1997 Toyota Tercel Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1997 Toyota Tercel CE 1.5 inline 4 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5 inline 4 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired59000 kilometres
Most recent distance93000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Previa

Summary:

A truly intriguing vehicle

Faults:

Routine maintenance.

That's about it aside from a replaced side-view mirror which was damaged in a minor accident.

Nothing else went wrong with the car.

General Comments:

This car was great. The engine was powerful enough to give this car quick acceleration while at the same time giving amazing gas mileage. The tires are a little thin and the tires skid easily as a result. The transmission is good and provides smooth shifts. Again, it doesn't have a lot of power, but its quick.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2003

1997 Toyota Tercel CE 1.5 from Puerto Rico

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance218500 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Mirage

Summary:

An excellent investment on good, basic, dependable transportation

Faults:

The radiator fan burned out at some 135,000 mi. Cost at a dealership $360.

Replacement of the ball bearings and brake assemblies at some 145,000 mi. Cost $780.

On late 2001, about 156,000 mi., the MAP (mass airflow pressure) and oxygen sensors conked out, and the car revved unpredictably. Cost >$900.

The inboard computer blew a circuit simultaneously and was repaired (not exchanged or discarded). (Cost included in sensor job.)

The front struts have been replaced once. Cost $365.

Lost 5th gear - worn synchronizer - on Sept. 2002 (185,000 mi.) but the other 4 speeds work well!

All other jobs have been maintenance, bodywork on 2 small fender benders, or wear and tear.

General Comments:

This is a fine handling, quite agile car especially for narrow roads and has good pickup in hills and corners. With good tires it is easily under driver's control. Just adequate brakes, though.

Somewhat short on interior room and the trunk is not very large.

Tends to be noisy, but doesn't worry you with strange sounds.

The overall reliability has been phenomenally good. In fact it still has its original clutch. The alternator has never discharged, and there have been no fluid leaks until about 4,000 mi. ago with oil, and then that may be a botched-up lube job (badly fastened filter).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th May, 2003

1997 Toyota Tercel from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 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)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance0 kilometres
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Dependable and economical

Faults:

A leaking engine seal that was repaired under warranty.

General Comments:

Just a great way to get from point A to point B cheaply and inexpensively. The front seats are comfortable for two adults when there are no adult rear seat passengers.

I have four studded snow treads on this car and it will go anywhere. It's very sure footed in the winter. My daughter drives it and will take it to college. I plan on it serving her until she has a job and can by her own Toyota!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th March, 2003

1997 Toyota Tercel CE 1.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance90000 miles
Previous carHonda Prelude

Summary:

A car for the "smart money" type

Faults:

Seat covers look very worn out. Dust got inside the speedometer lens.

General Comments:

This is the best little car ever. It runs, it takes very little gas to run it, and more importantly makes the owner very happy just for being so reliable.

F.Y.I. I own the 2 door manual speed model of Tercel. And man, I am telling you I have a blast with this car. It blew my 1999 Mazda Protege and my girlfriend's 1996 Honda Civic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2002

1997 Toyota Tercel GL 1.3 gasoline from Dominican Republic

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.3 gasoline Automatic
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 acquired46000 kilometres
Most recent distance90000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Tercel

Summary:

A great deal in reliability and economy

Faults:

It has had no problems at all, just maintenance routine.

Front struts have to be replaced at 50,000 km due to an enormous pothole I fell into.

Sometimes the engine stalls, mostly on morning and when engine hasn't warmed up utterly.

The front door handles have to be replaced on both sides (they broke up so easily..)

General Comments:

It's a very reliable car, very economical and a really good choice for the ones who have a tight budget and don't want to be messing around with mechanics and all that stuff. Sometimes it lacks of power, specially when you have to overtake another car; and for example when you run fast, then brake hard and afterwards you accelerate, the loss of initial power is significant. The engine is very willing (impressive power for a little 1.3 gasoline) but the 3-speed automatic transmission simply drops all possibilities to enjoy a bit of real driving excitement. The Tercel is the best option for the ones who want reliable and economic transportation with a moderate sacrifice in the comfort side; Toyota reliability is simply bullet-proof.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th April, 2002

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 18 reviews