I have an '84 Tercel Hatchback and I will try the higher grade fuel as the car does idle a little rough. I think that it has something to do with the carburetor adjustment. When idling the car sometimes chokes and dies. I replaced the wires, plugs rotor and distributor cap, but this did not solve the problem. It is otherwise a really good vehicle. Wonder if anyone else has gone through the same situation?
I just traded in my '84 Tercel hatchback a couple days ago, for a 2007 Honda Fit, and reading how great these little cars are makes me sad already. It broke down in January, dead on the side of the highway, and I didn't want to get it fixed, but I did, and as I kept driving it I forgot I wanted a new car, but then I bought the new Honda, and now I'm wondering if I made the right decision.
My Tercel only had 164,900 miles on it. I know the head gasket leaked oil, and Firestone said it needed new axles, but the suspension was replaced a couple years ago, and it was on its third alternator and regulator, fifth or sixth battery, the a/c was dead, and the stereo too (but that could easily be repaired). I know it still had a lot of life left in it and now it is going to be scrapped by the Honda dealer. Oh well, right? :)
09:35, Why didn't you just keep the Tercel and buy the Fit straight up? They surely couldn't have given you enough on trade-in to make it worth giving it away. Go back, give them $200, get your Tercel back, and have both cars! I had a '93 Tercel that I sold, and I miss that car far more than any other I've ever traded or sold. Oh, well, maybe it's not practical to have two cars sitting there, right?
Right, it's not practical to have two cars sitting around. I'd have to pay insurance and registration/tax on both. Plus, I am no mechanic, so I couldn't fix what needed to be fixed, nor could I afford to have it fixed, especially now that I have a car payment. The dealer gave me $500 for it, which seemed like a very good deal at the time. I know blue book is considerably less, yes? I'm happy with my new car, but I'll always miss the old Tercel.
I have a 1984 Toyota Tercel that has a miss at idle, and between idle and 1200 rpm. After that it runs great. I changed the fuel pump, fuel filter, spark plugs, wires, distributor cap and rotor, and every time I leave in the morning or after work, I go about half-mile and it will miss and flutter for about 10 seconds, then it comes out of it and runs great.