I own a 1995 Toyota Tercel and it has been very very reliable. I got it with 63,000 miles and it has 143,000 now. This is my 4th Toyota. Each of them went 100,000 easily. My 1991 Camry had 180,000 and ran great when I sold it to a high school student. My 1992 Toyota Paseo went 100,000 then sold it to friend and it went another 80,000. Basically change the oil and do regular maintenance and they with go forever!
I am a mechanical engineer and I would recommend Honda and Toyota before any American brand hands down.
I do and do not agree with Toyota makes engines that just won't die. yes most of them will go and go and go, but not the one I had. it died at 140,000 miles and had normal maintenance and I have a friend that has a Honda Odyssey and its been nothing, but problems for them.
I have an Odyssey and I have nothing but regret for spending so much money, and it being in the shop for so long, and ironicly, I miss my Plymouth Voyageur!!!
You can't expect to get speed from an economy automtic. My 95 dx is pretty zippy, but no racer.
I own a Toyota Tercel (4-speed).
I got it at 78k and now has over 115K. This car has never broken down on me. I have driven it on many 6 hours road trips, through the hills, mountains, desert and more! It has been better than my Nissan Sentra I owned and much better than the Ford Escort I've had.
It's pretty good on gas, about 32 mpg and just keeps running!
I'd recommend it to anyone!
If you want a race, try with a Supra, but the Tercel is not made for speeding up, it is a low cost car to be drive on cities and affordable long drives, but seems to be than you want to travel on a Concorde for the price of a Boeing. Look at the year of the Tercel and you still find parts everywhere, now can you do the same thing with a 15 years old Ford or Chevy? I don't think so...
My 95 Tercel has been awesome... got it at 78k miles, now at 133k and it has never broken down on me, gets ~38 miles to the gallon and I drive it pretty hard.
I have a 1995 Toyota Tercel DX automatic. It has 174,000 miles.
Changed the timing belt at 90,000 miles. Still going strong, but I have to hang this car up now because of an accident; hit from the rear. The car still runs strong. Insurance company claim it totals too much to repair the damage to the body. Salvage title.
Just brought another Tercel, a 1996 base model with a 130,000 miles. Hope I can get 250,000 plus miles on this puppy.
The old Odysseys are much better than the new ones. The 1995-1998 Odysseys are 10 times more reliable than the new Canadian ones. The old Odysseys are pure Japanese.