1998 Toyota Tercel

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  • Performance8.1
  • Interior7.9
  • Quality8.6
  • Recommendation8.5
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A Savings Account on Wheels! by Sir Saves A Lot on 06/06/2011. Trim: 1998 Toyota Tercel CE, Owned 4 years.
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Pros: Gas mileage, reliability, and longevity!
Cons: Can be uncomfortable on a long trip (3+ hours)
Overall review: Bought this beauty in 2007 at 140,625 miles (225,000 kms) and it is now at 178,125 miles (285,000 kms). In four years my total maintenance costs have included regular lube/oil/filter, timing belt, and new brake pads. The largest expense for this vehicle was buying a new set of tires and the funny thing is that tires for a tercel are generally the smallest on the market (usually meaning the cheapest). Speaking to the downsides, this car does look somewhat like a clown car (being in the subcompact category), is lacking in horsepower, and doesn't have the most comfortable seats around for long trips. Nevertheless, this car was not designed to be a sports car and can drive at 130 km/hr with ease. I have also driven it on two 15 hour, and 20+ five hour trips and at the worst have had a sore back for a day (much more often than not I'm fine). Hate paying $500 a month in car payments? Buy a tercel and pay less than $500 for an entire year! Will likely drive mine for another four years!
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  • Styling9.0
  • Performance9.0
  • Interior7.0
  • Quality10
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Reliability at its best!!! by Guy in Portland on 11/29/2010. Trim: 1998 Toyota Tercel CE, Owned 10 years.
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Pros: Good looking little car. Ultra reliable engine. Great mpg (42/35).
Cons: Could use more power. Power windows and locks would be nice.
Overall review: I drive it to work everyday. With a great MPG and extreme reliability, this car is just the perfect commuter. With 132,000 miles it has not given me trouble and the only things that have gone bad are a battery and a wheel bearing (got noisy). I replaced the timing belt just in case, and had the A/C serviced just to make sure it will keep working fine. With oil changes and basic maintenance, the Tercel will run for years with no problems.
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  • Styling10
  • Performance10
  • Interior8.0
  • Quality10
  • Recommendation10
The Ultimate Car by Bryan, Alberta on 04/08/2009. Trim: 1998 Toyota Tercel CE, Owned more than 10 years.
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Pros: These are by far the best cars ever built hands down, I own two and have had 4 friends buy them because they love my cars, I get 42-45 mpg with both of them, excellent heat in the winter, you cannot kill these cars, I cruise at 130-140 km/hr to work each day in everything from +40 celcius to -36 celcius and it never misses a beat.
Cons: The only negative thing I can say is the seats could be a it better but hardly worth mentioning.
Overall review: Buy this car buy as meany as you can get they are the best. I hit the ditch doing 130 km/hr this winter the car moved across the snow like a sled, I traveled about 150 yards along the side of the road, got pulled out and away I went, no damage to the car, I drive the car like a rally car and I am very hard on the vehcile but the car could care less it loves it. These cars have alot of get up and go I am never worried about passing power got lots. Get one before they are all gone. Both my cars are still 100% rust free, now that I think of it I have never seen a toyota tercel with rust, the japanese got it right!!!! I LOVE MY CARS
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  • Performance10
  • Interior10
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Great Fuel saver by San Diego California on 04/22/2008. Trim: 1998 Toyota Tercel CE, Owned 4 years.
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Pros: I have had this car for five years now and what I love about this car the most is gas saving
Cons: What is there to dislike?
Overall review: I have not had any overall major problems with this car since I have had this car and it is easy to handle out on the highways as well as in the city.
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  • Recommendation1.0
bad car by guy from just outside DC on 12/15/2005. Trim: 1998 Toyota Tercel CE, Owned 7 years.
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Pros: bad car
Cons: bad car
Overall review: bad car
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