A car that deserves respect
Oil consumption. I was using about 1 qt. every week. Replaced valve stem seals myself in front of the house. Seals cost only $35. Also did the timing belt, $27 at the same time. Plus necessary tools, all together it cost me $100. Make sure the spark plugs will be replaced as well, as they are fouled by oil dripping from valves.
By the way, the seals were bad from the manufacturer. The seals on market now have been revised.
There is a knocking noise coming from front suspention at speeds around 30mp/h, I haven't checked it out yet.
Horn got stuck several 2 times, I will check maybe it is a rusty connection.
All this is minor (except for the valve seals), so I consider it a very reliable vehicle.
I use this car for work, where I average 3-7mp/h during the 14 hour workday (city marshal tow program, looking for scofflaws to be towed), so at such speeds the mileage is very low, but in reality if the average speed was about 30mp/h, the car would travel almost 400 miles each day! That is the wear and tear my car is receiving. It is very comfortable in front, back seat is cramped.
Acceleration is sluggish while entering highways, but will be adequate, if you start from 1 gear, switch to 2-nd at 30mp/h, and last 3-rd at 45mp/h (with automatic transmission).
I will recomend it to anyone who would be secure enough to drive a "girl car" that receives very little respect on the road. It is a great work car, reliable and quite strong.
I was hit in the back by 2000 Nissan Altima. My tercel had only a bent plate, while Altima owner had to replace grille, bumper cover and hood.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th February, 2003