1995 Toyota Tercel Reviews - Page 7 of 8

1995 Toyota Tercel DX Coupe 1.5L Inline 4 16v from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5L Inline 4 16v Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired49000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles

Summary:

Fun, fun, fun!

Faults:

The washer fluid container leaks and won't hold fluid.

Shifts really hard into 2nd.

Brakes and tires need replaced a lot, but I think it's because I drive it hard.

General Comments:

Fun little car.

I plan on adding all the performance parts I can find.

Toyota, and Japan overall, build a fantastic car.

Light as a feather for great acceleration.

Suspension has held together even after all the crap I've put it through.

Very reliable!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th July, 2003

1995 Toyota Tercel DX 1.5L from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired128621 miles
Most recent distance134725 miles
Previous carGeo Prizm

Summary:

An AWESOME bang for you buck if you can handle the noise

Faults:

Unfortunately because Toyota had to cut a few corners on this car to get it into the range of affordability they were looking for, there are a few minor drawbacks to the tercel. Looking past its noisy interior, cheap vinyl seat covering, a bad antenna/radio signal, the tercel is an awesome car. For me the only problems I've encountered are; one, bad rear-view rattling when my sub hits, and two, a "puffing" coming from the manifold (hmmm I wonder what that could be). Unfortunately, the only header to be seen being sold online for this car runs 500 dollars!

General Comments:

This car is cool because it's made by Toyota, therefore very easily modded and quite inexpensive, also I feel safe with driver and passenger airbags. Performace off the line is blah as you'd expect from this 93hp fuel-sipper. Still because it's a toyota there are a few really cheap performance mods for it including;

1. A cheap strut bar for this car can be bought for 20-30 dollars.

2. A cheap aftermarket high-performance intake for this car can be found everywhere online for less than 50 dollars.

3. Cheap blue-tined headlights and backup lights can be found for less than 20 dollars each.

4. If you have the cash you can even buy a NOS kit for this car for a little over 500 dollars.

5. In the back there are two holes in the metal underneath the carpeting near the brake lights, they did this so if you want you can drill or easily Dremel out two 6.5 inch holes in the carpeting and install 6.5 inch speakers. (they didn't install them for you to save money, but were cool and made it way easier to upgrade :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th June, 2003

1995 Toyota Tercel DX 1.5 liter gasoline from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5 liter gasoline Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired42963 miles
Most recent distance116500 miles
Previous carGeo Metro

Summary:

Very reliable vehicle with low maintenance costs

Faults:

The front suspension has never really been good. The right front strut will definitely require replacement. This particular model has also gone through a few water pumps (two since I've owned it), and the system is now leaking, again. Hopefully, it won't be the water pump. The previous owner foolishly put green coolant in this system. The green coolant tends to ruin the water pump seals. The car also tends to have a lot of engine/wind noise.

General Comments:

Overall, this vehicle has been extremely reliable. It still gets 37.5 miles to the gallon. Self maintenance can be a bit tricky. The oil filter is a tad difficult to get to with a wrench.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th February, 2003

1995 Toyota Tercel D-Turbo VIT-X 1.5 turbo diesel from Malta

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired88125 kilometres
Most recent distance106894 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo 33

Summary:

A serious car with great performance and little fuel consumption

Faults:

I had no problems till now.

The only thing is that the interior is a bit noisy.

General Comments:

This sure is a quick car, and after I changed the exhaust, filter, and a few other engine mods, I think I won another 10Bhp. It sure is a fast car, and I will not change it with anything else. I recently fitted Cobra bucket seats, re-trimmed with leather along with the rear original seats.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 7th February, 2003

1995 Toyota Tercel 1.5L from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.5L Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired300 miles
Most recent distance48000 miles
Previous carPlymouth Colt

Summary:

Reliable, cheap transportation

Faults:

Brakes and rotors replaced at 47,000 miles for about $350.

Side trim peeled away from car and had to be re-glued at 10,000 miles and again at 40,000 miles.

Vinyl seats cracked and peeled after about 5 years of ownership.

General Comments:

For an econo-box, this is an excellent car. It is very reliable and extremely cheap to operate. Performance was slightly better in the manual than with automatic, but overall the car is sluggish (what do you expect from a 1.5L fuel miser). Handling is poor on such thin tires and road noise is rather high. For short commutes this car was fine. Long trips were very fatiguing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th November, 2002

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 33 reviews