1993 Toyota Tercel DX 1.5 from North America
When I bought it, it had 86,000 miles on it. I knew the engine would need some attention in the future, as it smoked a little on start up. Also it was leaking about a half a quart of oil on every fill up. Aside from those 2 problems, the car was in very good shape.
The engine finally crapped out at 145,000 and my mechanic said all it needed was a head job (about 400 bucks). He said the compression is still at factory settings & he fixed the leaky oil problem.
I just rolled through 161,000. The motor does not leak oil any more, however it does burn about a quarter quart of oil every fill up. I read online that this is a common problem with this vehicle (no one can tell where the oil is going).
I drive it almost daily, & fall of 2014 I drove it on a 3000 mile round trip vacation thru the Ozark Mountains. The engine performs well and I have no real issues to speak of. Keep up with your regular maintenance and it'll go forever.
My A/C works well, but I had to replace the compressor around 150,000 miles. My mechanic got a good used junkyard compressor for 35 bucks. He also recommended I change out the radiator, which cost me about 80 dollars for a new one.
I don't know if I will ever sell this car because it is SO cheap to repair and is VERY reliable. The best highway MPG I got was on a trip to Dallas with a slight tail wind - 32 MPG doing 75mph. I average 27-28 MPG city. Plug changes every 8-10k miles. You will know when it's about due for a plug change because the engine will idle rough. I think I might try some iridium or platinum plugs this time around, and see if they last longer than the cheap 3-4 dollar plugs.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 17th March, 2015