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Fantastic car, easy and cheap to maintain...great bang for the buck. by Thefixitchick in Clarington, Ontario. on 04/13/2009. Trim: 1997 Toyota Tercel CE 4-Door sedan, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Amazing gas mileage, easy to park, easy to maintain, user friendly interior; front wheel drive is awesome in snow!
Cons: Sluggish on highway acceleration, but the Turbo feature easily adds the quick punch it needs.
Overall review: I purchased this car for my daughters 18 & 19, for their summer jobs in May 2008 with 176,000km, and it just turned 200K. My partner (6'4") has had a 1998 Tercel since new and he now has 420,000 trouble free Kms. The girls returned to University in Fall so I took my Highlander off the road and drove the Tercel. I love it! I put a set of snows on this past winter, got the girls behind the wheel in 2 feet of snow and it was fantastic. It was very well maintianed by the previous owner, and is immaculate inside and out; no rust, rattles, squeaks or scratches. I recently put my snows away, changed the spark plugs, oil and air filters and got 650km on the first tank. It's zippy, smooth, fairly quiet and very reliable. Being a 4 cyl I knew the hsp was no where near that of my SUV, so I was not disappointed; actually that was one of the reasons I bought it for my daughters. The back seat is a bit tight, but I don't sit back there! Awesome car, fun to drive. We love our little green snozberry!
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