1993 Toyota Tercel DX 1.5L 3E-E from North America
Why is it still running so well?
So, for the two years I've owned it, what has gone wrong?
- I had to replace the front shocks; only changed one of them, the other is still in my trunk, and it's been a year now.
- The clutch broke at 170 000km.
- I have changed the back suspension.
- Replaced the brakes twice; once when I bought it, and also last month.
This is the first car that I actually owned, and it's still running like a champ! I bought it for 650$ at 150 000km (~93 000 miles), and it was rust free, running well, except that I had to change the brakes.
Since then, I've had a lot of fun with her.
Since it has no power, you have to rev it to get some reaction, and there are not many 20 year old cars that could've survived all the beatings I gave to this car. It doesn't cost me much on gas, and on maintenance too.
For a first car, this thing is great! The whole engine is original, and it works just fine; it isn't burning oil at all! I just don't understand how the car made it through these two years.
I'll keep this car until it dies, and I hope it'll last forever! Tercels are a great car, cheap and reliable, and perfect for broke students, just like me!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th April, 2013