7th Jul 2005, 21:58

The 1.5L burn oil... owners that aren't in the habit of religiously checking the oil level tend to have more engine failures.

23rd Oct 2006, 17:30

These cars aren't designed to be drag raced up and down the local strip. If you're burning out clutches and throwing rods, guess what? You're driving your car too hard.

9th Feb 2007, 07:15

I just toped 250000 miles on my '92 Tercel and it is still running like a champ. It squirt oil out a gasket that I have not had time to replace yet and my alternator is getting weak, but it is to be expected. I am fairly confident that I will hit 400k miles before it completely bites the dust...

20th Feb 2007, 13:52

I love my Tercel.

We have had this certain car for 16 years and have had minor problems.

My father, sister and I all have driven it. It is my first car and it has done wonderfully.

I give the Tercel 2 thumbs up.

Oh and my clutch has done just fine, so to those who burnt their clutches out where driving the car a little too hard.

16th Mar 2007, 18:02

I beat my Tercels hard and have 349000KMS on my 1992 manual and 286000KMS on my 1991 automatic. Apart from very regular maintenance nothing has gone terribly wrong. The 1991 was purchased for $600CND with a bad motor, clicking drivers side axel, but still ran it on 3 cylinders for a year and a half before I got fed up with how rough it ran, and the axel broke in stages from bad to worse until ultimately broken within a year of purchase. Changed the alternator twice ($35CND each scrap yard parts) because the plastic shroud under the engine tore off and water was getting into the alternator. I had to do some exhaust work due to abusive driving and low ground clearance (cheap). Changed rear drivers side wheel bearing, and brakes all around for under $400.00 parts and labor (disks, pads, shoes).Consumes oil like a Diesel motor, but compression is strong and even with no sign of valve chatter. Still starts and drives like clockwork after 3 years with a total investment of $2500.00 CND (price of the car, motor, repairs and labor. She isn't pretty, she isn't fast, but she's cheap and reliable.

14th Dec 2009, 13:36

I don't see the throwing rods thing as a problem in general for these cars. The amount of them on the road and the 1 person posting here saying it throws rods... although I did hear from a friend that his buddy threw his rod in his 92. So he parted it out and had no interest in parts from anyone. He had the ad running for months and only 2 people even called him. I don't think they break down very often so people just don't buy parts like you would for other cars. My last ride was a 97 Dodge Dakota 4x4 ext-cab, and it had sludge in the oil that would plug up the oil pickup after long highway trips, where it was revving for an extended period of time. So in com.