1987 Toyota Tercel User Reviews

1987 Toyota Tercel Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 5 reviews

  • Performance:2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars 2.8 / 5
  • Appearance:2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 out of 5 stars 2.5 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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"reliable car" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"speed" 3 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
"cheap car" 2 reviews
CONS
"power" 2 reviews

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James writes:
1987 Toyota Tercel Review
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5

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gas milage, 5-speed, reliability

Cons

slow, ugly to most people,

45

Tercel Great First Crap Car — Very fun easy to drive car, never had any problems with reliability, & maintainence was cheap, gets nearly 50 mpg, was a great first car, handeling was pretty mediocer but with some light mods coulg be a great track car. blah

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Colt writes:
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gas, cheap to fix

Cons

looks

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Its Peppy — Costs and repairs on it are cheap and far apart. It has some rattles and squils like a pig but it's a solid car and it's pretty light. Not the best looking but it's cheap to drive and of course it's a toyota.

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arawlins writes:
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5

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reliable, inexpensive, cute

Cons

higher emissions than new cars

arawlins
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Fantasitic, Reliable, Fun Older Car — I love the reliability of this car. It's been in my family since it was new, and has had few problems. It still drives great after 23 years, and the occasional repairs needed are inexpensive. This car still gets between 25 and 35 mpg, and I think it is a fun soon-to-be-vintage car.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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brucer writes:
1987 Toyota Tercel 4 Dr Deluxe AWD Wagon Review
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4

Pros

Easy to drive 6 speed manual, 4wd, it rides well, great on fuel, cheap on parts, fits a family good. it really likes the snow.

Cons

looks like a box and has small tires

brucer
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Great Buy If You Can Find One. — The car sat for 2 years then, I bought the car for $350 put $200 in to it, now it runs great. I have put 2000 miles on it and the odometer now reads 334500 miles. Now have a great fondness for this car. I would not hesitate to buy it again.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Christopher writes:
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4

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6 speed manual trans, 4WD system, large cargo area

Cons

very ugly design/car, only a 1.5L engine, only available with manual windows/locks

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My First Car — This car was my first car, when i was 17. It was obviously handed down to me from my parents that bought it new in 1987. It was definitly not a sports car, because it sucked at handling, braking and engine power. But it had other attributes that no other car I have had ever was equipped with/able to do. It only had a 1.5 litre carbureted 4 cylinder engine, but was equipped with a 6 speed manual trans and a separate manual engaging 4WD system. This car NEVER GOT STUCK ANYWHERE PERIOD. As well as its reliability (being a toyota), the 4WD system in this car was better than any 4WD on any car I have ever had or driven. This was a great first car, BECAUSE it was SLOW. The reason it was good for being slow, was obviously 1 because I was a teenager and the car had a top speed of about 100 if I was lucky. But the main thing, was that because it only had a 1.5L engine, it was so slow that I had to learn to drive stick so hard and so fast just to keep up with everyone else, that it definitly gave me the training I needed for cars to come.

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