been nothing, but excellent. I bought this car from a friend almost two years ago, and it had 364,000km on it and I have put on another 20,000. I had to do some body work to basically re-construct the rocker panels. I also had to sure-up the frame channels on the front end. The car is getting to the point where it runs a little hot (a needle's width above half heat) and it burns a bit more oil when it's hot. I think the clutch is the original, but it shows; it tends to slip or shudder when it is wet out.

This car has done very well for it's age and the amount of kilometers on it. At 385,000 km and 15 years of age the little engine still sings and everything in this car works.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th June, 2006

1991 Toyota Tercel DX from North America

Summary:

Stay away from Tercel's of this era. If you see one, cover your nose and immediately call Greenpeace

Faults:

Failed inspection soon after I bought it. Replaced entire exhaust system as it was rusted out. Barely passed inspection. Started burning oil shortly thereafter- badly. Badly, as in plumes of blue smoke billowing out of the exhaust pipe whenever I was idling or stuck in traffic. A lot of smoke- big blue stinky clouds. I would slink down in my seat whenever I was stopped at a light and pray for the light to change quickly.

General Comments:

I purchased this car used in 2004 to have a dependable little city car. I opted for a Toyota due to the reputation for longevity and reliability, as all of these raving reviews would attest to. The previous owner was pretty up on maintainence. Long story short, after dumping $800 to get the thing to pass inspection the burning oil situation forced me to drop this car as soon as the title arrived in the mail. I remember sitting in the passenger seat as a prospective buyer test drove it when some guy on the sidewalk screamed out "Hey, whaddaya have a fire back there?!"

During the process I did some digging and found that this era Tercel has a lot of issues with the engine smoking. My bad for not doing my super-thorough research, I suppose.

It ran strong, though. Pity, because I'm sure that it could have held up for a longer period of time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2006

8th Jan 2006, 21:56

The owner was only up on scamming your arse. If it ran and looked that bad then why did you buy it?

Plus it's a 1991? Errrr yea, very smart finacial decision on your part. Right now, someone from H & R Block is slapping you in the face.

10th Jan 2006, 12:06

Keep to the point, people. The point is that there is a problem with high mileage versions of this particular car. Look around at the other Tercel reviews, and you'll see plenty talk about the car smoking.

1991 Toyota Tercel DX 1.5L from North America

Summary:

SAVES GAS and TREATS YOU WELL

Faults:

Wear out parts have worn out.

General Comments:

This car is amazing. We bought it as a gas saver and now drive it as a primary car(it saves quite a bit). Our past cars have had more problems in less time that the Toyota Tercel. Go get one of these cars, you will save a ton in gas over most other 4-cyl American cars. Not to mention it runs with no problems every single day we use it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st September, 2005

29th Sep 2005, 18:07

That was a very helpful comment thanks.

1991 Toyota Tercel 1.5 Liter from North America

Summary:

Best car value dollar for dollar

Faults:

Replaced timing belt at 100,000 miles the 1st time. At 200,000, replaced timing belt and idler. Clutch was replaced about 160,000 miles. Replaced hoses at 200,000 miles and charged anti freeze for the 1st time, along with new Toyota spark plug wires.

General Comments:

Excellent on gas, 40mpg or better since purchased.

Replaced tires every 100,000 miles at a cost of 4 tires for $100.00.

Car never has had an alignment rack since leaving Japan in 1991.

Always started right up; a dependable friend.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2005