1982 Toyota Tercel User Reviews

1982 Toyota Tercel Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 8 reviews

  • Performance:3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars 3.2 / 5
  • Appearance:3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars 3 / 5
  • Build Quality:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Overall: 3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5

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agabrielj writes:
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5

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Great gas mileage, built extremely well.

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This car could probably hit 85-90mph, but actual safe cruise speed for long distances is about 65mph or less.  Mine was a 4 speed.

agabrielj
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Built Like A Tank And Great Gas Mileage. Cute Car In An Ugly Way. — I liked everything about it for a 16-18 year old person. I miss it and that's why twenty years later I'm reviewing it. This was my first car back in 1991. It had 150,000 miles on it already. My mom surprised me and bought it ($1800) with my savings (from child support, technically her money anyway). I came home from school and was so angry I didn't drive it for two days. However, once I did I fell in love with it. It was a front-wheel drive, 4 speed wonder. I plowed through 24" snow drifts, drove it through mud, creeks, and sped down rough unpaved roads. I could change the oil while laying under the car (clearance was exceptional) with much room to work. It carried a keg of beer in the trunk with four of my friends (we weren't drinking and driving) as passengers. I'm from KY and drove that little car to FL and back on two different occasions and once to Buffalo, WY and back. It was a hoot to drive.

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jubei writes:
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5

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Good looks not to bad in power good mpg and except for the stock carb easy to work on.

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Could use a turbo

jubei
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It I Think It Is As Much A Sports Car As An Mg. — If you are looking for a fun little DD that will turn heads and keep an excited to drive my car somewhere feeling. This car meets and exceeds those needs. It has front and rear anti sway bars. My eg hatch only had a front. It was intended to grab a sport compact slot. Dont know why they didnt. I removed the tupper ware bumpers. What were you thinking Toyoda great lines like these with those bumpers. Next performance mod is going to be a Schneider reground cam.

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Jonathan writes:
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3

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Reliability

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scary handling

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This Was My First New Car, And I Enjoyed Owning It. — The first generation (1979-1982) Toyota Tercel had exceptionally poor handling... The rear suspension camber changed as the wheel moved up and down.. This gave the car an unpleasant nervous/twitchy feel when cornering hard. When corning hard the carburetor would sometimes starve for fuel.. mostly on uphill right hand turns. Under braking the rears would lock-up way to easily.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Shane writes:
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it was great in the snow

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it was old

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Old Ass Car — it was a beater and it was ugly. it was great in the snow and for its age it was a decent amount of power. I really enjoyed the car. I was surprised at how long the car had lasted it. I'm really hard on vehicles and that car was able to take all the abuse I put it through.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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woosailor writes:
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cost effective transportation, no problems !

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OK so it's not a Jag

woosailor
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If I Were Living In A Salt Free State, I Would Buy One Of These And Just Wave At The Repairman — In retrospect probably the finest, most reliable car I have ever owned. Performance was not its forte' but cost of ownership was amazing! It just kept running and running and running. Until I let my daughter use it was perfect. Would own another in a minute.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Germany454 writes:
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Fun to drive, will last an eternity, and the mileage is criminal

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55 mph is highlighted in red, indicating you shouldn't go faster than that

Germany454
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One Of The Best Built Cars On The Road — I love this car! It's mileage is insane, and at 154k miles I haven't had one break down. This thing is probably going to run forever. It's fun to drive, especailly since you can squeeze in where other cars can't to make a right, since it's so tiny. It can't go very fast, but it took me to kentucky on $10 worth of gas.

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Kyle writes:
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handles great, super fun to drive!

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bumpers are ugly, needs more power

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Its Groovy — handles great, doesent go to fast on the stock a3-c motor (75hp) but it ways next to nothing.

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Jonathan writes:
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Small and manageable, good on fuel

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No power steering.

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My First Car — Great little runabout. Not overly powerful, but at 1960 pounds, it was light. Good air conditioning. In hindsight it was nice. At the time, I would definitely have preferred a Lamborghini

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1983 Toyota Tercel Reviews

I Don't Much About This Car. By nsbrad

My Mom past away last month in the will , this [83] tercel was to be sold or disposed of. My Mom bought this car used fifteen years ago with 98k on the odometer this car has over 174k and has never fa... Read More

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1984 Toyota Tercel Reviews

Wouldent Trade It For The World By mps62

400,000 miles and still going strong grate on gas easy to work on fun to drive,takes me wear i want to go with no truble plenty of power,the 5 speed is the best and it gets a lot of att. Read More

A Diamond In The Rough. By Sam

This is the only tercel worth owning. it's a 1984 Toyota Tercel Wagon with 4wd. It's low gear is on the normal gear shifter instad of on teh selector. Also you can go into 4wd at anytime and speed ... Read More

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1985 Toyota Tercel Reviews

The Best Toyota 4wd Ever Made. Period. By tercel4wdOC

My Tercel 4WD is an SR5 version that has been kept garaged for its entire life. No rust and everything works. All is original - no aftermarket add-ons. Repairs are inexpensive and rare. Regular ma... Read More

Good For Long Term By Nicholas

Ugly reliable long lasting. was in the family for over 20 years. Only reason got rid of was becouse it failed smog and california offered to give the fam money to put it in a junk yard, so we took the... Read More

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