1994 Toyota Tercel Reviews - Page 3 of 5

1994 Toyota Tercel Basic 1.5L Fuel Injected from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.5L Fuel Injected Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired138000 miles
Most recent distance201240 miles

Summary:

Wish they didn't stop making them as long as they fixed the oil problem

Faults:

Burned oil since before ownership.

-need a quart or two of oil after fill up on gas.

Water Pump/Timing belts twice (138k and 198k).

CV Boots (162k).

Fuel Pump (153k).

Tires (170k).

First clutch (192k).

Camshaft Oil Gasket constant problem.

-defect from Toyota Tercel's 91-94.

Shocks/Struts at (195k).

A/c dash lights didn't work found at junkyard easy to replace.

Fuel light didn't work.

Car that was manual needed a tachometer.

General Comments:

Other than the usual problems car ran very well.

Other original parts are still on there.

Just got a 2001 Toyota Corolla and love it like the Tercel.

Tercel never broke down on the road even though it needed maintenance.

Great handling/cheap maintenance.

Gas mileage awesome 32city 42hwy even while running a/c the gas mileage ran the same.

Ran through all weather conditions since conditions change constantly in Richmond, VA as you have heard.

Would've brought another one, but I didn't want to wait till the 2007 Yaris, dislike the Echoes (limited options)

I AM AND ALWAYS WILL STICK TO TOYOTA BRANDS.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th January, 2006

1994 Toyota Tercel Base 1.5? from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.5? Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Great beast of an economy car

Faults:

Alternator around 140,000, removed and cranked down on the pulley until it started moving again runs fine now, cost:$0.

Front Brakes routinely about every other year.

General Comments:

This car just dosen't die, I've been driving it in Upstate NY through all sorts of weather. Snowstorms? No problem, this car is so light it never really gets stuck. If you can't make a turn in the snow pull the parking brake and it will swing the back end around. Just remember to keep your hand on it to release real quick and make sure your in the right gear. The handling is like a go-cart lots of fun on back roads. The standard is the easiest I've ever had and gas mileage is real good. Fairly easy to work on as long as you're not the kind of person who has to learn things the "hard way".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2005

1994 Toyota Tercel STD from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance117000 miles

Summary:

Great little car that handles well for it's age

Faults:

Cracked engine block at 117,000 miles. Car was not repairable. Car had original spark plugs until 2005.

Alignment needed multiple times.

Back seats wear pretty quickly.

General Comments:

I loved this little car. I was devastated when it blew. I drove that car to New York City (from Ohio), Louisville and all around town. It was reliable until the engine block cracked, and that was even with very regular maintenance.

Keep the car serviced, replace the rotors, brake pads, etc. and the car you do well for you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th April, 2005

1994 Toyota Tercel 1.9 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.9 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired67000 kilometres
Most recent distance210000 kilometres
Previous carFord Tempo

Summary:

Good bang for your buck

Faults:

Water pump problems. I had to replace it three times thus far. I am still not sure if it is the water pump manufacturer, the mechanic or what is the problem.

Outer boots-had to be replaced twice, along with the seals both times.

Replaced the timing belt twice as per manufacturer's recommendation.

It has started leaking oil everywhere underneath! The Toyota mechanic said there was too much oil to diagnose where it was leaking. He said he would have to pressure wash it down to see and wanted to wait until summer to do it.

Over the years gas mileage has decreased from low 40's mpg to low to mid 30's.

General Comments:

Despite the above problems, it still has been a great car. I bought it with 67k on it and yesterday I reached 210. I fully expect to get 300+k out of it.

There is a lot of road noise, but what do you expect in a small car.

It is no speed demon, but you can't expect that with an entry level Toyota.

It is my daily vehicle, and I am glad I purchased it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd April, 2005

1994 Toyota Tercel DX 1/2 Pint Hemi from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1/2 Pint Hemi Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired141200 miles
Most recent distance153600 miles

Summary:

The Tercel attracts the fellas

Faults:

My Tercel baby drinks oil like it's going out of style.

It needed new brakes and work done to the engine when I first got it.

I hit a pole next to the gas pump at the local gas station and it killed my bumper. Nothing a little duct tape couldn't fix. Unfortunately, I am no longer allowed at the Betty Beaver.

General Comments:

If you don't live in an area with a lot of hills, the Tercel is a pretty good car.

She maxes out at 80 MPH.

Its not fun to drive in the wind. Once the wind gusts over 40 MPH, the Tercel is all over the place.

The back seat is pretty small, but who cares?...the Tercel is meant to be driven, not ridden.

When I don't drive like a goon, I can get 35-40 miles to the gallon.

I like the fact that when I turn the key, it starts. No problems.

Anytime I hear a noise, I turn up the radio. The speakers are pretty good. The reception on the stock radio sucked, so I shelled out some cash for a CD player. I even put in a CB radio. No more tape deck for me. 10-4.

It's important to me with today's gas prices to be able to still fill up my car on $20.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th November, 2004

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 27 reviews