1992 Toyota Tercel Reviews - Page 3 of 6

1992 Toyota Tercel DX 1.5 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance133000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Truck

Summary:

A nice car

Faults:

Bought the car used, needed new tires and that was it.

General Comments:

Cheap alternative to my domestic Chevy truck which guzzles gas. Have owned lots of toyota's and this one ranks right up there in terms of quality and reliablity.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2004

1992 Toyota Tercel DX 1.5 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired141000 miles
Most recent distance153000 miles

Summary:

Its worth its price

Faults:

Nothing has gone bad with this car yet. I guess I will have to have the brakes overhauled, but that's it.

General Comments:

The car is pretty economical.

It's a great first car.

Reliable and cheap on gas I love it.

I wish Toyota brings out a newer version of this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2004

1992 Toyota Tercel Standard from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance154000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

This car is reliable and a bargain to maintain

Faults:

The driver seat ripped, and the seat belt frayed.

I had to get a new radiator and replace valve cover gasket.

General Comments:

I'm very tough on my car and I've had to have very little replaced in the 12 years I've had it.

The work that I needed to get done was cheap.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2004

1992 Toyota Tercel DX 1.5 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance233000 miles

Summary:

Very reliable

Faults:

My seats have shown some wear.

The back seat opens into the trunk, but the latch broke, so that doesn't work anymore.

There were some other mechanical difficulties, I can't remember them all, it has been a while.

General Comments:

This is an awesome little car. It is so reliable. I have had the car for five years and I have not had anything major go wrong in that time. There have been days when my car was outside in -50F weather and it still started in the morning (no block heater)! Very reliable.

It doesn't have real great pick-up power (especially on hills), but overall it was a good value.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 2004

1992 Toyota Tercel DX 1.5 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired93000 miles
Most recent distance171000 miles
Previous carSubaru GL

Summary:

Forget the Lexus and go buy 25 used Tercels!

Faults:

Burns about 1qt oil every 1000 miles.

Valve job at 100,000 miles, due to neglect by previous owner.

Vinyl seats, front and rear, are torn and require seat covers.

Tough to shift when cold.

General Comments:

This car is an absolute champ! Since I have to add a quart of oil every 1000 miles or so, there is never a need to change the oil. Tires are $20 each and last 40,000 miles. Fuel costs are negligible. Oil, tires, and fuel--that pretty much covers it, because nothing on this car ever breaks, no matter how hard I abuse it. Sure, it's tough to carry on a conversation at freeway speeds, it's like driving a sleigh when the roads are wet, and ascending steep mountain passes may require considerable patience. But if you value bulletproof reliability bordering on indestructibility, ridiculously minimal operating costs, and the feeling of freedom that comes from leaving your car parked in the bad part of town all day long with the windows down and the doors unlocked, knowing that it will still be there when you return, this is your car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th January, 2004

1992 Toyota Tercel DX 1.5 Gasoline from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5 Gasoline Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired13 miles
Most recent distance169000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Cutlass

Summary:

Quality, reliability, practical

Faults:

-Water pump failed at 129000, (bearing).

-brake pads replaced at 79000, brake shoes at 99000.

-Back up lights failed to come on in reverse at 73000.

-Check engine light came on permanently after 139000 miles, (Still runs great and passes emission testing).

General Comments:

The most mileage and reliable car I have ever owned. Never failed and starts all the time. Easy access of preventive maintenance, drain plugs for transmission fluid, (American cars, take note). Well made, fit, finish and design. Very nice, supportive seats. The two seatbelt idea is not my choice, I prefer the single one. A little noisy during freeway speed, could use more sound insulation. 4 speed automatic would have been a great option. Would I own one again? Yes! Unfortunately I could not take it overseas, I am only allowed to take one car and we took our 2001 RAV4 L All Whell Drive instead. I wish could keep it. I sold it for $3,000.00 with 169000 miles and still runs great. Does not burn oil, use oil, healthy compression. Great first car, second car. If you are looking for something that you can count on. This is the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th November, 2003

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 21 reviews